Megahit movies in hard times

Economic downturns have done wonders for the box office. Here are some of the greatest movies to hit the big screen during market slumps.

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King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)
When the original "King Kong" premiered with special effects previously unseen, its larger-than-life gorilla wowed Depression-era moviegoers eager for an escape. The black-and-white flick broke attendance records and is credited with saving its maker, RKO Pictures, from bankruptcy (the tiny studio is still making movies).

Average ticket price: $0.23 ($3.89 in today's dollars)
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Last updated August 22 2008: 10:29 AM ET
Source: Source: 1934 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures
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