Many people talk about how big movies are these days, and the income that they make, but they are nothing compared to the movies of older time. Since 1940, the famous and well-known movie Pinocchio has made a total of $1,386,198,614. However, that does not even make the top ten of the highest grossing films of all time.
Gone with the Wind – first released in 1939 – is considered to be the most successful film, with Guinness World Records in 2014 estimating it to have made an adjusted total gross at $3.4 billion. The epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of a southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. The film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangles love affairs with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler. The film was challenging in its making, due to its controversial subject matter and its epic qualities. This did not stop it from averaging almost eleven thousand admissions per day, and within the four years of its release had sold an estimated sixty million tickets across the united states
As for which film is second to Gone with the Wind depends on the set of figures used: Guinness had the 2009 movie Avatar in second place with $3 billion, while other estimates saw Titanic, made in 1997, the runner-up with worldwide earnings of almost $2.9 billion. Avatar had a bit of an advantage because almost two-thirds of the tickets sold were for 3D, which are more expensive than an average ticket. Also, about one-sixth of the tickets were for IMAX, which again is more expensive. The only other film that all sources agreed on was Star Wars (1997) which grossed in excess of $2 billion at recent prices.
Other top-grossing films include The Sound of Music, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Something to notice is that most of these movies were made when going to see a movie was a much bigger deal than it is today. In 1970, movie tickets cost $1.55 or about $6.68 in inflation-adjusted 2014 dollars. By 1980, the prices had risen to about $2.69, a drop to $5.50 in inflation-adjusted 2004 dollars. Today it costs about $8.97 to get a movie ticket.
Back before there were such things as VHR’s or DVD’s, the only way to go see a movie was to actual go to the movie theater. Once the movie was out of theaters, no one ever saw that movie again. Therefore everyone went to see the same film multiple times, which means they bought multiple tickets. This is a big factor as to why all of the top grossing movies are from much older times. People felt honored and privileged to go to the movies and it was a much bigger deal than it is today.
Recently, Black Panther has moved passed Titanic on the list of highest grossing films. This makes the Disney and Marvel Studios film the third-highest grossing film in North American history. Many people enjoy this film and see it as quite a big deal because it is about a nation of African-Americans who are proud and are willing to protect their homeland at any cost. Unfortunately, this is something that you don’t see in many films, especially not superhero films.
It is obvious that everyone loves going to the movies and has for many years. A successful movie franchise can do more than entertain or fill seats in a cinema. It has the power to change hearts and minds – and sometimes society more widely.