1940 in film

The year 1940 in film involved some significant events, including the premieres of the Walt Disney films Pinocchio and Fantasia.

List of years in film
In television
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943

Top-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1940 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1940
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 Boom Town Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $3,664,000[1]
2 The Great Dictator United Artists $3,500,000[2]
3 Rebecca United Artists/Selznick International Pictures $3,000,000[3]
4 The Philadelphia Story Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $2,374,000[1]
5 Strike Up the Band $2,265,000[1]
6 Northwest Passage $2,169,000[1]
7 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante $1,945,000[1]
8 North West Mounted Police Paramount Pictures $1,900,000[4]
9 The Fighting 69th Warner Bros. $1,822,000[5]
10 Santa Fe Trail $1,748,000[5]

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Academy AwardsEdit

1940 film releasesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Susan Sackett, The Hollywood Reporter Book of Box Office Hits Billboard Books, 1996 p 28
  3. ^ Chapman, James (2018). Hitchcock and the Spy Film. ISBN 978-1-78076-844-1. Although his most successful films of the war years were Selznick pictures – Rebecca (with a domestic box office gross of $3 million) and Spellbound ($4.9 million), with Rebecca also winning the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1940 – Hitchcock seems on the whole to have preferred his other assignments where he evidently enjoyed greater creative freedom.
  4. ^ "All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990.
  5. ^ a b Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 20 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551