Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Historic Blockbusters 1915-1979

The Birth of a Nation (1915) $10M
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) $8M

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) $9M
~Features Rudolph Valentino.
The Big Parade (1925) $11M
Ben-Hur (1925) $9M
The Singing Fool (1928) $10M
~Features Al Jolson.

Frankenstein (1931) $12M
King Kong (1933) $10M
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $184M
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) $9M
The Wizard of Oz (1939) $28M
Gone with the Wind (1939) $198M

Boom Town (1940) $9M
~Features Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.
threshold switches to $10M
Pinocchio (1940) $84M
Fantasia (1940) $83M 
Sergeant York (1941) $16M
~Features Gary Cooper.
Mrs. Miniver (1942) $13M
Bambi (1942) $102M
Casablanca (1943) $10M
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) $17M
~Features Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper.
Going My Way (1944) $16M
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) $12M
~Features Judy Garland.
The Dolly Sisters (1945) $10M
The Lost Weekend (1945) $11M
~Directed by Billy Wilder.
Mom and Dad (1945) $16M
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) $21M
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) $13M
~Features Vincent Price.

Notorious (1946) $24M
~Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; features Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.
Gilda (1946) $10M
~Features Rita Hayworth.
Margie (1946) $10M
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) $12M
The Jolson Story (1946) $19M
Blues Skies (1946) $14M
~Features Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
Song of the South (1946) $65M
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) $23M
Duel in the Sun (1946) $20M
~Features Gregory Peck.

Forever Amber (1947) $16M
Mother Wore Tights (1947) $10M
Samson and Delilah (1949) $28M

Father of the Bride (1950) $10M
Cinderella (1950) $85M
King Solomon's Mines (1950) $11M
~Features Deborah Kerr.
David and Bathsheba (1951) $14M
Quo Vadis? (1951) $30M
Show Boat (1951) $11M
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) $36M
~Directed by Cecil B. Demille; features Charlton Heston and James Stewart.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) $12M
Peter Pan (1953) $87M
House of Wax (1953) $23M
~Features Vincent Price and Charles Bronson.
Shane (1953) $20M
From Here to Eternity (1953) $30M
~Features Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and Donna Reed.
The Robe (1953) $36M
The Egyptian (1954) $15M
~Features Victor Mature.
The High and the Mighty (1954) $10M
~Features John Wayne.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) $26M
~Sequel to The Robe.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) $21M 
~Features Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray.
Rear Window (1954) $27M
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) $28M
~Remake of a previous blockbuster; features Kirk Douglas.
The Sea Chase (1955) $12M
~Features John Wayne and James Arness.
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) $10M
Lady and the Tramp (1955) $93M
Mister Roberts (1955) $21M
~Directed by John Ford; features Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and James Cagney.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) $10M
~Features Gregory Peck.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) $11M
The King and I (1956) $21M
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) $42M
Giant (1956) $35M
~Biggest hit for James Dean.
A Farewell to Arms (1957) $11M
~Features Rock Hudson.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) $11M
~Features Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.
Peyton Place (1957) $25M
~Features Lana Turner.
Sayonara (1957) $26M
~Marlon Brando's biggest hit.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) $33M
The Big Country (1958) $10M
~Features Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston.
Auntie Mame (1958) $23M
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) $17M
~Features Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

North by Northwest (1959) $13M
The Nun's Story (1959) $12M
~Features Audrey Hepburn.
On the Beach (1959) $11M
~Features Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) $10M
Imitation of Life (1959) $14M
~Features Lana Turner.
A Hole in the Head (1959) $11M
~Directed by Frank Capra; features Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson.
Pillow Talk (1959) $18M
~Features Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
The Shaggy Dog (1959) $29M
~Features Fred MacMurray.
Ben-Hur (1959) $73M
~Remake of a previous blockbuster; features Charlton Heston.
Operation Petticoat (1959) $23M
~Features Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.

The Apartment (1960) $18M
~Directed by Billy Wilder; features Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray.
Elmer Gantry (1960) $10M
~Features Burt Lancaster.
Exodus (1960) $21M
~Features Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint.
Psycho (1960) $32M
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) $11M
~Features Doris Day.
Spartacus (1960) $30M
Judgment at Nuremberg (1960) $10M
101 Dalmatians (1961) $153M
The Absent Minded Professor (1961) $25M
The Parent Trap (1961) $25M
Come September (1961) $12M
~Features Rock Hudson.
King of Kings (1961) $14M
Flower Drum Song (1961) $10M
~From Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Blue Hawaii (1961) $10M
~Elvis Presley's biggest hit.
Babes in Toyland (1961) $10M
Lover Come Back (1961) $16M
~Features Doris Day and Rock Hudson.
Hatari! (1962) $12M
~Features John Wayne.
Gypsy (1962) $11M
~Features Natalie Wood.
The Music Man (1962) $14M
The Longest Day (1962) $39M
~Features John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) $13M
~Features Marlon Brando.

McLintock! (1963) $14M
~Features John Wayne.
55 Days at Peking (1963) $10M
~Features Charlton Heston.
How the West Was Won (1963) $46M
The Birds (1963) $11M
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) $13M
Hud (1963) $10M
Come Blow Your Horn (1963) $12M
~Features Frank Sinatra.
Cleopatra (1963) $48M
Irma La Douce (1963) $25M
~Directed by Billy Wilder; features Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon.
The Great Escape (1963) $11M
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) $46M
Charade (1963) $13M
~Features Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, and James Coburn.
The Cardinal (1963) $11M
The Sword in the Stone (1963) $22M
Move Over, Darling (1963) $12M
~Features Doris Day and James Garner.

The Carpetbaggers (1964) $28M
Mary Poppins (1964) $102M
My Fair Lady (1964) $74M
Father Goose (1964) $12M
~Features Cary Grant.
How to Murder Your Wife (1965) $12M
~Features Jack Lemmon.
Our Man Flint (1965) $16M
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) $15M
The Sound of Music (1965) $163M
Shenandoah (1965) $17M
~Features James Stewart.
The Sandpiper (1965) $13M
~Features Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, and Charles Bronson.
Cat Ballou (1965) $20M
~Features Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda.
The Great Race (1965) $25M
Doctor Zhivago (1965) $111M

Fantastic Voyage (1966) $12M
The Silencers (1966) $16M
~Features Dean Martin.
Harper (1966) $12M
~Features Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, and Janet Leigh.
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) $21M
~Features Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint, and Carl Reiner.
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966) $22M
~Features Dick Van Dyke.
The Bible (1966) $34M
Hawaii (1966) $34M
~Features Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, and Gene Hackman.
The Professionals (1966) $19M
~Features Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster.
The Sand Pebbles (1966) $30M
~Directed by Robert Wise; features Steve McQueen and Candice Bergen.
Grand Prix (1966) $20M
~Directed by John Frankenheimer; features James Garner and Eva Marie Saint.
threshold switches to $15M

Barefoot in the Park (1967) $19M
~Features Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
In the Heat of the Night (1967) $24M
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) $50M
The Born Losers (1967) $36M
The Jungle Book (1967) $141M
Camelot (1967) $31M
~Features Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris.
Cool Hand Luke (1967) $16M
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967) $56M
The Graduate (1967) $104M
The Fox (1968) $19M
The Planet of the Apes (1968) $33M
Blackbeard's Ghost 1968) $21M
~Features Suzanne Pleshette.
The Odd Couple (1968) $44M
threshold switches to $20M
Rosemary's Baby (1968) $33M
The Green Berets (1968) $21M
~Features John Wayne.
Funny Girl (1968) $58M
Bullitt (1968) $42M
The Love Bug (1969) $50M
Goodbye, Columbus (1969) $22M
~Based on a book by Philip Roth; features Jack Klugman.
Midnight Cowboy (1969) $44M
Easy Rider (1969) $41M
threshold switches to $30M
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) $31M
~Features Natalie Wood, Dyan Cannon, Robert Culp, and Elliott Gould.
Paint Your Wagon (1969) $31M
~Features Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) $102M

Airport (1970) $100M
~Features Burt Lancaster.
Patton (1970) $62M
Love Story (1970) $106M
~Features Tommy Lee Jones.
The Aristocats (1970) $55M
Little Big Man (1970) $31M
~Features Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway.
Billy Jack (1971) $98M
~Sequel to The Born Losers.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) $80M
The French Connection (1971) $41M
Cabaret (1972) $41M
The Godfather (1972) $134M
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) $44M
Deep Throat (1972) $45M
~Only registered hit porn movie.
Deliverance (1972) $46M
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) $93M
The Getaway (1972) $36M
~Features Steve McQueen.
Paper Moon (1973) $30M
~Directed by Peter Bogdanovich; features Madeline Kahn.
American Graffiti (1973) $115M
~Directed by George Lucas; features Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford.
Robin Hood (1973) $32M
Papillon (1973) $53M
~Features Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
The Exorcist (1973) $204M
Magnum Force (1973) $44M
~Second Dirty Harry; features Clint Eastwood and Hal Holbrook.
Earthquake (1974) $79M
~Music by John Williams; features Charlton Heston.
Freebie and the Bean (1974) $30M
~Features James Caan and Alan Arkin.
Blazing Saddles (1974) $119M
Herbie Rides Again (1974) $31M
The Longest Yard (1974) $43M
Airport 1975 (1974) $47M
~Features Charlton Heston.
Benji (1974) $31M
The Godfather: Part II (1974) $57M
Rollerball (1975) $30M
~Features James Caan.
Shampoo (1975) $49M
~Features Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn.
Funny Lady (1975) $40M
~Sequel to Funny Girl; features Barbara Streisand, Omar Sharif, James Caan, and Roddy McDowell.
Jaws (1975) $260M
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) $31M
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) $46M
~Features Al Pacino.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) $108M
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975) $34M
The Enforcer (1976) $46M
~Third Dirty Harry; features Clint Eastwood and Tyne Daly.
Murder By Death (1976) $32M
~Screenplay by Neil Simon; features Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, and Alec Guinness.
All the President's Men (1976) $51M
The Bad News Bears (1976) $42M
~Features Walter Matthau.
Midway (1976) $43M
~Features Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, and James Coburn.
Silent Movie (1976) $36M
~Directed by Mel Brooks.
Rocky (1976) $117M
Silver Streak (1976) $51M
~Features Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
King Kong (1976) $52M
~Remake of a previous blockbuster.

The Gauntlet (1977) $35M
~Directed by and featuring Clint Eastwood.
In Search of Noah's Ark (1977) $55M
Airport '77 (1977) $30M
~Features Jack Lemmon.
Annie Hall (1977) $38M
~Directed by Woody Allen.
Star Wars (1977) $460M
~You've probably heard about this one.
Smokey and the Bandit (1977) $126M
A Bridge Too Far (1977) $50M
~Features Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Laurence Olivier.
The Deep (1977) $50M
~Features Nick Nolte and Louis Gossett, Jr.
The Rescuers (1977) $48M
Oh, God! (1977) $51M
Pete's Dragon (1977) $36M
Semi-Tough (1977) $37M
~Features Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) $166M
Heroes (1977) $33M
~Features Henry Winkler, Sally Field, and Harrison Ford.
The Turning Point (1977) $33M
~Features Shirley MacLaine.
Saturday Night Fever (1977) $139M
The Goodbye Girl (1977) $83M
~Features Richard Dreyfuss.
High Anxiety (1977) $31M
~Directed by Mel Brooks.

Coming Home (1978) $32M
~Features Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern.
The End (1978) $30M
~Features Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.
Grease (1978) $181M
Jaws 2 (1978) $102M
Heaven Can Wait (1978) $98M
Convoy (1978) $45M
~Features Kris Kristofferson.
Foul Play (1978) $40M
~Features Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, and Burgess Meredith.
Hooper (1978) $51M
~Features Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) $141M
Halloween (1978) $47M
California Suite (1978) $42M
~Screenplay by Neil Simon; features Maggie Smith, Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, and Walter Matthau.
Every Which Way but Loose (1978) $104M
~Features Clint Eastwood.

The Deer Hunter (1979) $50M
Love at First Bite (1979) $43M
~Features George Hamilton.
Chapter Two (1979) $30M
~Screenplay by Neil Simon; features James Caan.
The China Syndrome (1979) $35M
The Champ (1979) $30M
Manhattan (1979) $39M
~Directed by Woody Allen.
The In-Laws (1979) $38M
~Features Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.
Rocky 2 (1979) $85M
The Main Event (1979) $37M
~Features Barbara Streisand.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979) $43M
~Features Clint Eastwood.
The Amityville Horror (1979) $86M
Apocalypse Now (1979) $78M
10 (1979) $52M
~Features Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.
...And Justice For All (1979) $33M
~Features Al Pacino.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) $82M
The Jerk (1979) $73M
1941 (1979) $34M
~Directed by Steven Spielberg; music by John Williams; features John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.
The Electric Horseman (1979) $42M
~Features Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) $106M
~Features Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
All That Jazz (1979) $37M
The Black Hole (1979) $35M

Threshold changes determined by ease of access to previous marker.

Underlined titles are the outsize blockbusters, earning $40 million or more, listed here again for your convenience in descending order of totals:
  1. Star Wars (1977) $460M
  2. Jaws (1975) $260M
  3. The Exorcist (1973) $204M
  4. Gone with the Wind (1939) $198M
  5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $184M
  6. Grease (1978) $181M
  7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) $166M
  8. The Sound of Music (1965) $163M
  9. 101 Dalmatians (1961) $153M
  10. The Jungle Book (1967) $141M
  11. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) $141M
  12. Saturday Night Fever (1977) $139M
  13. The Godfather (1972) $134M
  14. Smokey and the Bandit (1977) $126M
  15. Blazing Saddles (1974) $119M
  16. Rocky (1976) $117M
  17. American Graffiti (1973) $115M
  18. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $111M
  19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) $108M
  20. Love Story (1970) $106M
  21. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) $106M
  22. The Graduate (1967) $104M
  23. Every Which Way but Loose (1978) $104M
  24. Bambi (1942) $102M
  25. Mary Poppins (1964) $102M
  26. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) $102M
  27. Jaws 2 (1978) $102M
  28. Airport (1970) $100M
  29. Billy Jack (1971) $98M
  30. Heaven Can Wait (1978) $98M
  31. Lady and the Tramp (1955) $93M
  32. The Poseidon Adventure (1972) $93M
  33. Peter Pan (1953) $87M
  34. The Amityville Horror (1979) $86M
  35. Cinderella (1950) $85M
  36. Rocky 2 (1979) $85M
  37. Pinocchio (1940) $84M
  38. Fantasia (1940) $83M
  39. The Goodbye Girl (1977) $83M
  40. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) $82M
  41. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) $80M
  42. Earthquake (1974) $79M
  43. Apocalypse Now (1979) $78M
  44. My Fair Lady (1964) $74M
  45. Ben-Hur (1959) $73M
  46. The Jerk (1979) $73M
  47. Song of the South (1946) $65M
  48. Patton (1970) $62M
  49. Funny Girl (1968) $58M
  50. The Godfather: Part II (1974) $57M
  51. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967) $56M
  52. The Aristocats (1970) $55M
  53. In Search of Noah's Ark (1977) $55M
  54. Papillon (1973) $53M
  55. King Kong (1976) $52M
  56. 10 (1979) $52M
  57. All the President's Men (1976) $51M
  58. Silver Streak (1976) $51M
  59. Oh, God! (1977) $51M
  60. Hooper (1978) $51M
  61. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) $50M
  62. The Love Bug (1969) $50M
  63. A Bridge Too Far (1977) $50M
  64. The Deep (1977) $50M
  65. The Deer Hunter (1979) $50M
  66. Shampoo (1975) $49M
  67. Cleopatra (1963) $48M
  68. The Rescuers (1977) $48M
  69. Airport 1975 (1974) $47M
  70. Halloween (1978) $47M
  71. How the West Was Won (1963) $46M
  72. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) $46M
  73. Deliverance (1972) $46M
  74. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) $46M
  75. The Enforcer (1976) $46M
  76. Deep Throat (1972) $45M
  77. Convoy (1978) $45M
  78. The Odd Couple (1968) $44M
  79. Midnight Cowboy (1969) $44M
  80. Jeremiah Johnson (1972) $44M
  81. Magnum Force (1973) $44M
  82. The Longest Yard (1974) $43M
  83. Midway (1976) $43M
  84. Love at First Bite (1979) $43M
  85. Escape from Alcatraz (1979) $43M
  86. Around the World in 80 Days (1956) $42M
  87. Bullitt (1968) $42M
  88. The Bad News Bears (1976) $42M
  89. California Suite (1978) $42M
  90. The Electric Horseman (1979) $42M
  91. Easy Rider (1969) $41M
  92. The French Connection (1971) $41M
  93. Cabaret (1972) $41M
  94. Funny Lady (1975) $40M
  95. Foul Play (1978) $40M
Source: The Numbers
(Any errors or omissions are their fault and/or mine.)

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