Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Aug. 09, 2003 7:04 am/pm
Quoting the Gross Domestic Box Office, all time, list on www.boxofficemojo.com as of Saturday afternoon, August 9, 2003:
Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year
1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,764,716 2002
8 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
9 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994
10 Finding Nemo Dis. $323,082,000 2003
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Do the math, and as of the date I'm posting this "Finding Nemo" is within a bit less than $5.5 million to _meet_ "The Lion King" as highest grossing animated film of all time. It took "The Lion King" at least three theatrical releases since June 1994 to meet this milestone (was released that summer, came back at Christmas that year, was rereleased to IMAX/large-screen format theatres in 2002) and it's taking "Finding Nemo" since the last week of May 2003 to meet it, finished the opening weekend at about $70 million or so.
"Spy Kids 3-D" and now "Freaky Friday" are eating into "Finding Nemo"'s strong forward momentum nowadays. Yet the little fishies are still Top 10 box office this weekend so far and are #1 box office for the year 2003 so far.
If you play around with Box Office Mojo's website, you'll find this "all time domestic gross box office" horserace is a bit of a misleading thing to follow. That's because when you use another Box Office Mojo all-time chart, adjusting movie grosses for inflation (changes in ticket prices since any movie was released to present day prices), and still another chart, for international box office, "The Lion King" still leads "Finding Nemo" far, far, far, far away.
Still, the above listing is what the entertainment press uses when it's reporting movie news and is likely to be the citation they use when "Finding Nemo" reaches that particular box office milestone.
If you enjoyed "Finding Nemo" and the idea of horseraces appeals to you, swing by a movie theatre and buy a ticket, and help the little fishies take over Pride Rock. Congrats to Disney-Pixar for a stunning achievement, truly, because I don't think anybody saw this coming back in the spring.
And here's this for forking over more money at the movies.