Updated on January 26, 2016, 2:30 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
January 2016 Update
In regards to this chart, it needs to be understood that this tracks the first year of release at the domestic box office for the Top 30 Films of All Time. It measures the movie's success based on ticket sales and shows the resulting financial back-end based off the average ticket price for that year.
When I started this chart it was back in December of 2010 to commemorate the tail-end of Avatar's run at the box office. I set out to prove that its financial status as the highest grossing domestically was a sign that tickets had become so expensive that it didn't even top the last movie to make it in the top ten of this list. I updated the list in 2013 after Marvel's The Avengers did very well at the box office, and deserved inclusion as it reached high ticket sales.
The December 2015 Update was meant to add Jurassic World to the list, and to expand it to 30 from the initial 25. This is so that The Dark Knight can remain on this list because I believe the importance of including that recent popular film so that people can still gauge where their favorite recent hits fall on this list. As well, there were some additional additions and changes after recalculating a few of the numbers.
This January 2016 Update is meant to move Star Wars: The Force Awakens up the charts to its current position.
*All numbers based off data collected off Box Office Mojo, and recalculated using the numbers they give for ticket price in a given year and the gross that the movie had in the first ye...