1941 in film

The year 1941 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In television
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944

Top-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1941 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1941
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 Sergeant York Warner Bros. $6,075,000[1]
2 Honky Tonk Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $2,893,000[2]
3 Louisiana Purchase Paramount Pictures $2,800,000[3]
4 How Green Was My Valley 20th Century Fox $2,447,000[3]
5 The Philadelphia Story Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $2,374,000[2]
6 Caught in the Draft Paramount Pictures $2,200,000[3]
7 The Little Foxes
Road to Zanzibar
RKO Radio Pictures/Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Paramount Pictures
$2,100,000[3]
8 A Yank in the R.A.F. 20th Century Fox $2,063,000[3]
9 Men of Boys Town Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $2,009,000[2]
10 Meet John Doe
Nothing But the Truth
Warner Bros.
Paramount Pictures
$2,000,000[3]

EventsEdit

  • January 17
    • Gone with the Wind goes into general release after touring in a roadshow version during 1940. Becoming a cultural phenomenon, 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.[4]
    • The Philadelphia Story goes into general release in the United States.
  • May 1 – Citizen Kane, consistently rated as one of the greatest films of all time, was released.
  • July 2 – Sergeant York, the film biopic of World War I hero Alvin C. York, starring Gary Cooper in the title role, premiered in New York City. Released nationally in the United States on September 27, 1941, it became the highest-grossing picture of the year and earned Cooper the first of two Academy Awards for Best Actor.
  • October 3 – The Maltese Falcon, considered one of the greatest films noir, is released.
  • October 23 – 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.

Academy AwardsEdit

1941 film releasesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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 28 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "All-time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990. p. M162 to 166.
  4. ^ "All Time Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". www.boxofficemojo.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07.