When Gone with the Wind was released in in 1939, people all over the United States flocked to their nearest movie theater to watch it. Eventually, the movie sold a record-breaking 200 million tickets in the United State and Canada alone, while grossing $390 million at the global box office.
When Avatar premiered in 2009, people around the world lined up to watch the first mainstream 3D film ever released. Showings were selling out left and right, people went to see it numerous times, and the movie eventually grossed $2.78 billion worldwide.
Compared to Avatar, Gone with the Wind’s $390 million worldwide gross is not all that impressive. Yet Gone with the Wind is still the best-selling movie of all time.
Why? Because of inflation. As of 2014, Gone with the Wind’s $390 million is actually worth $3,4 billion, and Avatar’s $2.78 billion is closer to $3 billion, all thanks to inflation. To explain this concept, One Minute Economics created an amazing video to show just how far your money goes over time…and how much it might be worth in the future.
It’s crazy to think that your dollar today won’t be as valuable in a few years. And you thought a dollar was just worth a dollar!
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