Movies can be box office hits for a variety of reasons whether it be the last movie of a series or boasts widely known actors and actresses. We list below the top 5 highest grossing movies of all time (adjusted for inflation).
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Gone with the Wind is a historical romance based off the 1936 novel of the same name and is considered to be one of the best films of all time. It is set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, following the life of Scarlett O'Hara and her love interests. Casting was complicated and took over two years, delaying the production and release of the film, and there were numerous changes in directors and screenplay writers to perfect the film. Upon its release, Gone with the Wind received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success pulling in over 350 million at the box office. Though there have been talks of and pressure for sequels, there has been no official sequel to Gone with the Wind.
Avatar is a science fiction film set in the middle of the 22nd century when humans are colonizing Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centauri solar system. Development of the film started in 1994 starting with the screenplay and was intended to be released after Titanic but due to limitation in technology that could not produce the desired visual effects, the film was delayed indefinitely. Avatar made use of new innovations in motion capture making it one of the first films to use such breakthroughs in cinematic technology. Avatar was a commercial success upon its release, grossing over 2.79 billion and became the first film to gross over 2 billion at the box office. Sequels are scheduled to be release in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027 which features members of the original cast.
Titanic is a romance and disaster film based off the historical sinking of the RMS Titanic. The film follows Rose Dawson Calvert and Jack Dawson, lovers who are from different social classes and both are aboard the Titanic. The budget for making the film was the most expensive at the time at around 200 million and included footage of the real Titanic wreck which was captured in 1995. The film also used actual blueprints and artifacts from the Titanic to make the reconstructed ship as close to the original as possible. There were also reports of actors and actresses getting sick during the production due to sickness from harsh filming conditions which led to delays. Upon its release, Titanic was a commercial and received positively by critics, especially for its score which earned an "A+" from CinemaScore.
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars is a science fiction film that is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy that follows a galaxy in war. It was retroactively renamed to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope when additional Star Wars films were released. Star Wars used innovative filming technology for its visual effects that are considered to be ahead of its time. A rough draft of the screenplay was completed in 1974 and finalized in 1976 with filming only taking 14.5 weeks. Star Wars initially only had a limited release but due to its popularity, there was a wider release not much later. It quicky became a blockbuster hit and has had numerous sequels and remakes over the years making Star Wars one of the most financially successful film series.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame is a superhero film based off the Avengers superhero team from Marvel Comics. It is the final film in a series of Avengers films which includes The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and mostly follows up on the events in Avengers: Infinity War and is seen as the conclusion to several characters in the Marvel Comics universe. The film had a budget of 365 million which makes it one of the most expensive films ever made. Upon release, it grossed nearly 2.8 billion and won numerous critical awards.