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Showing posts with label box office attractions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label box office attractions. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Box Office Attractions: NATALIE WOOD

Since Natalie is my star of the week on my FB blog page I thought I would shed some light on her box office prowess. Here are her top ten grossing films courtesy of Wikipedia.

Natalie means business when it comes to the box office

1. WEST SIDE STORY (1961) - $43.7 million
2. BOB, CAROLE, ALICE and TED (1968) - $31 million
3. THE GREAT RACE (1965) - $25.3 million
4. SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961) - $11.4 million
5. GYPSY (1962) - $11.1 million
6. BRAINSTORM (1983) - $10.2 million
7. THE SEARCHERS (1956) - $8.5 million
8. METEOR (1979) - $8.4 million
9. SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL (1964) - $8 million
10. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) - $7.1 million

and one more for good measure..since it is one of my all time favorite films..

11. LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER (1963) - $5.2 million

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Box Office Attractions: AUDREY HEPBURN

On my Facebook page for my blog, Audrey Hepburn has been my star of the week. With the help of my friend Desiree, we each take turns choosing a film of hers and write a little synopsis and  post photos, trivia, etc. Well I wanted to shed some light on the box office prowess of Audrey as she was one of the most successful actresses of all time. Below are her top 9 films with data provided by Wikipedia. Keep in mind that Audrey only made 28 films, one of which was for TV.

Audrey stands tall among the box-office queens

9. FUNNY FACE (1957) ranked 15th that year with a take of $4 million

8. SABRINA (1954) ranked 13th that year with a take of $4.4 million

7. ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) ranked 10th that year with a take of $4.7 million 

6. CHARADE (1963) ranked 9th that year with a take of $6.7 million

5. TWO FOR THE ROAD (1967) ranked 21st that year with a take of $12 million

4. WAR AND PEACE (1956) ranked 4th that year with a take of $12.5 million

3. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) ranked 8th that year with a take of $14 million

2. WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967) ranked 16th that year with a take of $17.5 million

1. MY FAIR LADY (1964) ranked 1st that year with a huge take of $72 million

From this small sampling you can see Audrey was very consistent at the box-office and proved to be a very popular draw with audiences. My Fair Lady was her biggest earner with over $70 million earned. And she had that double punch in 1967 with Wait Until Dark and Two For The Road. She was approaching the age of 40 but was still successful as ever. In fact you can argue she was even more successful in her latter part of her career than in her beginnings. Either way, Audrey's numbers speak for themselves.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Box Office Attractions: GRETA GARBO

All month long I will be posting about Greta Garbo, as she is my classic movie goddess for April. And since I haven't done a post on my box office attraction series, I thought I would combine them both. Here is a chart listing her salary from her early silent era days to her final film. Stats provided by IMDB.

FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1926)     $600/week
TORRENT (1926)                             $400/week
ANNA CHRISTIE (1931)                 $250,000
SUSAN LENNOX (1931)                $250,000
MATA HARA (1931)                        $7,000 per week
GRAND HOTEL (1932)                  $7,000 per week
QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933)          $250,000
ANNA KARENINA (1935)            $275,000
CAMILLE (1936)                            $500,000
NINOTCHKA (1939)                     $125,000
TWO-FACED WOMAN (1941)     $150,000

As you can see Greta started off earning around $500 a week per film during the silent era. Her first substantial payday was for the one-two punch of Anna Christie and Susan Lennox in 1931. Her biggest payday wound up being Camille with about half a million dollars. It is surprising that her last film, the much critized Two-Faced Woman actually was a bigger payday for her over the better loved Ninotchka.

My love of classic films is beyond measure


Friday, April 22, 2011


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
This duo only made two films together but they both were box office blockbusters. Paul Newman was one of the biggest stars during the 60's. He was the top ranked star in 1969, the year he teamed with Robert Redford for the first time. Newman had been ranked as a top ten box office star six times during this decade. Redford was just getting started with such films like This Property Is Condemned (1966) with Natalie Wood and Barefoot in the Park (1967) with Jane Fonda. So when these two were brought together for the western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, after Steve McQueen turned down the role of Sundance over a matter of who would get top billing, the result was magnificent. The film earned a huge $102 million and was the top film of 1969, more than doubling the number two film of the year, The Love Bug. To put that in perspective, that amount earned in 1969 would equate to about $565 million at today's ticket prices. How many films have earned that in today's cinema? Only Titanic, The Dark Knight and Avatar have earned over $500 million domestically. It is true when they say more people went to the movies back then. So almost everyone went and saw Butch and Sundance at least once at the theater back then. Ticket prices were way cheaper then so ticket admissions were definitely higher then than they are now.
Redford and Newman
With that huge success, it was almost a given that Newman and Redford would be paired up again. And it was only four years later, when that moment came with The Sting. As big as Butch and Sundance was, The Sting dwarfed it easily. It earned $156 million in 1973 to land as the second biggest film of the year, trailing behind only the mega smash The Exorcist, which racked up $232 million. The Sting's adjusted gross today would be a cool $714 million. And it also won 7 Oscars, including Best Picture.  So after two huge smashes for Newman and Redford, you would have thought more pairings would have been the order of the day. Sadly, no third film ever came for these two box office golden boys. Which is a shame. But they can say they are a perfect 2 for 2 in film history.



Friday, January 28, 2011

Box Office Attractions - SIDNEY POITIER

For my next box office attraction, I chose Sidney Poitier. And while Sidney has had a long and successful film career, I want to focus on one year in particular. 1967. That was pretty much Sidney's break-out year even though he had already been on the film scene since the mid-50's. But in 1967, he had a year for the record books. The three films he made that year all landed in the top 20, and two of them finished in the top 10. They were To Sir, With Love, In The Heat Of The Night, and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. Thanks to the box-office success of these three films, Sidney finished the year as the 7th most successful actor for the year right behind stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery and Paul Newman.You would be hard pressed to find another actor who had the success he had when you compare the ratio of films released in a given year and how successful they were. I mean many other actors had bigger moneymakers to be sure, but Sidney did the hat trick: a perfect 3 for 3. The only other actor I know to have done that is modern actor Jim Carrey. He did the same thing in 1994: went 3 for 3 with Ace Ventura, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Anyway back to Sidney, while he never had another big year like 1967, he still had lots of successful films. Other hits included The Defiant Ones (1958), A Raisin In The Sun (1961), Lilies of the Field (1963), A Patch Of Blue (1965), Uptown Saturday Night (1974), Let's Do It Again (1975), A Piece Of The Action (1977), Shoot To Kill (1988), Sneakers (1992), and The Jackal (1997). His career has spanned an impressive 40 years. Below are the numbers and rankings for his amazing year in 1967.

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (rank for the year-3rd)       $25.5 million

TO SIR, WITH LOVE  (8th)                                                               $19.1 million

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT(12th)                                              $11 million

Numbers provided by Box Office

Monday, October 18, 2010

Box Office Attractions - ESTHER WILLIAMS

I recently started a new series called Box Office Attractions that focuses on one star at a time and show when they were at their most successful in their careers. I did Doris Day last week and now it's Esther Williams. I know these two posts will make my friend and co-blogger Dawn very happy.

Esther Williams had a superlative record at the box office. She wasn't America's Mermaid for nothing. Most of her films were huge hits. And from 1945 to 1950, she yielded at least one top 20 hit each year. Here's the breakdown below:

THRILL OF A ROMANCE (1945) Film rank that year: (8) Box office earnings: $4.3 million

EASY TO WED (1946) Film rank that year: (15) Box office earnings: $4.0 million

THIS TIME FOR KEEPS (1947) Film rank that year: (16) Box office earnings: $3.6 million

FIESTA (1947) Film rank that year: (20) Box office earnings: $3.5 million

ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU (1948) Film rank that year: (18) Box office earnings: $3.2 million

NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER (1949) Film rank that year: (10) Box office earnings: $3.5 million

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME (1949) Film rank that year: (11) Box office earnings: $3.4 million

DUCHESS OF IDAH0 (1950) Film rank that year: (19) Box office earnings: $2.6 million

And while she didn't place anymore films in the top 20 after 1950, Esther still had several more successful films including Skirts Ahoy! (1952), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952), and Dangerous When Wet (1953).

All figures supplied by Box Office Report at


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