Box Office Receipts in US Dollars for 1952

BELOW are the 100 Top Grossing Films of 1952.  They are listed in a table below showing who starred in them.

Also there how much each film grossed when it was released and how that gross means in today’s money.

I was amazed to see ‘Moulin Rouge’ in the Top Ten but it seems that although it did not fare well in the UK it did extremely well in the United States – difficult to know why that should be

Also we see that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis had two films in the top ten and then another one at number 11 – I knew that they were popular but hadn’t realised the full Box Office clout that they had.

Two of my own favourites ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ and ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ did quite well. Both in beautiful Technicolor – at it’s best here

ABOVE – a Scene from ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ 1952

The Prisoner of Zenda 1952

Victor Mature had a hit along with Esther Williams in ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’ although the caption below just states the star as Walter Pidgeon – he was in it but these two were the stars with Box Office appeal
RankMovie TitleStar of the MovieDomestic Box Office Actual (millions)Domestic Box Office Adjusted (millions)
1The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)Charlton Heston & James Stewart$38.88$522.00
2The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner$18.05$276.77
3Ivanhoe (1952)Robert Taylor & Elizabeth Taylor$17.38$266.45
4Hans Christian Andersen (1952)Danny Kaye & Farley Granger$16.66$255.45
5Singin’ in the Rain (1952)Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds$12.36$189.50
6Sailor Beware (1952)Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis$11.94$183.07
7Moulin Rouge (1952)José Ferrer & Directed by John Huston$11.81$181.02
8Jumping Jacks (1952)Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis$11.11$170.30
9The Quiet Man (1952)John Wayne & Directed by John Ford$10.55$161.78
10Come Back Little Sheba (1952)Shirley Booth & Burt Lancaster$9.73$149.11
11The Stooge (1952)Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis$9.72$149.01
12High Noon (1952)Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly$9.45$144.78
13Son Of Paleface (1952)Bob Hope & Jane Russell$9.44$144.75
14With a Song in My Heart (1952)Susan Hayward$9.16$140.49
15Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)Clifton Webb$8.39$128.10
16The Iron Mistress (1952)Alan Ladd & Virginia Mayo$8.36$127.75
17Just For You (1952)Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman$8.35$127.74
18Bend of the River (1952)James Stewart$8.33$127.72
19Road to Bali (1952)Bob Hope & Bing Crosby$8.32$127.71
20The World in His Arms (1952)Gregory Peck & Anthony Quinn$8.19$125.59
21Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)Walter Pidgeon$7.66$117.20
22Scaramouche (1952)Stewart Granger & Janet Leigh$7.65$117.19
23Room For One More (1952)Cary Grant & Betsy Drake$7.64$117.18
24April in Paris (1952)Doris Day & Ray Bolger$7.63$117.08
25Affair in Trinidad (1952)Rita Hayworth & Glenn Ford$7.49$114.95
26The Story of Will Rogers (1952)Will Rogers, Jr.$7.36$113.00
27Big Jim McLain (1952)John Wayne & James Arness$7.22$110.69
28Lovely To Look At (1952)Red Skelton$6.96$106.53
29The Crimson Pirate (1952)Burt Lancaster$6.95$106.44
30Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)Marjorie Main & Percy Kilbride$6.94$106.40
31Skirts Ahoy! (1952)Esther Williams$6.68$102.38
32Lone Star (1952)Clark Gable & Ava Gardner$6.67$102.28
33She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952)Virginia Mayo & Ronald Reagan$6.66$102.20
34Springfield Rifle (1952)Gary Cooper & Phyllis Thaxter$6.65$102.18
35Above and Beyond (1952)Robert Taylor$6.64$102.14
36Off Limits (1952)Bob Hope & Mickey Rooney$6.63$102.10
37The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)Kirk Douglas & Lana Turner$6.52$100.05
38The Merry Widow (1952)Lana Turner & Fernando Lamas$6.38$97.92
39Somebody Loves Me (1952)Betty Hutton$6.11$93.60
40Story of Robin Hood (1952)Richard Todd$5.87$89.60
41Pat and Mike (1952)Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn$5.86$89.55
42The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)Stewart Granger & James Mason$5.85$89.50
43Dreamboat (1952)Clifton Webb & Ginger Rogers$5.61$85.45
44The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)Jeff Chandler$5.60$85.40
45Belles on their Toes (1952)Myrna Loy & Jeanne Crain$5.59$85.35
46Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)Mitzi Gaynor$5.58$85.30
47Francis Goes to West Point (1952)Donald O’Connor$5.57$85.25
48Lure of the Wilderness (1952)Jean Peters$5.56$85.22
49Monkey Business (1952)Cary Grant & Directed by Howard Hawks$5.55$85.20
50What Price Glory (1952)James Cagney & Robert Wagner$5.54$85.15
51Abbott & Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)Abbott & Costello$5.53$85.05
52Retreat, Hell!Frank Lovejoy$5.52$85.02
53We’re Not Married (1952)Ginger Rogers & Marilyn Monroe$5.51$85.00
54The Wild North (1952)Stewart Granger$5.50$84.90
55Botany Bay (1952)Alan Ladd$5.49$84.86
56Plymouth Adventure (1952)Spencer Tracy & Gene Tierney$5.30$81.09
57Viva Zapata! (1952)Marlon Brando & Anthony Quinn$5.27$80.89
58Carrie (1952)Laurence Olivier & Jennifer Jones$4.99$76.63
59Ruby Gentry (1952)Jennifer Jones & Charlton Heston$4.87$74.60
60Because You’re Mine (1952)Mario Lanza$4.86$74.55
61Carbine Williams (1952)James Stewart & Jean Hagen$4.85$74.50
62The Winning Team (1952)Doris Day & Ronald Reagan$4.74$72.47
63Lydia Bailey (1952)Anne Francis$4.73$72.40
64Carson City (1952)Randolph Scott$4.72$72.37
65The Marrying Kind (1952)Judy Holliday$4.71$72.32
66Pony Soldier (1952)Tyrone Power & Cameron Mitchell$4.60$70.34
67Sudden Fear (1952)Joan Crawford & Jack Palance$4.59$70.24
68The Big Sky (1952)Kirk Douglas & Dewey Martin$4.58$70.19
69The Pride of St. Louis (1952)Dan Dailey$4.57$69.39
70One Minute To Zero (1952)Robert Mitchum & Ann Blyth$4.46$68.32
71Against All Flags (1952)Errol Flynn & Anthony Quinn$4.45$68.22
72About FaceGordon MacRea$4.44$68.17
73Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)Abbott & Costello$4.43$68.12
74Don’t Bother To Knock (1952)Marilyn Monroe & Richard Widmark$4.17$63.96
75Mara Maru (1952)Errol Flynn & Ruth Roman$4.16$63.86
76Scarlet Angel (1952)Rock Hudson & Yvonne De Carlo$4.15$63.76
77Lusty Men (1952)Susan Hayward & Robert Mitchum$4.14$63.66
78Island of Desire (1952)Linda Darnell & Tab Hunter$4.13$63.60
79Lost in Alaska (1952)Abbott & Costello$4.12$63.56
80Bugles in the Afternoon (1952)Ray Milland$4.11$63.51
81Clash by Night (1952)Barbara Stanwyck & Robert Ryan$4.10$63.44
82Red Ball Express (1952)Jeff Chandler & Sidney Poitier$4.09$63.36
83Untamed Frontier (1952)Joseph Cotten$4.08$63.32
84Where’s Charley? (1952)Ray Bolger$4.07$63.28
85Caribbean (1952)John Payne$3.89$59.65
86Diplomatic Courier (1952)Tyrone Power & Patricia Neal$3.88$59.60
875 Fingers (1952)James Mason & Danielle Darrieux$3.81$57.67
88Phone Call From a Stranger (1952)Shelley Winters & Bette Davis$3.80$57.57
89Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)Marge Champion$3.79$57.47
90Walk East on Beacon! (1952)George Murphy$3.78$57.43
91Way of a Gaucho (1952)Gene Tierney$3.77$57.40
92The Belle of New York (1952)Fred Astaire$3.76$57.37
93Back at the Front (1952)Tom Ewell$3.75$57.32
94The Cimarron Kid (1952)Audie Murphy$3.74$57.26
95My Cousin Rachel (1952)Olivia de Havilland & Richard Burton$3.61$55.38
96Deadline – USA (1952)Humphrey Bogart$3.50$53.51
97Kangaroo (1952)Maureen O’Hara$3.49$53.41
98Red Skies of Montana (1952)Richard Widmark$3.48$53.31
99Hangman’s Knot (1952)Randolph Scott$3.47$53.21
100The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)Audie Murphy & Lee Marvin$3.46$53.11
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