If you think today’s mega box office hits that rake in millions worldwide knock the socks off of old films of yore when it comes to the highest grossing films of all time, think again. When we adjust the classics for inflation, they still beat out today’s best by a huge margin. Even oldies but goodies like
Gone With the Wind
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
, almost irritatingly tame by today’s standards, trounce the top grossing films of today by many millions.
Total earnings: $1,822,598,200 Victor Fleming’s film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Civil War epic is still top dog for box office dollars eighty years after its release. Frankly, my dear, that’s pretty amazing. Famous line: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Fun Fact: Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy”, was the first African-American to be both nominated for, and win, an Academy Award.
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