Movie Genres: Biblical Epics at the Box-Office

There’s a good deal of anticipation for Aronofsky’s biblical saga, Noah, starring Russell Crowe.

Meanwhile, I read in the HR that when the commercial performance of Hollywood’s biblical epics of the past are adjusted for inflation, the following picture emerges:

1. The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, in 1956, starring Charlton Heston

$1.1 billion

2. Ben-Hur, directed by William Wyler, in 1959, starring Charlton Heston

$818.3 million

3. The Passion of the Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, in 2004, starring Gibson

$754.6 million

4. The Prince of Egyption, animated feature, in 1998

$312.4 million

5. The Greatest Story Ever Told, directed by George Stevens, in 1965, starring Jeffrey Hunter