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Top 10 Highest-Grossing Films Of All Time- Inflation Adjusted

Here is the list of top 10 highest grossing films (adjusted for inflation)# as of mid 2012.

1. Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind
Directed by Victor Fleming, Gone with the wind is an historical epic film, released in 1939. The film is based on 1936 Pulitzer award winning novel Gone with the wind written by Margaret Mitchell. The star-cast of the film included Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen. The film received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary), a record that stood for 20 years. The film was a huge commercial success, made with a budget of $3.85 million, it grossed $400 million at box office. when adjusted for inflation the film earning is calculated at $3,301,400,000 and stands first in the list of highest grossing films of all time.

 

2. Avatar

Avatar
Written and Directed by James Cameron, Avatar is a science fiction film, released in 2009. Star-cast of Avatar included Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore and Giovanni Ribisi. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three, for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction. Avatar was made with a budget of $237 million and grossed $2,782,275,172 at the box-office. When adjusted for inflation Avatar stands second in the list of highest grossing films of all time with a return equivalent to $2,782,300,000 as of mid 2012. The film received highly positive reviews and was declared a huge success.

 

3. Star Wars

Star Wars
Also known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars was released in 1977 and was written and directed by George Lucas. Produced with a budget of $11 million, the film earned $775,398,007 worldwide. Star Wars is a space opera film and the star-cast included Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness. Among the many awards the film received, it won six Academy Award out of ten nominations. when adjusted for inflation the film earning is calculated at $2,710,800,000 and stands third in the list of highest grossing films of all time. Lucas has re-released the film on several occasions, the most notable versions are the 1997 Special Edition, the 2004 DVD release, and the 2011 Blu-ray release.

 

4. Titanic

Titanic
An epic romantic disaster film, Titanic was written, co-produced, co-edited and directed by James Cameron and was released in 1997. The star-cast of the film included Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane. The film revolved around a fictionalized story, though it was based on a true mishap of sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. The film achieved critical and commercial success, nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, it won eleven out of them. Made with a budget of $200 million, the film grossed over $2 billion worldwide and garnered mostly positive reviews from film critics. When adjusted for inflation Titanic stands fourth in the list of highest grossing films of all time with a return equivalent to $2,413,800,000 as of mid 2012.

 

5. The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music
Released in 1965, The sound of Music is a musical film produced and directed by Robert Wise. The star-cast of the film included Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker and Richard Haydn. It won a total of five Academy Awards and two golden globe awards. The cast album was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Made with a budget of $8.2 million, the film grossed a total of $286,214,286. The Sound of Music is credited as the film that saved 20th Century Fox during the bankruptcy of studio in 1963. when adjusted for inflation the film earning is calculated at $2,269,800,000 and stands fifth in the list of highest grossing films of all time.

 

6. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. is a science fiction film released in 1982. Written by Melissa Mathison, the film’s star-cast included Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote. The major voice work for E.T. was performed by Pat Welsh, an elderly woman who lived in Marin County, California. Released by Universal Pictures, E.T. was a blockbuster, made with a budget of $10.5 million, the film grossed $792,910,554 worldwide. When adjusted for inflation E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stands sixth in the list of highest grossing films of all time with a return equivalent to $2,216,800,000 as of mid 2012. E.T. was the first major film to have been seriously affected by video piracy.

 

7. The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments, an epic film was released by Paramount Pictures in 1956 and was directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The Ten Commandments, which DeMille narrated, was the last film that he directed. Its star-cast included Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget and John Derek. The film received seven Academy Award nominations and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Made with a budget of $13.5 million, the film grossed $80,000,000 at the box-office. Adjusting for inflation, this makes it the seventh highest-grossing movie worlwide, with an adjusted total of $2,098,600,000 in mid 2012. The Ten Commandments received positive reviews all over world.

 

8. Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago
Released in 1965, Doctor Zhivago is an epic drama–romance–war film directed by David Lean. The film is loosely based on a novel Doctor Zhivago written by Boris Pasternak. The star-cast included Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness and Tom Courtenay. Mainly criticised for its length, close to 200 minutes, still the film was a huge box office hit and received mixed reviews at the time of its release. Made with a budget of $11 million, the film earned $111,721,910 at the box-office. When adjusted for inflation Doctor Zhivago stands eighth in the list of highest grossing films of all time with a return equivalent to $1,988,600,000 as of mid 2012.

 

9. Jaws

Jaws
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws is a thriller film based on Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws, and was released in 1975. The film star-cast included Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary and Murray Hamilton. Made with a budget of $9 million, the film grossed $470.7 million worldwide. Jaws is often cited as one of the greatest thriller films of all time. when adjusted for inflation the film earning is calculated at $1,945,100,000 and stands ninth in the list of highest grossing films of all time. Jaws spawned three sequels, none of which approached the success of the original. Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound.

 

10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a animation film released in 1937. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it is the first full-length cel animated feature (where each frame is drawn by hand) in motion picture history, and the first produced in full color. Made with a budget of $1.5 million, the film grossed a total of $416 million. The film was directed by David Hand (supervising), William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce and Ben Sharpsteen. The film won an Academy Honorary Award for Walt Disney. Adjusting for inflation, this makes it the tenth highest-grossing movie worlwide, with an adjusted total of $1,746,100,000 in mid 2012.

# Adjusted for inflation here means that how much the film would have earned in USD as of mid 2012.

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