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14. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Worldwide gross: $206,071,502
Adjusted for inflation (2010): $270,230,000

Based on the classic story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow was released in 1999. Directed by Tim Burton, the man who brought us the recent version of Alice in Wonderland, the movie is heavy on splatter and beheadings, so much so that the director had to defend his film in an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Despite criticisms about the level of violence, Sleepy Hollow received mostly positive reviews, including one from Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, who praised the bloodshed, claiming that it suited Burton’s style. Audiences responded positively to the movie as well, and they came out to see it in numbers that earned it over $200 million in ticket sales, nearly three times its budget.

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