# of tickets doesn't work. The price of a movie in the 30s through the 50s was a nickel.
So ? A nickel was much more expensive than now.
I want to know how many times it was seen in theatres. I realise it's not a perfect metric, and adjusted gross is the next best thing... and is itself not perfect. As Buzzkill
and I both said, there's no way to really compare them, in addition to the fact that audiences and culture were different back then.