1983 Weekend Box Office Winners by Theater Averagesby connorpetterson | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public
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1. Tootsie (1982)
PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.
Votes: 93,036 | 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
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.
Votes: 39,123 | Gross: $30.04M
Week 3 $8,307, Week 4 $7,604
3. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Mohandas K. 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.
Votes: 211,948 | 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.
Week 9 $6,353
5. 10 to Midnight (1983)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An LAPD detective and his rookie partner are on the trail of a psychopathic young man who is murdering young women.
Votes: 6,185 | Gross: $7.10M
Week 10 $5,126
6. High Road to China (1983)
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.
Votes: 4,708 | Gross: $28.40M
Week 11 $4,082
7. The Outsiders (1983)
PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 71,296 | 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.
Votes: 109,269 | Gross: $14.93M
Week 13 $7,734, Week 14 $6,567, Week 15 $4,649
9. My Tutor (1983)
R | 97 min | Comedy
A rich father hires a tutor for his son. The son is a horny teenager and the tutor is a gorgeous blonde. Complications ensue.
Votes: 3,029 | Gross: $22.59M
Week 16 $3,894
10. Valley Girl (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 12,283 | Gross: $16.80M
Week 17 $4,200
11. Still Smokin (1983)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Music
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.
Votes: 7,004 | Gross: $14.75M
Week 18 $4,346
12. Blue Thunder (1983)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
Votes: 16,040 | Gross: $42.31M
Week 19 $5,365
PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
On a distant planet inhabited by mutants, two bounty-hunters race to rescue three Earth female captives from the clutches of an evil mutant warlord.
Votes: 5,088 | Gross: $16.48M
Week 20 $5,271
14. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 906,722 | 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
Five years later, 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.
Votes: 13,852 | Gross: $64.89M
Week 28 $7,316
16. Jaws 3-D (1983)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A giant thirty-five-foot shark becomes trapped in a SeaWorld theme park and it's up to the sons of police chief Brody to rescue everyone.
Votes: 37,440 | Gross: $45.52M
Week 29 $10,325
17. National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
R | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.
Votes: 91,354 | Gross: $61.40M
Week 30 $7,092
18. Risky Business (1983)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Votes: 76,705 | Gross: $63.50M
Week 31 $6,381, Week 32 $6,606, Week 33 $5,894
19. Mr. Mom (1983)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 20,088 | 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 ninjas killed his family, 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 his friend betrays him, Cho must prepare for the ultimate battle.
Votes: 4,160 | 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.
Votes: 38,300 | Gross: $11.80M
Week 38 $5,469
22. Brainstorm (1983)
PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 10,437 | Gross: $8.90M
Week 39 $7,082
23. Never Say Never Again (1983)
PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 58,277 | Gross: $55.50M
Week 40 $7,069, Week 41 $4,637
24. The Right Stuff (1983)
PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.
Votes: 53,958 | 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.
Votes: 7,367 | 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.
Votes: 1,131 | Gross: $11.23M
Week 46 $6,451
27. Terms of Endearment (1983)
PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.
Votes: 51,979 | Gross: $108.42M
Week 47 $13,456, Week 48 $12,020
28. Sudden Impact (1983)
R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 38,708 | 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.
Votes: 11,944 | Gross: $40.22M
Week 51 $5,192
30. Silkwood (1983)
R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 17,411 | Gross: $35.62M
Week 52 $10,452