The “real” top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time: “Avatar” lost its top spot to this classic 

According to adjusted gross, “Avatar” is not the highest-grossing movie in history.

The release of “Avatar: The Way of Water” has changed the list of the highest-grossing “blockbusters” of all time. Earning more than $1.7 billion in revenue to date, the sequel of “Avatar” still has a long way to go, especially when Part 1 is leading. But is “Avatar” (2009) really the highest-grossing film ever?

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“Avatar” remains the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than $2.9 billion after its first official release and multiple re-releases, followed by “Avengers: Endgame” and “Titanic”. These three films have always exchanged positions with each other continuously over the past few years. They are a “wall” that is difficult to break.  However, that’s when gross is calculated at today’s rates…


There is a factor that significantly affects the gross ranking  of movies, which is inflation. This greatly affects ticket prices, so the gross of today’s movies will be slightly higher than that of films in the past. The Guinness Records also recognized the film’s box office achievement based on this parameter, and surprisingly James Cameron’s Avatar only ranked 2nd.


Meanwhile, “Titanic” is still in 3rd place. “Avengers: Endgame” is pushed down to 5th place. On the other hand, the Top 10 adjusted highest-grossing films has the appearance of works from previous decades, in which first place is “Gone With the Wind”, grossing more than $3.9 billion. Films exceeding the 1.5 billion mark in gross have all disappeared, meaning that even the current “Avatar 2” cannot enter this list.

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“Gone With the Wind” was recognized by Guinness in 2014 as “the most successful film of all time”.

Top 10 adjusted highest-grossing movies of all time 

1. Gone With the Wind – $3.922 billion

2. Avatar – $3.505 billion

3. Titanic – $3.26 billion

4. Star Wars – $3.221 billion

5. Avengers: Endgame – $2.96 billion

6. The Sound of Music – $2.697 billion

7. E.T the Extra-Terrestrial – $2.634 billion

8. The Ten Commandments – $2.493 billion

9. Doctor Zhivago – 2.363 billion dollars

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2.33 billion

Source: k14. 

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