1936 in film

Events

Top-grossing films

RankTitleStudioWorldwide Rentals
1. San Francisco MGM $5,273,000[1]
2. The Great Ziegfeld MGM $4,673,000[1]
3. Rose Marie MGM $3,515,000[1]
4. These Three United Artists
5. Camille MGM $2,842,000[1]
6. Libeled Lady MGM $2,723,000[1]
7. Three Smart Girls Universal Pictures
8. Anthony Adverse Warner Bros. $2,750,000[2]
9. The Charge of the Light Brigade Warner Bros. $2,736,000[2]
10. Follow the Fleet RKO $2,707,000[3]
11. Swing Time RKO $2,618,000[3]
12. Romeo and Juliet MGM $2,075,000[1]

Academy Awards

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Exhibitors selected the following as the Top Ten Money Making Stars of the Year in Quigley Publishing Company's annual poll.[4]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Shirley Temple
2. Clark Gable
3. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
4. Robert Taylor
5. Joe E. Brown
6. Dick Powell
7. Joan Crawford
8. Claudette Colbert
9. Jeanette MacDonald
10. Gary Cooper

Top Western stars

A poll of the top Western stars was also published for the first time.[5]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Buck Jones
2. George O'Brien
3. Gene Autry
4. William Boyd
5. Ken Maynard
6. Dick Foran
7. John Wayne
8. Tim McCoy
9. Hoot Gibson
10. Buster Crabbe

1936 film releases

United States unless stated.

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1936

United States unless stated.

0–9

A-C

D-K

L-Q

R-Z

Serials

Comedy film series

Animated short film series

Births

Deaths

Debuts

Notes

  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. Glancy, H Mark (1995). "Warner Bros Film Grosses, 1921–51: the William Schaefer ledger". Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. 15.
  3. Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931–1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994
  4. "The Biggest Money Making Stars of 1936". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. January 9, 1937. p. 13. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  5. "Exhibitors Name Biggest Western Draws". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. January 9, 1937. p. 18. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
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