1991 Weekend Box Office Winners by Theater Averages

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1. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 405,125 | Gross: $285.76M

Week 1 $5,810

2. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 111,806 | Gross: $52.10M

Week 2 $6,479

3. Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Gregg Edelman

Votes: 20,982 | Gross: $29.89M

Week 3 $10,978, Week 4 $7,879, Week 5 $5,762

4. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

48 Metascore

A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence

Votes: 45,231 | Gross: $101.60M

Week 6 $9,799

5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet (Jodie Foster) must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to help catch another serial killer (Ted Levine), a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,128,232 | Gross: $130.74M

Week 7 $9,196, Week 8 $7,886

6. The Doors (1991)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley

Votes: 77,505 | Gross: $35.18M

Week 9 $10,895

7. New Jack City (1991)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen Payne, Chris Rock

Votes: 28,619 | Gross: $47.62M

Week 10 $8,166, Week 11 $6,584

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

45 Metascore

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Votes: 47,710 | Gross: $78.66M

Week 12 $6,984, Week 13 $4,550

9. Defending Your Life (1991)

PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Michael Durrell

Votes: 15,473 | Gross: $16.37M

Week 14 $4,771

10. Out for Justice (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective will turn the case into a personal vendetta when the deceased's best friend and fellow officer will unleash an all-out attack against a psychotic Mafia enforcer's brutal gang.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Steven Seagal, William Forsythe, Jerry Orbach, Jo Champa

Votes: 19,816 | Gross: $39.67M

Week 15 $5,235

11. Mortal Thoughts (1991)

R | 103 min | Mystery, Thriller

Two detectives interrogated a hairdresser on two homicides she may or may not have been involved in.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis, John Pankow

Votes: 7,741 | Gross: $19.02M

Week 16 $6,301

12. Oscar (1991)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime

A gangster attempts to keep the promise he made to his dying father: that he would give up his life of crime and "go straight".

Director: John Landis | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Ornella Muti, Peter Riegert, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 27,557 | Gross: $23.56M

Week 17 $3,667

13. A Rage in Harlem (1991)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime

A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold after a shootout, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Zakes Mokae

Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $10.44M

Week 18 $4,552

14. Switch (1991)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A sexist womanizer is killed by one of his former lovers and then reincarnated as a woman.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 7,922 | Gross: $15.55M

Week 19 $3,722

15. What About Bob? (1991)

PG | 99 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 57,814 | Gross: $63.71M

Week 20 $6,299

16. Backdraft (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Drama

38 Metascore

Two Chicago firefighter brothers, who don't get along, have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 66,204 | Gross: $77.87M

Week 21 $8,490

17. Soapdish (1991)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

65 Metascore

An ambitious television soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Cathy Moriarty, Teri Hatcher

Votes: 13,213 | Gross: $36.49M

Week 22 $5,283

18. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 15,509 | Gross: $32.48M

Week 23 $8,385

19. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

51 Metascore

When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater

Votes: 166,010 | Gross: $165.50M

Week 24 $10,817, Week 25 $7,720

20. The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

65 Metascore

Lieutenant Frank Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 96,332 | Gross: $86.93M

Week 26 $8,754

21. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 904,025 | Gross: $204.84M

Week 27 $13,969

22. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 112,087 | Gross: $57.50M

Week 28 $12,091, Week 29 $8,108, Week 30 $5,170

23. Hot Shots! (1991)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy

61 Metascore

A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 91,591 | Gross: $69.47M

Week 31 $5,623

24. The Doctor (1991)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama

When a self-centered doctor is diagnosed with cancer, he becomes better able to empathize with his patients and appreciate a life outside his career.

Director: Randa Haines | Stars: William Hurt, Christine Lahti, Elizabeth Perkins, Mandy Patinkin

Votes: 4,751 | Gross: $38.12M

Week 32 $8,353, Week 33 $5,795

25. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

66 Metascore

A woman who has lost her memory is taken in by a Los Angeles orphanage, and a private eye is enlisted to track down her identity, but he soon finds that he might have a past life connection to her that endangers their lives.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Lois Hall

Votes: 24,338 | Gross: $38.02M

Week 34 $7,731, Week 35 $8,477, Week 36 $5,534

26. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 37,397 | Gross: $34.87M

Week 37 $6,963, Week 38 $3,562

27. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 73,320 | Gross: $41.90M

Week 39 $5,822

28. Paradise (I) (1991)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch

Votes: 2,527 | Gross: $18.63M

Week 40 $5,253

29. Frankie and Johnny (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane

Votes: 26,341 | Gross: $22.77M

Week 41 $4,146

30. Little Man Tate (1991)

PG | 99 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Fred Tate is a prodigy. He's also a lonely, little boy with the emotional needs that his single mom covers. Worries about world problems gives him ulcer. He takes a quantum physics summer college class at 7.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Alex Lee

Votes: 12,994 | Gross: $25.01M

Week 42 $8,901

31. House Party 2 (1991)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence.

Directors: George Jackson, Doug McHenry | Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Bowlegged Lou

Votes: 5,539 | Gross: $19.28M

Week 43 $5,173

32. Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

31 Metascore

In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside

Votes: 41,134 | Gross: $15.56M

Week 44 $5,500

33. Billy Bathgate (1991)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Loren Dean, Bruce Willis

Votes: 10,696 | Gross: $15.97M

Week 45 $3,190

34. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 153,320 | Gross: $79.10M

Week 46 $11,105

35. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 115,156 | Gross: $113.50M

Week 47 $10,038

36. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 388,068 | Gross: $218.97M

Week 48 $10,947

37. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 64,697 | Gross: $74.89M

Week 49 $10,068

38. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

52 Metascore

When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 213,435 | Gross: $119.65M

Week 50 $6,155

39. Father of the Bride (1991)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

51 Metascore

With his oldest daughter's wedding approaching, a father finds himself reluctant to let go.

Director: Charles Shyer | Stars: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Votes: 63,129 | Gross: $89.33M

Week 51 $4,504

40. The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 14,643 | Gross: $74.79M

Week 52 $7,142



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