Top 10 Grossing Movie Of All Time And Other Box-office Record Breakers

A movie’s production can cost millions of dollars. The fourth entry in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” had production expenses of $410.6 million, making it the most expensive movie ever made.

What about the film industry’s lucrative side, though? The box office earnings of movies can range from thousands to billions domestically and internationally. Like the setting, the biggest-grossing film of all time has a price tag that is not of this world.

Some movies broke box office records and are the all-time highest-grossing film.

What is the highest-grossing movie of all time?

According to Box Office Mojo by IMDbPro, James Cameron’s Avatar is the highest-grossing film of all time, with a gross of over $2.8 billion.

The 2009 science fiction movie with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana follows Jake Sully, assigned to the Avatar Program and dispatched to Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centauri star system. Jake struggles along the trip to decide whether to obey orders or to defend the Navi people and their land.

Top 10 Grossing Movie Of All Time
Top 10 Grossing Movie Of All Time

The release date for the Avatar sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which was again directed by James Cameron, is slated for December 16, 2022. Along with returning cast members like Worthington, Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang, the film also features newcomers to the series, including Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, and Vin Diesel.

IMDb reports that the Avatar franchise will have three more films, with release dates for 2024, 2026, and 2028.

Top 10 highest-grossing films of all time

Here are the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo by IMDbPro:

Avatar (2009), $2.8 billion

Avatar’s seven consecutive weekends at the top of the charts helped the film earn more than $595 million in North American box office receipts amid the height of a 3-D resurgence, supported by the director’s customary technological gamesmanship.

Then, on February 2, 2010, the movie’s 47th day of release, it surpassed all previous records for domestic box office take. Avatar was the only movie ever to make $2 billion outside of the United States and Canada, making it the highest-grossing film in the world at the time. It held that record for five years and eleven months.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019), $2.7 billion

Endgame has a long way to go to overtake Avatar after only six weeks of release because it was only roughly $73 million away. The movie was re-released on June 28 by Marvel and Disney with new goodies over the end credits. Then, over the weekend of July 19, 2019, in its 13th week of release, when another Disney film (hello, Lion King) would start its push for the top 10 all-time earners, Endgame eked out an advantage. It might not have been able to overtake The Force Awakens as the all-time domestic leader, but by the end of the summer, it would overtake Avatar and rule the globe—at least temporarily.

Titanic (1997), $2.2 billion

James Cameron produces pricey films. When they were first released, The Abyss, Terminator 2, and True Lies were the most expensive films ever made. Again exceeding the budget in 1997, there were concerns that Cameron had gone too far this time. Despite being released from July to December late, Titanic became a worldwide sensation that the box office had never seen before. Titanic, its stars, and its song were memorable in the hearts and tear ducts of the world after 15 consecutive weeks at number one, 14 Oscar nominations, and 11 statuettes. The movie would hold the all-time box office record for 12 years – until director James Cameron would surpass himself once more with Avatar.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), $2.06 billion

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J.J. Abrams was charged with developing Episode VII 12 years after the prequel trilogy ended. Were prequels still popular? Burnout? The old-new technique worked. Abrams provided a new cast of characters with the ability to connect with Luke, Han, and Leia, and generations of fans were ready for the adventure ($247.9 million opening weekend). The Force Awakens passed Avatar into the $2 billion club in just 54 days. It’s the highest-grossing domestic film ever.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018), $2.04 billion

The MCU gathered nearly all its characters for a galaxy-wide fight with Thanos. The movie has one of the most shocking cliffhangers in franchise history, leaving spectators to wonder how Phase 3 of the epic series would end for a whole year. The film surpassed The Force Awakens opening weekend record with $257.6 million and crossed $2 billion in 48 days. Domestically, it trailed Black Panther by two months.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), $1.9 billion

Spider-Man: No Way Home wasn’t unexpected because of the picture, an ambitious, multiverse-expanding entry in the MCU that brought together some of the web-most slinger’s beloved characters. No, since the COVID-19 pandemic kept audiences at home.

No Way Home was the only movie in 2021 or 2020 that moviegoers were willing to risk going to see, and they did. The film became the highest-grossing Spider-Man film ever filmed and Sony Pictures’ most successful release, dominating 2021 and entering the top 10 here. Peter Parker’s future is uncertain, but he has a spot on the all-time box office list.

Jurassic World (2015), $1.67 billion

Twenty-two years after Jurassic Park became a new generation’s Jaws, youngsters got their dinosaur mayhem. Jurassic World was the second-best-reviewed film in the series (72% on the Tomatometer vs. the original’s 91%). It became the third film since Titanic in 1998 to pass $600 million at the domestic box office.

The Lion King (2019), $1.66 billion

Disney tripled down on remakes in 2019 after the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. Dumbo and Aladdin were flops, but The Lion King roared. 1994 original was one of the studio’s most successful films during its rebirth, and Jon Favreau’s CGI-powered version traced it for a new generation. The film has the highest domestic-grossing Rotten score (53%). It was the 14th film to pass $500 million domestically and the ninth to reach $1 billion overseas. Its $191 million opening was the eighth highest of all time.

The Avengers (2012), $1.518 billion

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Want evidence Avengers work best together? Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America’s first combined trip made more than their origin films’ $1.4 billion. After five MCU flicks (including Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk), the crew eventually fought Loki and his army. Joss Whedon’s movie was the first to make $200 million in a single weekend and Marvel’s first entrance into the Billion Dollar Club, which had 12 members at the time.

Furious 7 (2012), $1.515 billion

What started as a Point Break rip-off — with cars! — became an unlikely mega-franchise. Vin Diesel’s return in the fourth film revved up the franchise, and Dwayne Johnson’s addition in the fifth film added humor and won over critics. The series’ now-signature bombast and Paul Walker’s untimely death helped make Furious seven the franchise’s most successful entry. It was a hit with audiences ($147 million opening weekend, $50 million more than any previous entry) and critics.

What is the highest-grossing movie adjusted for inflation?

According to Guinness World Records, “Gone With the Wind” earned $3.44 billion at the global box office after accounting for inflation. Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Leslie Howard in the 1936 historical romance adaption of the same-named book are Gable, Leigh, and Howard.

According to Guinness World Records, “Gone With the Wind” earned $393.4 million domestically and 88 million pounds overseas after its 1939 release.

Final Lines

Movies can make anywhere from a few thousand dollars to billions at the box office. The most profitable film of all time has a price tag that is out of this world, just like its setting.

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