In the media speculation about whether “The Dark Knight” will surpass “Titanic” at the box office, it’s nice to see The Associated Press put those numbers into perspective. (It’s also heartening that this paragraph wasn’t cut from the story.)
If Batman does go on to beat Leo in raw totals, that will be news. But stories about that need to have a disclaimer. Inflation matters.
Here’s a list of the biggest hits at the American box office, as adjusted for inflation. (“Gone With the Wind” still rules.) And the Bureau of Labor Statistics has a convenient calculator to help you understand the impact of rising prices over time.