Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Gone with the Wind Still #1 By Box Office, Tix Sales

Adjusted for inflation (in 2009 dollars), Gone with the Wind ranks as the #1 all-time movie for box office receipts at $1.5 billion (released in 1939 when the average ticket price was 23 cents), and Avatar currently ranks a distant #26 at $562 million (so far).

Measured by the number of tickets sold,
Gone with the Wind also ranks #1 with 202,044,600 tickets, compared to 75,373,800 tickets so far for Avatar.


At 1/27/2010 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entertainment Weekly asked Cameron to respond to some of the criticisms aimed at him regarding “Avatar.” Check out how he responded to this one:

EW: “’Avatar’ is the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.”

JC: “Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in eco-terrorism.”

Big Hollywood

Personally, I kept waiting for THIS LINE.

At 1/27/2010 4:33 PM, Blogger stevedp86 said...

Regardless of the message, great movie. However, you have to admit if humans were ever in that situation....that's probably what we'd do!

This is US figures right? Didn't Avatar make most of it's money outside the US?

At 1/27/2010 4:50 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Thanks anon @ 1/27/2010 4:23 PM for pointing out the rank & rampant hypocrisy of the limousine liberal...

At 1/27/2010 4:54 PM, Anonymous Rand said...

And Victor Fleming was a better director too!

At 1/27/2010 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of the message, great movie.

That's exactly what they said about "Triumph of the Will" and "Birth of a Nation". It is precisely Hollywood's ability to soft petal this eco-socialist crap that makes them dangerous. Anyone who can sit for hours, watching U.S. soldiers being denigrated and killed, needs some serious help.

Washington is one of the most liberal cities in America and you come to expect almost anything here – but still the roars of approval which greeted the on-screen killing of US military personnel were a shock to the system, especially at a time when the United States is engaged in a major war in Afghanistan.

Nile Gardiner, UK Telegraph

At 1/27/2010 5:45 PM, Anonymous Benny The Man said...

I don't get it.
Are not the Navi defending their property rights?
Why is this a left-wing ideal?

At 1/27/2010 5:46 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Didn't Avatar make most of it's money outside the US?"...

Interesting question stevedp86, so I went to IMDB and found the following: Box office / business for
for what its worth...

Whether you think its a good movie or just more liberal nonsense (got to give Cameron his due for his excellent eye candy if nothing else) its made a lot of money...

At 1/27/2010 6:36 PM, Blogger t11s said...

"Avatar currently ranks a distant #26 at $562 million (so far)."

You are only counting domestic box-office!

Avatar's worldwide take is $1,878,025,999.

It is a global media world!

Box Office Mojo says worldwide "Gone with the Wind" was $400,176,459. But I have no idea how much of that is 1939 dollars as it may have played outside the US for many years.

At 1/27/2010 11:05 PM, Anonymous Undown said...

Avatar is just a modern day Battleship Potemkin.

At 1/27/2010 11:20 PM, Blogger PeterK said...

I've always wondered why the number of tickets sold is not reported by the press. Other statistics that should be reported is the number of theaters in which the movie is booked and the total number of seats. with that we can see get average revenue per seat, or theater. much more relevant than just reporting the gross

At 1/28/2010 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosie O’Donnell on Tuesday announced her love for the sci-fi, anti-war film Avatar, seeing it as "this story of the United States and the Mid-East, going to get the oil." Discussing the movie on her Rosie Radio show, she gushed over the allegorical plot of evil, imperialistic Marines being defeated by large blue aliens.


Really, that's all you have to know.

At 1/28/2010 5:09 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> However, you have to admit if humans were ever in that situation....that's probably what we'd do!

Complete presumption. I think we've advanced a bit beyond the attitudes of our forebears in a lot of ways, and the whole colonial thing is the model for some parts of humanity, but not all of them.

Ask me which nation is leading humanity into space -- setting the tone -- and then we can talk about "what we'd do".

Especially if you speak of the rarity of a material. A spacefaring nation able to actually wage war across the vast distances of space is hardly likely to be unable to make just about anything they want from scratch. Having truly vast amounts of energy at your beck and call, along with the resources of a single solar system alone make pretty much EVERYTHING "unscarce".

There CAN be things one might fight for access to, but far fewer than most people grasp, and it's not likely to be a material thing, but something unique to space -- like a nexus used in the transport system -- than a material substance.

This is where most people who speculate on fiction Just Don't Get It. Long-term SF, like Star Trek, it's not about man in the future -- it's about US NOW. The stories aren't about future man's reaction to the future situations, it's about OUR reaction to those situations.

Speculating about mankind's driving factors and motivations in 500 years is of very doubtful value in the event of continued sociotechnical growth -- those people will be as mysterious to us as someone in 1500 would be, were we to really meet them. The driving forces of those times -- poverty, disease, short lifespans -- all those things are unknown to us and unexperienced by any denizen of a modern technological culture. YOU CANNOT GET IN THEIR HEADS to understand their attitudes about slavery, class, religion, and so forth.

So, too, will it be for the Man of 500 Years Hence -- S/He will have never known any time when energy and matter were not at their beck and call, when they were unable to leave the planet at will, to travel where they wish, to accomplish what they want to accomplish without natural hindrance.

We will either attain a New Age for Man or drop back into the muck. Which is why we must beat the socialists and the postmodernists and the other damnfool idiots who want to tear down everything mankind has inherited from Greek culture.

The alternative is a holocaust which will make WWII into a pie fight.

At 1/28/2010 2:28 PM, Blogger QT said...


Sci-Fi has essentially always been allegorical. In Star Trek, the Klingons and the Romulans were fashioned after the Russians and the Chinese. I agree that Sci-Fi has nothing to do with the future and everything to do with constructing morality tales. Your take on material and technology is well reasoned and highly plausible.

The part of Avatar that is truly offensive isn't the eco theme but the way the U.S. military/marines are depicted. I cannot imagine how someone who serves their country and risks being killed or permanently disabled would feel about having the marines depicted as war criminals/dregs of's particularly repugnant in time of war. The use of the word "pre-exemptive" is a direct reference to the Bush doctrine.

When can publish a full page ad in the NYT referring to General Petraeus as "General Betray us", I suppose military personnel may be accustomed to this kind of bigotry/drivel.

Great effects and imaginative fantasy elements. Completely ludicrous, cartoon character depiction of the U.S. marines and completely unrealistic storyline. We have come a long way from the Battle of the Little Bighorn and to suggest otherwise, is intellectually dishonest.

At 1/28/2010 4:04 PM, Anonymous Bee Line said...

The stock market has just given up 600 points which has erased all the gains back to November 2009.

The topic of the day is movie tickets?

If the stock market had a weekly gain of 600 points, would we be seeing a chart on Carpe Diem?

I suspect so.

At least tell the story and spin it into some libertarian appeal against bank regulation or some such other nonsense.

At 1/29/2010 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The number of tickets sold is difficult to find (although not impossible), but the other information you are asking about, as well as much other interesting stuff, can be found here:

At 2/01/2010 7:17 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> The topic of the day is movie tickets?

Actually, from what I just saw, there's about 5-10 different topics for the day in question. This is probably the least significant of them. So what? BFD.

More critically -- I just checked:

5-10 topics on which to comment, and this is the **ONLY** one *YOU* saw fit to comment on?




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