Top Grossing Movie
A trip through 10 best selling items can tell you much about popular tastes and buying habits. From books to beer, find out what names come out on top. ---- Whether you consider all-time U.S. box office earnings or worldwide receipts, the 2009 film Avatar is the clear winner. The previous top-grossing movie, the 1997 film Titanic, held the title for 13 years before being overtaken by James Cameron's next big picture. As of early 2010, Avatar had grossed over $725 million in U.S. theaters and more than $1.8 billion around the world, with theatergoers still eager to watch this visual effects wonder.
Top Movie - Adjusted Gross
Although Avatar is the clear earnings leader, older movies aren't really on fair footing. To level the playing field, Box Office Mojo created a list of the highest grossing movies when adjusted for inflation. In straight earnings, Gone With the Wind pulled in a little less than $200 million dollars. However, when inflation is taken into account, the number of tickets sold would bring in closer to $1.5 billion at modern prices. The Guinness Book of World Records also recognizes Gone With the Wind as the number one movie of all time in sales.
10 Best Selling Items – Top Book
The Bible, the religious text at the foundation of Christianity, is widely considered the best selling book of all time. Although it is difficult to pin down an exact sales figure, the number of copies purchased numbers in the billions. Some estimates put the total higher than six billion.
Best Selling Album – U.S.
Including such hits as "Take It Easy", "Desperado", "Witchy Woman" and "Take It To The Limit", Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best selling album of all time in the U.S. The growing total has reached 29 million copies sold.
Best Selling Children's Book
A 2002 Publisher's Weekly list of the best selling children's books named The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey the top selling hardcover title and Charlotte's Web by E. B. White the top paperback. Since its debut in 1942, The Poky Little Puppy has been a favorite in the Little Golden Books line. Charlotte's Web's widespread success among schoolchildren has inspired both animated and live-action feature films.
Best Selling Album – Worldwide
When worldwide sales are taken into account, nothing even comes close to the popularity of Thriller. The album that helped establish Michael Jackson as a pop superstar has sold more than 100 million copies.
Best Selling Beer
Although Budweiser dominated the market for years, first with its namesake brand and later with top sales of Bud Light, in April of 2009 Snow beer rose to the top. Snow is a Chinese brand and unseated Bud Light as the best selling beer in the world through the sheer size of its market.
Best Selling Video Game Console
Despite the playing power of next generation consoles like the Xbox 360 and the recent popularity of the Wii, the PlayStation 2 still reigns as the best selling video game console of all time. Sales hit 100 million in 2005 and have since risen to more than 136 million.
Best Selling Video Game Series
When it comes to top video games on a list of 10 best selling items, there are so many consoles involved that it can be difficult to pinpoint specific titles. However, when considering the top franchise it's easy to see that Mario comes out on top. Since his first appearance in 1981's Donkey Kong, the heroic plumber and his friends have appeared in dozens of top games. The series has achieved over 200 million in sales.
Best Selling Dog Breed
They say that dogs are man's best friend. Although you don't normally purchase your friends, The American Kennel Club's dog registration statistics show that the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed, a ranking that has held steady for several years.