25 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

Posted by on October 23, 2012

Not long ago we released a list of the best movies ever made. Due to the subjective nature of the topic we decided to reference external sources like IMDB (Internet Movie Database) and develop our rankings based on their data. Although this list is not nearly as subjective we do realize that there are several ways to measure box office success. For this list of the 25 highest grossing movies of all time we decided to base our rankings off of the gross number of ticket sales in the worldwide box office rather than limiting ourselves to any particular region of the world.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Spider-Man 3Despite receiving less positive reviews than its predecessors, Spider Man 3 was the most financially successful Spider Man film grossing $891 million worldwide.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireThe first Harry Potter film to receive a rating of PG-13, The Goblet of Fire is also the first of several Harry Potter films on this list. It grossed $896 million at the box office.

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park Regarded as a breakthrough in the use of computer generated imagery, Jurassic Park is the highest grossing film produced by Universal Studios at $914 million.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding NemoWinning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Finding Nemo is the best selling DVD of all time and managed to gross nearly $920 million in theaters around the world.

Shrek 2 (2004)

Shrek 2As Dreamwork’s most successful film to date, Shrek 2 grossed nearly $920 million at the box office.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersThe second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers has been considered an enormous box office success grossing $926 million worldwide.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBreaking the record for the largest single day gross of all time the film has since grossed $934 million.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixYet another Harry Potter film, Order of the Phoenix was a critical and commercial success generating roughly $939 million at the box office.

The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King Earning over $951 million, The Lion King is the highest grossing hand drawn film of all time.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1With one of highest opening weekends on record ($330 million), the film went on to gross $956 million.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndFamous for being the most expensive film ever produced (even to this date), At World’s End grossed $960 million dollars worldwide.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneThe first installment in the Harry Potter series, The Sorcerers Stone was the highest grossing Harry Potter film at $974 million until being surpassed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (#4).

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark KnightReceiving 8 Academy Awards the Dark Night was widely considered to be one of the best films of the 2000s and grossed just over $1 billion.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)In spite of a short theatrical release and mixed reviews the film generated over $1 billion in gross revenues.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom MenaceAlthough it received mixed reviews from critics The Phantom Menace is the only Stars Wars film on this list thanks to the over $1 billion dollars it raked in at the box office.
David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Son Hajihil

    I consider Titanic to be better than Avatar in the sequencing of plot and in terms of realism…..

  • J Osburn

    To really be accurate as to the most successful box office movies, you would need to tally the number of ticket sales as a percentage of the movie-going demographic then adjust for inflation.

  • aram

    i dont think box office must be.important to rate movies of all time ! because sale its not the only matter for a good movie ! for example The GodFathwr ! how much mastwrpiece is that but that was for 40 years ago and second many saw it from tv free !

  • Katie

    All fine and good, but Titanic didn’t make 2 billion at the box office. It was the first to make a billion, but not 2 million. Otherwise, the list is fine.