Domestic gross (inflation adj.): $146.36 million
Domestic gross: $54.8 million
For many years, Robert Redford was known as the hunky actor from such classic films as All The President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. However, in 1980, he made Ordinary People, his directorial debut, and it won him an Oscar for his first time at bat. It also won for Best Supporting Actor Timothy Hutton and, ultimately, for the movie itself.
Although Ordinary People performed well at the box office, it was not a blockbuster, and its ultimate take of almost $55 million made it only the 11th highest grossing film of the year. Some of the movies with better earnings that year were The Blues Brothers,Airplane!, and a little film known as The Empire Strikes Back.