E.T. – the loveable stranded alien in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – would have almost certainly bankrupted Elliott’s family and all of its future generations if he had called home from the landline.
In fact, he could have caused the financial collapse of the US, as the phone bill would have amounted to $76,424,516,944,816,700.00.
How was this figure added up? Calculators at the ready: TollFreeForwarding.com worked out how much a 10-minute call from California (the film’s setting) would be to locations around the globe, averaged that and then broke it down per mile. They then multiplied that by the distance to Brodo Asogi, E.T.’s home planet (it’s not mentioned in the film, but it’s outlined in a book of the movie, E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet).
Take a look at the bill per distance for yourself (as well as checking to see how much a call to Pluto would be) here.