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All-Time Box Office Adjusted for Inflation

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I was reading a very interesting article yesterday that was talking about the insane amount of money Avatar made, but also about what the All-Time Box Office Top100 would look like if it were adjusted for inflation. In other words, what movies sold the most amount of tickets, not just which movie made the most money because as we all well know, ticket prices go up every single year. So I decided to look it up and found some surprising results. Even with inflation, and even with the higher price for 3D, I figured Avatar might still be number one considering it made over 2 billion dollars! Well to my surprise Avatar (13) was not even in the top ten. So then I thought, up until Titanic, Star Wars was the highest grossing movie of all time and that came out in 1977 so it must be number one. Close, but wrong again. The number one highest grossing movie according to inflation, is incredibly 1939’s Gone With the Wind, which is 120th on the list without the adjustment! Rounding out the top 5 is Star Wars, The Sound Of Music (1965), E.T. (1982), and the Ten Commandments (1956). To me this proves that, while the incredible profits of movies such as Titanic and Avatar make it seem like we are in some golden age of film, that time has clearly passed many many years ago. It also shows how utterly insane the ticket prices are nowadays, considering a movie like Avatar sold the 13th most tickets in history, yet is by far the highest grossing movie of all time. While the list is clearly interesting, it’s also somewhat scary to think that these prices are going to increase every year until the end of time, and classics such as Gone with the Wind will eventually be wiped off the All-Time Box Office list all together.


Written by satkins16

May 5, 2010 at 5:14 am

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