1989 Weekend Box Office Winners by Theater Averagesby connorpetterson | created - 5 months ago | updated - 5 months ago | Public
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1. Rain Man (1988)
R | 133 min | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Votes: 446,062 | Gross: $178.80M
Week 1 $7,361, Week 13 $3,502
2. Mississippi Burning (1988)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Votes: 80,354 | Gross: $34.60M
Week 2 $7,333
3. Beaches (1988)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.
Votes: 21,611 | Gross: $57.04M
Week 3 $5,921
4. Three Fugitives (1989)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy
A reformed bank robber is taken hostage by a desperate man during a bank hold up, but is forced to go on the run with his captor when they're both mistakenly thought to be in cahoots.
Votes: 10,015 | Gross: $40.59M
Week 4 $5,580, Week 5 $4,598
5. Cousins (1989)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Romance
Two couples go to a mutual friend's wedding and end up swapping partners.
Votes: 3,961 | Gross: $22.03M
Week 6 $5,681
6. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
R | 119 min | Drama, Romance
A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.
Votes: 60,621 | Gross: $34.70M
Week 7 $9,009
7. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.
Votes: 102,309 | Gross: $40.49M
Week 8 $3,793
8. Lean on Me (1989)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama
The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school and he is determined to improve by any and all means.
Votes: 16,956 | Gross: $31.91M
Week 9 $5,629
9. New York Stories (1989)
PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three Gotham tales.
Votes: 15,894 | Gross: $10.76M
Week 10 $4,716
10. Fletch Lives (1989)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
After receiving an inheritance in Louisiana, Los Angeles reporter Irvin Fletcher heads to the Belle Isle plantation where he gets himself into hilarious trouble.
Votes: 18,360 | Gross: $35.15M
Week 11 $5,440, Week 12 $3,735
11. Major League (1989)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.
Votes: 57,711 | Gross: $49.80M
Week 14 $5,734, Week 15 $4,378
12. Pet Sematary (1989)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.
Votes: 86,804 | Gross: $57.47M
Week 16 $7,600
13. Field of Dreams (1989)
PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.
Votes: 101,310 | Gross: $64.43M
Week 17 $14,340, Week 18 $8,570, Week 19 $5,620, Week 20 $4,830
14. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.
Votes: 643,839 | Gross: $197.17M
Week 21 $15,913, Week 22 $9,123
15. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 378,411 | Gross: $95.86M
Week 23 $10,975
16. Ghostbusters II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.
Votes: 170,011 | Gross: $112.49M
Week 24 $12,229
17. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 316,962 | Gross: $251.19M
Week 25 $18,454, Week 26 $13,664
18. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.
Votes: 150,930 | Gross: $147.25M
Week 27 $11,308, Week 28 $9,392
19. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Votes: 179,816 | Gross: $92.82M
Week 29 $11,414, Week 30 $9,502
20. Parenthood (1989)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.
Votes: 41,613 | Gross: $100.05M
Week 31 $8,325, Week 32 $7,440, Week 33 $5,780
21. The Package (1989)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.
Votes: 7,959 | Gross: $10.65M
Week 34 $5,732
22. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
R | 100 min | Drama
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Votes: 45,407 | Gross: $24.74M
Week 35 $9,846, Week 36 $5,882
23. Sea of Love (1989)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.
Votes: 35,229 | Gross: $58.57M
Week 37 $8,040, Week 39 $4,655
24. Black Rain (1989)
R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.
Votes: 46,137 | Gross: $46.21M
Week 38 $6,010
25. Old Gringo (1989)
R | 119 min | Adventure, History, Romance
When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,681 | Gross: $3.57M
Week 40 $4,859
26. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.
Votes: 51,028 | Gross: $18.25M
Week 41 $13,808
27. Look Who's Talking (1989)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy
After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile, the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice-over.
Votes: 73,324 | Gross: $140.09M
Week 42 $9,145, Week 43 $7,125, Week 44 $6,969, Week 45 $6,953
28. Steel Magnolias (1989)
PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.
Votes: 42,768 | Gross: $83.76M
Week 46 $11,303
29. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.
Votes: 435,499 | Gross: $118.50M
Week 47 $14,925
30. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
Votes: 135,155 | Gross: $71.32M
Week 48 $6,737
31. The War of the Roses (1989)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.
Votes: 45,008 | Gross: $86.89M
Week 49 $7,536, Week 50 $5,000, Week 52 $6,874
32. Tango & Cash (1989)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.
Votes: 89,926 | Gross: $63.41M
Week 51 $4,704