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 Post subject: Heston's Epics by box office gross
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:51 pm 
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Here's a list of Heston's Epics by order of box office gross, adjusted for inflation:
(source: HubPages hub for Heston http://cogerson.hubpages.com/hub/Charlt ... ltsGrosses)

1. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) $1.03 billion Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson

2. BEN-HUR (1959) $791.00 million Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins

3. EL CID (1961) $283.80 million Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren

4. THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965) $119.2 million Max von Sydow, Charlton Heston

5. 55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963) $101.8 million Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven

6. THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY (1965) $68.4 million Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison

7. KHARTOUM (1966) $37.4 million Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier

8. THE HAWAIIANS (1970) $26.2 million Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin

9. THE WAR LORD (1965) $16.7 million Charlton Heston, Richard Boone


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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Epics by box office gross
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:14 pm 
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I was a bit surprised by El Cid's number, I would have guessed it to be a little higher than that. Nevertheless, it was quite a hit!

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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Epics by box office gross
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:30 pm 
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Detective Thorn wrote:
I was a bit surprised by El Cid's number, I would have guessed it to be a little higher than that. Nevertheless, it was quite a hit!

I think that EL CID's gross doesn't look that great next to THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and BEN-HUR, but those two films are among the biggest of all time and had the benefit of re-releases besides. Here's a rough comparison to more recent films whose grosses were similar: :idea:

1. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) $1.03 billion :arrow: modern similarly-grossing film: TITANIC (1997)

2. BEN-HUR (1959) $791.00 million :arrow: modern similarly-grossing film: AVATAR (2009)

3. EL CID (1961) $283.80 million :arrow: modern similarly-grossing film: TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN (2011)

As one can see, only the biggest 2 films of the past 2 decades can compare to THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and BEN-HUR.
EL CID was big, but those other films were super-big.

:idea: adjusted grosses sourced from http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Epics by box office gross
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:21 pm 
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Great work, Knight, and that is done so meticulously all over the forums. And congratulations on being a cowboy(hey, that's a good relief and and excursion into the pastoral, for in medieval times, King Arthur's knights often took the guise of shephereds to have some relief and pause in between their quests and sword-fights!)

I am surprised to see THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD as the fourth item in the list, that is generally said to be an underrated Biblical epic.

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 Post subject: Re: Heston's Epics by box office gross
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itsjudah24 wrote:
Great work, Knight, and that is done so meticulously all over the forums. And congratulations on being a cowboy
My thanks. Actually, it feels a little strange to be a Cowboy now, maybe because I've been a Charioteer for so long. I must make it a primary goal to reach the next rank... :mrgreen:

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I am surprised to see THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD as the fourth item in the list, that is generally said to be an underrated Biblical epic.

I'm actually a little surprised by how much it grossed, since I've always heard/read that it was a flop and one of the reasons that the Epic genre trend ended as a popular movie genre around that same time. The big epic failure at that time was The FALL of the ROMAN EMPIRE (1964), which grossed only $35 million adjusted according to that hub site. Compared to that, THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD didn't have too bad a box office gross.


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