List of 1972 box office number-one films in the United States

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This is a list of films which placed number one at the weekend box office in the United States during 1972.

# Date Film Gross Notes
1 January 2, 1972 Dirty Harry $3,439,594
2 January 9, 1972 Dirty Harry $3,259,395
3 January 16, 1972 The Cowboys $3,694,906
4 January 23, 1972 The Cowboys $3,452,395
5 January 30, 1972 The Hot Rock $3,583,935
6 February 6, 1972 The Hot Rock $2,593,964
7 February 13, 1972 Cabaret $3,536,394
8 February 20, 1972 Cabaret $4,939,385
9 February 27, 1972 Cabaret $4,924,295
10 March 5, 1972 Cabaret $3,948,395
11 March 12, 1972 What's Up, Doc? $4,305,583
12 March 19, 1972 The Godfather $5,900,389
13 March 26, 1972 The Godfather $6,900,823 The Godfather (second weekend) had the highest weekend debut of 1972.
14 April 2, 1972 The Godfather $6,000,424
15 April 9, 1972 The Godfather $5,385,843
16 April 16, 1972 The Godfather $5,158,835
17 April 23, 1972 The Godfather $4,948,846
18 April 30, 1972 The Godfather $4,386,893
19 May 7, 1972 Play It Again, Sam $4,853,864
20 May 14, 1972 The Godfather $4,684,395 The Godfather reclaimed #1 in its ninth weekend of release.
21 May 21, 1972 The Godfather $3,483,583
22 May 28, 1972 The Godfather $3,294,864
23 June 4, 1972 The Godfather $2,593,395
24 June 11, 1972 Shaft's Big Score $4,943,640
25 June 18, 1972 Shaft's Big Score $2,583,405
26 June 25, 1972 Shaft's Big Score $1,593,390
27 July 2, 1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes $4,395,549
28 July 9, 1972 Butterflies Are Free $3,944,935
29 July 16, 1972 Joe Kidd $3,853,583
30 July 23, 1972 Joe Kidd $2,943,932
31 July 30, 1972 Fat City $3,584,395
32 August 6, 1972 Deliverance $4,593,395 Deliverance reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
33 August 13, 1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) $4,965,395 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
34 August 20, 1972 Deliverance $4,964,935 Deliverance reclaimed #1 in its fourth weekend of release.
35 August 27, 1972 Deliverance $3,438,395
36 September 3, 1972 Deliverance $3,284,294
37 September 10, 1972 Deliverance $2,489,853
38 September 17, 1972 Deliverance $2,148,395
39 September 24, 1972 Deliverance $1,482,294
40 October 1, 1972 Sounder $3,593,390 Sounder reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
41 October 8, 1972 Sounder $3,249,724
42 October 15, 1972 Lady Sings the Blues $4,385,395
43 October 22, 1972 Lady Sings the Blues $3,924,943
44 October 29, 1972 Lady Sings the Blues $3,274,284
45 November 5, 1972 Lady Sings the Blues $2,348,593
46 November 12, 1972 1776 $3,948,684
47 November 19, 1972 1776 $2,492,934
48 November 26, 1972 1776 $2,142,843
49 December 3, 1972 1776 $1,473,389
50 December 10, 1972 Lady Sings the Blues $3,924,294 Lady Sings the Blues reclaimed #1 in its ninth weekend of release.
51 December 17, 1972 The Poseidon Adventure $5,395,945
52 December 24, 1972 Jeremiah Johnson $5,683,395
53 December 31, 1972 The Getaway $4,935,356 The Getaway reached #1 in its third weekend of release.

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