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posted 8/19/2008 7:28:04 AM |
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There's not a lot that upsets me...and this certainly doesn' if nobody ever come up with a solution, it will be ok by me.

That being said, don't you think it's a little misleading when they report "Titanic" as being the top money-making film of all-time?

I mean, it is the truth...there's nothing false about it. Technically, it made over $1.8 billion, which is the most ever.

Where I think it's misleading is that nobody seems to take into account the timeframe of movies when determining how much they grossed.

What I'm saying is, the average price of a movie ticket today is $8, as opposed to $3 back in the 70's, so it's kind of unfair to compare the amount of money made by a movie today to one back then.

For instance, Star Wars made $460 million back in the 70's. I think it's safe to assume that if that movie were to be released today, it would double those the very least.

Another thing you have to keep in mind is that movies today get seen on a lot more screens. A movie such as "The Dark Knight" was put on four screens in my city, virtually assuring a seat for anybody that wanted to see it.

Heck, I remember being upset when I went to see "Smokey & The Bandit", and it was sold out.

Finally, there are more people around today. The population has increased by 80 million since 1975, so that's 80 million more people that can pay to see "Titanic", "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King", and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" that weren't around to pay to see "Star Wars", Jaws, and "The Godfather" (which I think was pre-1975, but you get my point).

This it's why it's almost impossible to compare eras in almost anything, including sports and entertainment. But if you must, remember to put as many things into the equation as you can.

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Aug 19 @ 7:36AM  
I agree; number of tickets sold should be used, rather than a dollar figure.

BTW, I hated Titanic, couldn't stand the music, and I DETEST Leonardo DiCapprio!

Aug 19 @ 8:10AM  
You raised a very good point. I'm going to have to agree with you. Just like xquseme suggests, ticket sales should be used and not dollar figures.

Aug 19 @ 8:23AM  
And what about profit? After all is said and done, how much of the gross is profit? Some of these newer movies have cost major $ to put out there. Not to mention residuals for the actors in them. At what point is the money pure profit?

(I'm sure this is only making half sense since I am half asleep)

Aug 19 @ 3:20PM  
Wow, never thought about it that way, it's something to take into consideration.

Aug 19 @ 5:13PM  
Counting tickets would make sense if Hollywood cared about counting asses. Instead, they want to count cash, which is why they report what a movie grosses.

I vaguely remember hearing some radio reporter talk about this and looked at ticket sales, not dollars, to determine the most popular movie so far. I wanna say it was "Gone With the Wind" maybe, but I could be, probably am, wrong.

Hollywood accountants get really creative when cooking the books. They do everything possible to make sure a movie isn't profitable in order to minimize tax liabilities.

I hated Titanic, too, but I watched it on DVD with my girlfriend at the time. Yeah, I suffered through a chick flick! It was worth it later that evening, though! I don't care for Leo's earlier work, but he has gotten roles in better movies lately. I still won't pay theater prices to see one of his flicks, but I'll rent a DVD if the plot sounds good.

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