Griffith's Intolerance and nearly as much as Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives 1922. For this reason, some singles and even albums get over certified by hundreds of thousands of units. Archived from on December 3, 2012. Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 22 February 2019 in theaters around the world. Archived from on August 20, 2016.
Rentals are the distributors' share of the box office gross and typically set by a complex, two-part contract. Archived from on March 3, 2013. Volume 5 of History of the American Cinema. Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930—1939. Highest-grossing films adjusted for inflation Inflation rates around the world vary, complicating inflation adjustment. George Lucas directed two chart-toppers in 1977 and 1999, but also served in a strong creative capacity as a producer and writer in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1989 as well.
The issued certification s should be added to the total of both lead artists as well as the featured artist. For example, belongs to not only the and franchises, but also to the , which is a. The soundtrack album was also a huge seller. Archived from on October 7, 1999. If two or more artists have the same claimed sales, they are then ranked by certified units.
Some sources give it as the highest gross of any film in its initial release prior to Gone with the Wind. Archived from on November 30, 2010. In the cases where estimates conflict both films are recorded, and in cases where a film has moved into first place because of being re-released the previous record-holder is also retained. Distributors would often report the worldwide rental since the higher figure made the film appear more successful, while estimates were limited to performance in North America; therefore it was not unusual for worldwide and North American rentals to be mixed up. That is why , , , , , , , , , , the , , , and others have not been included on this list. The Hollywood Film Industry: A Reader. When properly adjusted for inflation, however, on that comparative scale —which was the highest-grossing film outright for twenty-five years—is still the highest-grossing film of all time.
The figures in the above chart take into account inflation that occurred in 2014, and in every available year since then, with 2017 the most recent year available. The certified units percentage varies according to the first year that an artist appeared in the charts. The success of White Christmas and South Pacific in the 1950s foreshadowed the comeback of the musical in the 1960s with West Side Story, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Funny Girl all among the top films of the decade. Recording Industry Association of Japan. For pr, Fonda, Cagney, and lemmon reenacted several scenes on ed sullivan's popular Toast of the Town television variety show.
Once revenue from home entertainment is factored in it is not immediately clear which film is the most successful. This became its standard policy in 1940, when the advent of war in Europe persuaded the American film industry temporarily, as it turned out that it should be wholly reliant on the home market for profitability. Archived from on January 31, 2012. Federation of the Italian Music Industry. This list includes music artists with claims of 75 million or more. Archived from on December 1, 2006.
To compensate for the devaluation of the currency, some charts make adjustments for inflation, but not even this practice fully addresses the issue since ticket prices and inflation do not necessarily parallel one another. The great movie stars: the golden years. This reflects the total amount paid to the distributor, not box-office gross. Archived from on December 11, 2017. Traditionally, , and have been the most popular genres, but have been among the best performers in the 21st century. In other words, the available certified units for each artist should get relatively closer to already listed claimed figure in order for higher figures to replace the listed ones. The two highest-grossing films were both written and directed by James Cameron.
United Artists: the Company that Changed the Film Industry. Archived from on April 12, 2010. Archived from on January 19, 2013. Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty. As of 2017 , based on both sales claims and certified units, are considered the highest-selling band. Audience tastes were fairly eclectic during the 20th century, but several trends did emerge. This list uses claimed figures that are closest to artists' available certified units: inflated claimed figures that meet the required certified units amount but are unrealistically high, are not used.