Thursday, January 07, 2016

Including inflation, 8 billion-dollar movies

Adjusted for inflation, there are eight movies that grossed at least $1 billion.

#1, no surprise, “Gone With the Wind,” the Clark Gable film from Margaret Mitchell’s classic about the end of southern aristocracy. $1.7 billion in today’s dollars; $198 million at the time.

#2 “Star Wars” $1.5 billion and climbing.

#3 “Sound of Music” $1.226 billion. #4 “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” $1.221 billion. #5 “Titanic” $1.166 billion. #6 “The Ten Commandments” #$1.127 billion. #7 “Jaws” $1.102 billion.

And #8 “Doctor Zhivago” $1.068 billion.

My favorite movie of all time, “Casablanca,” with Humphrey Bogart at his finest and Claude Rains an excellent cast member, isn’t even on the list. I guess unselfish love and sacrifice and patriotism aren’t worth a hill of beans in this crazy world.

When Paula and I went to Paris for our 10th anniversary, there were 29 Rick’s Place bars. We’ll always have Paris.

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