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The year 1961 in film involved some significant events, with West Side Story winning 10 Academy Awards.

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Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1961 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1961
RankTitleStudioBox-office gross rental
1 West Side Story United Artists/The Mirisch Company $19,645,000 [1]
2 The Guns of Navarone Columbia Pictures $13,000,000 [2]
3 El Cid Allied Artists/Samuel Bronston Productions $12,000,000 [2]
4 The Parent Trap Walt Disney/Buena Vista Distribution $11,300,000 [2]
5 The Absent-Minded Professor $11,100,000 [2]
6 Lover Come Back Universal Pictures $7,625,000 [3]
7 King of Kings Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $6,520,000 [3]
8 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Walt Disney/Buena Vista Distribution$6,200,000 [4]
9 La Dolce Vita Cineriz/Pathé Consortium Cinéma $6,000,000 [5]
10 Come September Universal Pictures$5,772,000 [3]

Top-grossing films by country

The highest-grossing 1961 films from countries outside of North America.

CountryTitleStudioGross
India Gunga Jumna Mehboob Studio $14,610,000 [n 2]

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Soviet Union Striped Trip Lenfilm [7] $12,720,000 [n 3]

Events

Awards

Category/Organization 19th Golden Globe Awards
March 5, 1962
34th Academy Awards
April 9, 1962
DramaComedy or Musical
Best Film The Guns of Navarone A Majority of One (Comedy)
West Side Story (Musical)
West Side Story
Best Director Stanley Kramer
Judgment at Nuremberg
Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
West Side Story
Best Actor Maximilian Schell
Judgment at Nuremberg
Glenn Ford
Pocketful of Miracles
Maximilian Schell
Judgment at Nuremberg
Best Actress Geraldine Page
Summer and Smoke
Rosalind Russell
A Majority of One
Sophia Loren
Two Women
Best Supporting Actor George Chakiris
West Side Story
Best Supporting Actress Rita Moreno
West Side Story
Best Original Score Dimitri Tiomkin
The Guns of Navarone
Henry Mancini
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Drama or Comedy)
Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
West Side Story (Musical)
Best Original Song"Town Without Pity"
Town Without Pity
"Moon River"
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Best Foreign Language Film Two Women Through a Glass Darkly

1961 film releases

United States unless stated

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Notable films released in 1961

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Short film series

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

Notes

  1. 4.79 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1948 to 1966<ref>"Rupee's journey since Independence: Down by 65 times against dollar", The Economic Times , 24 August 2013
  2. 7 crore [6] (US$14.61 million) [n 1]
  3. 11.45 million Soviet rubles (45.8 million tickets sold, [8] average ticket price of 25 kopecks), [9] 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971 [10]

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References

  1. Pirie, David (1981). Anatomy of the Movies. Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc. p.  254. ISBN   0-02-597540-4.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp.  358–359. ISBN   978-1-903364-66-6.
  3. 1 2 3 Top 20 Films of 1961 by Domestic Revenue
  4. Gabler, Neal (2006). Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. Vintage Books. p. 586. ISBN   978-0679757474.
  5. "All-time top film grossers", Variety 8 January 1964 p 37.
  6. "Box Office 1961". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  7. Striped Trip at IMDb
  8. Sergey Kudryavtsev. "Отечественные фильмы в советском кинопрокате".
  9. Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  10. Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls
  11. "Cubby Broccoli, Saltzman Close Deal With UA". Daily Variety . June 29, 1961. p. 1.
  12. "Screening 'September' Tonite On TWA Jet". Daily Variety . July 17, 1961. p. 3.