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Top 20 in Ticket Sales


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Boxoffice is arguably more straightforward to report than TV ratings. You have this weekly Top 10 list of returns, you compare each movie to the other movies. TV ratings are a murky swamp where one network's hit is another network's flop and context is not just a factor, but often the entire story.

Yet one respect in which boxoffice reporting is pretty odd -- emphasizing ticket grosses yet rarely mentioning ticket sales. That would be like always reporting how many ad dollars sold off Lost and not mentioning the number of viewers that actually watched the show. With everybody reporting how Avatar is The Biggest Movie of All Time based on grosses ($1.859 billion and counting), it's important to remember how rising ticket prices skew the returns.

Here's the Top 20 movies of all time ... by number of tickets sold:

  1. Gone With the Wind (1939) 202,044,600
  2. Star Wars (1977) 178,119,600
  3. The Sound of Music (1965) 142,415,400
  4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 141,854,300
  5. The Ten Commandments (1956) 131,000,000
  6. Titanic (1997) 128,345,900
  7. Jaws (1975) 128,078,800
  8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) 124,135,500
  9. The Exorcist (1973) 110,568,700
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 109,000,000
  11. 101 Dalmatians (1961) 99,917,300
  12. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 98,180,600
  13. Ben-Hur (1959) 98,000,000
  14. Return of the Jedi (1983) 94,059,400
  15. The Sting (1973) 89,142,900
  16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 88,141,900
  17. Jurassic Park (1993) 86,205,800
  18. The Graduate (1967) 85,571,400
  19. Star Wars: Episode I (1999) 84,825,800
  20. Fantasia (1941) 83,043,500

Avatar, despite topping the worldwide gross list, by and by, is only No. 26 on the ticket sales list with 76,421,000 sold ... at least, so far...

http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/01/avatar-ticket-sales-.html

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