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Box office boffo begins, ends amid 'Gone with the Wind'
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 3:33 PM
LITTLE ROCK — "Avengers: Endgame" is not the true champion when it comes to all-time box office domination. Love the movie 3,000 all you want, but it doesn't change the reality.
Frankly my dear, you're a Marvel fan? And you just don't give a damn? Well, you should. As incredible as "Avengers: Endgame" is, even with its modern-day worldwide record of $2.79 billion, consider how far behind the actual record holder the movie truly is: $1 billion.
When you adjust for inflation, according to IMDb, #GoneWithTheWind (1939) is still the true Rocky Balboa of worldwide box office. Producer David O. Selznick and director Victor Fleming's classic film of the Old South has generated approximately $3.8 billion when correctly inflating past ticket prices and revenue.
For example, in 1939 the average price of a movie ticket in the United States was only 23 cents. In 2019, the average is $9.01. And moviegoers are well aware that those costs — IMAX and 3D admissions will absolutely bust a budget at any venue — are much higher in Los Angeles, New York and other major markets.
Curious about the other films falling in line and chasing after the elusive "Gone with the Wind?" Here's the rest of the all-time Top 10 worldwide box office giants. Take note that only one franchise has bragging rights for two of its films making the selective list: Star Wars.
2. "Titanic" (1997) $3.4 billion
3. "Avatar" (2009) $3.2 billion
4. "Star Wars" (1977) $3 billion
5. "Avengers: Endgame" (2019) $2.79 billion
6. "The Sound of Music" (1965) $2.5 billion
7. "E.T." (1982) $2.4 billion
8. "The Ten Commandments" (1956) $2.3 billion
9. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) $2.25 billion
10. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015) $2.15 billion