DORIS DAY - BOX OFFICE QUEEN

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Doris Day and Rock Hudson in "Pillow Talk", one of Universal's three biggest money-makers in 1959 - taking $18.7m at the box office - followed by "Operation Petticoat" ($18.6m) and "Imitation of Life" ($13m). 

 

 

Box-office grosses, awards and nominations

 

Paul Brogan

 

 

Doris Day was one of Hollywood's top earners, as evidenced by the box-office returns of her films - the actual amount taken at the box-office and not the often misquoted net amount, which vastly understates the film's financial success.

Only one of Miss Day's films failed to show a profit ("Ballad of Josie"). Every other title was profitable including "Tunnel of Love", "It Happened to Jane" and "Jumbo". "Jumbo" went into profit only after being sold to television but the budget for "Tunnel" was barely a million dollars since it was shot in several weeks, in black and white and required limited sets. "Josie", despite losing money did earn a certain distinction. When it was broadcast by NBC as part of their "Monday Night at the Movies" in the Fall of 1969, it achieved an amazing rating (One of the highest to date for the primetime movie) and an audience share of approximately 50% of those watching television.

Variety noted at the time that for a half hour that Monday since "The Doris Day Show" was being telecast on CBS during a portion of the evening and was a ratings winner also, that the combined audience share watching Doris Day for part of the evening represented more than 75% of the people in America who were watching television. Of course in "those days" there were no cable channels, HBO, etc. so people tended to watch one of the major networks, but Parade Magazine stated in 1968 that Doris Day films were the best ratings draw and that the three networks were engaging in "open warfare" to secure the rights to telecast Miss Day's films.

 

1950

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box-Office Stars: Doris Day # 24
"Tea for Two" – Box-Office Gross (USA) - $ 4,800,000

1951

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box-Office Stars: Doris Day # 9
All-American Favorites (Box Office Magazine)
Doris Day # 8 (Combined male and female stars): Doris Day # 4 (Female Stars)
Photoplay Magazine: Doris Day - Most Popular Female Star
"On Moonlight Bay" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,000,000
"Lullaby of Broadway" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 4,450,000
"Starlift" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 3,800,000
"West Point Story" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 3,600,000
"Storm Warning" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 2,500,000

1952

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 7
Motion Picture Herald – International Poll (Top 25 worldwide star attractions): Doris Day # 9
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine)
Doris Day # 6 (Combined male and female stars)
Doris Day # 4 (Female stars)
Golden Globe Nomination – Best comedy or musical: "I'll See You in My Dreams"
"I'll See You in My Dreams" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,800,000
"The Winning Team" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 3,400,000

1953

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 11
Motion Picture Herald – International Poll (Top 25 worldwide star attractions): Doris Day # 9
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 11 (Combined male and female stars) / Doris Day # 7 (Female stars)
"April in Paris" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,500,000
"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 4,250,000
"Calamity Jane" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,000,000

1954

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 18
Motion Picture Herald – International Poll (Top 25 worldwide star attractions): Doris Day # 8
"Young at Heart" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,000,000

1955

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 14
Motion Picture Herald – International Poll (Top 25 worldwide star attractions): Doris Day # 4
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 7 (Combined male and female stars) / Doris Day # 4 (Female stars)
Film Daily Magazine – Best Actress Nominee: Doris Day ("Love Me or Leave Me")
Council of Motion Pictures (Audience Popularity Poll): Doris Day (Best actress runner-up, "Love Me or Leave Me")
"Love Me or Leave Me" - Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 8,200,000

1956

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office stars: Doris Day # 12
Motion Picture Herald – International Poll (Top 25 worldwide star attractions): Doris Day # 6
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 3 (Combined male and female stars) / Doris Day # 2 (Female stars)
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 8,200,000
(This does not include the $ 2,000,000 plus added from the 1984 reissue)
"Julie" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 2,800,000

1957

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 17
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 2 (Female stars) (They no longer did a combined poll)
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globe): Doris Day – Winner – World Female Film Favorite
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
"The Pajama Game" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,000,000

1958

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 15
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 3 (Female Stars)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globe): Doris Day – Nominee for Best Actress in a comedy ("Tunnel of Love")
"Teacher's Pet" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,800,000
"Tunnel of Love" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 3,600,000

 


1959

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 4
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 2 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day – Winner – Best Actress in a comedy ("Pillow Talk")
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globe): Doris Day – Winner – World Female Film Favorite
Photoplay Magazine: Doris Day - Most Popular Female Star
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globe): Doris Day – Nominee – Best Actress in a comedy ("Pillow Talk")
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences : Doris Day – Nominee – Best Actress ("Pillow Talk"
"It Happened to Jane" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 3,400,000
"Pillow Talk" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 18,750,000

1960

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 1
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
Theatre Owners of America: Doris Day - Star of the Year
Film Daily Magazine: Doris Day – Nominee – Best Actress ("Midnight Lace")
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globe): Doris Day – Nominee – Best Actress in a Drama ("Midnight Lace")
"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" - Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 11,100,000
"Midnight Lace" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 7,400,000

1961

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 3
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 2 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day – Winner – Best Female Comedy performance ("Lover Come Back")
"Lover Come Back" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 16,937,969

1962

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 1
Motion Picture Herald International Poll – Top 25 Box Office Stars worldwide: Doris Day # 6
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day – Winner – Best female comedy performance ("That Touch of Mink")
Film Daily Magazine: Doris Day – Nominee – Best Female performance – "Lover Come
Back") They considered it a 1962 release
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes): Doris Day – Winner – World female film favorite
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globe): Doris Day – Nominee – Best Female performance in musical or Comedy ("Jumbo")
"That Touch of Mink" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 14,628,923
"Jumbo" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 5,800,000

1963

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 1
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Box Office Star)
Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes): Doris Day - Nominee - Best actress in a comedy ("Move Over, Darling")
"The Thrill of it All" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 11,779,093
"Move Over, Darling" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 12,705,882

1964

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 1
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 1 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 1
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day – Winner – Best Female Comedy Performance ("Send Me No Flowers")
"Send Me No Flowers" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 9,129,247

1965

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 3
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 2 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 4 (Female Box Office Star)
"Do Not Disturb" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 8,000,000

1966

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 8
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 6 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 5 (Female Box Office Star)
"The Glass Bottom Boat" – Box Office Gross (USA) – $ 9,985,000

1967

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 22
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 8 (Female Star)
Laurel Award (Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine): Doris Day # 8 (Female Box Office Star)
"Caprice" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 4,075,000

1968

Motion Picture Herald (Quigley Poll) Top 25 Box Office Stars: Doris Day # 14
All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 4 (Female Star)
"Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?" Box Office Gross (USA) – $ 7,988,000
"With Six You Get Eggroll" – Box Office Gross (USA) - $ 10,095,200

1969

All American Favorites (Box Office Magazine): Doris Day # 10 (Female Star)