Sunday, March 14, 2010

Frankly My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn

The last film from the Hollywood studio era— Gone With the Wind (1939)— has just fallen off the (unadjusted) top 100 films in US box office. Alice in Wonderland has now vaulted into the top hundred pushing out GWTW, and making the oldest film on the list 1973s The Exorcist, ranked at #68. A minor footnote in film history, but an interesting "moment" in this era where home video has completely overtaken the value of old movie re-releases, and inflation has made almost every new tent pole film (particularly with the jacked up prices of IMAX and 3-D) a contender as a top moneymaking. My ticket for Alice on Wonderland was $17! The most I've ever spent to see a movie... besting only a two-month-or-so record of $16.50, when I saw Avatar. But to keep it real, GWTW is still #1 on the adjusted for inflation list!

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