Gone With The Wind is the top grossing film of all time based oninflation-adjusted figures, according to new research by Screen Digest and datafrom Box Office Ginca.
The 1939 Civil War dramaracks up an adjusted U.S. gross of $1.26bn, beating out Star Wars at$1.11bn. The figures were based on original U.S. grosses, not the number ofcinema admissions or worldwide box-office receipts.
The top 10 list continues,in order, with: The Sound of Music, E.T., The Ten Commandments, Titanic,Jaws, Doctor Zhivago, The Exorcist, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Screen Digest researchershave compiled a list of the top 100 grossing films - and nearly all of them are US productions.The highest-ranked not exclusively American production is 1965's Thunderball,United Artists' US/UK co-production in the James Bond franchise, which ranks atnumber 26.
"There is quite a lot ofinteresting data over time. You notice patterns, genres going up and downaccording to consumer tastes and studio tastes," said David Hancock, ScreenDigest's Senior Cinema Analyst.
He noted that animation waspopular in the 1930s and 1940s but was out of fashion in the 1970s and 1980s."Now in the 1990s and 2000s we're seeing a resurgence in animation," Hancocknoted. Among recent animated hits, Shrek 2 comes in at number 30 with anadjusted U.S. gross of $441.23m. That film was beaten by older animated works suchas 101 Dalmations (11th), Fantasia (20th), The Lion King(24th), and The Jungle Book (27th).
Dramatic films dominated thetop 100, but horror films boasted the highest revenue per title. Of thestudios, Twentieth Century-Fox showed the most success, with 17 titles in thetop 100. Paramount and Disney each had 15, Universal had 11, Warner Bros had10, and Sony/Columbia had 9. Among newer studios, New Line had three entrieswith its Lord of the Rings trilogy and DreamWorks also scored three withShrek, Shrek 2, and Saving Private Ryan.
Shrek 2 also marks the highest entry for the current decade,followed by such recent hits as Spider-Man at number 33 and ThePassion Of The Christ at number 54.
Hancock pointed out that therelative success of older films doesn't signal doom for today's industry."Obviously the way cinema is consumed has changed," the UK-based analyst said."Now we have a lot more media to contend with, such as video/DVD andtelevision. The fact that cinemas take less money over all is almost irrelevantto the studios now."