Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in News & Events |

You hear a lot about record-setting movie grosses whenever the latest IndyPotterSpideyBat flick hits. If you’re like me you yawn and assume that with modern marketing muscle, any franchise can break records; it seems more science than art.

So the inflation-adjusted list from Box Office Mojo, with grosses shown in 2008 dollars, is pretty cool. Be sure to check out the full top 100 (sentimental faves: American Graffiti at 41, Smokey and the Bandit at 63).

(Hat tip, along with sincere thanks for formatting this top 25 so I didn’t have to: Dirty Harry’s Place.)

1. Gone with the Wind — $1,430,476,000 – 1939
2. Star Wars — $1,261,086,700 – 1977
3. The Sound of Music — $1,008,300,900 – 1965
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial — $1,004,328,700 — 1982
5. The Ten Commandments — $927,480,000 — 1956
6. Titanic — $908,688,900 — 1997
7. Jaws — $906,798,000 — 1975
8. Doctor Zhivago — $878,879,000 — 1965
9. The Exorcist — $782,826,200 — 1973
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — $771,720,000 — 1937
11. 101 Dalmatians — $707,414,100 — 1961
12. The Empire Strikes Back — $695,118,900 — 1980
13. Ben-Hur — $693,840,000 — 1959
14. Return of the Jedi — $665,940,600 — 1983
15. The Sting — $631,131,400 — 1973
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark — $624,044,300 — 1981
17. Jurassic Park — $610,337,400 — 1993
18. The Graduate — $605,845,500 — 1967
19. The Phantom Menace — $600,566,700 — 1999
20. Fantasia — $587,947,800 – 1941
21. The Godfather – $558,771,800 — 1972
22. Forrest Gump — $556,102,900 — 1994
23. Mary Poppins — $553,527,300 — 1964
24. The Lion King — $546,801,100 — 1994
25. Grease — $544,606,000 –1978