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The Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time

Which are the highest-grossing movies of all time?

Everyone loves a good movie, right? We most certainly do! 

You can bet your bottom dollar most people can name their favourite movie in a matter of seconds. 

But not all movies do well, even the ones you’d most expect. 

The facts are that some movies just do a lot better than others, due to budget, mass appeal and marketing.  

So, to help you decide which movie to watch next, we’ve put together a list of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time. 

Enjoy! 

 

The 25 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time

The list of movies and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as IMDB, Box Office Mojo & Wikipedia

These are the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time:

 

25. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Highest-Grossing Movies - Transformers Dark of the Moon

Grossed: $1.123 Billion

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released in 2011 and has since grossed an impressive $1.123 billion dollars worldwide. 

The film is based on the Transformers toy line and was directed by Micheal Bay. 

The battle continues between the Autobots and Decepticons as this time they’re fighting each other to collect powerful technology from their homeland that crashed on Earth’s Moon. 

Dark of the Moon is the third instalment in the series of Transformer films and is the sequel to 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen. 

This film, however, was not co-produced by DreamWorks like the rest in the series and was only distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Some of the film’s stars include Shia Lebouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro and Tyrese Gibson. 

 

24. Captain Marvel

Highest-Grossing Movies - Captain Marvel

Grossed: $1.128 Billion

The next film on our list is Captain Marvel. 

So far, it’s grossed $1.128 billion dollars worldwide, which is pretty darn good for a film that was only released this year. 

The film was written and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Gould, and produced by Marvel Studios. 

Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law are some of the actors that you’ll find starring in this movie. 

The premise of the film is that Earth is caught in some kind of Galactic conflict between two alien civilizations, and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is called in. 

So far, Captain Marvel is the twenty-fourth highest-grossing movie of all time! 

 

23. Spider-Man: Far From Home

Highest-Grossing Movies - Spiderman Far From Home

Grossed: $1.129 Billion

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released earlier this year and has since gone on to gross an impressive $1.129 billion dollars.  

The film was co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios and is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, released in 2017. 

It stars many great actors and actresses, including Tom Holland (Peter Parker), Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Marisa Tomei.

It was directed by John Watts and written by Eric Sommers and Chris Mckenna. 

This time, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is recruited by Mysterio and Nick Fury to face the Elementals during a school trip to Europe. 

To date, Far From Home is the first Spider-Man movie to pass the $1 billion dollar mark. 

 

22. Aquaman

Highest-Grossing Movies - Aquaman

Grossed: $1.148 Billion

The twenty-second highest-grossing film of all time is the 2018 Superhero film, Aquaman. 

Based on the DC character of the same name, Aquaman follows Jason Momoa (Aquaman) as he fights to lead the underwater Kingdom of Atlantis to stop his half brother, King Orm, destroying the surface world by uniting the seven underwater kingdoms.

Since it was first released on November 26, 2018, Aquaman has grossed over $1.148 billion dollars. 

The film was directed from James Wan and was distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and is the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). 

For now, it is the highest-grossing DCEU film ever and was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018!

 

21. Captain America: Civil War

Highest-Grossing Movies - Captain America Civil War

Grossed: $1.153 Billion

Captain America: Civil War has grossed $1.153 billion dollars worldwide so far and was the highest-grossing film of 2016. 

It’s a Superhero film based on Marvel Comics character, Captain America and is the sequel to the first two Captain America movies: The First Avenger and The Winter Solider.

After a disagreement over who should oversee the Avengers internationally, they break into two factions, one led by Tony Stark and the other Steve Rogers. 

The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures. 

Some of the films cast include Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie.

The film received critical and commercial success and became the highest-grossing film of 2016!

 

20. Minions

Highest-Grossing Movies - Minions

Grossed: $1.159 Billion

Grossing over $1.159 billion dollars since it was released in 2015, Minions has gone on to become the twentieth highest-grossing movie of all time. 

It’s an American 3D computer-animated comedy film, which served as a spinoff to the Despicable Me Franchise. 

The film uses the voices of stars like Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Micheal Keaton, Steve Coogan and Jennifer Saunders as the voices of the Minions. 

Overall, the film received mixed reviews, however, it has become the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time and the highest non-Disney animated film of all time! 

Minions was produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures and was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. 

 

19. Iron Man 3

Highest-Grossing Movies - Iron Man 3

Grossed: $1.215 Billion

In nineteenth place, we have Iron Man 3. 

To date, the film has grossed over $1.215 billion dollars and received Both Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations. 

In this Iron Man film, Tony Stark has to deal with the effects of the events caused by the Avengers, during a national terrorism campaign on the United States, led by the Mandarin. 

It’s the third film in the series of Iron Man films and the Seventh film in Marvel Cinematic Universe. (MCU)

The films cast includes Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and many more. 

Iron Man 3 was a huge box office success and was the second highest-grossing film of 2013. 

 

18. The Fate of the Furious

Highest-Grossing Movies - Fate of the Furious

Grossed: $1.236 Billion

Also known as Fast & Furious 8, The Fate of the Furious grossed over $1.236 billion dollars since it was released in 2017. 

The American action film, written by Chris Morgan and directed by Felix Gary Grey, is the eighth Fast & Furious film in the franchise. 

You can expect to find most of the normal cast in this one, like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodrigues and Tyrese Gibson. 

In its opening weekend, it grossed over $542 million dollars and went on to become the third highest-grossing film of 2017. 

 

17. Incredibles 2

highest-Grossing Movies - Incredibles 2

Grossed: $1.242 Billion

Incredibles 2 is a computer-animated American superhero film that’s grossed over $1.242 billion dollars. 

The film was written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

In a nutshell, the film follows the Parr family, who try and regain the publics trust in superheroes; however, this proves to be a lot more difficult than expected. 

The film first premiered in Los Angeles on June 5, 2018, and largely received positive reviews for its animation and humour. 

In its opening weekend alone, the film made a whopping $182.7 million dollars. 

It was also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and 91st Academy Awards. 

 

16. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Highest-Grossing Movies - Beauty and the Beast

Grossed: $1.264 Billion

The 2017 version of Beauty and The Beast has grossed $1.264 Billion dollars at the box office since its release. 

The musical romantic fantasy film was directed by Bill Condon based off a screenplay written by Stephen Chobsky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. 

Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films Co-Produced the film and feature a cast that includes, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens playing the lead characters. 

The film’s critics gave it a positive response overall, praising its authenticity to the original animated version. 

Because of how much it grossed at the box office; the film has become the highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time and received several award nominations, including Academy Award nominations.

 

15. Frozen

Highest-Grossing Movies - Frozen

Grossed: $1.276 Billion

Arguably one of the most popular films and most recognised films of the past few years, Frozen has managed to gross a colossal $1.276 billion dollars so far. 

It has won a super impressive amount of awards as well, including; two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, one BAFTA award for Best Animated Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. 

The film was produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 

As well as all the awards and nominations it received, Frozen was the highest-grossing film of 2013!

 

14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Highest-Grossing Movies - Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Grossed: $1.308 Billion

The next highest-grossing movie of all time is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, grossing an impressive $1.308 billion dollars at the box office. 

Fallen Kingdom was released in 2018 and is an American Science Fiction Adventure Film. It’s also the sequel to the Jurrasic World and the second in the three-part planned trilogy of Jurassic World.  

The film follows Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a fictional island in Central America, called Isla Nublar, just off the coast of Costa Rica. 

It was the third highest-grossing film of 2018, and marked the third Jurassic film to pass the $1 billion dollar mark!

 

13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Highest-Grossing Movies - Star Wars The Last Jedi

Grossed: $1.333 Billion

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released in 2017 and has grossed $1.333 billion dollars. 

The film follows Rey, as she gets trained in the art of the Jedi from Luke Skywalker, to prepare her for helping the resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order. 

The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

It follows the 2016 Force Awakens and is the second instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. 

After its release, it gained several award nominations and became the highest-grossing film of 2017. 

 

12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Highest-Grossing Movies - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Grossed: $1.342 Billion

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was released in 2011 and is a fantasy film based on J.K Rowling’s 2007 novel of the same name. 

The film was directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and J.K Rowling. 

It stars the normal cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the trio continue to find a destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes to hopefully stop him once and for all. 

The film was a massive commercial success, grossing over $1.342 billion dollars, and is the highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter series. 

 

11. Black Panther

Highest-Grossing Movies - Black Panther

Grossed: $1.347 Billion

Black Panther was released in 2018 and is an American Superhero Film about a Marvel comic book character of the same name. 

The film has grossed $1.347 billion dollars to date and was produced by Marvel Studios, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and was directed by Ryan Coogler. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Panther then the film is about the King of Wakanda, T’Challa’s, mission to stop his adversary abandoning his country’s traditional policies in favour of a world revolution. 

Black Panther received several industry nominations and was the first MCU film to win an academy award. 

If you’re into this film, then you’ll be pleased to know that the sequel will be released in 2022, written and directed by Ryan Coogler again. 

 

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Highest-Grossing Movies - The Avengers Age of Ultron

Grossed: $1.405 Billion

Released in 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron is an American superhero film based on the Avengers superhero comic from Marvel.

The film was written by Joss Whedon, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

In the film, the Avengers are tasked with defeating Ultron, alien intelligence that’s fixated on destroying all human life. 

Some of the cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner and Don Cheadle. 

Since its release, the film has grossed over $1.405 billion dollars, and is the second most expensive film ever made! 

 

9. Furious 7

Highest-Grossing Movies - Furious 7

Grossed: $1.516 Billion

The next highest-grossing movie of all time is Furious 7. 

Released in 2015, Furious 7 stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Chris Bridges and Jason Statham.

This time around, the team return to New York after receiving amnesty for their previous crimes, only to find a rogue special forces assassin seeking to put them in danger once again.  

The film has since grossed over $1.516 billion and is the highest-grossing film of the Fast and Furious franchise. 

 

8. The Avengers

Highest-Grossing Movies - The Avengers

Grossed: $1.519 Billion

Released in 2012, the Avengers has grossed £1.519 billion dollars to date. 

It’s an American superhero film, based on the Marvel comics and is the sixth film to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

In this Avengers film, S.H.I.E.L.D boss, Nick Fury, recruits the Avengers to locate and stop Thor’s brother Loki from destroying Earth. 

The film set and broke and a number of records; including the biggest opening weekend in the United States and Canada, and became the highest-grossing film of 2012. 

It’s also the first-ever Marvel film to break the $1 billion mark in ticket sales!

 

7. The Lion King

Highest-Grossing Movies - The Lion King

Grossed: $1.632 Billion

Coming in at number seven on our list of the highest-grossing movies of all time is the animated remake of The Lion King. 

The film stars the voices of Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones.

The plot follows a young Lion cub called Simba, who has to take on the role of King of his lands after his uncle, Scar, murders his father, Mufasa. 

The film has already grossed over $1.632 billion dollars and is the second highest-grossing film of 2019 so far. 

 

6. Jurassic World

Highest-Grossing Movies - Jurassic World

Grossed: $1.672 Billion

Jurassic World is a science fiction adventure film that was released in 2015 and has grossed $1.672 billion dollars. 

The films cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Irrfan Khan.

After a genetically-engineered dinosaur escapes, it’s enclosure on the island of Isla Nublar, which is the island the original Jurassic Park was set on; the team is forced to stop the island going into total chaos and capture the escaped dinosaur. 

Jurassic World was written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, directed by Trevorrow and produced by Frank Marshal and Patrick Crowley. 

The film became the second highest-grossing film of 2015 and the highest-grossing film the Jurassic franchise. 

 

5. Avengers: Infinity War

Highest-Grossing Movies - Avengers Infinity War

Grossed: $2.048 Billion

The third Avengers film on our is Avengers: Infinity War, which was released in 2018 and grossed over $2.048 billion to date. 

The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

It’s the sequel to the 2012 and 2015 Avengers films and features the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

In an act to prevent Thanos collecting of all the infinity stones, which means he could wipe out the entire world; the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to make sure that doesn’t become a reality. 

Infinity War is the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion dollars worldwide and became the highest-grossing film of 2018. 

 

4. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Highest-Grossing Movies - Star Wars The Force Awakens

Grossed: $2.068 Billion

Coming in at number 4 is Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. 

Produced, co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, the film has grossed a super impressive $2.068 billion dollars worldwide. 

Some of the cast includes Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

The film is set 30 years after the Return of the Jedi and follows Rey, Finn and Poe as they try to locate Luke Skywalker and their battle as part of the resistance with Kylo Renn and the First Order.

The Force Awakens broke numerous box office records and became the highest-grossing film in North America, the highest-grossing instalment in the franchise and the highest-grossing film of 2015.   

 

3. Titanic

Highest-Grossing Movies - Titanic

Grossed: $2.187 Billion

Directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron; this 1997 romance and disaster movie has grossed over $2.187 billion dollars worldwide. 

The film is based on accounts of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and follows characters, Leonardos Di-Caprio and Winslet on their on-screen love affair before the ultimate tragedy strikes. 

The film was co-financed by 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures and has a production budget of $200 million dollars, which made it the most expensive film ever made at the time. 

Titanic was a massive success and achieved significant praise and won countless awards. It was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark and became the highest-grossing film ever during that period of time. 

 

2. Avatar

Highest-Grossing Movies - Avatar

Grossed: $2.79 Billion

In second place we have a film that’s grossed over $2.79 billion dollars and broke several box office awards: Avatar.  

The film was released in 2009 and is a science fiction film, directed, written and co-edited and James Cameron. 

Avatars cast includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver.

The film follows a group of humans as they try to colonise another planet, only to find out that it already has a native local tribe, the Na’vi, who are a humanoid species that are indigenous to the planet, Pandora. 

As well as becoming the highest-grossing film at the time it was released, Avatar also remained the highest-grossing film worldwide for almost a decade. 

Also, after being nominated for nine Academy Awards, Avatar won three, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. 

 

1. Avengers: Endgame

Highest-Grossing Movies - Avengers End Game

Grossed: $2.796 Billion

Coming in at number one on our list of the highest-grossing movies of all time is Avengers: Endgame. 

Released in 2019, this superhero film based on Marvel comics Avengers has grossed a whopping $2.796 billion dollars worldwide to date. 

It’s the sequel to the 2018 Avengers: Infinity War.

Some of the cast includes; Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin

This time around, the remaining Avengers team try to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War, teaming up with allies as the go. 

Apart from being one of the most expensive films ever made, it managed to break numerous box office records and surpass Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all time! 

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time. 

Personally, we watched all the movies we listed, and think they’re all great in their own way. 

However, if we had to choose our most favourite, then Avatar would tick that box for sure!

Here’s a quick recap of the 25 highest-grossing movies of all time:

  1. Avengers: Endgame – $2.796 Billion
  2. Avatar – $2.79 Billion 
  3. Titanic – $2.187 Billion
  4. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – $2.068 Billion
  5. Avengers: Infinity War – $2.048 Billion
  6. Jurassic World – $1.672 Billion
  7. The Lion King – $1.632 Billion
  8. The Avengers  – $1.519 Billion
  9. Furious 7 – $1.516 Billion
  10. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.405 Billion
  11. Black Panther – $1.347 Billion
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $1.342 Billion
  13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $1.333 Billion
  14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $1.308 Billion
  15. Frozen – $1.276 Billion
  16. Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $1.264 Billion
  17. Incredibles 2 – $1.242 Billion
  18. The Fate of The Furious – $1.236 Billion
  19. Iron Man 3 – $1.215 Billion
  20. Minions – $1.159 Billion
  21. Captain America: Civil War – $1.153 Billion
  22. Aquaman – $1.148 Billion
  23. Spider-Man: Far From Home – $1.129 Billion
  24. Captain Marvel – $1.128 Billion
  25. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $1.123 Billion

What’s your favourite highest-grossing movie of all time? Leave a comment below.

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