If February is a time to award the rare “art” of cinema, mid-July is a time to celebrate the popular favorites, the popcorn flicks, the blockbusters. The term, quite literally, describes those films that “bust the block” with lines starting at the box office ticket window and stretching around the block.
The biggest movie blockbusters of all time, in terms of sheer dollars, are “Avatar” (2009), “Titanic” (1997), “The Avengers” (2012) and “The Dark Knight” (2008). All four are from the last 15 years — but those stats can be deceiving. When you adjust for inflation, the only fair way to compare different eras, “The Dark Knight” falls to No. 29 while “The Avengers” falls to No. 26.
Which movies have truly put the most butts in the seats?
GALLERY: Top 25 Movie Blockbusters