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Subj: Re: Avengers back in theaters this weekend
Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 03:45:50 pm EDT (Viewed 8 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Avengers back in theaters this weekend
Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 02:22:45 pm EDT (Viewed 240 times)

    It seems to me that if they released a different cut of the film it wouldn't be a fair win if it did beat Titanic. Do people normally count the re-releases of Star Wars to add directly to the tally? Of course for the most part that was just 3D and added CGI.

Titanic's total includes the 3D re-release (which adds $58 million to its total): http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=releases&id=titanic.htm

But you also have to remember none of these box office numbers are what I'd call "real". A few things to consider...

1. The numbers quoted aren't adjusted for inflation. The All-Time Adjusted chart has Titanic at #5 and Avengers at #27 (#1 is Gone with the Wind with a whopping $1.6 Trillion total)

2. The numbers include ticket costs without any adjustment. So a film with more 3D viewers (and hence higher ticket costs) will have a higher total regardless of how many people actually saw it

3. Available alternatives aren't factored in. So, for example, Gone with the Wind had a huge total but it was release in 1939 when no one had a TV (RCA unveiled the first commercial TV at the 1939 World's Fair in New York). Titanic has a big total too but it was release in 1997 when only 18% of households had the internet (and it was almost all low-speed)

So box office numbers don't mean that much. They're just good for headlines.

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