Highest grossing movies of all time

The two highest-grossing films have both been directed and written by James Cameron.

With a worldwide box office gross of over $2.7 billion, Avatar is the “highest-grossing” picture, but such claims typically refer to theatrical revenues only, ignoring home video and television revenue, which can account for a major amount of a film’s earnings.

When home entertainment revenue is taken into account, it is difficult to say which picture is the most successful.

In addition to the $2.2 billion it made in theatres, Titanic made $1.2 billion in video and DVD sales and rentals.

While complete sales figures for Avatar are unavailable, it made $345 million in North America from the sale of sixteen million DVD and Blu-ray copies

and ultimately sold a total of thirty million DVD and Blu-ray units worldwide.[3] After home video income is accounted for, both films have earned over $3 billion. Television broadcast rights will also substantially add to a film’s earnings, with a film often earning as much as 20–25% of its theatrical box-office for a couple of television runs on top of pay-per-view revenues;[4] Titanic earned a further $55 million from the NBC and HBO broadcast rights,[1] equating to about 9% of its North American gross.

When a film is highly exploitable as a commercial property, its ancillary revenues can dwarf its income from direct film sales. The Lion King earned over $2 billion in box-office and home video sales,[6] but this pales in comparison to the $6 billion earned at box offices around the world by the stage adaptation.[7] Merchandising can be extremely lucrative too: The Lion King also sold $3 billion of merchandise,[8] while Pixar’s Cars—which earned $462 million in theatrical revenues and was only a modest hit by comparison to other Pixar films—generated global merchandise sales of over $8 billion in the five years after its 2006 release. Pixar also had another huge hit with Toy Story 3, which generated almost $10 billion in merchandise retail sales in addition to the $1 billion it earned at the box office.

Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, The Avengers are 5 of the Highest grossing films of all time confirm MarkMeets.com

On this chart, films are ranked by the revenues from theatrical exhibition at their nominal value, along with the highest positions they attained. Thirty-three films in total have grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide, of which three have grossed over $2 billion, with Avatar ranked in the top position. All of the films have had a theatrical run (including re-releases) in the 21st century, and films that have not played during this period do not appear on the chart because of ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

RankPeakTitleWorldwide grossYearReference(s)
33Star Wars: The Force Awakens$2,068,223,6242015
43Jurassic World$1,671,713,2082015
53The Avengers$1,518,812,9882012
64Furious 7$1,516,045,9112015
75Avengers: Age of Ultron$1,405,403,6942015
83Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2$1,341,511,2192011
99Star Wars: The Last Jedi film currently playing$1,332,654,9922017
1010Black Panther film currently playing$1,302,387,9382018
1210Beauty and the Beast$1,263,521,1262017
1311The Fate of the Furious$1,238,764,7652017
145Iron Man 3$1,214,811,2522013
1612Captain America: Civil War$1,153,304,4952016
174Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,123,794,0792011
182The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,120,237,0022003
2010Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,104,054,0722014
217The Dark Knight Rises$1,084,939,0992012
224Toy Story 3$1,066,969,7032010
233Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest$1,066,179,7252006
2420Rogue One: A Star Wars Story$1,056,057,2732016
256Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,045,713,8022011
2624Despicable Me 3$1,034,799,4092017
271Jurassic Park$1,029,939,9031993
2822Finding Dory$1,028,570,8892016
292Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace$1,027,044,6771999
305Alice in Wonderland$1,025,467,1102010
3214The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,021,103,5682012
334The Dark Knight$1,004,558,4442008
342Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone$974,755,3712001
3519Despicable Me 2$970,761,8852013
362The Lion King$968,483,7771994
3730The Jungle Book$966,550,6002016
385Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End$963,420,4252007
3910Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1$960,283,3052010
4024The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$958,366,8552013
4126The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$956,019,7882014
4242Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle film currently playing$950,828,4382017
438Finding Nemo$940,335,5362003
446Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$939,885,9292007
458Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$934,416,4872009
464The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$926,349,7082002
476Shrek 2$919,838,7582004
488Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$896,911,0782005
4910Spider-Man 3$890,871,6262007
5015Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$886,686,8172009

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Box Office Mojo stopped updating its main total for Frozen in August 2014, while it was still in release. The total listed here incorporates subsequent earnings in Japan, Nigeria, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany up to the end of 2015 but omits earnings in Turkey, Iceland, Brazil, and Australia (2016) which amount to a few hundred thousand dollars. It was re-released in the United Kingdom in December 2017 with Olaf’s Frozen Adventure earning an additional $1,655,398. The total is rounded to $1 million to compensate for the numerical inaccuracy.

In the case of The Fate of the Furious the gross is sourced from BoxOffice rather than the chart’s regular source, Box Office Mojo, after irregularities were discovered in the latter’s figure. Ongoing weekly drops in the totals for several countries—Argentina being the worst affected—led to a drop in the overall worldwide total. In view of what appears to be an aberration in the source an alternative figure is provided.

The gross for Toy Story 3 has been corrected to $1,066,969,703, meaning that it finished one place higher at the end of its release.

DM2Disney issued an erratum to the gross for The Lion King, correcting its gross from $987.5 million to $968.5 million. This means that Despicable Me 2 finished its run ahead of it and would have ranked one place higher at the end of its release.

Finding Nemo finished one place higher at the end of its original release, after taking corrections into account. Its total now stands at $940.3 million, which would put the first run at $871.0 million after deducting the 3D reissue gross of $69.3 million. Meanwhile, the total gross for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has been corrected to $871.5 million, which would rank below Finding Nemo’s first run once its 2011 reissue gross is deducted.

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