Originally Posted by MovieSwede
Right now in current dollars Avatar is the most succesful movie ever. With Titanic as second and Dark knight as nr 5.
But if we talk about adjusted dollars since thats the only way of see how successful a movie is in reality.
There I can only check the domestic(US) market for obvious reasons. But there we have The Dark knight as nr 28. And since it was not as great success on the international market as the US market, I think it would be even further down on the worldwide lists.
And the top 5 is by the way
Gone with the wind
Sound of music
The ten commandments
In addition to inflation, these things are complicated by an increasing population along with a film, such as GWTW, being re-released. If you really want to do an apples to apples, adjust everything to 2010 prices, only use revenue from the first year of release and weight the formula to balance out the changing population.
It wouldn't surprise me, even though I'm only guessing, that adjusted for population, if Star Wars didn't sell more tickets in its first year than Avatar will. After all, the US population has roughly increased 35% since 1977.