Stallone becomes 1st Movie Star to Headline #1 Openings in last 5 Decades – News

With the incredible success of ‘The Expendables’ and it’s 34million opening weekend. This marks the fifth consecutive decade that Sylvester Stallone has stared in a film that opened atop of the boxoffice charts. No one in the history of Hollywood has accomplished this. Lets take a look at some of his #1 openings from the 1970’s-2010.


1976-Rocky– Due to very poor boxoffice tracking its hard to find specific opening numbers for this classic.
1979 – Rocky 2 – Opened to $6,390,537 at 780 theaters on its way to an eventual 85million Gross.


1982 –ROCKY 3– Opened with $12,431,486 an unusually strong Opening Weekend at the time. $125,049,125 total gross
1982 –FIRST BLOOD– The first Rambo film opened with $6,642,005, with a final domestic gross of 47million against a 15mill budget.
1985-RAMBO 2– Debuting in the summer of ’85 the second Rambo adventure opened with a muscular $20,176,217 leading to a $150,415,432 total.
1985- ROCKY 4– The 2nd blockbuster of ’85 opened in November to a $19,991,537 first weekend and a $127,873716 total.
1986 –COBRA– Opening at $12,653,032 this was the largest opening weekend In Warner Bros. history up to that point.


1991-OSCAR– Hard to believe but this slight comedy opened with $5,091,027 on a slow April weekend a $23,562,716 total followed.
1993 –CLIFFHANGER– Stallone’s return to the action genre opened to $16,176,967 leading to an eventual 84million gross.
1993 –DEMOLITION MAN– The second #1 opening of the year for Sly resulted in a $14,262,432 weekend and $58mill total.
1994 –THE SPECIALIST– The Stallone/Stone Action thriller debuted with $14,317,765 leading to a $57million gross.
1997 –COPLAND– A rare dramatic turn for the Action Star opened to $13,510,482 yet faded quickly with a $44million total.


2001- DRIVEN– The Race Car Pic opened on top with $12,174,504 but had no legs and closed with $32million final gross.


2010 –The EXPENDABLES– An estimated 35million opening cements the legacy. 5 decades in a row with #1 hits.

Whatever you may feel about the man or his movies. There is no denying that this feat has never been accomplished by another actor in the history of cinema. Very Impressive Sly!

9 thoughts on “Stallone becomes 1st Movie Star to Headline #1 Openings in last 5 Decades – News

  • August 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    what about Spy Kids 3 ?……….Antz ?…..

  • September 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Where did you get the opening #’s for Hoffman’s flicks from the 60s and 70s? Looking over his later films you may have a point here…

      • October 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        Not even close with Jeff Bridges. He didn’t have one film in either the 1980’s or 1990’s to open in #1. Check the stats.

  • September 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Dustin Hoffman. #1 Hit in the 60s with The Graduate. And has a number one hit in each decade since. 5 straight decades. Dustin holds the trump card.

  • September 8, 2010 at 6:16 am

    i am sure a certain harrison ford will equal that record.

  • September 4, 2010 at 12:11 am

    The 1970s is a decade.
    The 1980s is a decade.
    The 1990s is a decade.
    The 2000s is a decade.
    The 2010s is a decade.

    Stallone had a number 1 movie in each one of them.

    • September 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

      What I think the original poster is saying goes back to the old millennium argument. Since there was never a year zero, each decade begins with a one. In other words from 2001 to 2010 is all a part of one decade. Thus making the assertion four decades correct. But don’t worry, Sly has ten more years to try and make this headline come true.

  • September 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    uh… That’s four decades guys.


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