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Top Ten: Rising Above It

One might assume that as prices for cinema tickets, and budgets for blockbusters rise, so too do the profits. However, today’s Top Ten – history’s highest grossing films, when adjusted for inflation – shows that the opposite is true. While Avatar makes it into second place and Titanic scrapes into fourth, all the other films on the list were released over 30 years ago. And the highest ranked film was released all the way back in 1939…

1. Gone with the Wind (1939) $3.3 billion
2. Avatar (2009) $2.8 billion
3. Star Wars (1977) $2.7 billion
4. Titanic (1997) $2.4 billion
5. The Sound of Music (1965) $2.3 billion
6. ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $2.2 billion
7. The Ten Commandments (1956) $2.1 billion
8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $2.0 billion
9. Jaws (1975) $1.9 billion
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $1.7 billion


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