The Highest-Grossing Films In History .... How Many Have You Taken Home?

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  1. David Von Pein

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    I know, another "How many of these have you got on DVD?" threads! [​IMG]
    But I'm partial to these type of things. I like knowing the raw stats of people's DVD collections. [​IMG]
    Just LOOK at all these incredible movies!!
    How many are in your library? [​IMG]
    I have .... 49 of 73 (67.1%). [​IMG] .........
    The Top-Grossing Movies In History.......
    [$ = Millions]
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    1. $601 Titanic 1997
    2. $461 Star Wars 1977
    3. $435 E.T. 1982
    4. $431 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 1999
    5. $404 Spider-Man 2002
    6. $357 Jurassic Park 1993
    7. $330 Forrest Gump 1994
    8. $318 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001
    9. $313 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
    10. $313 The Lion King 1994
    11. $309 Return of the Jedi 1983
    12. $308 * Star Wars: Attack of the Clones 2002
    12. $306 Independence Day 1996
    14. $293 The Sixth Sense 1999
    15. $290 The Empire Strikes Back 1980
    16. $285 Home Alone 1990
    17. $268 Shrek 2001
    18. $260 Jaws 1975
    19. $260 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000
    20. $256 Monsters, Inc. 2001
    21. $251 Batman 1989
    22. $250 Men in Black 1997
    23. $246 Toy Story 2 1999
    24. $242 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
    25. $242 Twister 1996
    26. $239 Ghostbusters 1984
    27. $235 Beverly Hills Cop 1984
    28. $234 Cast Away 2000
    29. $229 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997
    30. $226 Rush Hour 2 2001
    31. $226 * Signs 2002
    32. $219 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993
    33. $218 Ghost 1990
    34. $217 Aladdin 1992
    35. $216 Saving Private Ryan 1998
    36. $215 Mission: Impossible 2 2000
    37. $213 Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002
    38. $211 Back to the Future 1985
    39. $205 * My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002
    40. $205 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999
    41. $204 Terminator 2: Judgement Day 1991
    42. $204 The Exorcist 1973
    43. $202 Armageddon 1998
    44. $202 The Mummy Returns 2001
    45. $200 Gone With the Wind 1939
    46. $199 Pearl Harbor 2001
    47. $197 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
    48. $192 Toy Story 1995
    49. $190 Men in Black II 2002
    50. $189 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
    51. $188 Gladiator 2000
    52. $184 Dances With Wolves 1990
    53. $184 The Fugitive 1993
    54. $184 Batman Forever 1995
    55. $183 The Perfect Storm 2000
    56. $183 What Women Want 2000
    57. $183 Ocean's 11 2001
    58. $182 Grease 1978
    59. $181 Liar Liar 1997
    60. $181 Mission: Impossible 1996
    61. $181 Jurassic Park III 2001
    62. $180 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984
    63. $180 Planet of the Apes 2001
    64. $178 Pretty Woman 1990
    65. $177 Tootsie 1982
    66. $177 Top Gun 1986
    67. $176 There's Something About Mary 1998
    68. $176 Ice Age 2002
    69. $175 "Crocodile" Dundee 1986
    70. $173 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992
    71. $173 Air Force One 1997
    72. $172 Rain Man 1988
    73. $172 Apollo 13 1995
    * indicates a movie still in release
    http://movieweb.com/movie/alltime.html
     
  2. Rob Cooper

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    I have 28 of those
     
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  4. Jon_Are

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    I have 19.

    "Gone with the Wind" raked in $200 million? Incredible, when you factor in that most of those were 1939-ish dollars (the admission price must have been, what, 50 cents?)

    Jon
     
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    I've got 45 of the 73 listed sitting on my shelf right now. Of course a number of the films listed have not been released on DVD.
    I'll pick up another 9 titles on the list the minutes they are released on DVD: Star Wars, Return Of The Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Signs, Back To The Future, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom.
    So 54 of 73 counting that way. [​IMG]
    I'm waiting for better versions of Dances With Wolves and Titanic.
    There are a few released titles listed there that I don't currently own and will probably pick up. Stuff like Rain Man and Tootsie.
     
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    46 counting lds as well as dvds.
     
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    David, are you aware of the controversy surrounding those box-office numbers? Peter M. Bracke over at DVDfile.com has an interesting editorial on the subject. Actually, he puts it pretty strongly:
    You can find the article here: http://www.dvdfile.com/news/viewpoin...002/08_06.html
    Don't be fooled by the tone, though - he uses some pretty solid arguments. Basically, he points out that these figures usually aren't even adjusted for inflation, resulting in a strong bias towards recent films, and that a true representation would have actual number of tickets sold as a criteria, since prices have increased enormously since the early days.
    It makes a whole lot of sense to me. I hope you don't mind me pointing it out!
     
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    Only 5.
     
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    I have the exact same number as the first poster....49
     
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    38, including the LDs I have of said films that are not yet on DVD...[​IMG]
    Rafael
     
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    I have 53 of them (that may not be accurate, but it's close) and as stated above there are nine more Instant Buys the moment the hit DVD! Yeah, I like things that go boom I guess.
     
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    I have 41 of those listed on dvd at this moment and 66 on vhs and dvd.

    I don't want to sidetrack the thread but you can also argue that in the old days everyone was going to the cinema, it was the thing to do, and ticket prices were really cheap, when 'Gone With the Wind' came out in late 39-40 everyone wanted to see it and everyone did, while now people can just wait a few months and rent or buy the film, and people stay home to watch their dvds or play video games, you don't have to go to the cinema now, you can have the cinema at home, so I think it sort of balances out in the end.
    People try to downplay 'Titanic's success but in my opinion it was just as popular as 'Gone With the Wind', people who rarely went to the cinema anymore wanted to see it and made it a huge $1.8 billion success, kudos to Jim Cameron.
     
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    Including laserdiscs, I have 43 of said titles.
     
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    one, though there are some, like 'Snow White', that I'll get sometime.
     
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    Three.

    And, judging from what's on the list, I don't see the number increasing any time soon.

    -AM
     
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    29 on DVD, 8 more on VHS

    Man, I'm less of a complete sheep than I thought.
     
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    I have 36 of those... and I strongly agree that such a box office hit list is meaningless without adjusting for inflation. It's akin to taking a bag of pennies from 1909 and comparing them unfavorably to a bag of 2002 pennies just because they're worn and tarnished... and never once stopping to think that maybe it's because they're 93 years older and probably looked fantastic on the day they were minted all those nine decades ago.
     
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    Here's the Top 50 adjusted for inflation (A Very different list)
    1- Gone With the Wind $1,153,674,489
    2- Star Wars $1,017,062,887
    3- The Sound of Music $813,191,797
    4- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $810,829,930
    5- The Ten Commandments $748,010,000
    6- Titanic $737,742,055
    7- Jaws $731,330,051
    8- Doctor Zhivago $708,813,451
    9- The Exorcist $631,347,103
    10- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $622,390,000
    11- 101 Dalmatians $570,527,503
    12- The Empire Strikes Back $560,180,312
    13- Ben-Hur $559,580,000
    14- Return of the Jedi $537,079,233
    15- The Sting $509,005,713
    16- Raiders of the Lost Ark $503,289,992
    17- Jurassic Park $492,477,773
    18- The Graduate $488,612,657
    19- The Phantom Menace $484,550,035
    20- Fantasia $474,178,261
    21- The Godfather $450,647,851
    22- Forrest Gump $450,372,149
    23- Mary Poppins $446,418,182
    24- Grease $439,223,208
    25- The Lion King $427,369,678
    26- Thunderball $427,108,000
    27- The Jungle Book $420,712,306
    28- Sleeping Beauty $414,980,280
    29- Ghostbusters $403,915,984
    30- Spider-Man $403,706,375
    31- Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid $402,885,349
    32- Bambi $402,035,428
    33- Independence Day $400,051,819
    34- Love Story $399,689,407
    35- Beverly Hills Cop $398,953,074
    36- Home Alone $385,743,899
    37- Pinocchio $384,873,034
    38- Cleopatra $383,617,570
    39- Goldfinger $378,573,000
    40- Airport $377,495,429
    41- American Graffiti $375,228,571
    42- The Robe $373,745,455
    43- Close Encounters of the Third Kind $371,529,520
    44- Around the World in 80 Days $368,953,846
    45- Blazing Saddles $361,029,102
    46- Batman $359,470,868
    47- The Bells of St. Mary's $358,274,510
    48- The Towering Inferno $350,455,027
    49- National Lampoon's Animal House $345,528,206
    50- The Greatest Show on Earth $342,600,000
    The 51-100 spots can be seen here at Box-Office Mojo
     
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    The adjusted list is more realistic.

    GWTW is a much more impressive acomplishment due to less people in 1939 and the lower ticket prices. Titanic cost 8 dollars per ticket, so think about it.

    I got 15 on the adjusted list (the un-adjusted list doesn't mean much). One interesting thing is that Fantasia and Pinnochio didn't do very well upon their first releases. It was when they were re-released over the years when non-stop ticket sales were happening.
     
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