Orion continued to make films, though there was some apprehension about financing big budget productions, an attitude that led to them passing on Raiders of the Lost Ark. As I said in the first part of this series (and will repeat liberally throughout), this weird pseudo-snobbery on their part would reap great benefits and also bite them in the ass at the same time. Still, 1981 was a productive one for them. Not an amazingly profitable one, mind you but productive.
1981 would mark the end of Orion's partnership with Warner Brothers and the beginning of its existence as a separate studio. 1981 brought with it some great success (critical if not financial) and a few underrated gems, as well as some out and out duds and missteps. Yes, they had the fourth highest grosser of the year in Arthur, but as I noted, they also passed on Raiders of the Lost Ark which ended up being the biggest hit of 1981. The next few years would be interesting, to say the least.
Coming soon: Orion 1982-1983