List of 1981 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 1981.

# Weekend end date Film Box office Notes
1 January 4, 1981 9 to 5 $5,567,435
2 January 11, 1981 9 to 5 $4,788,122
3 January 18, 1981 9 to 5 $3,455,332
4 January 25, 1981 9 to 5 $3,233,126
5 February 1, 1981 9 to 5 $2,475,788
6 February 8, 1981 Fort Apache, The Bronx $5,111,137
7 February 15, 1981 My Bloody Valentine $3,573,744
8 February 22, 1981 Eyewitness $5,633,332 Eyewitness reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
9 March 1, 1981 Eyewitness $3,755,342
10 March 8, 1981 The Devil and Max Devlin $5,422,165
11 March 15, 1981 The Funhouse $2,765,456
12 March 22, 1981 Omen III: The Final Conflict $3,222,981
13 March 29, 1981 Omen III: The Final Conflict $3,122,311
14 April 5, 1981 Nighthawks $4,844,731
15 April 12, 1981 The Howling $4,987,866
16 April 19, 1981 Caveman $3,529,736
17 April 26, 1981 Caveman $3,431,199
18 May 3, 1981 Friday the 13th Part 2 $6,477,531
19 May 10, 1981 The Burning $3,233,475
20 May 17, 1981 Happy Birthday to Me $3,338,765
21 May 24, 1981 The Four Seasons $10,744,612
22 May 31, 1981 The Four Seasons $6,236,965
23 June 7, 1981 The Four Seasons $5,877,288
24 June 14, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $12,130,887
25 June 21, 1981 Superman II $14,100,523 Superman II had the highest weekend debut of 1981.
26 June 28, 1981 For Your Eyes Only $9,100,741
27 July 5, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $10,733,271 Raiders of the Lost Ark reclaimed #1 in its fourth weekend of release.
28 July 12, 1981 Escape from New York $5,462,100
29 July 19, 1981 Arthur $7,655,381
30 July 26, 1981 Arthur $5,434,810
31 August 2, 1981 Arthur $4,541,634
32 August 9, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $8,334,521 Raiders of the Lost Ark reclaimed #1 in its ninth weekend of release.
33 August 16, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $7,511,840
34 August 23, 1981 An American Werewolf in London $4,623,333
35 August 30, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $3,653,558 Raiders of the Lost Ark reclaimed #1 in its twelfth weekend of release.
36 September 6, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $3,422,322
37 September 13, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $3,321,251
38 September 20, 1981 Continental Divide $3,588,193
39 September 27, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $4,632,321 Raiders of the Lost Ark reclaimed #1 in its sixteenth weekend of release.
40 October 4, 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $3,784,812
41 October 11, 1981 Chariots of Fire $7,521,745
42 October 18, 1981 Chariots of Fire $6,331,634
43 October 25, 1981 Chariots of Fire $5,541,891
44 November 1, 1981 Halloween II $7,446,508
45 November 8, 1981 Time Bandits $6,732,915
46 November 15, 1981 Time Bandits $4,581,934
47 November 22, 1981 Time Bandits $3,955,671
48 November 29, 1981 Time Bandits $3,831,945
49 December 6, 1981 Reds $3,985,671
50 December 13, 1981 Reds $2,473,511
51 December 20, 1981 Sharky's Machine $4,531,587
52 December 27, 1981 Sharky's Machine $3,812,873
53 January 3, 1982 Sharky's Machine $3,214,731

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