With Avatar poised to take over the title of highest grossing movie of all time, I was curious to see what other movies had high box office numbers. Most everyone knows that Titanic holds the top spot, however, Entertainment Weekly reports that if you were to adjust for inflation, Titanic only comes in at #6! (It is important to remember that 50 years ago the cost of a movie ticket was a lot less than the cost of a movie ticket today). So, if you were re-arranging the numbers to factor inflation into the equation, here are the true highest grossing movies of all-time. Which one is your favorite?
1. Gone With the Wind - MGM, 1939
Adjusted gross: $1,507,252,900 Original gross: $198,676,459
2. Star Wars - Fox, 1977
Adjusted gross: $1,328,772,200 Original gross: $460,998,007
3. The Sound of Music - Fox, 1965
Adjusted gross: $1,062,418,700 Original gross: $158,671,368
4. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - Universal, 1982
Adjusted gross: $1,058,233,300 Original gross: $435,110,554
5. The Ten Commandments - Paramount, 1956
Adjusted gross: $977,260,000 Original gross: $65,500,000
6. Titanic - Paramount, 1997
Adjusted gross: $957,460,300 Original gross: $600,788,188
7. Jaws - Universal, 1975
Adjusted gross: $955,468,000 Original gross: $260,000,000
8. Doctor Zhivago - MGM, 1965
Adjusted gross: $926,050,500 Original gross: $111,721,910
9. The Exorcist - Warner Brothers, 1973
Adjusted gross: $824,842, 300 Original gross: $232,671,011
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Disney, 1937
Adjusted gross: $813,140,000 Original gross: $184,925,486
*With adjusted grosses, Avatar currently holds the #21 spot (and climbing).
Data obtained from www.boxofficemojo.com.