Highest Grossing Movies of All Time (Updated for 2023)
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It seems like new hundred-million dollar budget movies are coming out all the time — but only a small fraction of them will go on to make the list of the most lucrative films of all times.
With top film names like Avengers, Harry Potter and Star Wars making the list multiple times, there are sure to be plenty of movies that you’ve likely already seen.
Let’s take a look at some of the best-grossing movies of all time.
Avatar – $2,847,397,339
James Cameron’s Avatar movie is a worldwide box office phenomenon, breaking numerous box office records, including overall highest grossing movie and biggest opening weekend. It also became the first movie ever to gross more than $2 billion, and ended with a record-breaking $2.749 billion in global box office revenue. Avatar also broke the record for largest domestic opening weekend and largest environmentalist film opening weekend, and has held the box office title for seven consecutive weeks, the longest streak since 1997’s Titanic.
Although the film has received a somewhat chilly reception over the years, and its story has been compared to a mediocre version of Ferngully or Dances With Wolves, its success in the box office is still staggering. The film’s unbeaten record in global box office for almost a decade is hardly inexplicable, but there are some good reasons for this incredible feat.
Notable Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avengers Endgame – $2,797,501,328
The Avengers: Endgame movie is proving that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the biggest success stories in the history of cinema. It has already broken several box office records, including the domestic market and the global total. It is also breaking records in several international markets, including Antarctica. This is the first time that a Marvel movie has surpassed the box office record of “Avatar.”
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has announced that the Avengers: Endgame has surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all time, and that it has yet to account for inflation. The latest Marvel movie has earned $2798 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Even with the mediocre reviews, the movie is expected to topple Avatar this Sunday.
Despite being dark in tone, the Avengers: Endgame movie is also full of funny moments. The ensemble cast gives audiences plenty of reasons to laugh. Its ensemble cast and a dark theme make it an incredibly entertaining movie. While it is a serious film, this Marvel Cinematic Universe is meant to be fun and full of laughs. This is the reason why the films are so popular and polarizing.
Notable Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Scarlette Johansson
Titanic – $2,201,647,264
The Titanic movie broke box office records in its initial run. It was the highest grossing film of Tom Cruise’s career, earning over $1 billion worldwide. It is the third-highest grossing film of all time, behind “Top Gun: Maverick” (2001) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2003). However, the Titanic movie’s popularity is not limited to the box office. Its popularity is largely due to its strong appeal to audiences.
Avatar surpassed Titanic in 2009, bringing in $2,743,577,587 worldwide. The Titanic movie has also joined the club of movies with over two billion dollars. The sequel to Titanic, Top Gun: Maverick, is the top-grossing movie in Paramount’s history, earning $601.9 million in the domestic box office. In the US, Avatar’s gross is over $2 billion, while Titanic’s is $2.8 billion.
Notable Cast: Kate Winslet, Leonardo Dicaprio, Billy Zane
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2,069,521,700
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie is one the highest grossing movies of all time. It has broken a few box office records and will likely surpass some of them in the coming weeks. After all, this film only needed 20 days to hit the $100 million mark in the U.S. alone. It is also predicted to pass the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time, The Hobbit, by a good margin.
The movie surpassed Avatar in the U.S. box office Wednesday, breaking the record for the most successful movie in North America. With more than $760 million worldwide, The Force Awakens movie will likely break Avatar’s record. It will almost certainly surpass Titanic, Jurassic World, and The Avengers, which all grossed more than $1 billion at the domestic box office.
The movie had a great cinematic impact, as the prequel The Phantom Menace marked a major return of the Star Wars universe. Disney had purchased Lucasfilm and planned to continue the Skywalker saga, which led to the return of many beloved actors from the original films. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford brought the characters from the original trilogy back together. Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker were also back. Finally, the original two characters reunited.
Notable Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Oscar Isacc, Adam Driver
Avengers: Infinity War – $2,048,359,754
Infinity War is the 19th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is a blockbuster event film. It stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Chris Evans as Captain America. The cast of Avengers: Infinity War includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Ant Man (Paul Rudd). Also appearing are Black Widow and Hawkeye, as well as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). The film has been one of the highest grossing films of all time, and is expected to do so again in 2019.
Although the Avengers Infinity War movie is unlikely to become the highest-grossing film of all time, it will be a contender for the record. It has grossed more than PS100 million in the UK alone, which is a good start. But the movie is unlikely to break the $700 million mark set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Despite its early buzz, it still has some way to go before becoming one of the top grossing movies of all time.
Notable Cast: Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Karen Gillan
Spiderman: No Way Home – $1,901,232,550
With more than a billion dollars earned worldwide, the new Spiderman movie has broken box office records and become the highest grossing film by Sony Pictures. The film’s domestic box office debut was second only to Jurassic World, and it also boasted the third-highest worldwide start of all time. The movie is on track to surpass $1 billion at the global box office, which it should do within the next few days.
The success of the film’s trailer helped it break box office records in the United States, where it made over $1 billion in its first day. In addition, the movie’s worldwide gross was the sixth highest in the history of the genre. This movie has earned a great deal of critical acclaim and is already being considered a classic in the making. It has become a must-see film for fans.
The film’s success was attributed to the fact that it has an ensemble cast of Spider-Men, including Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. This ensemble cast includes Zendaya, Benicio Del Toro, and Jacob Batalon. There are also a number of memorable villains from the previous movies, including Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus.
Notable Cast: Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, Zendaya, Andrew Garfield, Marisa Tomei, William Dafoe
Jurassic World – $1,671,537,444
The Jurassic Park movie series is synonymous with monsters and dinosaurs, and the sequel has not disappointed. In fact, the first movie is arguably the most popular film of the franchise. It features some of the most memorable scenes in blockbuster filmmaking, including the brachiosaurus’s horrific bite. However, there are a few things that separate this film from the rest of the series.
The first Jurassic Park movie made $321 million in the United States, but the Jurassic World movie earned over twice that amount in other regions. This made it the third highest grossing movie in history. It earned a total of $1.670 billion globally, making it the third-highest grossing film of all time. However, the sequel still has a ways to go before it catches up to the top two movies of all time, Titanic and Avatar.
After the success of the first Jurassic Park movie, Universal Pictures can celebrate its latest venture. Though the Jurassic World movie is unlikely to surpass “Lightyear,” the sequel is expected to be just as successful. If it’s a smash hit, Universal Pictures can rejoice. In the meantime, if there’s a fourth Jurassic Park film, it’ll probably take a huge drop and be stuck there for weeks or months.
Notable Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Lauren Lapkus
The Lion King – $1,663,250,487
The Lion King is one of Disney’s most popular animated movies. The film was released in 1994, and the remade version starred Donald Glover as Simba and Beyonce as Nala. Other voice actors in the film include Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and John Oliver as Zazu. The film was also the first Broadway production to gross over $1 billion. Moreover, the movie was filmed in Hamburg, which made it one of the top grossing movies of all time.
Since its release 25 years ago, The Lion King has remained a mainstay in the pop culture, inspiring a live-action stage show, direct-to-video sequels, television series, and mammoth re-imaginings. The Lion King was also the second highest grossing movie of 1994. In addition to this, it was the number one domestic animated film for nine years.
Notable Cast: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chitwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen
The Avengers – $1,518,815,515
Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers became a worldwide phenomenon. The movie grossed over $200 million during its opening weekend, earning the director and producers an Oscar nomination for best visual effects. The movie is the first of a series of Marvel films and set the stage for further sequels and new characters. The film introduced the team of Avengers, which included Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and more.
The Avengers’ next outing comes after Infinity War. Following Thanos’ invasion of Earth, the Avengers must band together to repair the damage he caused. The movie stars Kate Winslet as the 19-year-old Rose, Leonardo DiCaprio as the drifter, and Tobey Maguire as the iconic Spider-Man. Other star actors include Zendaya as MJ, Mari Tomei as Aunt May, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
“The Avengers” has a long history as a hit, and it has continued to earn millions of dollars for Marvel since it first came out. The most recent installment, Avengers: Infinity War, reportedly broke the record for highest opening weekend, earning over $275 million in North America alone. Moreover, the movie received positive reviews from critics. Overall, it is one of the highest grossing movies of all time.
Notable Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Stan Lee, Gwyneth Paltrow
Furious 7 – $1,515,341,399
The Fast and the Furious series has been around for quite some time now. The seventh installment of the series was released on April 3, 2015. It has been an instant hit, with over $1 billion in global box office sales. This latest installment is directed by James Wan, who is also known for his horror movies. In addition to Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, the film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham.
The Fast and the Furious franchise has an impressive social footprint. In addition to having multiple social media pages, the franchise has released countless featurettes and dozens of seven-second teasers, and has a Twitter account with over 53 million followers, which is far more than the combined followings of the Marvel and Star Wars franchises. The films’ Facebook page has more than five million followers, more than any other movie franchise or superhero.
Notable Cast: Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ronda Rousey
Frozen 2 – $1,450,026,933
Disney’s Frozen sequel has topped the charts around the world, becoming the highest-grossing animated film ever. The sequel debuted with a $130 million domestic box office, topping the first Frozen and Incredibles 2 for first place. This sequel has satisfied fans of the first movie and gained a whole new audience. It has also helped Disney continue to grow as a company.
The second film has already surpassed its predecessor’s debut in China, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time. The sequel has been receiving largely positive reviews, and has already received a lower CinemaScore than the first movie. However, Disney is confident in its huge appeal. In a statement, the company’s distribution chief expressed confidence in the movie’s potential to become one of the top-grossing movies of all time.
The sequel to the popular “Frozen” film has now broken the record for the biggest opening day in an animated movie. With $350.2 million worldwide, the sequel surpassed “The Lion King”, which grossed $1.26 billion during its theatrical run. Despite the record-breaking success of the first film, Disney is considering a live-action remake. The sequel takes the characters back to their childhood and explores the secret behind the powers of the queen.
Notable Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Sterling K Brown, Jonathan Groff
Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1,402,809,540
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a burgeoning franchise that includes characters from the comics, as well as some newcomers. The Avengers Age of Ultron film is a superhero-themed adventure, and it is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. It also features an impressive cast, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Vision. As the head of Marvel’s Avengers, the director returned to his role as the film’s executive producer. Other Marvel Avengers movie producers include Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Victoria Alonso, and Alan Fine.
While the first Avengers film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” opened in North America on April 26, it surpassed that film on its second day. It has raked in $990 million worldwide, which puts it right behind the Universal blockbuster. Despite being behind Iron Man 3 in the domestic box office, Age of Ultron is still a hot property in other countries. It opened at No. 1 in every major market, including China, which earned $34 million on its opening day. It opens in Japan on July 4.
Notable Cast: James Spader, Chris Evan, Cobie Smulders, Andy Serkis, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany
Black Panther – $1,347,597,973
“Black Panther,” a Disney-Marvel film about the resurrected superhero T’Challa, is already breaking records. It is on track to be the third-highest grossing movie of all time in North America. The film has already surpassed the records of “The Avengers” and “Age of Ultron.” While the two movies were acclaimed, they are very different films. “Black Panther” broke the barrier and helped break down barriers in Hollywood.
The film is based on the life of the legendary superhero T’Challa, who has become king of Wakanda after his father dies. However, he is challenged by his rival, the evil Killmonger, who plans to abandon Wakanda’s isolationist policies and ignite a global revolution. T’Challa is determined to protect his people, but the world doesn’t know he’s there.
“Black Panther” is also the most successful superhero movie in North America, overtaking “The Avengers” in 2012 and the fourth-highest grossing film of all time, “Titanic.” It is the first black superhero movie to break the $600 million barrier in the United States, and it’s expected to pass Titanic’s total of $650 million. Avatar is the next highest grossing film of all time, but it will be difficult to beat that figure.
Notable Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan, Winston Duke
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – $1,342,359,942
This second installment of the Harry Potter series takes a darker tone. It is the middle fourth of seven books in the series and deals with the adolescent issues that Harry Potter faces. The film is directed by Chris Columbus, who also directed Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire. Daniel Radcliffe returns as the boy wizard, and is joined by Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Ralph Fiennes as the evil Lord Voldemort.
Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 was the biggest movie in the Harry Potter franchise. This movie lasted two hours and ten minutes and did an excellent job sending off its main characters. It earned over $381 million domestically, and more than $1 billion worldwide. It is the highest grossing Harry Potter film ever. The movie has become so popular that it has been adapted into multiple media formats.
The deathly hallows movie is the seventh installment in the Harry Potter series, and should continue to dominate the box office and break all records. Hollywood’s holy grail is creating popular movie franchises, and Deathly Hallows is aiming for that. The movies that have opened in the summer were the weakest performers. But as the series continues to grow, its success only shows that it’s possible for a Harry Potter movie to break records.
Notable Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $1,332,698,830
While the Star Wars franchise is notorious for its divisive nature, the newest film has surpassed the previous two in box office success. Released in December 2017 and with an estimated box office gross of $1.3 billion worldwide, “The Last Jedi” is the highest grossing film of 2017 and the ninth most popular movie of all time. The film’s success has fueled a worldwide box office boom that has prompted multiple sequels and a prequel to emerge. While critics generally praised the movie, it also received multiple awards and nominations, including four Academy Awards and two nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards.
With over $1.103 billion in worldwide box office, the latest Star Wars film has broken all records. The film surpassed its predecessor’s record of $621 million in its domestic release and $712 million abroad. Despite its divisive nature, the movie has remained consistently high in the charts, earning a perfect score of A on both ComScore and CinemaScore.
Notable Cast: Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fischer, Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom – $1,310,466,296
The first Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World, is still one of the most successful and most anticipated films of all time. This film, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, was a smash hit when it came out in 1993. This time around, the gang of dinosaur lovers is determined to stop the park before it destroys the world. They are aided by two dinosaur-rights activists. They’ve organized the Dinosaur Protection Group. The film’s cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Omar Sy, and Michael Crichton. All three actors are back for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, with Colin Trevorrow as director.
With the success of the first two Jurassic World films, the sequel Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is set to break the $1 billion mark. It is the seventh film in the Jurassic World series to break that mark and becomes the 35th film to make it to the ten-figure mark. Fallen Kingdom is currently tied with The Dark Knight and is expected to pass it during the Fourth of July weekend. The sequel is currently ranked just behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Lord of the Rings.
Notable Cast: Chris Pratt, James Cromwell, Steven Spielberg, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pinda
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