April 25, 2006

The Case for Inflation-indexed Movie Reciepts


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe brought its worldwide box office total up to $739.6 Millon last week and passed "The Matrix: Reloaded" to become the 20th highest grossing film of all time.

Internationally, according to Reuters, the film has now earned an estimated $448 Million after a $1.5 Million weekend. Domestically, the film has earned $291.6 Million, moving ahead of "The Empire Strikes Back." (LINK )
Come on folks, I like the Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia as much as the next guy, but passing EMPIRE??? That just not right. Sure, I didn't like the fact that George Lucas got to artificially inflate the numbers from the orignal SW Trilogy by counting in the Special Edition recipts (Because they were ENTIRELY Different movies), but give the man some credit for his earlier work.

Honestly, they should index The All-Time Box Office Records List by the average ticket price for that year. There is no way that "Meet The Fockers" would have grossed anywhere NEAR the amount that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" did, were they compared apples-to-apples. Check out the list for yourself.

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