What are Steven Spielberg’s top earning films if you adjust for ticket price inflation…..?


One of the many things we’re frequently never asked is, ‘What are the top grossing films by Steven Spielberg if you adjust for ticket price inflation?’

His most recent film ‘Bridge of Spies’ did well enough at the box office earning $165,478,348 but when adjusted so that each film that had a ticket sold at the same price means it earned $71,316,300. It also puts into perspective just how well these films performed on the budgets they were made. ET for instance only cost $10.5 million yet look how much that film made. ‘Jaws’ with all its technical problems and having gone way over schedule actually only cost $7m and by today’s standards of mega budget blockbusters probably only covers the catering on set.

And comparing production costs of 1981’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ ($18m) with 2008’s ‘Indianna Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal skull'($185m) puts the budgets into perspective.

His new film, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’, is out in July so we’ll see how that performs later this year.

At todays prices one ticket would have bought far more tickets back in 1975 when Jaws first came out. So we’ve done the math(s) and based on each ticket being sold at the same price for the number-of-bums-on-seats here are the top earning films by ‘The Beard’ as no one calls him.

1 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $1,217,110,200
2 Jaws Uni. $1,098,916,300
3 Jurassic Park Uni. $788,690,400
4 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $759,559,800
5 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Col. $476,838,200
6 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Par. $459,311,600
7 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Uni. $428,227,400
8 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Par. $423,993,500
9 Saving Private Ryan DW $392,509,900
10 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Par. $378,931,400
11 War of the Worlds Par. $313,592,100
12 Hook TriS $246,142,400
13 Catch Me If You Can DW $235,230,600
14 The Color Purple WB $227,627,100
15 Schindler’s List Uni. $197,277,600
16 Lincoln BV $195,040,900
17 Minority Report Fox $195,040,600
18 A.I. Artificial Intelligence WB $119,175,100
19 1941 Uni. $108,551,500
20 The Terminal DW $107,592,500




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