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Jason/Michael
07-21-2011, 11:45 PM
Hey everyone! Inflation has obviously compromised the accuracy of how we judge the success of a film and I figured the numbers we have from decades ago are misleading and uninspiring. I've taken a handful of franchises that thrived in the 70s and 80s and calculated how much those films would've made if they were released today with these enormously higher ticket prices. I tried to have all the numbers lined up like an excel sheet but couldn't figure it out, so I just put a ~ symbol between the numbers. The first number is how much the film made back in the year when it was released and the second number multiplies the number of tickets sold to the average ticket price in 2011. The numbers in red indicate films that have multiple releases, in which case the number of tickets for each release were calculated according to the average ticket price for the year it was released and then multiplied by the average price for 2011. I thought the results were very interesting...feel free to analyze results and post theories! Btw this makes me very sad that I was not alive to see Jaws and The Exorcist in theaters back in the 70s. I can't imagine a horror movie being more popular and selling more tickets than Avatar.

MOVIE ~ UNADJUSTED ~ ADJUSTED
Jaws ~ $260,000,000 ~ $996,878,046
The Exorcist ~ $232,671,011 ~ $914,901,335
Psycho (1960) ~ $32,000,000 ~ $364,521,742
Jaws 2 ~ $81,766,007 ~ $272,889,194
The Amityville Horror (1979) ~ $86,432,520 ~ $270,661,199
Alien ~ $80,931,801 ~ $249,803,785
The Silence of the Lambs ~ $130,742,922 ~ $244,094,862
Hannibal ~ $165,092,268 ~ $229,262,406
The Omen (1976) ~ $60,922,980 ~ $224,814,377
The Blair Witch Project ~ $140,539,099 ~ $217,448,291
Poltergeist ~ $77,142,388 ~ $206,142,263
Scream ~ $103,046,663 ~ $183,245,879
Aliens ~ $85,160,248 ~ $180,420,366
The Ring ~ $129,128,133 ~ $174,689,695
Scream 2 ~ $101,363,301 ~ $173,576,373
Halloween (1978) ~ $47,000,000 ~ $157,871,794
The Grudge ~ $110,359,362 ~ $139,681,899
Scream 3 ~ $89,143,175 ~ $129,993,569
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) ~ $30,859,000 ~ $129,706,813
The Shining ~ $44,017,374 ~ $128,615,821
Red Dragon ~ $93,149,898 ~ $126,016,904
Carrie ~ $33,800,000 ~ $124,726,764
Friday the 13th (1980) ~ $39,754,601 ~ $116,160,283
Jaws 3 ~ $45,517,055 ~ $113,575,892
Paranormal Activity ~ $107,918,810 ~ $113,098,916
The Exorcist 2 ~ $30,749,142 ~ $108,380,385
Freddy vs. Jason ~ $82,622,655 ~ $107,697,193
Saw 2 ~ $87,039,965 ~ $106,729,195
Alien 3 ~ $55,473,545 ~ $105,065,555
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) ~ $80,571,655 ~ $105,023,748
Alien vs. Predator ~ $80,282,231 ~ $101,613,263
Saw 3 ~ $80,238,724 ~ $96,286,470
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 ~ $49,369,899 ~ $94,415,428
The Ring Two ~ $76,231,249 ~ $93,475,451
Friday the 13th Part 3 ~ $34,581,519 ~ $92,452,629
Halloween H20 ~ $55,041,738 ~ $92,244,787
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 ~ $44,793,222 ~ $90,044,687
The Omen Part 2 ~ $26,518,355 ~ $89,074,472
Poltergeist 2 ~ $40,996,665 ~ $86,855,468
Psycho 2 ~ 34,725,000 ~ $86,647,147
Paranormal Activity 2 ~ $84,752,907 ~ $84,430,650
Alien Resurrection ~ $47,795,658 ~ $81,846,156
The Amityville Horror (2005) ~ $65,233,369 ~ $79,989,750
Final Destination ~ $53,331,147 ~ $77,770,463
Friday the 13th Part 4 ~ $32,980,880 ~ $77,151,701
Dawn of the Dead (2004) ~ $59,020,957 ~ $74,702,855
Saw 4 ~ $63,300,095 ~ $72,316,677
Halloween 2 (1981) ~ $25,533,818 ~ $72,192,740
Night of the Living Dead (1968) ~ $12,000,000 ~ $71,999,997
Saw ~ $55,185,045 ~ $69,847,741
The Final Destination ~ $66,477,700 ~ $69,668,627
Friday the 13th (2009) ~ $65,002,019 ~ $68,122,117
Halloween (2007) ~ $58,272,029 ~ $66,572,408
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 ~ $29,999,213 ~ $66,420,796
The Omen (2006) ~ $54,607,383 ~ $65,528,859
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare ~ $34,872,033 ~ $65,105,504
Final Destination 3 ~ $54,098,051 ~ $64,917,658
Child's Play ~ 33,244,684 ~ $63,577,426
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) ~ $63,075,011 ~ $62,835,182
Saw 5 ~ $56,746,769 ~ $62,121,117
Friday the 13th Part 2 ~ $21,722,776 ~ $61,417,631
Final Destination 2 ~ $46,961,214 ~ $61,213,122
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) ~ $25,504,513 ~ $59,662,344
The Omen 3 ~ $20,471,382 ~ $57,879,523
Hostel ~ $47,326,473 ~ $56,791,770
Bride of Chucky ~ 32,383,850 ~ $54,272,294
My Bloody Valentine (2009) ~ 51,545,952 ~ $54,020,161
Child's Play 2 ~ 28,501,605 ~ $52,960,428
Exorcist: The Beginning ~ $41,821,986 ~ $52,934,105
Candyman ~ $25,792,310 ~ $48,850,018
Friday the 13th Part 5 ~ $21,930,418 ~ $48,555,802
The Exorcist 3 ~ $26,098,824 ~ $48,495,689
Alien vs. Predator 2 ~ $41,797,066 ~ $47,750,718
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning ~ $39,517,763 ~ $47,421,314
The Grudge 2 ~ $39,143,839 ~ $46,972,610
Saw 3D ~ $45,710,178 ~ $45,536,376
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 ~ $22,168,359 ~ $43,890,004
Jaws 4 ~ $20,763,013 ~ $41,738,439
Friday the 13th Part 6 ~ $19,472,057 ~ $41,253,469
Halloween: Resurrection ~ $30,354,442 ~ $41,064,704
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 ~ $26,437,094 ~ $38,552,050
Halloween 3 ~ $14,400,000 ~ $38,497,958
Friday the 13th Part 7 ~ $19,170,001 ~ $36,660,879
Psycho (1998) ~ $21,456,130 ~ $35,958,462
Halloween 2 (2009) ~ $33,392,973 ~ $34,995,833
Children of the Corn ~ $14,568,989 ~ $34,081,031
New Nightmare ~ $18,090,181 ~ $34,016,469
Halloween 4 ~ $17,768,757 ~ $33,981,130
Amityville 2 ~ $12,534,817 ~ $33,511,448
Hannibal Rising ~ $27,670,986 ~ $31,612,496
Return of the Living Dead ~ $14,237,880 ~ $31,523,866
Psycho 3 ~ 14,481,606 ~ $30,680,708
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday ~ $15,935,068 ~ $30,253,533
Hellraiser ~ $14,564,027 ~ $29,277,046
Saw 6 ~ $27,693,292 ~ $29,022,571
Grindhouse ~ $25,037,897 ~ $28,604,340
Friday the 13th Part 8 ~ $14,343,976 ~ $28,398,903
Child's Play 3 ~ 14,960,255 ~ $27,930,549
The Rage: Carrie 2 ~ $17,762,705 ~ $27,483,245
Halloween 6 ~ $15,116,634 ~ $27,314,192
Poltergeist 3 ~ $14,114,488 ~ $26,992,671
Land of the Dead ~ $20,700,082 ~ $25,382,628
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh ~ $13,940,383 ~ $25,188,832
Hellraiser 3 ~ $12,534,961 ~ $23,740,918
Hellraiser 2 ~ $12,090,735 ~ $23,122,430
Halloween 5 ~ $11,642,254 ~ $23,049,906
Army of Darkness ~ $11,502,976 ~ $21,838,986
Seed of Chucky ~ 17,083,732 ~ $21,622,891
Hostel: Part 2 ~ $17,609,452 ~ $20,117,772
Manhunter ~ $8,620,929 ~ $18,264,290
Jason X ~ $13,121,555 ~ $17,751,362
Return of the Living Dead 2 ~ $9,205,924 ~ $17,605,488
Dawn of the Dead (1978) ~ $5,100,000 ~ $17,130,768
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 ~ $8,025,872 ~ $17,003,601
Hellraiser 4 ~ $9,336,886 ~ $16,603,605
My Bloody Valentine (1981) ~ 5,672,031 ~ $16,036,750
Amityville 3D ~ $6,333,135 ~ $15,802,679
Children of the Corn 2 ~ $6,980,986 ~ $13,253,760
Day of the Dead (1985) ~ $5,804,262 ~ $12,851,124
Evil Dead 2 ~ $5,923,044 ~ $11,906,682
Night of the Living Dead (1990) ~ $5,835,247 ~ $10,842,799
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 ~ $5,765,562 ~ $10,713,314
The Evil Dead ~ $2,400,000 ~ $5,988,573
Diary of the Dead ~ $958,961 ~ $1,049,782
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 ~ $185,898 ~ $322,519
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorist ~ $251,495 ~ $308,387
Return of the Living Dead 3 ~ $54,207 ~ $102,919
Survival of the Dead ~ $101,740 ~ $101,355

GeoSwanko
09-16-2011, 04:57 PM
Too bad they can't just go by number of tickets sold. :) Of course then people could argue that the population has increased since the old films too.

Thanks for the post! Interesting stuff