This Just In: Pinocchio Schools Avatar

I love my weekly dose of pop culture nonsense from Entertainment Weekly, and this week had an extra-interesting bit of info: even though Avatar has bamboozled Americans out of $504.9 million, it’s no better than a little wooden boy from 1940.

EW published a list of the all-time top grossing films. According to Box Office Mojo, when you adjust for inflation Avatar plummets from the top to #34–just below Disney’s Pinnochio.

Fun fact: Pinocchio was the first animated film to win an Academy Award in a competitive category (original score & original song).

Here’s the top ten:

1. Gone With the Wind
$1.49 billion

2. Star Wars
$1.31 billion

3. The Sound of Music
$1.05 billion

4. E.T.
$1.04 billion

5. The Ten Commandments
$963 million

6. Titanic
$943 million

7. Jaws
$941 million

8. Doctor Zhivago
$912 million

9. The Exorcist
$813 million

10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
$801 million

I guess Cameron’s ego isn’t the only thing that’s inflated…

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6 thoughts on “This Just In: Pinocchio Schools Avatar

  1. boothboy says:

    I’ve seen seven of those in the theater.

  2. Zrose25 says:

    Did they post the full list online somewhere?

  3. I’ve seen 9 of them. Never got interested in Exorcist.

    BeeTeeDubbz, I think the more significant basis for comparison of movie success is not revenue, even adjusted for inflation, because movie prices — especially overseas — vary so much. Attendance is the better across-the-board metric.

    In that regard, Avatar at 70 million attendees still trails Titanic’s 125 million and GWTW’s 200 million. But as the LA Times speculates, it’s quite likely Avatar will eventually catch up and possibly surpass Titanic.

    • Junkie1 says:

      Well, these are domestic gross figures…but on that note, I’d like to see Avatar‘s numbers without the additional IMAX and 3D fees.

  4. Sydney says:

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