25 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

Posted by , Updated on July 30, 2014

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.
25

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

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

24

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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The 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.

23

Jurassic Park (1993)

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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.

22

Finding Nemo (2003)

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Winning 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.

21

Shrek 2 (2004)

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


20

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

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

19

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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Breaking the record for the largest single day gross of all time the film has since grossed $934 million.

18

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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

17

The Lion King (1994)

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

16

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)

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With one of highest opening weekends on record ($330 million), the film went on to gross $956 million.

15

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

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Famous for being the most expensive film ever produced (even to this date), At World’s End grossed $960 million dollars worldwide.

14

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

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The 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).

13

The Dark Knight (2008)

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Receiving 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.

12

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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

11

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

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Although 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.

10

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

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In spite of a mixed reception that criticized the script writing and lack of originality, it received good reviews on acting and visuals. At the end of day the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie broke numerous records and grossed over $1 billion.

9

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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Breaking numerous records, Toy Story 3 was nominated for 5 academy awards and ended up grossing approximately $1 billion dollars in the world wide box office.

8

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

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Praised for its special effects but criticized for its plot and running time, the film grossed over $1 billion dollars and was Walt Disney Pictures greatest success for nearly six years until the Avengers (#3) took that title.

7

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Although Christopher Nolan was at first hesitant to come back for a second time to direct Dark Night Rises, the film went on to gross over $1 billion in the worldwide box office, surpassing the Dark Knight.

6

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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At the time it was only the second film to ever gross over $1 billion dollars and it became Time Warners greatest cinematic success until being surpassed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (#4)

5

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

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Although critical reception of the film was mostly negative, Michael Bay’s third Transformers film went on to gross $1.1 billion.

4

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

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As the eight and final installment of the Harry Potter series this film is one of 6 Harry Potter films on this list and managed to pull in $1.3 billion at the world wide box office.

3

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

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As the fastest film to ever reach the $1 billion mark it ended up grossing over $1.5 billion worldwide.

2

Titanic (1997)

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Grossing $2.1 billion in the world wide box office James Cameron earned himself a spot as one of the most lucrative producers in history with this film.

1

Avatar (2009)

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As if producing Titanic weren’t enough, Cameron came back and did it again in 2009 when Avatar grossed $2.7 billion.

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