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

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Top-grossing films (U.S.)

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

Highest-grossing films of 1940
RankTitleDistributorDomestic rentals
1 Boom Town MGM $3,664,000 [1]
2 The Great Dictator United Artists $3,500,000 [2]
3 Rebecca United Artists/Selznick International $3,000,000 [3]
4 North West Mounted Police Paramount $2,750,000 [4]
5 The Philadelphia Story MGM$2,374,000 [1]
6 Strike Up the Band $2,265,000 [1]
7 Northwest Passage $2,169,000 [1]
8 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante $1,945,000 [1]
9 The Fighting 69th Warner Bros. $1,822,000 [5]
10 Santa Fe Trail $1,748,000 [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 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. "DeMille's Topper". Variety . 3 September 1941. p. 24.
  5. 1 2 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
  6. Coveney, Michael (28 January 2017). "Sir John Hurt obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  7. Anderson, Tre'vell (July 16, 2017). "George A. Romero, 'Night of the Living Dead' creator, dies at 77". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 1, 2020.