Q&A: Ticket Inflation and More!

Hey guys! I got two questions to answer here, but both are going to nice, short, and sweet.

Remember, if you would like your question answered you can send it in on my Facebook Page, or email me at moviereelnews@gmail.com Once a week I will take a few questions and answer them.  If you do not see your question one week I will eventually get to it.

Both questions are written in by Michelle Blackwell.  Her first question is:

Which film earned the 2nd highest domestic box office earnings in history after adjusting for inflation?

A quick note about this before getting to the meat and potatoes of the question. Adjusting for ticket price inflation is not an exact science and can only be used to give us a general idea of what a movie might have made if released in a different year.  And that’s assuming it sold the same number of tickets.  A movie that sold 1,000 tickets in 1950 may not sell 1,000 tickets today.  But I can’t account for that.

All figures are based on an average ticket price of that year then compared to average ticket prices that are current. So there is not a scientifically accurate formula for this, but its the closest I can currently get.  The average ticket price today is about $8.70.

If you want more info on how inflation is calculated Box Office Mojo goes way more in-depth than I will.

So, to you the question, the current second place movie when accounting for inflation is Star Wars.  Which came out in 1977 when the average ticket price was $2.23.  The film made $460,998,007.  So when accounting for inflation it would have made roughly $1,549,640,500.

"Admit One" Tickets --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Currently sitting in first is Gone with the Wind which made $198,676,459 unadjusted.  And in the year it came out, 1939, ticket prices were at an average of $0.23.  This is the hardest estimate because this film had no box office competition and accumulated its earnings over a very long run in and out of the theaters.  When adjusting for inflation it is sitting at $1,757,788,200!

Michelle’s second question I like a lot. Because I get to talk about me.  She asks:

How many times have you seen the same movie in theaters? What movie and how many times?

She also asks what my favorite color is.  And the answer to that would be Navy Blue.

But to the main topic – my current record for the amount of times I’ve seen the same movie in theaters is 4 times.  And that record holder is currently Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It is such a great movie-going experience.  It’s visually spectacular.  The sound design is awesome.  And I love all of the characters in the film.  Each time the movie comes to the end, no matter how many times I’ve seen it, I keep wanting it to continue.

Is it a perfect film? No. Not by any stretch of the imagination.  But is it fun? Absolutely.  And I will probably see it one more time before it leaves theaters.

Thank you Michelle for the questions.  That was fun!

Readers, feel free to leave comments below if you feel differently or agree with anything stated?  What films have you seen more than once?  Let’s make it a discussion.  And don’t forget to subscribe to this site to stay up to date with movie news and topics.  Also, once again, if you want to get your questions answered send them in on my Facebook Page or email them to moviereelnews@gmail.com

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