Top Grossing Movies by Year (U.S.)

December 28, 2011

(This article was first published on Graph of the Week, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Top grossing movie year by year, adjusted for inflation.


This is a bit of an odd chart.  It only shows the total gross of the highest grossing movie for each year.  When adjusted for inflation, ‘Gone with the Wind’ is still the #1 money making movie of all time.  Curiously, it seems like every other year or so is when the really ‘good’ movies come out.


  1. Before the late 1930s, movies did not pull in much money – why?
  2. Why is there such a drastic up/down trend in the movie industry?
  3. Since more movies are being made, is that why any one in particular doesn’t really stand out anymore?

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