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The ten biggest sci-fi movies of all time

Which sci-fi films drew the biggest cinema audiences? Here’s our rundown of the biggest, most blockbusting sci-fi extravaganzas – and what else you could have bought for their budget

1/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$238,632,124

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$563,015,700

How much did it cost to make?
$30,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
12 million cinema tickets (they cost $2.50).

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2/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$534,858,444

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$592,664,700

How much did it cost to make?
$185,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
Almost four brand-new private jets.

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3/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$623,357,910

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$611,075,000

How much did it cost to make?
$220,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
You could have bankrolled 15% of the cost of the 2012 Olympics.

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4/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$474,544,677

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$718,884,100

How much did it cost to make?
$115,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
76,666 new Apple iMac computers at $1,500 each.

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5/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$402,453,882

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$731,698,800

How much did it cost to make?
$63,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
2,284 movies on the scale of US indie ‘Clerks’, made the same year for $27,575.

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6/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$309,306,177

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$748,712,900

How much did it cost to make?
$32,500,000

What else could you have bought for that?
54,621 Commodore 64 computers at $595 each.

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7/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$760,507,625

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$774,151,900

How much did it cost to make?
$237,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
286 average homes in Manhattan.

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8/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$290,475,067

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$781,517,900

How much did it cost to make?
$18,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
326 average homes in London.

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9/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$435,110,554

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$1,129,160,500

How much did it cost to make?
$10,500,000

What else could you have bought for that?
420 brand new DeLoreans (the car from ‘Back to the Future’).

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10/10

How much did it take in US cinemas at the time?
$460,998,007

How much is that at 2014’s ticket prices?
$1,417,832,000

How much did it cost to make?
$11,000,000

What else could you have bought for that?
733,333 $15 tickets to one of Elvis’s final gigs (he died in August 1977).

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