This list is quite fascinating if you haven't seen it before.
It lists every film ever released that has taken more then US$200 million in box office receipts. It does not include home video or TV income.
The figures are not adjusted for inflation, so it is somewhat misleading as you go further down the list.
Here's the top 10 (out of 371):
1. Titanic (1997) $1,835,300,000
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $1,129,219,252
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $1,060,332,628
4. The Dark Knight (2008) $1,001,921,825
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) $968,657,891
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $958,404,152
7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) $937,000,866
8. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $922,379,000
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $921,600,000
10. Jurassic Park (1993) $919,700,000
You can copy and paste the figures into an eXcel spreadsheet, so if you assume they all took the bulk of their income over the period of less than a year, I guess a keen figure-fiend with lots of time on his hands could work out an inflation-adjusted figure.
I produced some interesting data of my own.
The grand total is $139,360,470,960 ($139.35 billion)
Remember, that's a straight dollar count for movie tickets only, not adjusted for inflation.
Taking 1999 as the year when George Lucas decreed that Kodak/Fuji's services were no longer required, the total Box office receipts for live action (not cartoon animated) features released since then, was:
$77,449,946,255 ($77.4 billion)
$2,467,275,601 (about $2.5 billion or 3.19%) was from digitally shot movies.
And of those
$1,886,231,963 ($1.89 billion) came from just three films:
Star Wars II
Star Wars III
Which, lets face it, could have been shot on Super-8 for all the average fan would care:-)
$581,043,638 ($581 million or 0.75%!)
from "Mainstream" features shot on video.
Obviously there are some grey areas. I left out films like Borat and Blair Witch, because while they were shot on video, the cameras used don't really count as "digital cinematography" cameras in the Genesis/Red/D-20 sense.
Edited by Keith Walters, 16 July 2009 - 10:22 PM.