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If you have financial information for any of the films missing from the MGM or Warners lists, or for films post-Warners, please e-mail me.

 

Thanks to Ritchie for info on "The Only Thing," "The Boob," "Rain," "Gorgeous Hussy," "Ice Follies," "Women," "Strange Cargo," and "Susan and God"; as well as for all of the Warners info and box-office rankings for 1930 and 1931.

 

Thanks to Mat Ether for Joan's box-office rankings for 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1947, and 1952.

 


 

MGM Film Grosses, 1925 - 1943

 

NOTE: This incomplete MGM list also includes data for First National's "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" and United's "Rain."

 

MGM Data Source: The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Appendix 1: "MGM Film Grosses, 1924 - 1948" from the Historical Journal of Film, Television, and Radio, Vol. 12, No. 2 [1992]

 

 All amounts given in $1,000 increments---e.g., "156" = $156,000 and "1,099" = $1,099,000.

 

FILM (and year released)

COST

DOMESTIC

GROSS

FOREIGN

GROSS

TOTAL

GROSS

PROFIT

LOSS

Old Clothes (1925)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

The Only Thing (1925)

308

320

70

390

---

80

Sally, Irene, and Mary (1925)

156

373

98

471

141

---

The Boob (1926)

108

142

41

183

---

30

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926) Joan on loan-out to First National.

150

 No info.

 

 

 

 

Paris (1926)

198

275

92

367

33

---

The Taxi Dancer (1927)

143

263

100

363

67

---

Winners of the Wilderness (1927)

86

158

125

283

74

---

The Understanding Heart (1927)

248

427

109

536

70

---

The Unknown (1927)

217

578

269

847

362

---

Twelve Miles Out (1927)

462

655

238

893

125

---

Spring Fever (1927)

314

386

119

505

115

---

West Point (1928)

205

502

190

692

238

---

Rose-Marie (1928)

494

679

293

972

165

---

Across to Singapore (1928)

290

548

333

881

306

---

The Law of the Range (1928)

52

139

102

241

87

---

Four Walls (1928)

255

605

198

803

289

---

Our Dancing Daughters (1928)

178

757

342

1,099

304

---

Dream of Love (1928)

221

339

232

571

138

---

The Duke Steps Out (1929)

218

714

206

920

343

---

Hollywood Revue of 1929

426

1,517

894

2,421

1,135

---

Our Modern Maidens (1929)

283

675

182

857

248

---

Untamed (1929)

229

714

260

974

508

---

Montana Moon (1930)

277

751

209

960

326

---

Our Blushing Brides (1930)

337

874

337

1,211

412

---

Paid (1930)

385

920

311

1,231

415

---

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

234

848

420

1,268

524

---

Laughing Sinners (1931)

338

624

141

765

156

---

This Modern Age (1931)

361

708

183

891

218

---

Possessed (1931)

378

1,030

492

1,522

611

---

Grand Hotel (1932)

700

1,235

1,359

2,594

947

---

Letty Lynton (1932)

347

754

418

1,172

390

---

Rain (1932) Joan on loan-out to United.

591

538

166

704

---

198

Today We Live (1933)

663

590

445

1,035

---

23

Dancing Lady (1933)

923

1,490

916

2,406

744

---

Sadie McKee (1934)

612

838

464

1,302

226

---

Chained (1934)

544

1,301

687

1,988

732

---

Forsaking All Others (1934)

392

1,399

800

2,199

1,132

---

No More Ladies (1935)

765

1,117

506

1,623

166

---

I Live My Life (1935)

586

921

557

1,478

384

---

The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

1,119

1,458

561

2,019

116

---

Love on the Run (1936)

578

1,141

721

1,862

677

---

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1936)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bride Wore Red (1937)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

Mannequin (1938)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

The Shining Hour (1938)

1,068

942

425

1,367

 ---

137

Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

1,108

725

448

1,213

 ---

343

The Women (1939)

1,688

1,610

660

2,270

 ---

262

The Women
1947 re-release

---

81

64

145

52

---

Strange Cargo (1940)

1,252

1,311

603

1,924

21

---

Susan and God (1940)

1,103

817

279

1,096

---

433

A Woman's Face (1941)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

When Ladies Meet (1941)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

Reunion in France (1942)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

Above Suspicion (1943)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Warners Film Grosses, 1944 - 1952

 

NOTE:  Profit and loss were not included in the Warners financial data source. The chart below also includes blank spots for Joan's Warner Years loan-outs to Fox for "Daisy Kenyon" and to Columbia for "Harriet Craig," as well as the post-ledger Warners film  "This Woman Is Dangerous" -- in the hope that this information will soon turn up.

 

Warners Data Source: The William Schaefer Ledger, Appendix 1, "Warner Bros. Film Grosses, 1921 - 1951" in the Historical Journal of Film, Television, and Radio, Vol. 15, No. 1 [1995]

 

All amounts given in $1,000 increments---e.g., "156" = $156,000 and "1,099" = $1,099,000.

 

FILM (and year released)

COST

DOMESTIC

GROSS

FOREIGN

GROSS

TOTAL

GROSS

Hollywood Canteen (1944)

2,126

3,831

1,621

5,452

Mildred Pierce (1945)

1,453

3,483

2,155

5,638

Humoresque (1946)

2,164

2,281

1,118

3,399

Possessed (1947)

2,592

1,987

1,085

3,072

Daisy Kenyon (1947) Joan on loan-out to Fox.

No info.

 

 

 

Flamingo Road (1949)

1,528

2,263

633

2,896

It's a Great Feeling (1949)

1,452

2,059

645

2,713

The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

1,233

1,540

671

2,211

Harriet Craig (1950) Joan on loan-out to Columbia.

No info.

 

 

 

Goodbye My Fancy (1951)

1,312

1,130

228

1,358

This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)

No info.

 

 

 

 

 


Joan's Box-Office Rankings

1930-1936. Source:  Quigley Publications/Motion Picture Herald

1930

1931

1932

1933

1934

1935

1936

Joan Crawford

Clara Bow

William Haines

Janet Gaynor

Colleen Moore

Greta Garbo

Al Jolson

Richard Barthelmess

Rin Tin Tin

Tom Mix

Janet Gaynor

Charles Farrell

Joan Crawford

Norma Shearer

Marie Dressler

Wallace Beery

Clara Bow

Al Jolson

Colleen Moore

Greta Garbo

Marie Dressler

Janet Gaynor

Joan Crawford

Charles Farrell

Greta Garbo

Norma Shearer

Wallace Beery

Clark Gable

Will Rogers

Joe E. Brown

Marie Dressler

Will Rogers

Janet Gaynor

Eddie Cantor

Wallace Beery

Jean Harlow

Clark Gable

Mae West

Norma Shearer

Joan Crawford

Will Rogers

Clark Gable

Janet Gaynor

Wallace Beery

Mae West

Joan Crawford

Bing Crosby

Shirley Temple

Marie Dressler

Norma Shearer

Shirley Temple

Will Rogers

Clark Gable

Astaire/ Rogers

Joan Crawford

Claudette Colbert

Dick Powell

Wallace Beery

Joe E. Brown

James Cagney

Shirley Temple

Clark Gable

Astaire/ Rogers

Robert Taylor

Joe E. Brown

Dick Powell

Joan Crawford

Claudette Colbert

Jeanette MacDonald

Gary Cooper

 

Below is a chart published by Time, Inc., in 1969, showing top US box-office stars from 1932 through 1940,
which corresponds with the data above. (Unfortunately, Joan falls off this chart after 1936.)

 

Additional Motion Picture Herald Box Office Rankings

(courtesy of Mat Ether; click to see scans of articles)

 

1928: Joan at #26

1937: Joan at #16

1938: Joan in Top 60

1939: Joan in Top 95

 1940: Joan in Top 62

1941: Joan in Top 49

1947: Joan at #21

 1952: Joan at #25 (Circuit list)

 

 


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