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The following is a non-definitive list of the all-time highest-grossing films. Films that were released in the current year, 2009, are highlighted for convenience.

Worldwide highest-grossing films before inflation

 and   are tied at six with the most films on the list, then   and   ties with five. Eighty percent of the films in the top 50 were released after  , while no film prior to   appears in the list because inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends are not considered. Figures are given in United States dollars (USD). Because it is not adjusted for inflation, this list tends to favour films in more recent years; an inflation-adjusted list can be found at List of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada.


List of worldwide highest-grossing films
Rank Title Studio(s) Worldwide Gross Year Ref.
1 Titanic 20th Century Fox/Paramount $1,842,879,955
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $1,119,110,941
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures $1,066,179,725
4 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $1,001,921,825
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $974,733,550
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney Pictures $960,996,492
7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $938,212,738
8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. $935,230,924
9 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $925,282,504
10 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 20th Century Fox $924,317,558
11 Shrek 2 DreamWorks Animation $919,838,758
12 Jurassic Park Universal Studios $914,691,118
13 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $895,921,036
14 Spider-Man 3 Sony Pictures/Columbia $890,871,626
15 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky $878,701,244
16 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $878,643,482
17 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line Cinema $870,761,744
18 Finding Nemo Disney/Pixar $864,625,978
19 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $848,754,768
20 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DreamWorksmarker/Paramount Pictures $833,229,011
21 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $821,708,551
22 Independence Day 20th Century Fox $817,400,891
23 Shrek the Third DreamWorks Animation $798,958,162
24 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Warner Bros. $795,634,069
25 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Universal Studios $792,910,554
26 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount Pictures $786,636,033
27 The Lion King Walt Disney Pictures $783,841,776
28 Spider-Man 2 Sony Pictures $783,766,341
29 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 20th Century Fox $775,398,007
30 The Da Vinci Code Columbia $758,239,851
31 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Walden Media/Disney $745,011,272
32 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $742,128,461
33 Transformers DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures $709,709,780
34 Forrest Gump Paramount $677,387,716
35 The Sixth Sense Hollywood Pictures $672,806,292
36 Ice Age: The Meltdown 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky $651,899,282
37 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Walt Disney Pictures $654,264,015
38 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox $649,398,328
39 Kung Fu Panda DreamWorks Animation $635,260,686
40 The Incredibles Disney/Pixar $631,442,092
41 Hancock Columbia Pictures $624,386,746
42 Ratatouille Disney/Pixar $623,707,397
43 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal Studios $618,638,999
44 The Passion of the Christ Icon Productions $611,899,420
45 Mamma Mia! Universal Pictures $609,841,637
46 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa DreamWorks Animation $603,900,309
47 2012 Columbia Pictures $594,576,000
48 Casino Royale Sony/MGM/Columbia $594,239,066
49 War of the Worlds DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures $591,745,540
50 Men in Black Columbia Pictures $589,390,539


Issues with calculation

Due to the long-term effects of inflation, notably the significant increase of movie theater ticket prices, the list unadjusted for inflation gives far more weight to more recent films; a film in 1910, given much lower ticket prices at that time, would have to sell close to 100 times as many tickets as a 2007 film in order for the two to have equal gross takings. Further complications are added by changing currency values. The unadjusted list, while commonly found in the press, is therefore largely meaningless for comparing films widely separated in time, as many films from earlier eras will never appear on a modern unadjusted list, despite achieving higher commercial success when adjusted for price increases. Some have suggested that studios prefer not to make inflation adjustments because doing so would reduce the grossing numbers and eliminate the ability to advertise new box-office "records".

In the United States, Box Office Mojo, the Guinness Book of World Records, and Entertainment Weekly, claim that Gone With The Wind is domestically the highest-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation.

The relationship between movie ticket prices and inflation do not necessarily parallel one another. For example, in 1970 movie tickets cost $1.55 or about $6.68 in inflation-adjusted 2004 dollars; by 1980, inflation-adjusted movie-ticket prices had dropped to about $2.69 or about $5.50 in inflation-adjusted 2004 dollars.

Social, political, and economic factors influence the number of people willing to pay to go to the movies as well. These factors can be determined by calculating the per capita ticket-purchasing rate for a particular year. Normalizing this to the reference year normalizes all social, economical, and political factors such as the availability of expendable cash, number of theater screens, relative cost of tickets, competition from television, the rapid releases of movies on DVDs, the improvement of home theater equipment and film bootlegging. For example, in 1946 the per capita movie ticket purchasing rate for the average person was 34 tickets a year. In 2004, this average rate had dropped to only five tickets per person per year, in response mainly to competition from television.

As the motion picture industry is highly oriented towards marketing currently released films, inflation unadjusted figures are always used in marketing campaigns so that new blockbuster films can much more easily achieve a high sales ranking, and thus be promoted as a "top film of all time". Since inflation adjusted sales figures are therefore not widely publicized by the film industry, inflation adjusted sales rankings and ticket sales comparisons across the last 100 years are difficult to compile.

Highest-grossing films by year

This is a list of the highest-grossing films by year. Gross numbers prior to include every release of the film.

Year Movie Worldwide gross Budget % ROI Distributor
1918 Mickey $ $ States Rights Independent ExchangesFilm Booking Offices of America (FBO)
1919 The Miracle Man $ $ Paramount Pictures
1920 Way Down East $ $ United Artists
1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse $ $ Metro Pictures Corporation
1922 Robin Hood $ $ United Artists
1923 The Covered Wagon $ $ Paramount Pictures
1924 The Sea Hawk Associated First National Pictures
1925 The Big Parade $ $ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1926 Aloma of the South Seas $ Paramount Pictures
1927 The Jazz Singer $ $ Warner Bros.
1928 The Road to Ruin $ $ True-Life Photoplays
1929 The Broadway Melody $ $ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1930 Tom Sawyer $ Paramount Pictures
1931 Frankenstein $ $ Universal Studios
1932 Shanghai Express $ Paramount Pictures
1933 I'm No Angel $ $ Paramount Pictures
1934 The Painted Veil $ $ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1935 Top Hat $ $ RKO Radio Pictures
1936 Camille $ $ MGM
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $ $ RKO Radio Pictures
1938 You Can't Take It With You $ $ Columbia Pictures Corporation
1939 Gone with the Wind $ $ Selznick InternationalMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1939)New Line Cinema (1998)Warner Bros. (video)
1940 Pinocchio $ $ RKO Radio Pictures
1941 Sergeant York $ $ Warner Brothers
1942 Bambi $ RKO Radio Pictures
1943 A Guy Named Joe $ $ MGM
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis $ $ MGM
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's $ RKO Radio Pictures
1946 Song of the South $ $ RKO Radio Pictures
1947 Golden Earrings $ $ Paramount Pictures
1948 Easter Parade $ $ MGM
1949 Samson and Delilah $ Paramount Pictures
1950 Cinderella $ $ RKO Radio Pictures
1951 Quo Vadis $ $ MGM
1952 This Is Cinerama $ Cinerama Releasing Corporation
1953 Peter Pan $ $ RKO Radio Pictures
1954 Rear Window $ $ Paramount Pictures (1954-83)Universal Studios(since 1983)USA Films(2000 re-release)
1955 Lady and the Tramp $ $ Buena Vista Distribution
1956 The Ten Commandments $ $ Paramount Pictures
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwaimarker $ $ Columbia Pictures
1958 South Pacific $ $ 20th Century Fox
1959 Ben-Hur $ $ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1960 Let's Make Love $ 20th Century Fox
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $ $ Buena Vista Pictures
1962 Dr. No $ $ United Artists
1963 From Russia with Love $ $ United Artists
1964 Goldfinger $ $ United Artists
1965 The Sound of Music $ $ 20th Century Fox
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? $ $ Warner Bros.
1967 The Jungle Book $ $ Buena Vista Distribution Company (USA)Walt Disney Company (UK)
1968 Funny Girl $ $ Columbia Pictures
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid $ $ 20th Century Fox
1970 Love Story $ $ Paramount Pictures
1971 Diamonds Are Forever $ $ United Artists
1972 The Godfather $ $ Paramount Pictures
1973 The Exorcist $ $ Warner Bros.
1974 The Godfather Part II $ $ Paramount Pictures
1975 Jaws $ $ Universal Studios
1976 Rocky $ $ United Artists
1977 Star Wars $ $ 20th Century Fox
1978 Grease $ $ Paramount Pictures
1979 Moonraker $ $ United Artists
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back $ $ 20th Century Fox
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $ $ Paramount Pictures (USA)Cinema International Corporation (UK)
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $ $ Universal Studios
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $ $ 20th Century Fox
1984 Ghostbusters $ $ Columbia Pictures
1985 Back to the Future $ $ Universal Studios
1986 Top Gun $ $ Paramount Pictures (USA)United International Pictures (UK)
1987 Fatal Attraction $ $ Paramount Pictures
1988 Rain Man $ $ United Artists
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $ $ Paramount Pictures
1990 Ghost $ $ Paramount Pictures
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $ $ TriStar Pictures
1992 Aladdin $ $ Walt Disney Pictures
1993 Jurassic Park $ $ Universal Studios
1994 The Lion King $ $ Walt Disney Pictures
1995 Toy Story $ $ Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar
1996 Independence Day $ $ 20th Century Fox
1997 Titanic $ $ Paramount Pictures/ 20th Century Fox
1998 Armageddon $ $ Touchstone Pictures
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace $ $ 20th Century Fox
2000 Mission: Impossible II $ $ Paramount Pictures (USA)United International Pictures (UK)
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $ $ Warner Bros.
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $ $ New Line Cinema
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $ $ New Line Cinema
2004 Shrek 2 $ $ DreamWorks Animation
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $ $ Warner Bros.
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $ $ Walt Disney Pictures
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $ $ Walt Disney Pictures
2008 The Dark Knight $ $ Warner Bros.
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $ $ Warner Bros.


Highest-grossing film series, before inflation

Highest Grossing Film Series (unadjusted)
Rank Series Studio(s) Total worldwide
box office
No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film of series
1 Harry Potter Warner Bros. $5,412,410,933 6 $902,068,489 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ($974,733,550)
2 James Bond MGM (1983–), UA (1962–1995), Columbia Pictures (2006–2008) $5,029,014,110 22 $223,381,818 Casino Royale ($594,239,066)
3 Star Wars 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm $4,279,632,749 7 $611,376,107 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace ($924,317,558)
4 The Lord of the Rings New Line Cinema $2,915,155,189 3 $972,181,581 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1,119,263,306)
5 Pirates of the Caribbean Walt Disney Pictures $2,681,440,232 3 $893,813,410 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1,066,200,651)
6 Batman Warner Bros. $2,627,539,384 6 $368,448,234 The Dark Knight ($1,001,842,429)
7 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $2,496,346,518 3 $831,906,025 Spider-Man 3 ($890,449,338)
8 Shrek DreamWorks Animation $2,203,206,138 3 $720,571,552 Shrek 2 ($920,665,658)
9 Indiana Jones Paramount Pictures, Lucasfilm $1,978,055,564 4 $570,568,233 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($783,357,249)
10 Ice Age 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky $1,913,334,848 3 $637,778,283 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($878,178,430)
11 Jurassic Park Universal Studios $1,902,110,926 3 $634,036,975 Jurassic Park ($914,691,118)
12 The Matrix Warner Bros. $1,623,967,842 3 $541,322,614 The Matrix Reloaded ($738,599,701)
13 Transformers DreamWorksmarker, Paramount Pictures, United International Pictures $1,541,501,603 2 $770,750,802 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($833,229,011)
14 X-Men 20th Century Fox $1,536,473,200 4 $384,118,300 X-Men: The Last Stand ($459,359,555)
15 Star Trek Paramount Pictures $1,449,218,912 11 $131,747,174 Star Trek ($382,318,911)
16 Terminator Orion Pictures, Carolco Pictures, Intermedia, The Halcyon Company $1,402,938,567 4 $350,734,642 Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($519,843,345)
17 Mission: Impossible Paramount Pictures $1,401,934,476 3 $467,131,492 Mission: Impossible II ($546,388,105)
18 Mummy series Universal Studios $1,250,075,319 3 $416,691,773 The Mummy Returns ($433,013,274)
19 The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, often called the Dan Brown saga. Columbia Pictures, Imagine Entertainment $1,242,618,311 2 $621,309,156 The Da Vinci Code ($758,239,851)
20 The Chronicles of Narnia Walden Media with Walt Disney Pictures (with 20th Century Fox in 2010) $1,164,662,885 2(3) $582,331,343 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ($745,011,272)
As of August 2009 with latest movie still playing


Biggest opening day gross, before inflation

This is a list of the highest-grossing movies on opening day (US and Canada).

Biggest Opening Day of all time
Rank Movie name Studio(s) Domestic Gross (unadjusted) Inflation-adjusted ( USD) Year
1 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $ $
2 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $ $
3 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Paramount Pictures $ $
4 Spider-man 3 Columbia Pictures $ $
5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. $ $
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures $ $
7 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $ $
8 X-Men: The Last Stand 20th Century Fox $ $
9 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $ $
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney Pictures $ $


Record-holding highest-grossing films throughout film history (United States and Canada), before inflation

This list includes those films which have held the record for highest grossing film released in the United Statesmarker and Canadamarker.

List of highest-grossing films throughout history (unadjusted)
Since Movie name # of years held Gross (at time of record)
1915 The Birth of a Nation 6 $9,283,673
1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 16 $10,000,000
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2 $66,596,803
1939 Gone with the Wind 34 $189,523,031
1973 The Exorcist 2 $232,671,011
1975 Jaws 2 $260,000,000
1977/1997 Star Wars 6 (non-consecutive) $307,263,857
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 15 $359,197,037
1997 Titanic $600,788,188


Record-holding highest worldwide openings

This list includes those films which have held the record for Worldwide openings.

List of highest worldwide opening weekends
Rank Title Studio Worldwide Opening (million) Year
1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. $394.0 2009
2 Spider-Man 3 Sony $381.7 2007
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Disney $344.0 2007
4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $332.7 2007
5 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $303.9 2005
6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount Pictures $272.2 2008
7 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $258.8 2009
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $250.0 2003
9 The Da Vinci Code Sony $232.1 2006
10 2012 Sony $230.5 2009


See also



External links

Adjusted for inflation:

Unadjusted for inflation:

Other all-time highest-grossing films:

References

  1. Domestic Grosses: Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation (1910 adjustor: $0.07, 2006 adjustor: $6.58.) Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  2. Fallacy Files. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  3. Index of All Time Box Office Records
  4. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=releases&id=snowwhite.htm Box Office Mojo
  5. [1]
Worldwide highest-grossing films before inflation
  1. Domestic Grosses: Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation (1910 adjustor: $0.07, 2006 adjustor: $6.58.) Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  2. Fallacy Files. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  3. Index of All Time Box Office Records
  4. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=releases&id=snowwhite.htm Box Office Mojo
  5. [1]



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