I rarely find any entertainment in looking at box office results for current film, though I understand the mentality to a certain extent… people want to see films they like do well, it seems to me it’s motivated by a sense of gambling that I don’t quite understand. Though rarely money isn’t dealt, I’m always surprised when people seem to spend a huge amount of time guessing at numbers, being frustrated when certain films under (or over) perform, and even the few who hold a film’s financial success as a measure of the film’s quality. That being said, there is something fascinating about box office results from times long past. It’s strange how many films that made a huge amount of money are nearly forgotten these days. It’s not unheard of for box office films from the pre-1970s era, that there will be at least one or two films from the top 10 that I won’t even have heard of. As I’m planning on watching Giant in the next few days, I figured it would be interseting to look at 1956… which is a year I’ve yet to see a single film from the top 10.
Film (distributor) Release Revenue
1 The Ten Commandments (Para.)* Oct 56 $43.000 m
2 Around the World in 80 Days (UA) Oct 56 $23.120 m
3 Giant (WB)* Oct 56 $14.000 m
4 Seven Wonders of the World (Cinerama) Apr 56 $12.500 m (best I could do as far as image, interesting nonetheless)
5 The King and I (Fox) Jun 56 $8.500 m
6 Trapeze (UA) May 56 $7.269 m
7 War and Peace (Para.) Aug 56 $6.250 m
8 High Society (MGM) Jul 56 $5.878 m
9 Teahouse of the August Moon (MGM) Nov 56 $5.712 m
10 The Eddy Duchin Story (Colu.) Jun 56 $5.300 m
* – Figure includes revenue from at least 1 major reissue.
Numbers and list from Box Office Report