Top $$ movies of all time, Finding Nemo!


emw

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Interesting - here is a site that includes a list adjusted for inflation. Of course, I don't know if ticket prices keep up with or exceed inflation, so it may not be the best indicator, but it's probably a little better.

On the adjusted list, Star Wars is #2 after Gone With the Wind. Finding Nemo is #61.

As for how much Steve gets, I have no idea. But I'm sure he's not hurting...
 

Mr. Anderson

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iGary said:
Titanic: $1,845,034,188

Almost two billion?

With a freaking "b?
Everytime I see a list like that and see Titanic at the top I just cringe and try and figure out why.....

but there is no logical explanation....

D
 

mcarnes

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Mr. Anderson said:
Everytime I see a list like that and see Titanic at the top I just cringe and try and figure out why.....

but there is no logical explanation....

D
I was a projectionist when that movie came out. I've done that job off and on for fun since I was 18. Let me tell you, from about the third month to the eighth month it was 95% teen age girls lined up to see that movie. They saw it over and over and over. The print was a wreck by the time it finally left our theater (not to mention it was interlocked for the first couple month).

That movie tapped into the "Mary-Kate and Ashley" crowd as we came to call them. Leonardo is who they came to see...
 

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iGary said:
Titanic: $1,845,034,188

Almost two billion?

With a freaking "b?
No kidding, I was forced to watch that movie and thinking "would you sink already." Gives new meaning to "I'm king of the world."
 

mad jew

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Titanic was amazing!




On second thought, that was Spiderman... Meh...

It's hard to see what movie is the highest grossing of all time because of the inflation factor and the fact that there's no single good way of measuring this. As time goes by, movies get cheaper relative to other forms of entertainment such as theatre because of the competition and advances in technology. More people are likely to see movies on a regular basis if they are cheaper. Also, the higher population of today generally makes for fuller cinemas and higher earnings.

In other words, it's too difficult to compare old with new when it comes to movie earnings.
 

emw

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iGary said:
Titanic: $1,845,034,188

Almost two billion?

With a freaking "b?
Yeah, turns out the US theater gross was just the tip of the iceberg.
 

Xtremehkr

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Steve bought Pixar from George Lucas. Pixar is now the most successful movie studio of all time, a perfect 5 for 5 record. Steve and George are similar in ways.
 

Abstract

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Some parts of that inflation list don't make sense. How did ROTK (edit: Sorry non-nerds, I meant Lord of the Rings: Return of the King :eek: ) make less money than Shrek 2 on that list? Was inflation THAT high in 2004 compared to 2003? :confused:
 

Artful Dodger

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It's really hard to say what movie(s) make the most since when I went to see The Matrix Reloaded the ticket price was $7.00 at the top theater in the area. Now when I went to see Star Wars Revenge of the Sith last week that same theater price was $8.50 but is that price diff. really inflation? I think they should just go by the #'s and not $$'s since big cities charge way more than your average towns, cities in the same states. But that said all that money is really just a part of a larger picture---DVD rentals and so on...
 

AliensAreFuzzy

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Abstract said:
Some parts of that inflation list don't make sense. How did ROTK (edit: Sorry non-nerds, I meant Lord of the Rings: Return of the King :eek: ) make less money than Shrek 2 on that list? Was inflation THAT high in 2004 compared to 2003? :confused:
Didn't you know?! There was a 26% inflation from 2003 to 2004.
 

Lacero

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If you adjust for inflation, GWTW would take top spot as the biggest money maker of all time. Titanic has the most of any modern day movie, but I think ROTS has a chance to come close, but it'll definitely surpass TPM.
 

Lacero

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AliensAreFuzzy said:
Didn't you know?! There was a 26% inflation from 2003 to 2004.
Inflation doubles every ten years. On average at least. What causes inflation? I know, but does anyone else know?
 

mad jew

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Abstract said:
Instead of adjusting for inflation, can they adjust for average movie ticket prices?

Or better yet, just use the number of people who bought a ticket.

But you've still got issues with population size and the relative expense of a ticket. Fifty years ago, a movie was much more of a luxury so of course not nearly as many people went.
 

mcarnes

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mad jew said:
But you've still got issues with population size and the relative expense of a ticket. Fifty years ago, a movie was much more of a luxury so of course not nearly as many people went.

But also fewer people are going to cinema now then they did 15-20 years ago because of DVD. Unless it is something they really want to see, they just wait for the DVD.

Too many factors, so it just goes back to gross earnings.
 

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mcarnes said:
I found the list interesting:

http://www.imdb.com/boxoffice/alltimegross?region=world-wide

Finding Nemo is #9! How much of that does Steve get? Anyone know? What percent of Pixar does he own?
Steve bought Pixar from Lucas for $10 million dollars after an original asking price of $30 million. The hitch is, Jobs has to share any software developments and technology with Lucas for life.

I believe he owns 60%, although I'll have to check into iCon, the book I have been recommending, to be sure.
 

MongoTheGeek

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iGary said:
Steve bought Pixar from Lucas for $10 million dollars after an original asking price of $30 million. The hitch is, Jobs has to share any software developments and technology with Lucas for life.

I believe he owns 60%, although I'll have to check into iCon, the book I have been recommending, to be sure.
Figure of the 800M half went to the theaters. Of that half, half went to Disney for promotion and distribution. Of Pixar's 200 Million they probably spent 50 making the think. Leaving Steve getting 60% of 150M or about 90M. Most of that money is just increased value of Pixar since I don't believe it currently has a dividend.
 

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Mr. Anderson said:
Everytime I see a list like that and see Titanic at the top I just cringe and try and figure out why.....

but there is no logical explanation....

D

I still think it’s ridiculous that Titanic is still #1. Actually as much as it pains me to say this I don’t expect to ever see anything take it down as #1. Why? Simple.
The studios rush to get a movie out on video ASAP as soon as sales fall. So take Revenge of the Sith? There is talk of a 11/05 release for the movie on DVD. Anyone who doesn’t want to see it in the theatre simply has to wait 6 months. Titanic was still in the VHS tape era. I think it was close to a YEAR before Titanic came out on VHS. DVD’s hadn’t taken off.
They had the perfect storm for taking the #1 spot. The advertised the crap out of it, they had a movie that catered to adults, and love struck teenaged girls who got hot thinking about Leeeeeeo, they had a big name behind the lens, they released it right where there wasn’t anything major coming out, and then they rerelease it again in the winter when NOTHING was out, oh and did I mention they had an insanely large marketing blitz?
It was an OK movie but it sure as HELL didn't deserve the #1 spot.
 

Lacero

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Titanic spent 13 weeks at number 1 at the box office. That's pretty unreal. A lot of it was repeat business. There was a news report one old lady attending the screening every day for like 3 months. You may not like it, but the story does touch a woman's heart in a way we'll never fully understand. I think it found the formula to make $600 million in North America alone.