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In the past, we've talked about history's best-selling books, top rated TV shows, most popular video games, best-selling albums, and the albums that topped the charts the longest.

After reading that The Simpsons notched the seventeenth-best opening day of all time, I was curious about the top sixteen (and subsequent three). Here's the list, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1 Spider-Man 3, $59,841,919
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, $55,830,600
3 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, $50,013,859
4 X-Men: The Last Stand, $45,102,265
5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, $44,232,338
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, $42,910,392
7 Spider-Man 2, $40,442,604
8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, $40,118,363
9 Spider-Man, $39,406,872
10 Shrek the Third, $38,426,991

11 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, $38,268,295
12 The Matrix Reloaded, $37,508,303
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, $34,450,834
14 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, $32,333,203
15 X2: X-Men United, $31,247,979
16 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, $30,141,471
17 The Simpsons Movie, $30,000,000
18 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, $29,631,453
19 The Da Vinci Code, $28,630,324
20 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, $28,542,349

I took a long lunch on Friday to contribute to that seventeenth-place finish, my second Simpsons-related field trip this month (see Kwik-E-Mart pics here). Actually, I didn't technically contribute, since I cashed in a Fandango gift card from my good friend "“and new father "“ Matt Hall, the pride of Wantage, NJ. For the record, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

And for all of you asking about inflation-adjusted figures, here's the list of the top twenty highest-grossing movies since 1977, adjusted for inflation, courtesy of The-Numbers.com (total, not just on day one):

1 1977 Star Wars $1,066,519,005
2 1982 ET: The Extra-Terrestrial $880,433,132
3 1997 Titanic $843,845,107
4 1980 Empire Strikes Back, The $632,610,253
5 1983 Return of the Jedi $609,111,073
6 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $566,548,217
7 1993 Jurassic Park $565,397,493
8 1999 Star Wars: Phantom Menace $557,978,204
9 1994 Forrest Gump $526,184,163
10 1994 Lion King, The $524,626,088
11 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind $487,578,476
12 1978 Grease $468,220,626
13 1984 Ghost Busters $465,190,596
14 2004 Shrek 2 $459,891,823
15 2002 Spider-Man $455,909,783
16 1996 Independence Day $453,712,356
17 1990 Home Alone $444,032,137
18 1984 Beverly Hills Cop $441,926,070
19 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,810
20 1989 Batman $412,352,748
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

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