Top Grossing Movies by Year (U.S.)

December 28, 2011
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(This article was first published on Graph of the Week, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Description:
Top grossing movie year by year, adjusted for inflation.

Data:
http://thenumbers.com

Analysis:
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.

Questions:
  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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