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    In 1995 Guinness/Screen International published "Box Office Hits - The No.1 Movie Hits in the UK." This listed (from mid-1969, when the official box office charts started) every film to top the weekly charts. It also listed the Top Five for each week a new No.1 took over, and a Top 20 for each year.

    This is the list of Number Ones:

    11 July 69 The Most Dangerous Man in the World (1 week)
    18 July 69 Oliver! (1 week)
    25 July 69 Three Into Two Won't Go (1 week)
    01 Aug 69 Oliver! (4 more weeks)
    29 Aug 69 The Wild Bunch (4 weeks)
    26 Sep 69 Battle of Britain (4 weeks)
    31 Oct 69 Virgin Soldiers (1 week)
    07 Nov 69 Battle of Britain (7 more weeks)
    26 Dec 69 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (6 weeks)
    06 Feb 70 Battle of Britain (2 more weeks)
    20 Feb 70 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1 week)
    27 Feb 70 Battle of Britain (1 more week)
    06 Mar 70 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (2 more weeks)
    20 Mar 70 Anne of the Thousand Days (6 weeks)
    01 May 70 Airport (6 weeks)
    12 Jun 70 Paint Your Wagon (1 week)
    19 Jun 70 M*A*S*H (4 weeks)
    17 July 70 Woodstock (1 week)
    24 July 70 Cromwell (8 weeks)
    18 Sep 70 Lawrence of Arabia (1 week)
    25 Sep 70 Kelly's Heroes (1 week)
    02 Oct 70 Lawrence of Arabia (1 more week)
    09 Oct 70 Cromwell (1 more week)
    16 Oct 70 Tora!Tora!Tora! (3 weeks)
    06 Nov 70 Waterloo (5 weeks)
    11 Dec 70 Scrooge (6 weeks)
    22 Jan 71 Murphy's War (1 week)
    29 Jan 71 Song of Norway (5 weeks)
    05 Mar 71 The Music Lovers (1 week)
    12 Mar 71 Death in Venice (1 week)
    19 Mar 71 Love Story (13 weeks)
    18 Jun 71 Valdez is Coming (1 week)
    25 Jun 71 Little Big Man (2 weeks)
    09 July 71 Sunday Bloody Sunday (2 weeks)
    23 July 71 Le Mans (1 week)
    30 July 71 The Devils (8 weeks)
    24 Sep 71 Carnal Knowledge (2 weeks)
    08 Oct 71 The Go-Between (3 weeks)
    29 Oct 71 Bedknobs and Broomsticks (4 weeks)
    27 Nov 71 Traffic (1 week)
    04 Dec 71 Straw Dogs (1 week)
    11 Dec 71 Nicholas and Alexandra (2 weeks)
    25 Dec 71 Fiddler on the Roof (1 week)
    01 Jan 72 Nicholas and Alexandra (1 more week)
    08 Jan 72 Diamonds are Forever (10 weeks)
    18 Mar 72 The French Connection (1 week)
    25 Mar 72 Diamonds are Forever (2 more weeks)
    08 Apr 72 Mary, Queen of Scots (5 weeks)
    13 May 72 A Clockwork Orange (1 week)
    20 May 72 The Hospital (2 weeks)
    03 Jun 72 Frenzy (1 week)
    10 Jun 72 Cabaret (5 weeks)
    15 July 72 What's Up Doc? (2 weeks)
    29 July 72 Young Winston (5 weeks)
    02 Sep 72 The Godfather (13 weeks)
    02 Dec 72 Lady Caroline Lamb (3 weeks)
    23 Dec 72 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (3 weeks)
    13 Jan 73 Lady Caroline Lamb (1 more week)
    20 Jan 73 The Valachi Papers (2 weeks)
    03 Feb 73 The Getaway (5 weeks)
    10 Mar 73 Travels With My Aunt (2 weeks)
    24 Mar 73 Last Tango in Paris (8 weeks)
    19 May 73 Hitler - The Last Ten Days (1 week)
    26 May 73 Last Tango in Paris (2 more weeks)
    09 Jun 73 A Touch of Class (1 week)
    16 Jun 73 Last Tango in Paris (1 more week)
    23 Jun 73 Day of the Jackal (3 weeks)
    14 July 73 Live and Let Die (10 weeks)
    22 Sep 73 Scorpio (4 weeks)
    20 Oct 73 Don't Look Now (7 weeks)
    08 Dec 73 Paper Moon (2 weeks)
    22 Dec 73 Magnum Force (1 week)
    29 Dec 73 Robin Hood (2 weeks)

    to be continued...

  • #2
    12 Jan 74 The Sting (1 week)
    19 Jan 74 Enter the Dragon (2 weeks)
    02 Feb 74 The Sting (2 more weeks)
    16 Feb 74 The Way We Were (1 week)
    23 Feb 74 The Sting (2 more weeks)
    09 Mar 74 The Way We Were (2 weeks)
    23 Mar 74 The Exorcist (9 weeks)
    25 May 74 Great Gatsby (8 weeks)
    20 July 74 The Exorcist (2 more weeks)
    03 Aug 74 For Pete's Sake (2 weeks)
    17 Aug 74 Chinatown (4 weeks)
    14 Sep 74 Gold (2 weeks)
    28 Sep 74 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1 week)
    05 Oct 74 Gold (1 more week)
    12 Oct 74 Emmanuelle (2 weeks)
    26 Oct 74 The Odessa File (4 weeks)
    23 Nov 74 Emmanuelle (1 more week)
    30 Nov 74 Murder on the Orient Express (1 week)
    07 Dec 74 Earthquake (3 weeks)
    28 Dec 74 The Man With the Golden Gun (6 weeks)
    08 Feb 75 The Towering Inferno (7 weeks)
    29 Mar 75 Funny Lady (1 week)
    05 Apr 75 Tommy (7 weeks)
    24 May 75 The Godfather Part II (5 weeks)
    28 Jun 75 Tommy (5 more weeks)
    02 Aug 75 French Connection II (1 week)
    09 Aug 75 Tommy (2 more weeks)
    23 Aug 75 The Drowning Pool (1 week)
    30 Aug 75 The Eiger Sanction (2 weeks)
    13 Sep 75 Rollerball (3 weeks)
    04 Oct 75 Three Days of the Condor (4 weeks)
    01 Nov 75 Jungle Book (3 weeks)
    22 Nov 75 Lisztomania (2 weeks)
    06 Dec 75 Lenny (2 weeks)
    20 Dec 75 Barry Lyndon (2 weeks)

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    • #3
      03 Jan 76 Jaws (9 weeks)
      06 Mar 76 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (7 weeks)
      24 Apr 76 Shout at the Devil (1 week)
      01 May 76 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1 more week)
      08 May 76 All the President's Men (10 weeks)
      17 July 76 The Missouri Breaks (2 weeks)
      31 July 76 Bugsy Malone (1 week)
      07 Aug 76 The Message (1 week)
      14 Aug 76 The Outlaw Josey Wales (2 weeks)
      28 Aug 76 Family Plot (1 week)
      04 Sep 76 Murder By Death (2 weeks)
      18 Sep 76 Drum (1 week)
      25 Sep 76 The Omen (6 weeks)
      06 Nov 76 Return of a Man Called Horse (1 week)
      13 Nov 76 Emmanuelle 2 (6 weeks)
      25 Dec 76 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (6 weeks)

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      • #4
        05 Feb 77 Silent Movie (1 week)
        12 Feb 77 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1 more week)
        19 Feb 77 Cross of Iron (1 week)
        26 Feb 77 Network (1 week)
        05 Mar 77 The Last Tycoon (1 week)
        12 Mar 77 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (3 more weeks)
        02 Apr 77 A Star is Born (1 week)
        09 Apr 77 The Eagle Has Landed (1 week)
        16 Apr 77 Airport '77 (2 weeks)
        30 Apr 77 Rocky (3 weeks)
        21 May 77 A Star is Born (6 weeks)
        02 July 77 A Bridge Too Far (2 weeks)
        16 July 77 The Spy Who Loved Me (10 weeks)
        24 Sep 77 Exorcist II: The Heretic (1 week)
        01 Oct 77 New York New York (2 weeks)
        15 Oct 77 Valentino (2 weeks)
        29 Oct 77 The Spy Who Loved Me (3 more weeks)
        19 Nov 77 Salon Kitty (2 weeks)
        03 Dec 77 The Spy Who loved Me (1 more week)
        10 Dec 77 Golden Rendezvous (2 weeks)
        24 Dec 77 The Deep (2 weeks)
        Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:04.

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        • #5
          07 Jan 78 Star Wars (11 weeks)
          25 Mar 78 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (15 weeks)
          08 July 78 Game of Death (1 week)
          15 July 78 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1 more week)
          22 July 78 Revenge of the Pink Panther (8 weeks)
          16 Sep 78 Heaven Can Wait (1 week)
          23 Sep 78 Grease (6 weeks)
          04 Nov 78 Death on the Nile (6 weeks)
          16 Dec 78 Force 10 from Navarone (1 week)
          23 Dec 78 Superman (11 weeks)
          Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:08.

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          • #6
            10 Mar 79 The Deer Hunter (3 weeks)
            31 Mar 79 California Suite (3 weeks)
            21 Apr 79 Battlestar Galactica (1 week)
            28 Apr 79 California Suite (2 more weeks)
            12 May 79 The Deer Hunter (1 more week)
            19 May 79 The Warriors (2 weeks)
            02 June 79 Escape to Athena (1 week)
            09 June 79 The Lady Vanishes (1 week)
            16 June 79 The World is Full of Married Men (1 week)
            23 June 79 Doctor Zhivago (1 week)
            30 June 79 Players (1 week)
            07 July 79 Moonraker (10 weeks)
            15 Sep 79 Alien (8 weeks)
            10 Nov 79 Yanks (1 week)
            17 Nov 79 Monty Python's Life of Brian (6 weeks)
            29 Dec 79 Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2 weeks)
            Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:11.

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            • #7
              12 Jan 80 Apocalypse Now (1 week)
              19 Jan 80 Monty Python's Life of Brian (2 weeks)
              02 Feb 80 Escape From Alcatraz (2 weeks)
              16 Feb 80 10 (5 weeks)
              22 Mar 80 The Electric Horseman (1 week)
              29 Mar 80 Kramer vs Kramer (7 weeks)
              17 May 80 American Gigolo (2 weeks)
              31 May 80 The Empire Strikes Back (11 weeks)
              16 Aug 80 Airplane! (4 weeks)
              13 Sep 80 McVicar (1 week)
              20 Sep 80 Cruising (2 weeks)
              04 Oct 80 Dressed to Kill (1 week)
              11 Oct 80 The Shining (2 weeks)
              25 Oct 80 The Elephant Man (2 weeks)
              08 Nov 80 Caligula (6 weeks)
              20 Dec 80 Flash Gordon (6 weeks)
              Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:12.

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              • #8
                31 Jan 81 The Exterminator (1 week)
                07 Feb 81 The Jazz Singer (3 weeks)
                28 Feb 81 Raging Bull (1 week)
                07 Mar 81 Private Benjamin (2 weeks)
                21 Mar 81 Ordinary People (2 weeks)
                04 Apr 81 Stir Crazy (1 week)
                11 Apr 81 Ordinary People (1 more week)
                18 Apr 81 Superman II (4 weeks)
                16 May 81 The Postman Always Rings Twice (2 weeks)
                30 May 81 Tess (2 weeks)
                13 June 81 The Postman Always Rings Twice (2 weeks)
                27 June 81 Friday the 13th Part 2 (1 week)
                04 July 81 For Your Eyes Only (10 weeks)
                12 Sep 81 Raiders of the Lost Ark (2 weeks)
                26 Sep 81 The Final Conflict (1 week)
                03 Oct 81 Raiders of the Lost Ark (2 more weeks)
                17 Oct 81 History of the World Part 1 (2 weeks)
                31 Oct 81 The French Lieutenant's Woman (7 weeks)
                19 Dec 81 Gallipoli (1 week)
                26 Dec 81 Arthur (8 weeks)
                Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:16.

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                • #9
                  20 Feb 82 Death Wish 2 (2 weeks)
                  06 Mar 82 Reds (1 week)
                  13 Mar 82 Mad Max 2 (1 week)
                  20 Mar 82 Reds (2 more weeks)
                  03 Apr 82 Evil Under the Sun (2 weeks)
                  17 Apr 82 Quest For Fire (2 weeks)
                  01 May 82 The Border (1 week)
                  08 May 82 Private Lessons (2 weeks)
                  22 May 82 Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (3 weeks)
                  12 June 82 Missing (5 weeks)
                  17 July 82 Porky's (1 week)
                  24 July 82 Pink Floyd - The Wall (1 week)
                  31 July 82 Rocky III (1 week)
                  07 Aug 82 Pink Floyd - The Wall (4 more weeks)
                  04 Sep 82 Conan the Barbarian (1 week)
                  11 Sep 82 Who Dares Wins (1 week)
                  18 Sep 82 Blade Runner (1 week)
                  25 Sep 82 Poltergeist (2 weeks)
                  09 Oct 82 Cat People (1 week)
                  16 Oct 82 The Entity (2 weeks)
                  30 Oct 82 Tron (6 weeks)
                  11 Dec 82 Gandhi (1 week)
                  18 Dec 82 E.T. (6 weeks)
                  Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:18.

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                  • #10
                    Pity it didn't cover 1967 with The Sound of Music.
                    The Odeon in Sheffield showed that for several years! Imagine working in the place and listening to that twice a day all week. Some of the staff I was told had a breakdown because of it! Others just quit!!!
                    Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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                    • #11
                      The book I'm posting from does give an estimated Top Ten (though not ranked...) for each year from the 40s until 1969.
                      The Sound Of Music is there in 1965...

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                      • #12
                        29 Jan 83 Airplane II - The Sequel (1 week)
                        05 Feb 83 Gandhi (2 weeks)
                        19 Feb 83 An Officer and a Gentleman (1 week)
                        26 Feb 83 Gandhi (8 more weeks)
                        23 Apr 83 Sophie's Choice (2 weeks)
                        07 May 83 Tootsie (5 weeks)
                        11 June 83 Return of the Jedi (5 weeks)
                        16 July 83 Octopussy (1 week)
                        23 July 83 Return of the Jedi (1 more week)
                        30 July 83 Superman III (1 week)
                        06 Aug 83 Octopussy (3 more weeks)
                        27 Aug 83 War Games (5 weeks)
                        01 Oct 83 Staying Alive (2 weeks)
                        15 Oct 83 Zelig (2 weeks)
                        29 Oct 83 The Jungle Book / Mickey's Christmas Carol (7 weeks)
                        17 Dec 83 Trading Places (1 week)
                        24 Dec 83 Never Say Never Again (4 weeks)
                        Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:20.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
                          The book I'm posting from does give an estimated Top Ten (though not ranked...) for each year from the 40s until 1969.
                          The Sound Of Music is there in 1965...
                          You are correct it did come out in 1965. I somehow imagine it was out in 1967, perhaps because Vince Hill had a hit in 1967 with Edelweiss that year!
                          Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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                          • #14
                            21 Jan 84 Trading Places (1 more week)
                            28 Jan 84 Gorky Park (1 week)
                            04 Feb 84 Sudden Impact (1 week)
                            11 Feb 84 Scarface (3 weeks)
                            03 Mar 84 To Be Or Not To Be (3 weeks)
                            24 Mar 84 Terms of Endearment (4 weeks)
                            21 Apr 84 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (4 weeks)
                            19 May 84 Against All Odds (3 weeks)
                            09 June 84 Breakdance (1 week)
                            16 June 84 Another Country (1 week)
                            23 June 84 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (9 weeks)
                            25 Aug 84 Romancing the Stone (4 weeks)
                            22 Sep 84 Paris,Texas (1 week)
                            29 Sep 84 The Company of Wolves (3 weeks)
                            20 Oct 84 The Woman in Red (5 weeks)
                            24 Nov 84 1984 (2 weeks)
                            08 Dec 84 Give My Regards to Broad Street (1 week)
                            15 Dec 84 Ghostbusters (6 weeks)
                            Last edited by Metalweb; Tue March 3rd, 2020, 03:15.

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                            • #15
                              26 Jan 85 Water (1 week)
                              02 Feb 85 Beverly Hills Cop (5 weeks)
                              09 Mar 85 Dance With a Stranger (1 week)
                              16 Mar 85 2010 (4 weeks)
                              13 Apr 85 A Passage To India (5 weeks)
                              18 May 85 The Cotton Club (2 weeks)
                              01 June 85 Witness (3 weeks)
                              22 June 85 A View To A Kill (11 weeks)
                              07 Sep 85 Rambo:First Blood Part 2 (1 week)
                              14 Sep 85 Desperately Seeking Susan (3 weeks)
                              05 Oct 85 Fletch (1 week)
                              12 Oct 85 Pale Rider (1 week)
                              19 Oct 85 Lifeforce (1 week)
                              26 Oct 85 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (2 weeks)
                              09 Nov 85 The Emerald Forest (2 weeks)
                              23 Nov 85 Prizzi's Honor (2 weeks)
                              07 Dec 85 Santa Claus (1 week)
                              14 Dec 85 Back To The Future (5 weeks)

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                              • #16
                                18 Jan 86 A Chorus Line (2 weeks)
                                01 Feb 86 Rocky IV (5 weeks)
                                01 Mar 86 Commando (2 weeks)
                                15 Mar 86 Out Of Africa (5 weeks)
                                19 Apr 86 Absolute Beginners (2 weeks)
                                03 May 86 Out Of Africa (1 more week)
                                10 May 86 Jewel of the Nile (3 weeks)
                                31 May 86 Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1 week)
                                07 June 86 After Hours (1 week)
                                14 June 86 A Room With a View (5 weeks)
                                19 July 86 Police Academy III (1 week)
                                26 July 86 Hannah and Her Sisters (2 weeks)
                                09 Aug 86 Cobra (1 week)
                                16 Aug 86 Hannah and Her Sisters (3 weeks)
                                06 Aug 86 Aliens (5 weeks)
                                11 Oct 86 Top Gun (2 weeks)
                                25 Oct 86 Mona Lisa (1 week)
                                01 Nov 86 The Mission (2 weeks)
                                15 Nov 86 Ruthless People (2 weeks)
                                29 Nov 86 The Mission (1 more week)
                                06 Dec 86 Top Gun (1 more week)
                                13 Dec 86 Labyrinth (1 week)
                                20 Dec 86 Crocodile Dundee (9 weeks)

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                                • #17
                                  21 Feb 87 The Fly (3 weeks)
                                  14 Mar 87 The Color of Money (3 weeks)
                                  04 Apr 87 The Fourth Protocol (1 week)
                                  11 Apr 87 Personal Services (1 week)
                                  18 Apr 87 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2 weeks)
                                  02 May 87 Platoon (6 weeks)
                                  13 June 87 The Morning After (3 weeks)
                                  04 July 87 The Secret of My Success (1 week)
                                  11 July 87 The Living Daylights (8 weeks)
                                  05 Sep 87 Lethal Weapon (1 week)
                                  12 Sep 87 The Living Daylights (1 more week)
                                  19 Sep 87 Full Metal Jacket (1 week)
                                  26 Sep 87 The Untouchables (4 weeks)
                                  24 Oct 87 Beverly Hills Cop II (1 week)
                                  31 Oct 87 The Witches of Eastwick (5 weeks)
                                  05 Dec 87 Cry Freedom (5 weeks)

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                                  • #18
                                    09 Jan 88 Predator (2 weeks)
                                    23 Jan 88 Fatal Attraction (3 weeks)
                                    13 Feb 88 Robocop (2 weeks)
                                    27 Feb 88 Fatal Attraction (1 more week)
                                    05 Mar 88 The Last Emperor (5 weeks)
                                    09 Apr 88 Three Men and a Baby (4 weeks)
                                    07 May 88 Wall Street (8 weeks)
                                    02 July 88 Crocodile Dundee II (5 weeks)
                                    06 Aug 88 Coming To America (4 weeks)
                                    03 Sep 88 Rambo III (1 week)
                                    10 Sep 88 Coming To America (1 more week)
                                    17 Sep 88 Big Business (1 week)
                                    24 Sep 88 Buster (2 weeks)
                                    08 Oct 88 Good Morning Vietnam (2 weeks)
                                    22 Oct 88 A Fish Called Wanda (7 weeks)
                                    10 Dec 88 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (6 weeks)

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                                    • #19
                                      21 Jan 89 Red Heat (1 week)
                                      28 Jan 89 Cocktail (2 weeks)
                                      11 Feb 89 Die Hard (1 week)
                                      18 Feb 89 Naked Gun (3 weeks)
                                      11 Mar 89 Scandal (1 week)
                                      18 Mar 89 Rain Man (4 weeks)
                                      15 Apr 89 Working Girl (3 weeks)
                                      06 May 89 My Stepmother Is An Alien (1 week)
                                      13 May 89 Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4 (1 week)
                                      20 May 89 Mississippi Burning (4 weeks)
                                      17 Jun 89 Beaches (1 week)
                                      24 Jun 89 Licence To Kill (2 weeks)
                                      08 July 89 Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (4 weeks)
                                      05 Aug 89 Licence To Kill (2 more weeks)
                                      19 Aug 89 Batman (5 weeks)
                                      23 Sep 89 Lethal Weapon 2 (2 weeks)
                                      07 Oct 89 Dead Poet's Society (3 weeks)
                                      28 Oct 89 Shirley Valentine (5 weeks)
                                      02 Dec 89 Back to the Future Pt 2 (3 weeks)
                                      23 Dec 89 When Harry Met Sally (6 weeks)

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                                      • #20
                                        03 Feb 90 Black Rain (2 weeks)
                                        17 Feb 90 Family Business (1 week)
                                        24 Feb 90 Sea of Love (2 weeks)
                                        10 Mar 90 Born on the Fourth of July (1 week)
                                        17 Mar 90 The War of the Roses (4 weeks)
                                        14 Apr 90 Look Who's Talking (2 weeks)
                                        28 Apr 90 The Hunt For Red October (1 week)
                                        05 May 90 The Krays (2 weeks)
                                        19 May 90 Pretty Woman (8 weeks)
                                        14 July 90 Dick Tracy (1 week)
                                        21 July 90 Back to the Future Part III (1 week)
                                        28 July 90 Dick Tracy (1 more week)
                                        04 Aug 90 Total Recall (3 weeks)
                                        25 Aug 90 Die Hard 2 (3 weeks)
                                        15 Sep 90 Memphis Belle (3 weeks)
                                        29 Sep 90 Another 48 Hours (1 week)
                                        06 Oct 90 Presumed Innocent (1 week)
                                        13 Oct 90 Ghost (8 weeks)
                                        08 Dec 90 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1 week)
                                        15 Dec 90 Home Alone (4 weeks)

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