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Do You Prefer Truth Or Facts? You Can’t Have Both

November 11, 2021

What is the most popular movie of all time?

That’s a simple question. It should be easy to find the answer. In fact, a quick google search

“most successful move of all time”

The answers are pretty simple. No doubt you’ve seen or at least heard of these movies.

  1. Avatar $2.847B
  2. Avengers: Endgame $2.797B
  3. Titanic $2.201B
  4. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens $2.069B
  5. Avengers: Infinity War $2.048B

Do you know how far down the list you have to go to find Gone With The Wind? Hundreds of entries. Gone With The Wind grossed $402M.

So far we’ve talked about facts. The fact is that Avatar at more than $2.8B is the highest grossing movie of all time. And it’s a fact that Gone With The Wind grossed less than 20% of that.


But, is it the truth? Was Avatar the most successful movie of all time?


And NO!

Truth is not nearly as easy to pin down as facts.

Avatar was released in 2009. Gone With The Wind was released 70 years earlier in 1939. If we convert Gone With The Winds receipts into 2021 amounts, Gone With The Wind earned about $3.44B.

And that doesn’t even take into account number of tickets sold. Only the gross receipts.

Is it true to say that Avatar is the most successful movie of all time? Is it true to say that Gone With The Wind was the most successful movie of all time? Can both be true?

I enjoy political discussions. And in politics truth is even harder to pin down than it is the movies. Often people insist on “the truth.” And they will quote facts.

But, if we cannot even decide what is the most successful movie of all time is, we have no hope of pinning down something as elusive as political truth.

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Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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