The Hottest Ticket in Town: Biggest Movies by Year



  • Robin Hood
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • Tess of the Storm Country
  • Blood and Sand
  • Oliver Twist
  • Dr. Jack
  • Smilin' Through
  • One Exciting Night
  • Foolish Wives
  • Manslaughter


  • The Covered Wagon
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Safety Last
  • Why Worry (tied with) Rosita


  • The Iron Horse
  • The Sea Hawk
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Hot Water (tied with) Girl Shy
  • America


  • The Big Parade
  • The Gold Rush
  • The Freshman
  • Don Q, Son of Zorro
  • The Phantom of the Opera (tied with) The Merry Widow
  • The Lost World (tied with) Charley's Aunt


  • Ben-Hur
  • What Price Glory?
  • Beau Geste
  • For Heaven's Sake (tied with)
    The Black Pirate (tied with)
    Son of the Sheik


  • Wings
  • The Jazz Singer
  • King of Kings
  • The Kid Brother
  • The Gaucho
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

Source:An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928, by Richard Koszarski

Top box office stars of 1924, according to a Film Daily poll of exhibitors:

  • Harold Lloyd
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Tom Mix
  • Thomas Meighan
  • Norma Talmadge
  • Corinne Griffith, Rudolph Valentino (tied)
  • Douglas Fairbanks
  • Colleen Moore, Mary Pickford, Reginald Denny (tied)

Average weekly movie theatre attendance:

  • 1916: 10 million
  • 1920: 35 million
  • 1926: 50 million

Source: (from a very long time ago)

More pages of facts…

Silent Era Trivia
A list of the most popular movies in 1922-27
A very brief and not so thorough history of animation in the silent era
More facts from the 1924 Film Daily Yearbook
What silent stars have their prints in Grauman's (Mann's) "Forecourt of the Stars?"
Want to talk like a Shiek or a Sheba? Learn the lingo of the teenagers of the Twenties
A list of directors' salaries in 1926
The typical cost of a big-budget production in 1920

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