- Nov 7, 2013
- Real Name
- John Maher
Yes, lots of films beat TSOM, but unadjusted, which doesn't really count. TSOM had an initial release that lasted 4 1/2 years, Jack Warner claimed that MFL would be the biggest money maker of all time, but it wasn't even the biggest moneymaker of 1964 releases. That was MARY POPPINS, which in addition to making more money, cost less than MFL. Still, by anyone's measure MFL was a big hit.There was a time when Grease beat SOM. I remember years ago somebody asking Julie Andrews how she felt about Grease being more successful financially than the sound of music and she said well things change. I am glad that that is no longer the case. Though I am surprised that movies like Titanic and Avatar are not higher.
I don't believe my fair lady was the success that Jack Warner thought it would be. I think he thought that it was going to be a blockbuster close to the level of The Sound of Music. On release it had a less than 2 year run including roadshow and general release engagements. The Sound of Music had a four year run.