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Wednesday, July 08, 2009


A new list from Yglesias of the top twenty grossing movies, inflation-adjusted:
1. Gone With the Wind
2. Star Wars
3. The Sound of Music
4. E.T.
5. The Ten Commandments
6. Titanic
7. Jaws
8. Doctor Zhivago
9. The Exorcist
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
11. 101 Dalmations
12. The Empire Strikes Back
13. Ben-Hur
14. Return of the Jedi
15. The Sting
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark
17. Jurassic Park
18. The Graduate
19. The Phantom Menace
20. Fantasia
As you can see from my title, I think the odd one out is Fantasia, which I always thought was supposed to be a financial disaster for Disney and the cue for a move back to less ambitious projects. And we're obviously talking first release on these, not long-tail rentals, or the Phantom Menace wouldn't feature.

Four Star Wars, three Spielberg, three Disney - between them, half. I'm mildly surprised that Cleopatra doesn't score.

And The Graduate would seem to be a shoo-in for cost/benefit ratio.

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