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50 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

August 21, 2019
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When you think about it, it is really amazing how much money Hollywood movies generate globally. For comparison sake, a large multi-national company employing thousands of people would do very well to make billion dollar in revenue. And here we are, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ alone made $2.8 billion. That’s some achievement. And when you compare the costs and profitability of a film like ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with a big company, things would start seeming even more impressive. Yes, there are movies that lose money. But one big blockbuster like ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes care of many flops for the studios.

Anyway, here is the list of top 50 highest grossing movies ever made. Keep in mind the figures mentioned are worldwide box office collections and are not inflation adjusted.

50. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) – $960.4M

Harry Potter is one of the most popular franchises of all time, and whatever regarding the series comes out does superbly well, owing to its dedicated fans. Thus, when the penultimate film of the series released, it was no surprise that fans would flock to the theatre by the millions. It was one of the most anticipated movies of its time, and performed supremely well at the box office, bringing in $960.4 million. A generation has grown up along with the Boy Who Lived, and it was no wonder the beginning of his end would be a sight to behold.

49. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) – $962.1M

Dwayne Johnson breathes fresh life into whatever he walks in. The former WWE superstar proved his audience-drawing prowess when he managed to put the ‘Jumanji’ series on the map once again. Many seemed to have forgotten about the 1995 classic till the reboot came along starring Johnson, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Hart. People flocked to the theatres to watch the amazing chemistry between the leads and the eccentric adventures they find themselves in. The humor, the action, and the amazing graphics ensured that the audiences had a great time at the cinema. The film grossed a whopping $962.1 million at the box office.

48.  Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – $963.4M

The Johnny Depp-starrer ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ is the third installment of the PoC canon. After the immense success of the first two films, Depp’s stardom spread like wildfire across the world. Pirates have never been portrayed in this cool anti-hero image that Sparrow was given, and the concept worked like a charm, helping the film earn $963.4 million against its $300 million budget. It was expected that the film would be box office gold, but it didn’t manage to surpass the collections of its predecessor, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’, which earned over a billion dollars in ticket sales.

47. The Jungle Book (2016) – $966.6M

The story of ‘Jungle Book’ is known to all, as it is one of the staple books one tends to read as a child. Because the story affected us while reading it and we formed an image in our heads of what this jungle and the creatures inhabiting it would actually be like, watching the magic unfold on the big screen became a mesmerizing experience, to say the least. The film performed well at the box office all over the country, ending up with collections of $966.6 million. The nostalgia factor proved to be a major selling point for ‘Jungle Book’, along with the film being dubbed into hundreds of local languages across the world for the widest reach possible.

46. The Lion King (1994) – $968.5M

Disney was going through a revival phase since the release of ‘The Little Mermaid’ in 1989, with the period reaching its climax in 1994 after the release of ‘The Lion King’. One of the most influential movies of all time, ‘The Lion King‘ drew audiences by the millions who flocked to the theatres to watch the heart-warming tale of Simba on his journey towards becoming the king of the jungle. It is believed that during its initial run, the film sold more than 74 million tickets in the United States alone. ‘The Lion King’ still remains the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film ever, earning $968.5 million at the box office.

45. Despicable Me 2 (2013) – $970.8M

With the first film of the series finding a firm place in the hearts of film-goers all over the world, it was expected that ‘Despicable Me 2’ would earn a significant amount in its opening weekend business, but hardly anyone expected the film to become as profitable as it eventually did; it ended up being the ninth highest-grossing animated film ever. What worked in the film’s favor is the fact that it stays true to the charm which made the preceding movie popular in the first place. The movie took home $970.8 million from box office collections.

44. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) – $975.1M

When the first film of the Harry Potter franchise dropped in 2001, the books had already become international bestsellers with Harry becoming the center of attention of the whole world. Thus, it was only natural that the cinematic adaptation of the story would receive a tremendous response from film-goers. When ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ dropped in 2001, it performed as expected and became a smash hit immediately, earning $975.1 million during its theatrical run, which was the then-second highest gross for a movie after ‘Titanic‘.

43. Toy Story 4 (2019) – $1.002B

With this film, we enter the billion-dollar club. ‘Toy Story 4‘ is the continuation of the epic adventures of Woody and Buzz Lightyear which all began in 1995. ‘Toy Story 4’ can be called a wholesome film in all senses of the word, with the movie having enough doses of thrills, humor, amazing characters and a wonderful story. Despite not being able to cross its predecessor ‘Toy Story 3’ in box office collections, the film racked up $1.002 billion from ticket sales. Audiences flocked to the theatres in large numbers of the film owing to the solid reputation the series has created for itself for over two decades of its existence.

42. The Dark Knight (2008) – $1.005B

A lot of things worked in the film’s favor to becoming the commercial success that it is. Firstly, Nolan had delivered a solid start to the series with ‘Batman Begins’ (2005), and audiences were eager to see what we would do in the following film. Secondly, stories about Ledger’s method acting and eventual death before the film’s release garnered worldwide media attention to his performance. The starcast comprising of Christian BaleMichael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, and Ledger himself also played a major part in the film earning $1.005 billion from the box office.

41. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – $1.021B

After the immense success of the ‘Lord Of The Rings‘ film trilogy, Peter Jackson, the trilogy’s director, decided to make cinematic adaptations of the series’ prequel, leading to the birth of the ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, the first of them being ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. It became immediately clear to the producers that viewers are eager to know more about the Middle Earth and its inhabitants, and thus it would serve well to continue the series. The film ended up earning $1.021 billion at the box office, impressing both the critics and audiences in the process.

40. Zootopia (2016) – $1.024B

There are not many standalone feature films on this list, but it goes without saying that the ones which are, have shown tremendous merit in being able to draw audiences despite nobody having a clue about what to expect. Disney’s 2016 film ‘Zootopia‘ fits the bill perfectly in this case, with its praise being spread via word-of-mouth till it became a box office sensation and ended up collecting $1.024 billion. The world of animals created in the film, along with its lovable characters, is what helped it reap gold at the box office.

39. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – $1.025B

If any unknown director made this same movie just with a different cast, ‘Alice In Wonderland’ would have hardly managed to earn $1.025 billion from ticket sales alone. But when the dynamic collaboration of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is added to the mix, interests naturally soar to the skies. Burton managed to stay true to the trippy visuals of the text, albeit taking certain creative liberties of its own. Whatever he did, he managed to provide audiences with a complete entertainer which proved to be the most commercially successful movie of his career.

38. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) – $1.027B

Star Wars‘ is one of the most profitable and iconic film franchises of all time, with the series remaining popular to this very day. The franchise’s creator, George Lucas wanted to build upon the success of the initial ‘Star Wars’ films, by telling stories about the origins of the franchise’s most famous characters. His idea worked like a charm, and the first film in the prequel trilogy ended up grossing $1.027 billion from the box office. With the cultural phenomenon that ‘Star Wars’ had become by the time this film released, its immense success is not that much of a surprise actually. However, do note that its total box office collections are with the addition of the revenue earned from a 3D reissue in 2012.

37. Finding Dory (2016) – $1.029B

After the release of ‘Finding Nemo‘ in 2003, audiences immediately fell in love with the amazing adventures of its aquatic leading characters. Thus, when, after 13 long years, Disney decided to drop a sequel of the film, interests skyrocketed. ‘Finding Dory’ enthralled audiences with its stunning graphics, warm and heartfelt story, and its ability to bring back nostalgic memories of its predecessor. The film ended up collecting $1.029 billion at the box office.

36. Jurassic Park (1993) – $1.030B

If anybody knows how to exceed expectations every single time, it is Steven Spielberg. The master filmmaker has always had new tricks up his sleeve which would expand the horizons of how films are made all over the world. With 1993’s ‘Jurassic Park‘, Spielberg offered film-goers an experience which was fresh, visceral, and unlike anything we had ever seen before. Sparking an unseen-before interest throughout the world, the film became the then-highest grossing movie of all time with $1.030 billion earnings from the box office alone.

35. Despicable Me 3 (2017) – $1.035B

‘Despicable Me’ has very well proved itself to be one of the most beloved animated film franchises in the world. Most franchises tend to lose their mojo once its universe has been extended too much, but not ‘Despicable Me’. Staying true to its roots, the series has managed to touch the hearts of its fans with each feature film installment of its franchise. In ‘Despicable Me 3’, film-goers proved their love for the franchise once again, with the film managing to pocket $1.035 billion from box office sales against a mere $80 million budget.

34. Aladdin (2019) – $1.036B

2019’s ‘Aladdin‘ can be a great case study in understanding why some films tend to perform well at the box office despite not being of that high a merit as its box office numbers might suggest. This movie was not taken too favorably by critics, but its earlier version is so well-remembered that audiences flocked to the theatres in order to check out whether the film can still create the same impact on them. It is the nostalgia factor that got things rolling for this film and helped it earn $1.036 billion at the box office.

33. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – $1.046B

The heights PoC reached with its first three films continue paying its dividends even to this very day. Johnny Depp‘s Jack Sparrow is now well in the list of the most iconic Disney characters of all time, and any film with Sparrow in the lead is bound to create a huge interest among audiences. Besides Depp, ‘On Stranger Tides’ also has Penélope Cruz in one of the leading roles, and audiences simply couldn’t get enough of these two legends sharing screen space exactly a decade after ‘Blow’ (2001). The film took home $1.046 billion from box office collections.

32. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – $1.056B

A film made to be a distinct standout from the usual ‘Star Wars’ canon, ‘Rogue One‘, however, was not denied the massive success associated with its parent franchise’s films. Disney CEO Bob Iger had said in clear terms that the film would not be as successful as ‘The Force Awakens‘, but it did end up crossing the billion-dollar mark with ease. Audiences couldn’t get enough of this prequel film which tells a story set just before the events of the original 1977 film which kicked off the franchise. ‘Rogue One’ ended up collecting $1.056 billion at the box office.

31. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – $1.066B

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ is the second movie of the PoC franchise which performed exceedingly well and kept up the momentum picked up by the first installment. The way ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ picked up from where the first film left off, and the expansion of the PoC universe in this film was quite well thought-out. Thus, the film was able to hold on to the audience’s pulse throughout its running time as it took them on a ride across a universe they’ve come to love. The film fetched a humongous $1.066 billion at the box office.

30. Toy Story 3 (2010) – $1.067B

Toy Story‘ is one of the few franchises which has managed to gain strong critical and financial responses throughout its run. Released 11 years after the second installment of the franchise, ‘Toy Story 3’ delivered well in terms of story, character development, and animation. It broke new grounds at the box office, becoming the first ever animated film to find itself in the $1 billion club, having earned a total of $1.067 billion from ticket sales alone. Surprisingly enough, Quentin Tarantino declared this film to be the best among all 2010 releases.

29. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $1.085B

The Dark Knight Rises‘ is the last part of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, and the excitement surrounding it before its release was deafening, to say the least. Fans all over the world waited with bated breath to see how Nolan would wrap up the insanely amazing trilogy he started in 2005 with ‘Batman Begins’, and then followed it up with the historical ‘The Dark Knight‘. Nolan showed his mettle yet again with this film and left audiences with probably the three greatest superhero films ever. The film ended up collecting $1.085 billion at the box office.

28. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – $1.110B

Tom Holland has firmly established himself as one of the most popular Marvel heroes of all time, Spider-Man, since first appearing in ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ (2016). Since then, his standalone Spider-Man films have been sure-shot box office gold, with ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ exceeding all expectations after collecting $1.110 billion against its $160 million budget. The film saw Holland teaming up with Marvel veteran Samuel L. Jackson, and even facing off against an actor as powerful as Jake Gyllenhaal. Notably, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ is also Sony’s (distributors) highest-grossing film of all time.

27. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – $1.104B

It is really a challenge to understand which film will click with the audience and which won’t. Take ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ for example. Despite being universally panned by critics, the film earned a whopping $1.104 billion at the box office. This Michael Bay directorial stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and T. J. Miller among others. A sequel to 2011’s ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’, ‘Age Of Extinction’ boasts of some marvelously well-edited fighting scenes and state-of-the-art CGI. It is probably the larger-than-life experience this franchise offers that attracts such a large number of audiences to the theatre.

26. Skyfall (2012) – $1.109B

Daniel Craig‘s third outing as James Bond proudly delves into areas which have mostly remained unexplored throughout the long history of the franchise. In ‘Skyfall’, we learn something about Bond’s past life when he was yet to be the coolest spy in the world. His relationship with M on a personal level also becomes a major theme in the film. Film-goers all around the world loved the personal touch of Bond in the film along with the brilliant performance of Javier Bardem as the villain. ‘Skyfall’ ended up being the highest-grossing Bond film ever with collections of $1.109 billion from ticket sales.

25. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – $1.120B

The third and final film in the LOTR trilogy, ‘The Return Of The King’ was almost sure to be immensely successful, but no one could expect the film to do as well as it did both critically and commercially. Besides winning 11 out of the 11 Oscars for which it was nominated, the series ended up taking home a whopping $1.120 billion way back in 2003. There were already numerous fans of the LOTR trilogy, and millions joined in since the release of the first two films. All of this excitement reached stratospheric proportions when the makers delivered a befitting ending to the trilogy.

24. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – $1.123B

The ‘Transformers’ film series has proved to be box office gold despite hardly any of them receiving positive reviews from the critics. The third installment of the franchise, ‘Dark Of The Moon’, proved to be no different as well. Telling a story about the war between Autobots and Decepticons, ‘Dark Of The Moon’ managed to please fans of the franchise with its editing, action scenes, and special effects. Acclaimed actors like Frances McDormand, John Turturro, John Malkovich, and others are a part of this film’s stellar starcast. It ended up collecting $1.123 billion from ticket sales alone.

23. Captain Marvel (2019) – $1.128B

It came as a pleasant surprise to all Marvel fans when it was revealed that an actor as powerful as Brie Larson is taking up the role of Captain Marvel in the MCU. Despite being a film about an extraterrestrial warrior who is fighting against a monstrous army, ‘Captain Marvel’ does not remain content with that; it successfully managed to attain greater heights in terms of providing one of the greatest female characters in their cannon. Carol Danvers is every bit as strong and independent as her superpowered other-self. With love from both audiences and critics, the film managed to collect $1.128 billion at the box office.

22. Aquaman (2018) – $1.148B

How ‘Aquaman‘ managed to find so many admirers shall always be beyond me. Except for the insane graphics, set design, and cinematography, there’s hardly anything else in the film worth being talked about positively. Yes, Jason Momoa fits into the role seamlessly, but his performance, along with his co-stars Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, and others are uninspiring to say the least. Even the writing is rather blunt and moments look forced more than organic. However, nothing stopped the film from gaining an unbelievable $1.148 billion from box office collections alone.

21.  Captain America: Civil War (2016) – $1.153B

Probably the most anticipated film of 2016, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is not the story of Steve Rogers alone, as it focuses on a far greater issue that is plaguing the entire Avengers team. The film delivered on everything it promised to be – the characters of Spider-Man and Black Panther were introduced, all the important Marvel characters came together in an amazing fight scene, and Captain faced off against Iron Man in a solid one-on-one. With all boxes ticked, ‘Civil War’ took home $1.153 billion from box office collections alone.

20. Minions (2015) – $1.159B

‘Despicable Me’ is one of the most popular franchises of all time, and whatever comes out of the series naturally gains a lot of attention from the public. Thus when a prequel spin-off of the film was announced, there was already a lot of buzz regarding whether ‘Minions’ would be able to pull off the magic inherent in the original films or not. Thankfully, the film did not disappoint and went on to earn an unbelievable $1.159 billion from box office sales alone.

19. Iron Man 3 (2013) – $1.215B

The MCU kicked off its journey with the first movie of the ‘Iron Man‘ series way back in 2008. Since then, the world of comic book movies has not remained the same. The three ‘Iron Man’ movies are wonderful ventures that firmly established the character in the hearts of fans across the world. With Robert Downey Jr.‘s cool swagger and an array of different Iron Man suits on display, the film had enough moments for fans of the MCU to fall in love with it immediately. The film ended up with $1.215 billion from ticket sales.

18. The Fate of the Furious (2017) – $1.239B

The 8th installment of ‘The Fast And The Furious‘ series is till date the franchise’s most profitable venture. Despite the absence of Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster, the film picked up pace immediately after release, and went on to become the third highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time, collecting $542 million in worldwide sales in its first weekend itself. The way ‘The Fast And The Furious’ franchise has always been able to expand its universe without repeating anything already shown in the previous films is truly amazing. This is what keeps the series fresh and allows for box office collections up to $1.239 billion, which was exactly the amount this film made.

17. Incredibles 2 (2018) – $1.243B

Pixar‘s second-biggest franchise after ‘Toy Story’, ‘Incredibles‘ has released only two films till date, both of which have received overwhelmingly positive critical responses. Interestingly enough, despite the immense success of the first film, Pixar waited for 14 long years to come up with the sequel of the film. As soon as ‘Incredibles 2’ dropped, it was lapped up by both critics and audiences as a landmark film which set a benchmark for other animated films to follow. The plot, humor, and animation are what helped this series make an unbelievable $1.243 billion at the box office.

16. Beauty And The Beast (2017) – $1.264B

Despite being made on a story known to almost every single English-speaking film-goer in the world, ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ (2017) rocked the world at the box office owing to the wonderful way in which this age-old fairy tale was brought to life. Emma Watson did a fantastic job as Belle, the poor girl who falls in love with the beast who stays in the magical castle accompanied by his other supernatural friends. The exquisite cinematography, the editing, and the set designs of the film can be considered as reasons that the film managed to earn $1.264 billion at the box office.

15. Frozen (2013) – $1.276B

An iconic animated film by its own right, ‘Frozen‘ has come up as a huge franchise in recent years, with the 2013 film being declared as Disney’s greatest achievement since the Disney Renaissance which happened in the late-80s to mid-90s period. The visuals, the storyline, and the voice acting did the trick for this film, which not only earned $1.276 billion at the box office, but also bagged two Academy Awards.

14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – $1.309B

The fifth ‘Jurassic Park’ film, and the third in the rebooted Jurassic World trilogy, ‘Fallen Kingdom‘ is directed by J. A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, and Jeff Goldblum in starring roles. The film continues the franchise with another thrilling story about these prehistoric creatures and their sudden arrival in the modern world. The performances of the actors along with the impressive visuals impressed the audience and helped ‘Fallen Kingdom’ earn a staggering  $1.309 billion at the box office.

13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – $1.333B

The highest-grossing film of 2017, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ managed to live up to the excitement surrounding its release with the state-of-the-art CGI and an ensemble starcast hardly ever seen before. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Frank Oz are among the actors we can see in this movie. After the immense success of ‘The Force Awakens’, the franchise had to live up to the expectations, to deliver a solid ‘Star Wars sequel trilogy’. Fans thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Last Jedi’ and it went on to earn $1.333 billion at the box office.

12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) – $1.342B

The last and final installment in the Harry Potter series, ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ had to go out with a bang and it surely did not disappoint. With amazing action sequences, brilliant graphics, and masterful handling of all the major characters of the series, this film is no less than a marvelous cinematic achievement. The film immediately struck a chord with the audiences soon after it released, and went on to collect $1.342 billion at the box office.

11. Black Panther (2018) – $1.347B

The first ever African-American superhero movie from Marvel, ‘Black Panther‘ was the film audiences have been waiting for. Not only is the film a thrill-ride across all the tropes of usual superhero movie, but it’s also a revisionist reading of black culture which has developed on its own and has not been influenced by white colonizers. The cast performed to their very best, with Chadwick BosemanMichael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o completely stealing the show. The film became a huge commercial success and ended up grossing $1.347 billion at the box office.

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10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $1.405B

The second ‘Avengers’ film was always bound to score big at the box office considering the overwhelming response ‘Avengers’ got when it released in 2012. The second outing of our favorite Marvel superheroes was lapped up by the audiences and went on to garner $1.405 billion at the box office. Action, comedy, CGI – Marvel has always managed to use their resources in a well-balanced manner to deliver a solid entertainer from the beginning to the end. ‘Age Of Ultron‘ is no different, and as with all of Marvel’s movies, it managed to click well with the audience.

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9. The Lion King (2019) – $1.437B

1994’s ‘The Lion King’ is widely regarded as one of the most iconic films of all time, and naturally, excitement all around the world was sky-high when it was revealed that Disney is planning a live-action remake of the same. Expectations regarding the box office collections rose quite high because those who watched ‘The Lion King‘ in the theatres as a child would love to revisit the story in their adult life to find out whether it still connects with them the way it did 25 years ago. The predictions came true and the film became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, collecting $1.437 billion at the box office.

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8. Furious 7 (2015) – $1.516B

Behind the success of the seventh edition of ‘The Fast And The Furious’ series is the tragic demise of Paul Walker. Walker passed away before the shooting was over, and thus the makers had to use CGI to film the scenes he was yet to complete. Audiences flocked to the theatre soon after the release of this film to pay their respects to Walker and witness for the final time the chemistry between Dom and Brian. The film ended up being the biggest hit of the franchise and grossed $1.516 billion at the box office.

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7. The Avengers (2012) – $1.519B

Fans waited for this patiently since ‘Iron Man’ dropped in 2008 and solo movies of the other superheroes soon followed. 2012’s ‘The Avengers’ swept audiences off their feet by introducing the major Marvel characters together for the first time. MCU did not only manage to bring its favorite superheroes together, but also weaved a tale with equal amounts of action, character development, comedy, and drama. The film went on to collect $1.519 billion at the box office.

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6. Jurassic World (2015) – $1.672 B

After a long gap since the release of ‘Jurassic Park III’ in 2001, the franchise came out with the first installment of the ‘Jurassic World’ trilogy in 2015. Despite mixed critical acclaim, audience flocked to the theatres to relive their experiences of watching the monstrous dinosaurs on the big screen once again. Chris Pratt did well in replacing Sam Neill to become the new face of the franchise. The film ended up grossing $1.672 billion at the box office at the end of its theatrical run.

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5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – $2.048B

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ brought together characters from the ‘Avengers’ and the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy‘ series in their penultimate battle against Thor. The film was already projected to become one of the biggest blockbusters of all time, and it did deliver upon its word, both in terms of content and the box office collections. The franchise took a bold step by ending it on a sad note and preparing audiences for the blast ‘Endgame’ was to be. ‘Infinity Wars’ took home $2.048 billion from box office collections.

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4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – $2.068 B

With Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill returning to the franchise, they turned ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ into a massive cinematic sensation. The movie created history by becoming the most successful film in the history of the franchise, collecting $2.068 billion from ticket sales only. Critical response also followed in abundance, making ‘The Force Awakens’ one of the most celebrated films in recent history.

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3. Titanic (1997) – $2.187B

A historic film in every sense of the term, ‘Titanic‘ was a glorious moment in cinema history which will always be spoken of with reverence as long as the medium exists. The divine chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, along with the beautiful cinematography and heart-wrenching story turned the film into an international sensation. It ended up collecting an unbelievable amount at the box office – $2.187 billion, that too way back in 1997.

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2. Avatar (2009) – $2.790B

How does it feel to know that you have made the second and third highest-grossing movies of all time? Well, only James Cameron can answer this, having achieved the near-impossible feat which he did in 2009. ‘Avatar‘ is much more than a Hollywood spectacle – it is a heartfelt story that explores the intricacies of man’s relationship with nature. The film turned out to be a huge success and earned $2.790 billion at the box office, becoming the then-highest grossing film of all time.

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1. Avengers: Endgame (2019) – $2.796B

The final exploit of the Avengers, ‘Endgame‘ was one of the most awaited film releases in movie history. Those who have grown up with these characters for over 10 years, got their money’s worth with the film. ‘Endgame’ delivered according to promise and soon registered itself as the highest-grossing film of all time. The film took home $2.796 billion from the box office collections itself.

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