There’s been news all over the Internet and tv that the summer box office hits have broken all kinds of records with their ticket sales. The amounts below will show sums that look like a lot of money but Hollywood just doesn’t consider inflation. Things cost more. Movies cost more to produce and the tickets are higher so, of course, the sales look like an enormous amounts. Let’s first look at the ticket sales of the some of the more recent box office hits and what the dollar amounts that they have brought in:
Titanic (Paramount) $658,672,302
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal) $435,110,554
Avatar (Fox) $760,507,625
The Dark Knight (Warner Bros) $533,345,358
Star Wars (Fox) $460,998,007
Marvel’s The Avengers (Disney) $617,814,000
Shrek 2 (DreamWorks) $441,226,247
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (Fox) $474,544,677
The Lion King (Disney) $422,783,777
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Disney) $423,315,812
Now take some older movies from the past and adjust them according to inflation and see what they earned in today’s dollar amounts:
Gone with the Wind (MGM) $1,620,397,900
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney) $874,180,000
The Sound of Music (Fox) $1,142,171,300
The Exorcist (Warner Bros) $887,005,300
Star Wars (Fox) $1,428,519,200
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal) $1,137,671,800
Titanic (Paramount) $1,087,949,000
Jaws (Universal) $1,027,192,100
The Ten Commandments (Paramount) $1,050,620,000
Doctor Zhivago (MGM) $995,566,400
As you can see, when adjusted to inflation, the older movies reaped lots more money than even the biggest box office hits of today. There are many reasons for this but the main reason is due to the economy crisis. Everything costs so much more. Movies cost more to produce, theaters cost more to operate, ticket prices have increased, fuel costs to get to theaters have risen dramatically.
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So it seems that the Golden Age of the Silver Screen may be coming to a close but a new world of online movies that give you so much more savings, convenience and control has opened up.
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