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The Top 100 Highest Grossing Movies Of All Time

You won’t be shocked by any of the names on this list of the highest-grossing films of all time. Although films generate cash from a variety of sources, box office profits are the primary indicator used to assess a film’s success. Even if you haven’t seen these multi-million dollar films, you’ve undoubtedly heard of them.


Franchises have fared exceptionally well over the last decade, climbing to the top of the list. While war pictures and historical dramas do well, the Marvel Universe and Star Wars have long been top earners. Now that the main Avengers plot has concluded, we may expect other films to rank in the top 10 in the coming years.


The film business is one of the world’s most competitive markets. While each year sees a great number of new releases, only a few will have a big influence at the box office. To achieve this coveted position, films must feature all of the elements that make them appealing to audiences. One of these characteristics is the star power of its main men and ladies.


While stars can assist catapult films to success, they can also be a detriment. Many prominent performers have failed to create great work over time, resulting in lower box office profits. Fortunately for moviegoers, many performers continue to excite fans and give entertainment throughout their careers.


Every year, studios such as Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, and 20th Century Fox release a number of blockbuster films. This helps to maintain the film industry at the top of the market and provides many possibilities for actors and actresses to flourish.


Furthermore, directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and George Lucas have produced great films throughout their careers. Each of these directors has had a significant effect on the business and continues to generate blockbusters that are sure to satisfy audiences.


From Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Toy Story to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), many legendary performers have helped their individual films become box office smashes.As a consequence, we’ve prepared a list of the top five highest-grossing movies of all time, along with some background on the performers and filmmakers who contributed to their success.

The top grossing films of all time: The top five


Let us take a closer look at the top five highest-grossing films of all time.


1.Avengers: Endgame


Lifetime Gross Earnings: $2,797,800,564

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Budget: $356 million USD

Directors: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo


Avengers: Endgame generated a lot of buzz before it ever came out, so Hollywood insiders knew it was going to be a tremendous hit. Audiences were anticipating the resolution of the one-year-long cliffhanger and the conclusion of a journey that began with the original Iron Man in 2008. Nonetheless, no one anticipated the film to gross $1.2 billion in its first weekend.


While the American box office took the top spot with $858,373,000, the film also performed exceptionally well in China ($614,316,021), the United Kingdom ($114,995,529), and South Korea ($100,016,554). This was the first film to do what seemed impossible: dethrone Avatar from top place despite years of other films attempting to do so (and failing).


Avengers: Endgame, starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Danai Gurira, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and Bradley Cooper, is undeniably one of the most anticipated films of 2019.


Endgame continues off where Infinity War left off, with the heroes attempting to preserve their universe from catastrophe. A number of well-known performers, including Tom Holland, appear in the film. Furthermore, the actor’s Spider-Man series (Spider-Man: No Way Home and Spider-Man: Far From Home) were both critically acclaimed, with Holland receiving accolades for his work in both.


The late Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther, appears in the film as well.Captain Marvel is played by Brie Larson, who has had a number of notable performances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stars such as Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson also appear in the film.


The success of Endgame can be due to the return of several founding Avengers. In addition to the film’s prequels (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3), it includes a well-rounded ensemble that keeps the picture engaging throughout.


The movie from Marvel Studios has been known to gross massive sums at the global box office. Endgame is one of the most successful films of all time, as well as one of the most successful superhero films.




2. Avatar

Lifetime Gross Earnings: $2,790,439,000

Release date: December 18, 2009

Director: James Cameron

Budget: 237 million USD


For an astounding ten years, Avatar remained at the top of the box office. Avatar is also an exception in that it earned 72.7% of its box office gross internationally, which is more than the average for most films. James Cameron’s film surpassed Titanic, which was also directed by Cameron, to take second position. Until Avengers: End Game smashed every potential movie record in history, Avatar was the highest domestic grossing film in history.




3. Titanic

Lifetime Gross Earnings: $2,194,439,542

Release date: November 18, 1997

Director: James Cameron

Budget: 200 million USD


Titanic is the oldest film on the top ten list of highest-grossing films. It was released in 1997 and was just recently moved to third position due to the new Avengers film. Titanic was a $200 million film that took a long time to complete. According to CBC, it was the most costly film ever filmed at the time. Of course, Avengers: End Game cost more, but it was several years later and with a big cast of highly costly performers.


While the film made a lot of money when it first came out, it made even more in 2012, when a 3D version of it was released on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Titanic has been re-released several times since its first release, the most recent being in 2010. It may also be viewed on Netflix. The film’s re-release and remake versions were also regarded as among the finest remakes of all time.




4. The Force Awakens (Star Wars: Episode VII).

Lifetime Gross Earnings: $2,068,223,624

Release date: December 18, 2015

Director: J.J. Abrams

Budget: 306 million USD


Prior to the exploding world of the Avengers taking up the box office, Star Wars had a few movies that earned the most money. Only Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in the top ten, however another Star Wars film, 2017’s The Last Jedi, is ranked 14th. The Force Awakens, like the previous Avengers film, was highly anticipated by fans. It was released twelve years after the conclusion of the prequel trilogy, promising a brand-new universe but also answering many old mysteries.


Star Wars (directed by J.J. Abrams) has had its fair share of successful films as one of the most popular series in history.Many well-known characters have been created by the sci-fi series, including Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. Based on the original trilogy, the franchise has also given rise to one of the most popular movie series of all time.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the franchise’s most recent entry, was a great success, becoming the highest earning film of all time. To resurrect this blockbuster brand, Disney chose to bring back the original cast members, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.




5. Avengers: Infinity 


WarLifetime Gross Earnings: $1,670,400,637

Release date: April 27, 2018

Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

Budget: 316 million USD


It’s perhaps unsurprising that another Avengers film is at the top. Especially when that film is the first half of the breathtaking clash that culminates in End Game. While the picture did not do as well as other films in the top ten in the United States, it had a spectacular foreign launch, shattering all kinds of records in its first month.


Marvel Studios is in the business of ensuring that its films are watched by as many people as possible, which includes setting records for the highest grossing films in history. DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was also a hit, albeit not nearly as big as Infinity War. That’s most likely due to the hype surrounding Infinity War, which is a phenomenon in and of itself.


Despite the fact that there are many fans of the Batman film, The Dark Knight was not well welcomed by reviewers or moviegoers alike. It also fared poorly at the box office, despite including a lot of talented actors and actresses. When compared to Infinity War and Endgame, the two were just unable to equal their predecessors’ box office.




Inflation-adjusted Grosses of the Year


It is difficult to include ancient films on a list of high-earning films. A film launched in the 1950s would make far less than one released two years ago. However, after inflation is factored in, it’s absolutely feasible that movie made substantially more for its premiere date. Experts occasionally take on the chore, compensating for inflation and changes in ticket prices – but the technique isn’t ideal, especially when it comes to including overseas grosses and currency exchange rates.


The gist of it? A list that has been corrected for inflation is not particularly accurate.


Having said that, most film experts believe that Gone with the Wind is the highest-grossing inflation-adjusted film at the global box office. According to the Guinness World Records, the 1939 picture grossed “just” US$393.4 million worldwide at the time, but when adjusted for inflation, the total profit rises to $3.44 billion. This would place Gone with the Wind at the top of our previous ranking.


While other inflation-adjusted films aren’t very surprising (Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, and Titanic remain at the top), a list of inflation-adjusted films would contain two pleasant surprises: The Sound of Music from 1965 and E.T. the Extraterrestrial from 1982 are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Top 100 Grossing Films of All Time


Movies such as Jaws, Spider-Man, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise have all contributed to the list of the biggest earning films of all time.Some of the films on this list have been released many times and have grossed billions of dollars.


While new blockbusters may one day overtake the champions on this list, certain films will be difficult to top for years to come. Fast and Furious 7, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Incredibles 2, The Jungle Book, Aquaman, Frozen II, Despicable Me, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Fate of the Furious, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon round out the list. The following is a comprehensive list of the top 100 most successful blockbuster films of all time.


1 Avengers: Endgame $2,797,800,564 2019
2 Avatar $2,790,439,000 2009
3 Titanic $2,194,439,542 1997
4 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens $2,068,223,624 2015
5 Avengers: Infinity War $2,048,359,754 2018
6 Jurassic World $1,670,400,637 2015
7 The Lion King $1,656,943,394 2019
8 The Avengers $1,518,812,988 2012
9 Furious 7 $1,515,047,671 2015
10 Frozen II $1,450,026,933 2019
11 Avengers: Age of Ultron $1,402,805,868 2015
12 Black Panther $1,346,913,161 2018
13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 $1,341,932,398 2011
14 Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi $1,332,539,889 2017
15 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $1,308,467,944 2018
16 Frozen $1,280,802,282 2013
17 Beauty and the Beast $1,263,521,126 2017
18 Incredibles 2 $1,242,805,359 2018
19 The Fate of the Furious $1,236,005,118 2017
20 Iron Man 3 $1,214,811,252 2013
21 Minions $1,159,398,397 2015
22 Captain America: Civil War $1,153,296,293 2016
23 Aquaman $1,148,461,807 2018
24 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,142,219,401 2003
25 Spider-Man: Far from Home $1,131,927,996 2019
26 Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794 2019
27 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $1,123,794,079 2011
28 Skyfall $1,108,561,013 2012
29 Transformers: Age of Extinction $1,104,054,072 2014
30 The Dark Knight Rises $1,081,041,287 2012
31 Joker $1,074,251,311 2019
32 Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker $1,074,144,248 2019
33 Toy Story 4 $1,073,394,593 2019
34 Toy Story 3 $1,066,969,703 2010
35 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $1,066,179,725 2006
36 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $1,056,057,273 2016
37 Aladdin $1,050,693,953 2019
38 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1,045,713,802 2011
39 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 2017
40 Jurassic Park $1,032,020,521 1993
41 Finding Dory $1,028,570,889 2016
42 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $1,027,082,707 1999
43 Alice in Wonderland $1,025,467,110 2010
44 Zootopia $1,023,784,195 2016
45 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $1,017,003,568 2012
46 The Dark Knight $1,004,934,033 2008
47 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $978,087,613 2001
48 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 $976,920,103 2010
49 Despicable Me 2 $970,766,005 2013
50 The Lion King $968,511,805 1994
51 The Jungle Book $966,550,600 2016
52 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $962,102,237 2017
53 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $960,996,492 2007
54 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $958,366,855 2013
55 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $956,019,788 2014
56 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $951,208,089 2002
57 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $942,044,510 2007
58 Finding Nemo $940,343,261 2003
59 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $934,326,396 2009
60 Shrek 2 $928,760,770 2004
61 Bohemian Rhapsody $903,655,259 2018
62 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $896,346,229 2005
63 Spider-Man 3 $894,983,373 2007
64 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $887,832,826 2001
65 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $886,686,817 2009
66 Spectre $880,674,609 2015
67 Spider-Man: Homecoming $880,166,924 2017
68 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $879,465,594 2002
69 Ice Age: Continental Drift $877,244,782 2012
70 The Secret Life of Pets $875,457,937 2016
71 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $873,634,919 2016
72 Wolf Warrior 2 $870,325,439 2017
73 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $868,390,560 2005
74 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $865,011,746 2013
75 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $863,756,051 2017
76 Inside Out $857,611,174 2015
77 Venom $856,085,151 2018
78 Thor: Ragnarok $853,977,126 2017
79 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $836,303,693 2009
80 Inception $829,895,144 2010
81 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $829,746,820 2012
82 Spider-Man $825,025,036 2002
83 Wonder Woman $821,847,012 2017
84 Independence Day $817,400,891 1996
85 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $814,037,575 2016
86 Shrek the Third $813,367,380 2007
87 Coco $807,082,196 2017
88 Jumanji: The Next Level $796,575,993 2019
89 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $796,093,802 2004
90 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $794,861,794 2017
91 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $793,482,178 1982
92 2012 $791,217,826 2009
93 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $791,115,104 2018
94 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $790,653,942 2008
95 Spider-Man 2 $788,976,453 2004
96 Fast & Furious 6 $788,679,850 2013
97 Deadpool 2 $785,794,179 2018
98 Deadpool $782,612,155 2016
99 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope $775,512,064 1977
100 Guardians of the Galaxy $772,776,600 2014

Last Thoughts


While it is difficult to rate every film ever made, several of these films have been part of blockbuster series. Some were successful because of their stars, while others made the most of their finances and were enormous box office blockbusters. Some Oscar winners, like as Titanic, have gone on to become classics that many moviegoers still enjoy.


Other films were simply successful because of their original conceptions and subjects. These films had a huge effect on the business and are still relevant to audiences today. The Avengers series from Marvel has become one of the most popular in the world, and its actors continue to be a big draw for moviegoers.The Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise has also had a tremendous influence on the business and remains popular among moviegoers.


At the end of the day, these films remain relevant and play an important role in the entertainment business. While several of these films have gone on to become classics, others have simply been highly acclaimed by audiences. Regardless of their quality, these films continue to smash records and excite moviegoers all around the world.



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