15 Box Office Records For Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice To Break

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15. Top 10 Worldwide Grosses of All Time – Adjusted

Current Rankings

(Values Rounded to the Nearest $1,000,000)

  1. Gone with the Wind (1939) – $3,440,000,000

  2. Avatar (2009) – $3,020,000,000
  3. Star Wars (1977) – $2,825,000,000
  4. Titanic (1997) – $2,516,000,000
  5. The Sound of Music (1965) – $2,366,000,000
  6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – $2,310,000,000
  7. The Ten Commandments (1956) – $2,187,000,000
  8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) – $2,073,000,000
  9. Jaws (1975) – $2,027,000,000
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) – $1,819,000,000

People continuously say that the value of the dollar is not what it use to be.  Nothing shows that statement to be truer than box office numbers.  We may be impressed with the current herd of blockbusters shattering records, but what would happen if classic movies of the past were valued against the current monetary landscape?  A lot would change.  The top movie of all time has no real visual effects, no aliens, no super powers, doesn’t exist in a franchise, and has no high-octane action scenes — it’s Gone with the Wind (1939).

An almost 80-year old movie is still going strong at a massive accumulated take of over $3 billion.  James Cameron once again proves that he may not just be the most valuable living creative in Hollywood, but the move valuable Hollywood luminary of all time — with Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997) only inching slightly down from the list.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not going to even break into this list.  The movies in this ranking, sans Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997), were released at a time in American history where movies were few and far between.  If they were released closer to our modern times, like ET.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982) and Star Wars (1977), they were unique to their genre.  When you said, “Hey, let’s go to the movies!”, people knew exactly what movie you were seeing.  There was only that one movie.  There was no other competition.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has to not only smash a first night and first weekend record, it also has to endure that momentum against newer fresher movies coming out in future weeks.  I doubt any movie, against the current myriad of selections that we have, has that much sustainability.  But it’s still fun to see something that started out as a 10-cent comic book become such a big property, where expectations are for it to perform in the hundreds of millions to even billions of dollars.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tickets will be available for purchase starting Monday, February 29, 2016.

Sources: Wikipedia, Box Office Mojo, ComicVine

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Synopsis: Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a United States release date of March 25, 2016.  It will be directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio from a story by David Goyer and Zack Snyder, and will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, and Callan Mulvey, Scoot McNairy, and Jena Malone in unspecified roles.