Dark Knight Lighting it Up?

MaxPower August 18th, 2008


Ever since I read the Dark Knight quick review here on the R4NT blog, I have been wondering about the size of the box office gross for this newest Batman flick. The whole last film by Heath Ledger thing was a big draw as is the Batman franchise just generally. So when I saw the movie a week after it came out and theatres were still packed I knew it was going to do well. This morning I see a couple different articles which I thought could use some comparing.

The first is this LA Times piece about the Dark Knight finally dropping to 2nd place for the first weekend, next to Tropic Thunder’s #1 spot. In it, an interesting quote:

“The Warner Bros. Batman flick pulled in $16.8 million to raise its total to $471.5 million. “The Dark Knight” passed the original ” Star Wars” ($461 million) and now stands as No. 2 on the all-time domestic charts, behind only “Titanic” ($600.8 million)”.

Then I see this article about how ‘Dark Knight’ won’t top ‘Titanic’ all-time box office record but should get to $500 million domestically, vs. Star Wars’ $461 million.

Then I think to myself… Star Wars, $461 million, but it came out in 1977… Are these numbers inflation adjusted? (I know, boring, but hang with me).

No apparently they are not inflation adjusted. Adjusting the box office take from movies at boxofficemojo.com we find that actually Gone With the Wind is the largest grossing movie. It took in $198.676 million in 1939. Adjusting that to 2008 dollars we see that the gross from GWtW is $1.43 billion. So shove that up your sink-hole Titanic. Star Wars ranks 2nd taking in the $461 million in 1977 which is the same as $1.261 billion in 08 dollars. Dark Knight? 39th… right behind, wait for it… Beverly Hills Cop.

Top 10
1. Gone with the Wind
2. Star Wars
3. The Sound of Music
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
5. The Ten Commandments
6. Titanic
7. Jaws
8. Doctor Zhivago
9. The Exorcist
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • That’s something I never really thought to think about.. Interesting comparison.. And oh yeah.. Beverly Hills Cop was awesome! :)

  • HA HA! I love the stink hole comment. Thanks Max for yet another awesome article. You show the man who’s boss.

  • Speaking of Batman..

    I just rediscovered today Caro’s original review (on r4nt) back in July 2005 of Batman Begins..

    http://r4nt.com/v5/article/138/

    Was it really that long ago? ;)

  • One thing you didn’t account for—the Star Wars total includes the original 1977 release and the Special Edition re-release where Lucas raped your childhood.