In honor of the release of J.C. Chandor's "Margin Call" this weekend (and clearly of note with regard to Occupy Wall Street and its hundreds of spinoffs... though box office receipts are unlikely to be something OWS folk get that excited about), here's indieWIRE's list of the top-grossing films set (to a large degree) on Wall Street.
One would be likely to suggest Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" and its sequel as the obvious examples of such a film, and both are indeed on the list at #5 and #6 respectively (the sequel outgrossed the original by roughly $10 million, though if one adjusts for inflation the original actually grossed $30 million more).
Above them are an eclectic quartet, ranging from comedies (John Landis' "Trading Places," which was Eddie Murphy's second feature), family dramas (Brett Ratner's "It's a Wonderful Life"-inspired "The Family Man" and Will Smith-starrer "The Pursuit of Happyness"), and Mike Nichols' contemporary classic "Working Girl," which stands in a league of its own among these films.
If one adjusts for inflation, the overall top grosser is clearly "Trading Places," which took in a whopping $221,976,794 in 2011 dollars. Without adjusting, it's "Happyness," which took in $163,566,459.
Here's the overall top 10; figures are for North America only and not adjusted for inflation. If we've made an oversight of a Wall Street-set film that should be on this list, do let us now and we'll adjust.
1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) - $163,566,459
2. Trading Places (1983) - $90,404,800
3. The Family Man (2000) - $75,793,305
4. Working Girl (1988) - $63,779,477
5. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) - $52,474,616
6. Wall Street (1987) - $43,848,069
7. Other People's Money (1991) - $25,682,090
8. Boiler Room (2000) - $16,970,581
9. Bonfire of the Vanitites (1990) - $15,691,192
10. American Psycho (2000) - $15,070,285