Avatar Should Not Be Consider The #1 Movie Of All-Time…Not Yet.

Posted: February 6, 2010 in Info News
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As Avatar passes Titanic as the highest grossing movie of all-time, we should all refrain ourselves from interpreting that as the best or most demand movie of all-time.  As you know, movie tickets are more expensive now than they have ever been–so the 2 months it took for Avatar to grab the honors of the number 1 movie in history; it is however, not the MOST WATCHED movie.  Let’s give less attention to the gross sales and more importance to a stat like “number of tickets sold” because it gives a better (not a perfect) indication of the quality of the movie.  A great example of my point would be last year’s Transformers 2 and how terrible that movie was.  It was a high grossing piece of shit of a film that made twice the money than say, Back To The Future–which we all know was a superior film compared to Transformers.  If you sell more movie tickets, it means the demand for the movie is greater, regardless of the price of a ticket at the time.  So here is a list of the top 20 movies of all-time based on number of tickets sold. (Note: Avatar ain’t on this list). [thrfeed.com]

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… For the top 100 movies based on tickets sold, click here.


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