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Gone With the Wind (1939) Box Office:20 million Tickets Sold in the First Year.

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http://boxofficechampions.wordpress.com/

 

This was the best source of information of historical data box office in USA.

 

3 years ago I Could copy informations of these page like these: 

 

Gonw With The Wind Releases

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1939

First Run

1

11

61.521.739

1

1941

Re-Issue

1

5

23.000.000

2

1942

Re-Issue

4

 

5.629.630

51

1947

Re-Issue

5

 

20.080.000

20

1954

Re-Issue

2

 

23.426.667

10

1961

Re-Issue

1

2

19.420.290

8

1967

Re-Issue

1

10

48.701.667

2

1974

Re-Issue

3

 

7.785.027

34

1989

Re-Issue

   

605.369

137

1998

Re-Issue

   

1.439.256

143

 

Total:

   

211.609.645

 

 

 

Gone With The Wind” is the biggest selling movie of all time with 211 million tickets. It was the number one film of the year when it was released in 1939 with 61.5 million tickets. Initially, it spent 11 weeks at number one on the weekly Box Office in 1940 (it was released in December 1939). Its first re-issue in 1941 was also a huge success with 23 million tickets, and 5 weeks at No.1. It surpassed “The Birth Of A Nation” (1915) as the No.1 Box Office film of all time. The most successful re-issue of “Wind” came in 1967 when the film topped Variety’s National Box Office Survey chart for 10 weeks and sold 48.7 million tickets. It was the No.2 Box Office hit of 1967, 28 years after its original release! This is quite impressive. Its last re-release was in 1998. That year it was also released on DVD for the first time and hit #1 on VideoScan’s video charts. “Gone With The Wind” spent a total of 28 weeks at No.1, and it was on the annual B.O. charts for ten different years (see the table above). It’s definitely the Number One Box Office hit of all time, in terms of admission ticket sales.

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Those numbers are wrong. The first release was a limited run at higher prices. More people saw it during the second release. 

 

1st release was 20 million and second release was 32 million. 52 million had seen it before the 3rd release. 

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1937

First Run

1

8

36.000.000

1

1944

Re-issue

4

 

9.375.000

41

1952

Re-issue

4

 

8.490.566

43

1958

Re-issue

4

 

23.000.000

7

1967

Re-issue

5

 

7.916.667

30

1975

Re-issue

3

 

5.170.731

43

1983

Re-issue

3

 

9.555.556

23

1987

Re-issue

2

 

11.916.678

22

1993

Re-issue

5

 

10.056.636

36

 

Total:

   

121.481.834

 

 

Pinocchio

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1940

First Run

3

 

13.333.333

5

1945

Re-issue

5

 

5.714.286

56

1954

Re-issue

2

 

8.888.889

59

1962

Re-issue

5

 

9.714.286

24

1971

Re-issue

2

 

6.060.606

23

1978

Re-issue

8

 

5.128.205

58

1984

Re-issue

2

 

7.861.321

35

1992

Re-issue

7

 

4.545.436

67

 

Total:

   

61.246.362

 

 

 

Fantasia 

 

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1940

First Run

2

 

10.833.333

24

1946

Re-issue

   

4.571.429

 

1956

Re-issue

   

6.000.000

71

1963

Re-issue

7

 

5.882.353

42

1969

Re-issue

   

4.225.352

40

1977

Re-issue

   

3.587.444

58

1982

Re-issue

   

3.401.361

69

1985

Re-issue

   

2.308.374

99

1990

Re-issue

2

 

5.996.069

49

 

Total:

   

46.805.715

 

 

 

Bambi

 

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1942

First Run

   

11.110.000

39

1947

Re-issue

   

6.285.714

98

1957

Re-issue

9

 

12.000.000

24

1966

Re-issue

9

 

7.155.963

35

1975

Re-issue

6

 

4.390.243

51

1982

Re-issue

9

 

7.823.129

32

1988

Re-issue

4

 

9.500.523

28

 

Total:

   

58.266.683

 

 

Cinderella

 

 

 

YEAR

FILM – Actors

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1950

First Run

1

4

18.586.957

4

1957

Re-issue

7

 

14.000.000

21

1965

Re-issue

   

5.940.594

44

1973

Re-issue

   

4.519.774

39

1981

Re-issue

3

 

10.086.331

28

1987

Re-issue

2

 

8.721.521

36

 

Total:

   

61.855.177

 

 

The real admissions of the first release of Star Wars in 1977 was 87.890.000 admissions. 

 

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3 minutes ago, enzo1988 said:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1937

First Run

1

8

36.000.000

1

1944

Re-issue

4

 

9.375.000

41

1952

Re-issue

4

 

8.490.566

43

1958

Re-issue

4

 

23.000.000

7

1967

Re-issue

5

 

7.916.667

30

1975

Re-issue

3

 

5.170.731

43

1983

Re-issue

3

 

9.555.556

23

1987

Re-issue

2

 

11.916.678

22

1993

Re-issue

5

 

10.056.636

36

 

Total:

   

121.481.834

 

 

Pinocchio

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1940

First Run

3

 

13.333.333

5

1945

Re-issue

5

 

5.714.286

56

1954

Re-issue

2

 

8.888.889

59

1962

Re-issue

5

 

9.714.286

24

1971

Re-issue

2

 

6.060.606

23

1978

Re-issue

8

 

5.128.205

58

1984

Re-issue

2

 

7.861.321

35

1992

Re-issue

7

 

4.545.436

67

 

Total:

   

61.246.362

 

 

 

Fantasia 

 

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1940

First Run

2

 

10.833.333

24

1946

Re-issue

   

4.571.429

 

1956

Re-issue

   

6.000.000

71

1963

Re-issue

7

 

5.882.353

42

1969

Re-issue

   

4.225.352

40

1977

Re-issue

   

3.587.444

58

1982

Re-issue

   

3.401.361

69

1985

Re-issue

   

2.308.374

99

1990

Re-issue

2

 

5.996.069

49

 

Total:

   

46.805.715

 

 

 

Bambi

 

 

YEAR

FILM RELEASE

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1942

First Run

   

11.110.000

39

1947

Re-issue

   

6.285.714

98

1957

Re-issue

9

 

12.000.000

24

1966

Re-issue

9

 

7.155.963

35

1975

Re-issue

6

 

4.390.243

51

1982

Re-issue

9

 

7.823.129

32

1988

Re-issue

4

 

9.500.523

28

 

Total:

   

58.266.683

 

 

Cinderella

 

 

 

YEAR

FILM – Actors

PEAK

WKS

TICKETS

ANNUAL

1950

First Run

1

4

18.586.957

4

1957

Re-issue

7

 

14.000.000

21

1965

Re-issue

   

5.940.594

44

1973

Re-issue

   

4.519.774

39

1981

Re-issue

3

 

10.086.331

28

1987

Re-issue

2

 

8.721.521

36

 

Total:

   

61.855.177

 

 

The real admissions of the first release of Star Wars in 1977 was 87.890.000 admissions. 

 

 

 

You can start a thread for each film. 

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When I finish my work I will publish a detailed Top of the most attended films of the United States and the countries with old data of admissions.

This will be in the Top 10 grossing films per country post.

I am nobody to lie and deny nothing. But this page was very complete and towards very detailed and consistent rankings.

Because seeing the 20 million admissions of "Gone with the wind" the first thing that is thought is: come on! This movie was the Titanic of the 30s.

But maybe you're right.

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The figures come from contemporaneous newspaper articles of the time. I came across a New York Times article published before the 3rd release that stated it had been seen by 52 million people already. 

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I don't have intention of start a thread for each film. I wanted to put this data because they correspond to all those films (Gone With the wind, Disney, Star Wars) whose success of initial assistance is very complicated to measure due to its numerous re-estrenos.

With a little patience everything will come in the post I mentioned before. Good weekend to everyone.

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A film released 10 and over times in a 60 year time-frame, in a time for home cinema plus it has dicey and contradictory sources.

 

"Adjusted for inflation GWTW did grossed more than Avatar!"

nice one mate, really nice

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2 hours ago, IronJimbo said:

A film released 10 and over times in a 60 year time-frame, in a time for home cinema plus it has dicey and contradictory sources.

 

"Adjusted for inflation GWTW did grossed more than Avatar!"

nice one mate, really nice

How often are movies ever re-released more than once? The fact that this was re released 10 times and made good returns each time is astounding 

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1 hour ago, franfar said:

How often are movies ever re-released more than once? The fact that this was re released 10 times and made good returns each time is astounding 

films were re-released in a time before home cinema... twist it how you like though. Let's take a look at it's VHS, DVD and Blu-ray sales while you're at it.

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@enzo1988 where did you get the disney animation re-releases numbers from before 1980? The only old disney animation I have found numbers seperated be every re-release is 101 dalmatians.

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Here we go.

 

BY WAY OF REPORT

 

THE fact that 52,000,000 persons already have paid more than $30,000,000 for the privilege of viewing "Gone With the Wind" in its first two rounds of the nation's theatres is no deterrent to either David O. Selznick, its producer, or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the contented distributors.

 

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D02E5DA143CE33BBC4A51DFB5668389659EDE&legacy=true

 

March 17, 1942

 

"Gone With the Wind" will return to Broadway for a third time on March 31, when the David O. Selznick production will open a continuous-run popular-price engagement at the Astor Theatre. The film, which already has grossed $30,000,000, the biggest business ever to be recorded by any picture, has played to more than 52,000,000 paid admissions in more than 12,500 engagements, according to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the distributors.

 

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9402EEDF1F3BE33BBC4F52DFB5668389659EDE&legacy=true

 

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Very interesting. But perhaps the gross was an incomplete estimate or referred to rentals. Thank you very much. It is a pity that in those times they measured the success of a movie for rents and not for the number of spectators.

The page that I mentioned had tops of each year with the exact number of admissions of each film (that exceeds 10 million) from 1914 until 1951. And also has its merit. But I will not take away the merit from you because it shows that like me you investigate a lot.

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This would be an awesome thread idea for those that have the data. I'd love for just a big thread with as much data from these multiple release films as possible. 

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On 2/12/2017 at 11:59 AM, Joel M said:

@enzo1988 where did you get the disney animation re-releases numbers from before 1980? The only old disney animation I have found numbers seperated be every re-release is 101 dalmatians.

 

BOM also has some other breakdowns per release that seem to largely coincide with those figures:

 

Bambi

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=releases&id=bambi.htm&adjust_yr=2017&p=.htm

 

Cinderella

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=releases&adjust_mo=&adjust_yr=2017&id=cinderella1950.htm

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