18/04/2018 07:03 SAST | Updated 18/04/2018 07:03 SAST

Spielberg Sets Another Box-Office Record – And It's A Biggie

R120-billion? That's a lot of popcorn...

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" has officially made him the first director whose films have globally taken in more than $10-billion [~R120-billion], according to Box Office Mojo. And that worldwide gross total doesn't even account for inflation.

When you look over his filmography, which includes "Jurassic Park", "E.T.", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", Schindler's List", "Jaws" and the entire "Indiana Jones" franchise, it's hard to be completely surprised by the achievement.

When adjusted for inflation, Spielberg's total gross in the U.S. alone is $10.41-billion [~R125-billion]. "E.T" and "Jaws" are the top moneymakers in that adjusted domestic figure, taking in $1.3-billion [~R15.6-billion] and $1.2-billion [~R14.5-billion] respectively.

After Spielberg, the next two highest grossing directors are Michael Bay and Peter Jackson, whose films have both grossed about $6.5-billion [~R77.9-billion] globally, also not adjusting for inflation.

Add in films that Spielberg produced, and the unadjusted worldwide figure reaches a mind-numbing $17.2-billion [~R206-billion].

Great Scott!