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Movies The REAL Highest Grossing Films Ever.


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For quite some time now we've all been hearing about how Titanic, Avatar, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc. are the highest grossing movies ever.

Highest grossing includes the following
-Box Office (Theater)
-DVD/Blu-Ray Purchases
-Digital Copy purchases

What most people don't realize about this is that the figures that everybody throws at you are not adjusted for inflation. Inflation directly effects ticket prices as well as sales and rentals of the movie.

Take a look at this. Does it shock you at all?
List of highest-grossing films - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Apparently the top 10 highest grossing films are the following if you factor in inflation.

Highest-grossing films adjusted for inflation[15]
Rank Title Worldwide gross
(constant $) Year
1 Gone with the Wind $3,301,400,000 1939
2 Avatar $2,782,300,000 2009
3 Star Wars IV: A New Hope $2,710,800,000 1977
4 Titanic $2,413,800,000 1997
5 The Sound of Music $2,269,800,000 1965
6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $2,216,800,000 1982
7 The Ten Commandments $2,098,600,000 1956
8 Doctor Zhivago $1,988,600,000 1965
9 Jaws $1,945,100,000 1975
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $1,746,100,000 1937

I've seen 9 of the 10 movies on that list. The only one I have not seen is Doctor Zhivago. I find it shocking quite honestly that Gone With the Wind is the highest grossing film ever made. I absolutely hate that movie, it's just terrible. The Sound of Music was also terrible, though filled with talent, I hated it as a film. Out of the 10 movies on that list (9 that I've seen) I only like 4 of them.

Given the time period that a lot of these movies released I do think that many of these films are justified to be on this list.

What do you guys think? Comment on whatever you want from the Wikipedia link.


not a plastic bag
I knew that Gone with the Wind would be #1. That movie was huge. There is also years of rentals added on. I was really surprised Avatar was #2. I have yet to see that movie. I've also never seen Doctor Zhivago although I'd like to. I love Sound of Music and I love Ten Commandments. I could watch either of those movies at any time. Gone with the Wind, Sound of Music and 10 Commandments definitely deserve to be on this list. They are classic and just great to watch.