The Cinephile Hissy Fit Discuss the History of All-Time Box Office Kings

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The guys at the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, more than likely think they are kings of certain things. Whether they they feel they are kings of their domain, their show, some talent, or even a king of BS in general, you can tell there are invisible crowns on the heads of these two hosts. The crown that is not on their head—complete with Scrooge McDuck bank vault swimming pool of money—is one for being a king of the box office. Hollywood has had prestigious holders of that crown for more than a century.

For their 96th episode, two extra-terrestrial film critics, two crime family dads, and two Jedi school teachers, Will Johnson and Don Shanahan branch out this week to discuss the topic of box office kings. With Avatar and the current Avatar: The Way of Water on their mind, Will and Don go back through the timeline of the highest-grossing films of all-time from D.W. Griffiths on up to James Cameron. Enjoy his history lesson with a side dish of economic inflation. Come for the shared challenge and tirade and stay for the mutual love and respect for the fun movies encapsulate.

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Written by Don Shanahan

DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing here on Film Obsessive as the Editor-in-Chief and Content Supervisor for the film department. He also writes for his own website, Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is one of the hosts of the Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast on the Ruminations Radio Network and sponsored by Film Obsessive. As a school teacher by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Indie Critics and a voting member of the nationally-recognized Critics Choice Association, Online Film Critics Society, North American Film Critics Association, International Film Society Critics Association, Internet Film Critics Society, Online Film and TV Association, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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