Does a list of the twenty highest-grossing films of all time change much if inflation is taken into account or not? As much as more than ninety percent of the titles vary from one to another. For example, if we go from inflation, that is, if we avoid multiplying the number of tickets sold at the time by the current price of movie tickets, the first ten would be, from least to most, ‘The Avengers’; ‘The Lion King’; ‘Jurassic World’; ‘Spider-Man: No way home’; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’; ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’; ‘Titanic’; ‘Avatar. The sense of water’; ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and, reigning above all, ‘Avatar’.
However, inflation plays a major role in this special, almost completely changing the list from start to finish, including the top three winners. This is an element that causes, in addition to fairer and more balanced results, the entry of a greater number of classic films and a considerable decrease in blockbusters which, on the other hand, have strongly marked the cinema of the last decades.
Ordered from twenty to one, what is clear when looking at the ranking of the highest grossing films in history, accounting for inflation, is the public’s devotion to great visual spectacles and strong emotions. All are legendary proposals that have moved and fascinated different generations since its premiere, thus demonstrating that success and talent go hand in hand many more times than one tends to think.