Tale of Tara still the box-of­fice champ

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

To no­body’s great sur­prise, Gone with the Wind has emerged yet again as the most lu­cra­tive ever film at the box-of­fice when fig­ures are ad­justed for inflation. The most re­cent such chart, com­piled by the good peo­ple at Bloomberg, com­pletes the top five with, in or­der, Star Wars, The Sound of Mu­sic, ET: The Ex­tra-Ter­res­trial and The Ten Com­mand­ments.

Ti­tanic, the leader in the un­ad­justed chart, turns up at No 6. The Dark Knight, which last year fought its way to the No 2 spot in sheer cash tak­ings, doesn’t even make it into the top 20.

What else does the chart tell us about movie­go­ers’ tastes? Noth­ing much. Vir­tu­ally ev­ery ma­jor genre ap­pears in the top 20. You’ll find hor­ror (The Ex­or­cist), mu­si­cals (The Sound of Mu­sic, Grease), an­i­ma­tion (101 Dal­ma­tians, Fan­ta­sia), sci­ence fic­tion (four Star Wars films), his­tor­i­cal ro­mance (Doc­tor Zhivago) and – well, just about – ro­man­tic com­edy (The Grad­u­ate).

A more sur­pris­ing re­sult emerged a few years ago when the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute com­piled a chart based on the num­ber of tick­ets sold at Bri­tish cin­e­mas. It tran­spired that the all-time champ for get­ting bums on seats was the nicely spo­ken, now nearly for­got­ten English star Anna Nea­gle. The ac­tor man­aged four films in the top 50 and one, Spring in Park Lane, placed as high as No 5 (just be­hind Star Wars).

We hardly need to say which south­ern epic topped that list.

‘Scar­lett! Kiss me! Kiss me . . . once . . . ’

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