1941 in film

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The year 1941 in film involved some significant events.

Events

Gone with the Wind goes into general release after touring in a roadshow version during 1940. Becoming a cultural phenomena, it sold an estimated 60 million tickets in 1941 alone. Adjusted for inflation with numerous rereleases, it remains the highest grossing domestic film of all time with $1.8 billion.[1]

Citizen Kane, consistently rated as one of the greatest films of all time, was released in 1941.

Dumbo was released, becoming Disney's only big hit in the 1940s and one of the most acclaimed animated films ever made. Praised for mastering sophisticated simplicity and economic story, it is the favorite film of Animation Pioneer John Lasseter.

The Maltese Falcon, considered one of the greatest film noirs, is released.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[2]

Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to 'normal' business at each theater. For example, Sergeant York performed at 220% while Citizen Kane did 130% (coming in a surprisingly strong 30th for the year). This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Box office
1. Sergeant York Warner Bros. $16,361,885[3]
2. Honky Tonk MGM $3,980,000[4]
3. Babes on Broadway MGM $3.8 million[4]
4. Ziegfeld Girl MGM $3,101,000[4]
5. How Green Was My Valley 20th Century Fox $2.8 million [5]
6. Louisiana Purchase Paramount $2,750,000[5]
7. They Died with Their Boots On Warner Bros. $2,550,000[5]
8. They Met in Bombay MGM $2,515,000[4]
9. Life Begins for Andy Hardy MGM $2,494,000[4]
10. Charley's Aunt 20th Century Fox $2,278,200[6]
11. In the Navy Universal $2 million (est.)[7]
12. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde MGM $1,279,000[4]

Academy Awards

1941 film releases

U.S.A. unless stated

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1941

U.S.A. unless stated

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A-B

C

D

E-F

G-H

I-J

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M

N-O

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Q-R

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T-V

W-X

Y-Z

Serials

Comedy film series

Animated short film series

Births

Deaths

Film Debuts

References

  1. ^ "All Time Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". www.boxofficemojo.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ Box Office Digest, March 1942
  3. ^ Box Office Information for Sergeant York. Archived 2018-03-04 at Wikiwix Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  5. ^ a b c "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
  6. ^ Mank, Gregory William (2018). Laird Cregar: A Hollywood Tragedy. McFarland. 
  7. ^ One Pair Full House: Funny Abbott and Costello Box Office Darlings Looking at Hollywood with JOHN CHAPMAN Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 17 Aug 1941: d3.
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