List of 1961 box office number-one films in the United States

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This is a list of films which have placed number one at the weekend box office in the United States during 1961.

# Weekend end date Film Box office Notes
1 January 8, 1961 Swiss Family Robinson $843,674
2 January 15, 1961 Swiss Family Robinson $742,833
3 January 22, 1961 Swiss Family Robinson $619,348
4 January 29, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,973,285 One Hundred and One Dalmatians has the highest weekend debut of 1961.
5 February 5, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,753,249
6 February 12, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,582,693
7 February 20, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,482,583
8 February 26, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,371,284
9 March 5, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,284,194
10 March 12, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,173,278
11 March 19, 1961 The Absent-Minded Professor $1,285,385
12 March 26, 1961 Hoodlum Priest $1,219,834
13 April 2, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,284,389 One Hundred and One Dalmatians reclaimed #1 in its tenth weekend of release.
14 April 9, 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade $1,281,572 The Sins of Rachel Cade reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
15 April 16, 1961 The Absent-Minded Professor $1,283,204 The Absent-Minded Professor reclaimed #1 in its fifth weekend of release.
16 April 23, 1961 The Absent-Minded Professor $1,184,284
17 April 30, 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $1,178,284 One Hundred and One Dalmatians reclaimed #1 in its fourteenth weekend of release.
18 May 7, 1961 Return to Peyton Place $1,278,284
19 May 14, 1961 Underworld U.S.A. $1,283,583
20 May 21, 1961 Parrish $935,375 Parrish reached #1 in its third weekend of release.
21 May 28, 1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie $1,283,294
22 June 4, 1961 A Raisin in the Sun $1,392,583
23 June 11, 1961 Gidget Goes Hawaiian $1,284,172 Gidget Goes Hawaiian reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
24 June 18, 1961 Wild in the Country $1,582,238
25 June 25, 1961 The Parent Trap $1,502,583
26 July 2, 1961 The Guns of Navarone $1,385,290 The Guns of Navarone reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
27 July 9, 1961 The Ladies Man $1,182,194 The Ladies Man reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
28 July 16, 1961 The Parent Trap $1,182,422 The Parent Trap reclaimed #1 in its fourth weekend of release.
29 July 23, 1961 The Parent Trap $1,128,874
30 July 30, 1961 Two Rode Together $1,284,812
31 August 6, 1961 Two Rode Together $924,372
32 August 13, 1961 Come September $1,284,287
33 August 20, 1961 The Pit and the Pendulum $964,378 The Pit and the Pendulum reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
34 August 27, 1961 Ada $1,372,578
35 September 3, 1961 The Parent Trap $1,283,294 The Parent Trap reclaimed #1 in its eleventh weekend of release.
36 September 10, 1961 The Parent Trap $925,673
37 September 17, 1961 The Parent Trap $834,238
38 September 24, 1961 The Parent Trap $735,383
39 October 1, 1961 Paris Blues $924,472
40 October 8, 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's $1,724,294
41 October 15, 1961 King of Kings $1,639,583
42 October 22, 1961 West Side Story $1,832,573
43 October 29, 1961 West Side Story $1,724,583
44 November 5, 1961 The Comancheros $1,635,245
45 November 12, 1961 West Side Story $1,528,582 West Side Story reclaimed #1 in its fourth weekend of release.
46 November 19, 1961 West Side Story $1,482,522
47 November 26, 1961 Blue Hawaii $1,835,378
48 December 3, 1961 Blue Hawaii $1,582,783
49 December 10, 1961 Blue Hawaii $1,439,993
50 December 17, 1961 El Cid $1,589,492
51 December 24, 1961 Lover Come Back $1,732,583
52 January 1, 1961 El Cid $1,490,781 El Cid reclaimed #1 in its third weekend of release.

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