List of 1989 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 1989.

# Weekend end date Film Box office[1] Notes
1 January 8, 1989 Rain Man $9,245,626 Rain Man reached #1 in its third weekend of release.
2 January 15, 1989 Rain Man $10,111,504
3 January 22, 1989 Rain Man $7,003,147
4 January 29, 1989 Rain Man $6,829,705
5 February 5, 1989 Three Fugitives $5,477,051 Three Fugitives reached #1 in its second weekend of release.
6 February 12, 1989 The Fly II $6,751,371
7 February 20, 19894-day weekend The 'Burbs $11,101,197
8 February 26, 1989 The 'Burbs $6,024,480
9 March 5, 1989 Lean on Me $5,032,605
10 March 12, 1989 Lean on Me $4,579,440
11 March 19, 1989 Fletch Lives $8,045,760
12 March 26, 1989 Fletch Lives $5,647,320
13 April 2, 1989 Rain Man $5,537,165 Rain Man reclaimed #1 in sixteenth weekend of release.
14 April 9, 1989 Major League $8,836,265
15 April 16, 1989 Major League $7,070,809
16 April 23, 1989 Pet Sematary $12,046,179 Pet Sematary broke Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter's record ($11,1 million) for the highest weekend debut in April.
17 April 30, 1989 Pet Sematary $8,380,098
18 May 7, 1989 Pet Sematary $6,338,594
19 May 14, 1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil $7,098,741
20 May 21, 1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil $6,105,120
21 May 29, 19894-day weekend Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $37,031,573 Biggest weekend of all time surpassing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom's 4-day Memorial Day weekend of $33.9 million.
22 June 4, 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $21,230,164 Biggest second weekend gross of all-time surpassing Return of the Jedi's $17.2 million.
23 June 11, 1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier $17,375,648
24 June 18, 1989 Ghostbusters II $29,472,894 Ghostbusters II set a record 3-day weekend surpassing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusades record $29,355,021 set 3 weeks earlier.
25 June 25, 1989 Batman $40,489,746 Batman had the highest weekend debut of all-time surpassing last month's record set by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It also broke Superman II's record ($14.1 million) for the highest weekend debut for a Superhero film & Cobra's record ($15.6 million) for highest weekend debut for a Warner Bros. film.
26 July 2, 1989 Batman $30,075,189 Highest second weekend gross of all-time, 6th highest ever and second highest 3-day gross ever (after Batman's first weekend).
27 July 9, 1989 Lethal Weapon 2 $20,388,800
28 July 16, 1989 Lethal Weapon 2 $17,188,126
29 July 23, 1989 Lethal Weapon 2 $13,022,249
30 July 30, 1989 Turner & Hooch $12,211,042
31 August 6, 1989 Parenthood $10,506,450
32 August 13, 1989 Parenthood $9,672,350
33 August 20, 1989 Uncle Buck $8,794,501
34 August 27, 1989 Uncle Buck $6,725,275
35 September 4, 19894-day weekend Uncle Buck $7,822,640
36 September 10, 1989 Uncle Buck $4,550,887
37 September 17, 1989 Sea of Love $10,017,840 Sea of Love broke Crocodile Dundee's record ($8 million) for the highest weekend debut in September.
38 September 24, 1989 Black Rain $9,677,102
39 October 1, 1989 Black Rain $6,503,065
40 October 8, 1989 Black Rain $6,100,000
41 October 15, 1989 Look Who's Talking $12,107,784 Look Who's Talking broke Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 's record ($11.1 million) for the highest weekend debut for a film released during the Friday the 13th weekend.
42 October 22, 1989 Look Who's Talking $14,147,340
43 October 29, 1989 Look Who's Talking $11,556,750
44 November 5, 1989 Look Who's Talking $11,457,810
45 November 12, 1989 Look Who's Talking $11,409,873
46 November 19, 1989 Harlem Nights $16,096,808 Biggest pre-holiday fall opening.
47 November 26, 1989 Back to the Future Part II $27,835,125
48 December 3, 1989 Back to the Future Part II $12,110,340
49 December 10, 1989 The War of the Roses $9,488,794
50 December 17, 1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation $7,233,119 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation reached #1 in its third weekend of release.
51 December 24, 1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation $7,007,789
52 January 1, 1990 The War of the Roses $10,490,781 The War of the Roses reclaimed #1 in fourth weekend of release.

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Director Gross[2]
1. Batman Warner Bros./PolyGram Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Robert Wuhl, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough and Jack Palance Tim Burton $251,188,924
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Paramount/Lucasfilm Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Allison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover Steven Spielberg $197,171,806
3. Lethal Weapon 2 Warner Bros. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Joss Ackland, Derrick O'Connor and Patsy Kensit Richard Donner $147,253,986
4. Look Who's Talking Tri-Star John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, George Segal, Abe Vigoda and Bruce Willis (voice) Amy Heckerling $140,088,813
5. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Disney Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Matt Frewer, Kristine Sutherland, Amy O'Neill, Robert Oliveri, Jared Rushton and Thomas Wilson Brown Joe Johnston $130,724,172
6. Back to the Future Part II Universal Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F. Wilson Robert Zemeckis $118,450,002
7. Ghostbusters II Columbia Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Peter MacNicol Ivan Reitman $112,494,738
8. The Little Mermaid* Disney voices of Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett Ron Clements and John Musker $111,543,479
9. Driving Miss Daisy Warner Bros. Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone and Esther Rolle Bruce Beresford $106,593,296
10. Parenthood Universal/Imagine Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen and Dianne Wiest Ron Howard $100,047,830
11. Dead Poets Society Touchstone Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke Peter Weir $95,860,116
12. When Harry Met Sally... Columbia/Castle Rock/Nelson Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby Rob Reiner $92,823,546
13. The War of the Roses 20th Century Fox/Gracie Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito Danny DeVito $86,888,546
14. Steel Magnolias Tri-Star/Rastar Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott, Kevin J. O'Connor and Sam Shepard Herbert Ross $83,759,091
15. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Warner Bros. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki Jeremiah S. Chechik $71,319,526
16. Turner & Hooch Touchstone Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson and J. C. Quinn Roger Spottiswoode $71,079,915
17. Born on the Fourth of July Universal Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Willem Dafoe and Frank Whaley Oliver Stone $70,001,698
18. Uncle Buck Universal John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Macaulay Culkin, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan, Jay Underwood and Laurie Metcalf John Hughes $66,758,538
19. Field of Dreams Universal Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, Gaby Hoffmann and Burt Lancaster Phil Alden Robinson $64,431,625
20. Tango & Cash Warner Bros. Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance, Teri Hatcher and Brion James Andrei Konchalovsky and Albert Magnoli $63,408,614

(*) Includes theatrical reissue(s)

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