Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be number 1 at the box office as of January 15, 2016, but a 1939 classic still has bragging rights as being the #1 film of all time. Gone with the Wind has over twice the number of ticket sales, and beats the original Star Wars (A New Hope) film by an estimated 24,000,000 tickets.
Other than the ticket sales, however, it easy to see the influence of Gone with the Wind on other films including, (you guessed it) Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Take a look at these two strong female leads, two silhouettes against a setting sun…or is it suns?
How ‘The Force Awakens’ Ranks In Overall Ticket Sales
|Rank||Title (click to view)||Studio||Est. Tickets||Unadjusted Gross||Year^|
|1||Gone with the Wind||MGM||202,044,600||$198,676,459||1939^|
|3||The Sound of Music||Fox||142,415,400||$158,671,368||1965|
|4||E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial||Uni.||141,854,300||$435,110,554||1982^|
|6||The Ten Commandments||Par.||131,000,000||$65,500,000||1956|
|10||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Dis.||109,000,000||$184,925,486||1937^|
|12||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||BV||98,730,200||$858,953,106||2015|
Data table from Box Office Mojo