Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

This is a list of the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time. Which means that these films have met, or surpassed the expectations of the viewers and/or the directors. This list acknowledges some of the best movies that have been released in history, and as a result have made hundreds of millions, or even billions of dollars worldwide. Without further ado here’s the list:

No Author, “Skyfall”, November 9, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2015 from http://adventureamigos.net/movie-review-skyfall-2012/skyfall-movie-poster-james-bond-daniel-craig-2012/

10. Skyfall  

Budget: $150-200 million

Earnings: $1.108.6 billion

The director of this film was Sam Mendes, and it was first released in London on October 23, 2012. It received a 7.8/10 on IMDb, a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 81% on Metacritic respectively. This film was a hit with viewers because the series has been around for a long time. Just forty days after its release, it became the highest-grossing film in UK box office history. Furthermore, it was supported with an excellent soundtrack featuring a song by Adele. “Skyfall” by Adele won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song.” The film also won another Academy Award for “Best Sound Editing,” and was nominated for others such as “Best Cinematography,” and “Best Sound Mixing.”

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No Author, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, n.d. Retrieved May 10, 2015 from http://kleberly.com/381647-the-lord-of-the-rings-the-return-of-the-king.html

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Budget: $94 million

Earnings: $1.120 billion

The director of this film was Peter Jackson, and it was first released in New Zealand on December 1, 2001. It received an 8.9/10 on IMDb, a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 94% on Metacritic respectively. This film was the sequel to the successful film “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” This movie also made the most in the entire franchise which was because of the great cast including Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen. It also won all 11 Academy Awards that it was nominated for! This is the most amount of Academy Awards won by a single film! Lastly, this is the only fantasy film to have won an Academy Award for “Best Picture.” 

Litten, Matt, “Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, July 8, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2015 from http://www.vgblogger.com/review-transformers-dark-of-the-moon/10370/

8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Budget: $196 million

Earnings: $1.124 billion

The director of this film was Michael Bay, and it was first released in Russia on July 23, 2011. It received fairly low ratings: a 6.3/10 on IMDb, a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 42% on Metacritic. Michael Bay is legendary, on top of that this movie was supported by a large marketing budget. Furthermore, the series was previously successful with movies such as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Moreover, it was nominated for several Academy Awards in 2012 such as “Best Visual Editing,” and “Best Sound Mixing.” Finally, this movie was supported with a great cast including actors like Shia LaBeouf, and Leonard Nimoy.                                                       

Hale, Josh, “Review: Iron Man 3”, April 9, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015 from http://www.geeksundergrace.com/movies/review-iron-man-3/

7. Iron Man 3

Budget: $200 million  

Earnings: $1.215 billion

The director of this film was Shane Black, and it was first released in Paris on April 13, 2014. It received a 7.3/10 on IMDb, a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 62% on Metacritic. If Marvel has made the movie, chances are it will become a worldwide hit. Iron Man 3 became the second Marvel film to pass the $1 billion dollar mark. This was the third installment in the series after “Iron Man,” in 2008 and “Iron Man 2” in 2010. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for “Best Visual Editing.” Finally, Robert Downey is an amazing actor and the movie was also hilarious!

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No Author, “Frozen”, n.d. Retrieved May 10, 2015 from http://hdw.eweb4.com/out/1206937.html

6. Frozen                

Budget: $150 million  

Earnings: $1.274 billion

The directors of this film were Jennifer Lee, and Chris Buck, and it was first released in California on November 19, 2013. It received a 7.7/10 on IMDb, a 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 74% on Metacritic. This was all the craze in late 2013 and all of 2014. I heard so much about it that I was convinced that I should watch it, and I did. “Frozen” is the highest-grossing animated film of all time! It was very successful because it had loveable characters such as Olaf, the snowman. To this date, it has sold over $1 billion dollars worth of merchandise! Not to mention that it took 600 people to make, and over 2 and 1/2 years! Let’s not forget about the soundtrack and the leading single “Let it Go.” No one could get the Frozen soundtrack out of their heads. It was no surprise that “Let it Go” won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song,” and the film got “Best Animated Feature.”

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5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Budget: $250 million (shared with the first movie)

Earnings: $1.342 billion

This movie was directed by David Yates, and it was first released in London on July 7, 2011. It received an 8.1/10 on IMDb, a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 87% on Metacritic respectively. As a fan of the Harry Potter series, I was excited to see the epic ending. It was the final battle between Harry and Voldemort and the movie did not disappoint! This film as well as the previous installments were all backed up by an incredibly successful series of books written by J.K. Rowling. It received three nominations at the Academy Awards for “Best Art Direction,” “Best Visual Effects,” and “Best Makeup and Hairstyling.” Finally, we all had a certain connection with one of the main characters whether it was with Harry himself, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley which kept us interested in the series all the way until the end.

4. Furious 7

Budget: $190 million        

Earnings: $1.433 billion

This movie was directed by David Wanes, and it was first released in Croatia on March 26, 2015. It received a 7.8/10 on IMDb, an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 67% on Metacritic. This film wasn’t just highest rated film in the series, it was also the highest earning. Not only was this movie supported with a great cast, it had an amazing soundtrack, and was a movie that everyone was eager to see. After Paul Walker’s death in 2013, loyal fans of the series wanted to see how the story would progress without him. Finally, hit singles from the soundtrack such as “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Ruth helped increase sales.

No Author, “Marvel’s Avengers”, July 2, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2015 from http://www.gadgetreview.com/2013/07/marvels-avengers-is-now-streaming-on-netflix

3. Marvel’s The Avengers

Budget: $220 million

Earnings: $1.518 billion

This film was directed by James Whedon, and it was first released in California on April 11, 2012. It received an 8.2/10 on IMDb, a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 67% on Metacritic respectively. The Avengers was the first Marvel film to generate over $1 billion dollars. Making a movie containing all of the superheroes we love to see such as: Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor was a clever idea. Marvel knew that if it could combine all of these heroes, make a movie where the plot was engaging, and include elements of each of the previous films, they would have an extremely successful film. They pulled it off, and that is why it is #3 on this list. To top it all off, it was nominated for Academy Awards, and had the highest weekend opening in North America. Other records include making $200 million in just three days, and becoming the highest-grossing comic-book film ever.

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2. Titanic  

Budget: $200 million    

Earnings: $2.187 billion

This film was directed by James Cameron, and it was first released in London on November 18, 1997. It received a 7.7/10 on IMDb, an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 74% on Metacritic. Firstly, this film had well-known actors/actresses such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Additionally, the legendary James Cameron was the director. This movie was based off of the actual Titanic ship which tragically crashed in April of 1912. This movie was one of the best I have ever seen, and it had a lot of emotional elements too. Interestingly, the the length of the scenes in the movie (equalling 2h 40 minutes) is the exact amount of time it took for the titanic to sink. Furthermore, the actual ship is reported to have cost upwards to $150 million. Lastly, this film won 11 oscars out of a record-breaking 14 which explains why it made as much as it did.

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1. Avatar    

Budget: $237 million + $9 million (re-release) = $246 million      

Earnings: $2.788 billion

This film was directed by James Cameron, and it was first released in London, on December 10, 2009. It received a 7.9/10 on IMDb, an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 83% on Metacritic respectively. This movie was directed by the legendary James Cameron, that has to be emphasized. This movie’s graphics was absolutely gorgeous! It had an incredible plot, and the concept of the film was out of this world! It was released with options to watch it in Real D 3D, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D, and Imax 3D Formats, there was also an option for 4D in select countries in the world. Finally, this film received 9 Academy Award nominations earning 3. This was a movie that I knew that I had to watch in theatres, and when I did, I could truly say that it was like something that I had never experienced before.

What do you think about this list, and which movies have you seen?

6 thoughts on “Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

  1. A great list, Subhan. I would like to see some commentary – perhaps reviews – or just your opinion on these films and what you think about their placement in this list. Share your thoughts with specific details. This will help to generate a discussion as other, too, would surely like to engage in a conversation on this topic. Whereas you have this ranked in terms of dollars, what are your thoughts in terms of quality, enjoyment, or entertainment factors. Dig deeper into this one.

  2. Great post Subhan, it was well written and it encouraged me to see some of these movies. The movies I have watched were the Avengers and Frozen, I found them both to be amazing . But, most of the content on your blog are reviews of the movie and brief description about each movie. Also when I was reading this post I wanted to see at the end of your post which movies were your favorite and why or the movies you hoped to see. Overall cool post.

  3. For Frozen, I didn’t really think much of the movie at first since it was a Disney movie but as the movie went on it became very interesting and the ending was awesome. For the Avengers, I was very hyped for the movie and the movie itself delivered. The fighting scenes were amazing and the overall story is something worth watching.

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