25 Top Box Office Grossing Movies as of 1975
About the top 25 box office grossing movies as of 1975 including the Godfather and Sound of Music, with the total money made listed.
The 25 All-Time Box Office Champion Films
As Compiled by Weekly Variety
Figures as given below signify the rentals received by the distributors from the U.S.-Canada market only and omit foreign market rentals. The latter, in recent years, sometimes equal, or slightly surpass, the domestic play-off.
Film title is followed by name of director, producer, or production company; original distributor plus present distributor, if different (plus differing U.S. and Canadian distributors in case of some foreign--made films); year of release; and total rentals received to date.
The Godfather (F. F. Coppola; A. Ruddy; Par; 1972) $85,747,184
The Sound of Music (R. Wise; 20th; 1965) $83,891,000
Gone with the Wind (V. Fleming;D. Selznick; MGM; 1939) $70,179,000
The Sting (G. R. Hill; T. Bill, M. & J. Philips; Univ; 1973) $68,450,000
THE Exorcist (W. Friedkin; W. P. Blatty; WB; 1973) $66,300,000
Love Story (A. Hiller; H. Minsky; Par; 1970) $50,000,000
The Birth of a Nation, released in 1915, which may have grossed as much as $50,000,000 has always been omitted because it was generally handled on a states rights and, often, under an outright cash sale; hence data are unreliable on the David Wark Griffith classic.
The Graduate (M. Nichols; L. Turman; Avco Embassy; 1968) $49,978,000
Airport (G. Seaton; R. Hunter; Univ; 1970) $45,300,000
Doctor Zhivago ( D. Lean; C. Ponti; MGM; 1965) $44,390,000
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (G. R. Hill; J. Foreman; 20th; 1969) $44,000,000
The Ten Commandments (C. B. De Mille; Par; 1956) $43,000,000
The Poseidon Adventure (R. Neame; I. Allen; 20th; 1972) $42,500,000
Mary Poppins (R. Stevenson; W. Disney; BV; 1964) $42,000,000
American Graffiti (G. Lucas; F. F. Coppola; Univ; 1973) $41,200,000
M*A*S*H (R. Altman; I. Preminger; 20th; 1970) $40,500,000
Ben-Hur (W. Wyler; S. Zimbalist: MGM: 1959) $36,550,000
Fiddler on the Roof (N. Jewison; UA; 1971) $35,550,000
My Fair Lady (G. Cukor; J. L. Warner; WB; 1964) $34,000,000
Billy Jack (T. Frank; M. Solti; WB; 1971) $31,000,000
Thunderball (T. Young; Eon; UA; 1965) $28,300,000
Patton (F. Schaffner; F. McCarthy; 20th; 1970) $28,100,000
The French Connection (W. Friedkin; P. D'Antoni/Scine-Moore; 20th; 1971) $27,500,000
Funny Girl (W. Wyler; R. Stark; Col; 1968) $26,325,000
Cleopatra (J. Mankiewicz; W. Wanger; 20th; 1963) $26,000,000
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (S. Kramer; Col; 1968) $25,500,000
From: Variety, January 8, 1975.
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