Worldwide Inflation-Adjusted Highest Grossing Films Of All Time

The question is often asked: "What is the highest grossing film of all time?" Well, the only way to answer that in any meaningful way is to adjust the grosses of films according to inflation. About 10 years ago I came across a list
compiling the worldwide, inflation-adjusted, highest grossing films of all time. I haven't been able to find one since. Since I was sure I wasn't the only one who wanted to know the answer to this question, I decided to do a bit
(well, a lot) of research. That research is finally at the point where I can present the list.


Rank Name Worldwide Adjusted Gross Year
1 Gone with the Wind $3,861,930,040 1939
2 Titanic $2,805,989,777 1997
3 Avatar $2,799,266,304 2009
4 Star Wars $2,200,588,551 1977
5 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $2,116,034,366 1937
6 The Sound of Music $1,955,702,430 1965
7 Jaws $1,913,326,919 1975
8 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial $1,711,251,022 1982
9 The Exorcist $1,601,950,175 1973
10 Doctor Zhivago $1,551,416,549 1965
11 Jurassic Park $1,494,058,811 1993
12 The Avengers $1,429,417,286 2012
13 Pinocchio $1,386,198,614 1940
14 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,340,222,465 2003
15 The Lion King $1,323,600,330 1994
16 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace $1,311,252,518 1999
17 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $1,286,260,019 2011
18 The Godfather $1,272,986,513 1972
19 The Empire Strikes Back $1,262,094,726 1980
20 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid $1,219,404,873 1969
21 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $1,204,434,742 2001
22 Grease $1,203,866,872 1978
23 Frozen $1,196,327,561 2013
24 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $1,156,672,786 2006
25 Independence Day $1,139,417,248 1996
26 Iron Man 3 $1,138,469,482 2013
27 Airport $1,132,890,862 1970
28 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $1,119,984,189 2002
29 Ben-Hur $1,112,344,605 1959
30 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $1,089,292,465 2011
31 Finding Nemo $1,083,641,354 2003
32 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $1,075,835,513 2001
33 Shrek 2 $1,065,001,876 2004
34 Toy Story 3 $1,063,168,784 2010
35 Blazing Saddles $1,060,282,534 1974
36 Close Encounters of the Third Kind $1,059,312,822 1977
37 The Ten Commandments $1,053,350,772 1956
38 Alice in Wonderland $1,025,615,644 2010
39 The Dark Knight Rises $1,020,184,541 2012
40 The Dark Knight $1,019,226,154 2008
41 My Fair Lady $1,015,947,871 1964
42 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $1,013,689,960 2007
43 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1,006,669,701 2011
44 Spider-Man $1,003,013,065 2002

Year is the year of first release
* means the film is still charting

The following procedures were followed whilst compiling this list:


Only films with billion-dollar grosses are listed above. If you believe a film has been omitted, feel free to email me: mogul[at]calculatorgames[dot]info.


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