Adjusted Gross: *$443.092 million
Unadjusted Gross: $93.602 million
Release Date: June 22, 1955
As Disney's 15th animated feature, this was the first feature-length animated movie to be made in widescreen (2.55:1)—the widest film the company has ever created. However, upon its release, not all theatres were equipped to show a film in CinemaScope, so another version of the film had to be made, this time in original-aspect ratio.
Before animating the fight between Tramp and the rat, animator Wolfgang Reitherman kept rats in a cage next to his desk to study their actions. The film's opening sequence, in which character “Darling” unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside, is reportedly based upon an actual incident in Walt Disney's life. After he'd forgotten a dinner date with his wife, he offered her the puppy-in-the-hat box surprise and was immediately forgiven.
*Adjusted for ticket price inflation to the estimated 2010 average ticket price of $7.95
Source: Box Office Mojo, IMDB.com