1983 Weekend Box Office Winners by Theater Averages

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1. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 89,178 | Gross: $177.20M

Week 1 $9,464, Week 2 $7,972, Week 8 $4,306

2. Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin

Votes: 36,959 | Gross: $30.04M

Week 3 $8,307, Week 4 $7,604

3. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 206,808 | Gross: $52.77M

Week 5 $6,570, Week 6 $4,829, Week 7 $6,418

4. Vigilante (1982)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda

Votes: 2,400

Week 9 $6,353

5. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

12 Metascore

A LAPD detective is on the trail of a very handsome young man who had been seducing and slashing many young women to death.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 5,698 | Gross: $7.10M

Week 10 $5,126

6. High Road to China (1983)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Jack Weston, Wilford Brimley

Votes: 4,543 | Gross: $28.40M

Week 11 $4,082

7. The Outsiders (1983)

PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 67,757 | Gross: $25.60M

Week 12 $6,113

8. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 104,317 | Gross: $14.93M

Week 13 $7,734, Week 14 $6,567, Week 15 $4,649

9. My Tutor (1983)

R | 97 min | Comedy

17 Metascore

A rich father hires a tutor for his son. The son is a horny teenager and the tutor is a gorgeous blonde. Complications ensue.

Director: George Bowers | Stars: Matt Lattanzi, Caren Kaye, Kevin McCarthy, Clark Brandon

Votes: 2,873 | Gross: $22.59M

Week 16 $3,894

10. Valley Girl (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

66 Metascore

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen

Votes: 11,838 | Gross: $16.80M

Week 17 $4,200

11. Still Smokin (1983)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Music

4 Metascore

Cheech and Chong fly to the marijuana capital of the world, Amsterdan, for a film festival where they take Dolly Parton and Burt Reynold's place in a limo, suite, press conference and performance. They throw in some sketches as well.

Director: Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Hans Man in 't Veld, Carol van Herwijnen

Votes: 6,835 | Gross: $14.75M

Week 18 $4,346

12. Blue Thunder (1983)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern

Votes: 15,056 | Gross: $42.31M

Week 19 $5,365

13. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Three women make an emergency landing on a planet plagued with a fatal disease, but are captured by dictator Overdog. Adventurer Wolff goes there to rescue them and meets Niki, the only ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Andrea Marcovicci

Votes: 4,812 | Gross: $16.48M

Week 20 $5,271

14. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 858,429 | Gross: $309.13M

Week 21 $30,429, Week 22 $17,195, Week 23 $11,971, Week 24 $11,195, Week 25 $8,546, Week 26 $9,289, Week 27 $5,640

15. Staying Alive (1983)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

23 Metascore

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood

Votes: 13,209 | Gross: $64.89M

Week 28 $7,316

16. Jaws 3-D (1983)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

The sons of police chief Brody must protect customers at a SeaWorld theme park after a thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in the park with them.

Director: Joe Alves | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Bess Armstrong, Simon MacCorkindale, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 35,276 | Gross: $45.52M

Week 29 $10,325

17. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

Votes: 86,671 | Gross: $61.40M

Week 30 $7,092

18. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 73,413 | Gross: $63.50M

Week 31 $6,381, Week 32 $6,606, Week 33 $5,894

19. Mr. Mom (1983)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

After he's laid off, a husband switches roles with his wife. She returns to the workforce, and he becomes a stay-at-home dad, a job he has no clue how to do.

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, Frederick Koehler, Taliesin Jaffe

Votes: 19,159 | Gross: $64.80M

Week 34 $5,218, Week 35 $6,036, Week 36 $3,474

20. Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts

Votes: 3,930 | Gross: $10.33M

Week 37 $4,893

21. Zelig (1983)

PG | 79 min | Comedy

"Documentary" about a man who can look and act like whoever he's around, and meets various famous people.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Patrick Horgan, John Buckwalter

Votes: 37,068 | Gross: $11.80M

Week 38 $5,469

22. Brainstorm (1983)

PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

Researchers develop a system where they can jump into people's minds. But when people involved bring their personal problems into the equation, it becomes dangerous - perhaps deadly.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 10,077 | Gross: $8.90M

Week 39 $7,082

23. Never Say Never Again (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

A S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

Votes: 55,960 | Gross: $55.50M

Week 40 $7,069, Week 41 $4,637

24. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 51,931 | Gross: $21.50M

Week 42 $6,991, Week 43 $6,834, Week 44 $6,485

25. Never Cry Wolf (1983)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah

Votes: 7,061 | Gross: $29.60M

Week 45 $12,686

26. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (1976)

G | 89 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A villain named McCreep steals the Smurfs' magic flute, an instrument that makes people dance wildly, and uses it to rob them. The Smurf King sends out Peewit to track down the thief and retrieve the flute.

Director: Peyo | Stars: Georges Atlas, Jacques Balutin, Angelo Bardi, Jacques Ciron

Votes: 1,082 | Gross: $11.23M

Week 46 $6,451

27. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 49,303 | Gross: $108.42M

Week 47 $13,456, Week 48 $12,020

28. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 37,056 | Gross: $67.64M

Week 49 $6,332, Week 50 $4,530

29. Yentl (1983)

PG | 133 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 11,359 | Gross: $40.22M

Week 51 $5,192

30. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 16,670 | Gross: $35.62M

Week 52 $10,452



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