Gone with the Wind Is Still the Biggest Film of All Time with Inflation — Over Avengers: Endgame

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Belle Montgomery

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Avengers: Endgame didn't sell more tickets than 1939's Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind isn’t going anywhere.

Over the weekend, Avengers: Endgame officially dethroned Avatar to become the biggest movie in history with over $2.790 billion grossed worldwide, when not adjusted for inflation. For a decade, James Cameron’s revolutionary blockbuster maintained the top spot with $2.7897 billion worldwide.

The 1939 classic’s success, however, still endures. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the movie would have made around $3.44 billion worldwide with today’s ticket prices — well ahead of Marvel’s record-breaking epic. The Oscar-winning film also...

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Exactly right - these "biggest" numbers that we're supposed to get so excited about mainly reflect the ever-increasing prices - that and population/audience growth. There are over twice as many Americans as in 1939, and much more of the world has access to American films.

The best measure would be, of the people who could watch a particular movie, what % did so?
 

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Exactly right - these "biggest" numbers that we're supposed to get so excited about mainly reflect the ever-increasing prices - that and population/audience growth. There are over twice as many Americans as in 1939, and much more of the world has access to American films.

The best measure would be, of the people who could watch a particular movie, what % did so?
Especially when there was no no social media back then or a tv in every home proves that regardless of the today's PC culture...a well executed plot (whether you agree with all of the character portrayals or not) about one of the most trying times in American history still reigns.
BTW-Cold Mountain doesn't exactly portray North Carolina mountain folk as extremely intelligent (ie: Ruby and her father etc.)
yet it won Oscars and no one complained.
 
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