1940 in film

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The year 1940 in film involved some significant events, including the premieres of the Walt Disney classics Pinocchio and Fantasia.

Events[edit]

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[1][edit]

At the time, box office numbers were reported as a percentage of business for each theater in comparison to 'normal' business. For example, Boom Town performed at 232% and Pinocchio at 130%. This is why exact dollar grosses for films are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Actors Directors Gross
1. Rebecca United Artists Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine Alfred Hitchcock $6,000,000
2. Boom Town MGM Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy Jack Conway $5,000,000
3. The Great Dictator United Artists Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard Charlie Chaplin $5,000,000
4. Strike Up the Band MGM Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney Busby Berkeley $3,494,000
5. The Philadelphia Story MGM Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart George Cukor $3,259,000
6. Northwest Passage MGM Spencer Tracy, Robert Young King Vidor $3,150,000
7. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante MGM Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy Garland George B. Seitz $2,623,000
8. The Grapes of Wrath 20th Century-Fox Henry Fonda John Ford $2,500,000
9. Kitty Foyle RKO Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan Sam Wood $2,385,000
10. Comrade X MGM Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr King Vidor $2,079,000
11. My Favorite Wife RKO Irene Dunne, Cary Grant Garson Kanin $2,057,000
12. The Sea Hawk Warner Bros. Errol Flynn Michael Curtiz $2,000,000
13. Down Argentine Way 20th Century-Fox Don Ameche, Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda Irving Cummings $2,000,000
14. Road to Singapore Paramount Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour Victor Schertzinger $1,600,000
15. Virginia City Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins Michael Curtiz unknown
16. I Love You Again MGM William Powell, Myrna Loy W. S. Van Dyke unknown
17. All This, and Heaven Too Warner Bros. Bette Davis, Charles Boyer Anatole Litvak unknown
28. Pinocchio* Disney Cliff Edwards $84,300,000*[2]
unknown Fantasia* Walt Disney Studios Deems Taylor and Leopold Stokowski unknown

* After theatrical reissues

Academy Awards[edit]

Notable films released in 1940[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Serials[edit]

Short film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Box Office Digest, April 1941, p. 18
  2. ^ Pinocchio (1940 film)