With Quentin Tarantino’s eighth movie The Hateful Eight out in the UK this Friday, Reddit user dandeak18 has compiled the director’s Top 5 Highest Grossing Movies…
UNADJUSTED FOR INFLATION
5. Kill Bill Vol. 2 – $66,208,183 US / $152.2M worldwide
4. Kill Bill Vol. 1 – $70,099,045 US / $180.9M worldwide
3. Pulp Fiction – $107,928,762 US / $213.9M worldwide
2. Inglorious Basterds – $120,540,719 US / $321.5M worldwide
1. Django Unchained – $162,805,434 US / $425.4M worldwide
Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol. 2 aside (which can be explained with the ‘breakout hit’ and ‘sequels generally grossing less’ rules), Tarantino’s movies have become increasingly financially successful as his career has progressed. Or have they?
Unadjusted box office figures are a false economy. They don’t take inflation into account. Gone With the Wind made a studio-breaking £200 million in the US back in the 1940s – but that was when cinema tickets cost 25c and a Playstation 4 about a dollar. Adjusting for inflation, that $200 million becomes $1,739,604,200 – the truly highest grossing movie of all time.
Adjusting Tarantino’s highest grossing movies only changes one position, but it’s a significant one:
ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION
5. Kill Bill Vol. 2 – $91,795,900
4. Kill Bill Vol. 1 – $100,068,600
3. Inglorious Basterds – $138,922,500
2. Django Unchained – $176,012,000
1. Pulp Fiction – $218,579,500
Pulp Fiction, Tarantino’s second feature, becomes his career’s highest grossing movie. His subsequent releases have thus always been chasing that figure. Can The Hateful Eight surpass the director’s breakout film in 2016? Let us know what you think in the comments.