It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1991. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we highlight some of those in this series.
We have previously looked at the year in music and video games in 1991. We now turn to the movies of 1991. This was another huge year at the box office. There were some pretty big landmark films that released in 1991. You remember them? Let’s check them out.
Of the top 10 movies of 1991, what was the highest grossing film that year? Interesting enough, both the domestic and worldwide number 1 film was Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It was released on July 3rd and had the highest grossing weekend that year and broke the record at the time for the highest grossing R rated film.
What film was number 1 at the box office for the longest consecutive amount of weeks? It was actually a tie between a film released in 1990 & one in 1991. The one released in 1990 was Home Alone and the one released in 1991 was Silence of the Lambs (released on February 14th). They both spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the box office. Silence of the Lambs would go on to be #4 domestically & number #5 worldwide box office with $272.7 million.
What were the other top films in the top 5 worldwide released in 1991. They were Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Released June 14th, 2nd worldwide with $390.4 million), Beauty and the Beast (Released November 15th, 3rd worldwide with $351.8 million) and Hook (Released December 11th, 4th worldwide with $300.8 million)
The rest of the top 10 worldwide grossing films include JFK (December 20th), The Addams Family (November 22nd), Cape Fear (November 15th), Hot Shots! (August 2nd) and City Slickers (June 7th).
Other big films that released in 1991 were Sleeping with the Enemy (February 8th), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (March 22nd), Thelma and Louise (May 24th), The Rocketeer (June 21st), The Naked Gun 2 & 1/2: The Smell of Fear (June 28th), Regarding Henry/Point Break/Boyz n the Hood (those three released on July 12th), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (December 6th), and Father of the Bride (December 20th).
Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1991. Is there a film not listed that came from 1991 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1991. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.