1950 Top Box Office Movies

Bette Davis & Thelma Ritter in 1950’s All About Eve

This movie page looks at 1950 Top Box Office Movies.  Finding box office information for movies made in the 1940s and 1950s is extremely difficult.   For somebody looking for box office information on 1950 it is very very frustrating.  Over the years, we have researched and collected information on over 36,000 movies.  So we figured we would show all the 1950 movies in our database.

To make this list a movie had to be made in 1950.  Obviously many movies made in 1949 earned box office dollars in 1950.  On the other side many movies made in 1950 made money in 1951 and later.  This page will looks at 174 1950 Top Box Office Movies.  The movies are listed in a massive table that lets you rank the movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information.

The following massive table only includes the movies made in 1950 that are in our database.  Since we are constantly adding new movies to our database….this page will quickly become obsolete.  We will try and update this page on a regular basis. *The box office totals for Cinderella include all of the re-releases it has had over the years.

Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger in 1950’s King Soloman’s Mines

1950 Top Box Office Movies Can Be Ranked 7 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort 1950 Top Box Office Movies by the stars or in some cases the director of the movie.
  • Sort 1950 Top Box Office Movies by domestic actual box office grosses (in millions)
  • Sort 1950 Top Box Office Movies by domestic adjusted box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions).
  • Sort 1950 Top Box Office Movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort 1950 Top Box Office Movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each 1950 Top Box Office Movies received.
  • Sort 1950 Top Box Office Movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking Score (UMR).  Our UMR score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy in 1950’s Father of the Bride

My Main Sources

Source 1: Eddie Mannix MGM Ledgers

Source 2: C.J. Tevlin RKO Ledgers

Source 3: William Schaefer Warner Brothers Ledgers

Source 4: Year In Review Variety Editions

Source 5: Grand Design: Hollywood As A Modern Business Enterprise 1930-1942 by Tino Balio

Source 6: Twentieth Century-Fox A Corporate and Financial History by Aubrey Solomon

Source 7:  Wikipedia

Source 8:  IMDb.com

Source 9:  “Revenue sharing and the coming of sound” by H. Mark Glancy

Source 10: Hollywood Power Stats by Christopher Reynolds


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27 thoughts on “1950 Top Box Office Movies

    1 I look forward to the 1951 page.

    2 Thought-association can be a wonderful thing. I was working on my De Niro post to Steve when I noticed that you and Joel had been corresponding again.

    3 That reminded me of De Niro’s 1991 Guilty by Suspicion in which a 3rd rate Hollywood B movie producer had been pursuing to make a film the important director David Merrill whom Robert was playing.

    4 The producer again confronts David as he is entering a restaurant and says to him “If we join forces for that movie we’ll walk up the isle together at Oscar time,” to which Merrill brushing past him dismissively replies “What, are we gonna get married or something?”

    5 Few could do sarcasm better than Bobby D but things do seem to be getting serious between you and Joel and one can only hope W o C is not the jealous type!

    ADDITIONAL TRIVIA Guilty by Suspicion is probably my favourite De Niro flick. You and Steve don’t seem to think over-much of it but for once I can maybe claim the high ground as Roger Ebert praised it and gave it 3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars. Martin Scorsese had a supporting role and his character was based on blacklisted director Joseph Losey while De Niro’s David Merrill was supposed to have been inspired by director John Berry, also blacklisted in the McCarthy era.

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