List of 1996 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 1996.

# Weekend end date Film Total weekend gross[1] Notes
1 January 7, 1996 12 Monkeys $13,842,990
2 January 14, 1996 12 Monkeys $9,974,510
3 January 21, 1996 From Dusk till Dawn $10,240,805
4 January 28, 1996 Mr. Holland's Opus $8,297,082 Mr. Holland's Opus reached #1 in its second week of release.
5 February 4, 1996 Black Sheep $10,593,609
6 February 11, 1996 Broken Arrow $15,583,510
7 February 18, 1996 Broken Arrow $11,704,778
8 February 25, 1996 Rumble in the Bronx $9,858,380
9 March 3, 1996 Up Close & Personal $11,101,955
10 March 10, 1996 The Birdcage $18,275,828
11 March 17, 1996 The Birdcage $16,034,306
12 March 24, 1996 The Birdcage $13,294,404
13 March 31, 1996 The Birdcage $10,106,414
14 April 7, 1996 Primal Fear $9,871,222
15 April 14, 1996 Primal Fear $8,108,561
16 April 21, 1996 Primal Fear $6,585,472
17 April 28, 1996 The Quest $7,029,120
18 May 5, 1996 The Craft $6,710,995
19 May 12, 1996 Twister $41,059,405 Twister broke Lethal Weapon 3's record ($33.2 mil) for the highest weekend debut in May.
20 May 19, 1996 Twister $37,093,440
21 May 26, 1996 Mission: Impossible $45,436,830 Mission: Impossible broke Twister's record ($41.1 mil) for the highest weekend debut in May (which was set 2 weeks ago), and The Flintstones's record ($29.7 mil) for the highest Memorial Day weekend debut, and its record for highest debut of a movie based on a TV show.
22 June 2, 1996 Mission: Impossible $21,629,362
23 June 9, 1996 The Rock $25,069,525
24 June 16, 1996 The Cable Guy $19,806,226
25 June 23, 1996 Eraser $24,566,446
26 June 30, 1996 The Nutty Professor $25,411,725
27 July 7, 1996 Independence Day $50,228,264 Independence Day broke Terminator 2: Judgment Day's record ($31.7 mil) for the highest weekend debut in July and the highest Fourth of July weekend debut. Independence Day had the highest weekend debut in 1996.
28 July 14, 1996 Independence Day $35,242,709
29 July 21, 1996 Independence Day $21,274,817
30 July 28, 1996 A Time to Kill $14,823,159
31 August 4, 1996 A Time to Kill $13,262,934
32 August 11, 1996 Jack $11,191,496
33 August 18, 1996 Tin Cup $10,128,834
34 August 25, 1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau $9,101,987
35 September 1, 1996 The Crow: City of Angels $9,785,111
36 September 8, 1996 Bulletproof $6,014,400
37 September 15, 1996 Maximum Risk $5,612,707
38 September 22, 1996 The First Wives Club $18,913,411 The First Wives Club broke Seven's record ($13.9 mil) for the highest weekend debut in September.
39 September 29, 1996 The First Wives Club $15,314,530
40 October 6, 1996 The First Wives Club $11,017,356
41 October 13, 1996 The Ghost and the Darkness $9,215,063
42 October 20, 1996 Sleepers $12,305,745
43 October 27, 1996 Sleepers $9,605,059
44 November 3, 1996 Romeo + Juliet $11,133,231
45 November 10, 1996 Ransom $34,216,088
46 November 17, 1996 Space Jam $27,528,529
47 November 24, 1996 Star Trek: First Contact $30,716,131
48 December 1, 1996 101 Dalmatians $33,504,025
49 December 8, 1996 101 Dalmatians $13,944,053
50 December 15, 1996 Jerry Maguire $17,084,296
51 December 22, 1996 Beavis and Butt-head do America $20,114,233 Beavis and Butt-head do America broke Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country's record ($18.1 million) for the highest weekend debut in December.
52 December 29, 1996 Michael $17,435,711

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films of 1996[2]
Rank Title Studio Actors Director Domestic Gross
1. Independence Day 20th Century Fox Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, James Rebhorn, Harvey Fierstein and Harry Connick, Jr. Roland Emmerich $306,169,268
2. Twister Warner Bros./Universal Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz and Cary Elwes Jan de Bont $241,721,524
3. Mission: Impossible Paramount Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vanessa Redgrave Brian De Palma $180,981,856
4. Jerry Maguire TriStar Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr, Regina King and Bonnie Hunt Cameron Crowe $153,952,592
5. Ransom Touchstone/Imagine Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo and Lili Taylor Ron Howard $136,492,681
6. 101 Dalmatians Disney/Great Oaks Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright and Frank Welker Stephen Herek $136,189,294
7. The Rock Hollywood Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, William Forsythe, David Morse, Michael Biehn, Gregory Sporleder, Tony Todd and Vanessa Marcil Michael Bay $134,069,511
8. The Nutty Professor Universal Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, James Coburn and Dave Chappelle Tom Shadyac $128,814,019
9. The Birdcage United Artists Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Diane Weist, Dan Futterman and Calista Flockhart Mike Nichols $124,060,553
10. A Time to Kill Warner Bros./Regency Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland Joel Schumacher $152,266,007

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