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List of highest-grossing films

The following is a non-definitive list of the all-time highest-grossing films.

Worldwide highest-grossing films unadjusted for inflation

The list has more 2007 films in the top 50 than any other year, with seven, followed by 2005 and 2004, each with six. Over 75 percent of films in the top 50 were released after 2000, while no film prior to 1977 appears in the list because inflation is not considered. Figures are given in United States dollars.

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List of worldwide highest-grossing films (ranked by unadjusted amounts)
Rank Movie name Studio(s) Worldwide Gross Year
1 Titanic 20th Century Fox/Paramount $1,845,034,189 1997
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $1,119,000,000 2003
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Company/Buena Vista $1,066,179,725 2006
4 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $988,168,474 2008
5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $976,475,550 2001
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney Company/Buena Vista $960,996,492 2007
7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $938,468,864 2007
8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $926,287,400 2002
9 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 20th Century Fox $924,317,558 1999
10 Shrek 2 DreamWorks SKG $919,838,758 2004
11 Jurassic Park Universal $914,691,118 1993
12 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $896,016,159 2005
13 Spider-Man 3 Sony/Columbia $890,871,626 2007
14 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $878,988,482 2002
15 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line Cinema $871,368,364 2001
16 Finding Nemo Walt Disney Company/Pixar $864,625,978 2003
17 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $850,000,605 2005
18 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $821,708,551 2002
19 Independence Day 20th Century Fox $816,969,268 1996
20 Shrek the Third DreamWorks SKG. $797,641,069 2007
21 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Warner Bros. $795,900,000 2004
22 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Universal Studios $792,910,554 1982
23 The Lion King Walt Disney Pictures $783,841,776 1994
24 Spider-Man 2 Sony Pictures $783,766,341 2004
25 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount Pictures $783,584,954 2008
26 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 20th Century Fox $775,398,007 1977
27 The Da Vinci Code Columbia Pictures $758,239,851 2006
28 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Walt Disney Pictures/Walden Media $744,717,957 2005
29 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $738,599,701 2003
30 Transformers Paramount/DreamWorks SKG $708,226,810 2007
31 Forrest Gump Paramount $677,387,716 1994
32 The Sixth Sense Buena Vista/Hollywood Pictures $672,806,292 1999
33 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Walt Disney Company/Buena Vista $654,264,015 2003
34 Ice Age: The Meltdown 20th Century Fox $651,564,743 2006
35 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox $649,398,328 2002
36 The Incredibles Walt Disney Company/Pixar $631,442,092 2004
37 Kung Fu Panda DreamWorks SKG $628,226,854 2008
38 Ratatouille Walt Disney Company/Pixar $621,421,108 2007
39 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal $618,638,999 1997
40 Hancock Sony/Columbia $614,946,274 2008
41 The Passion of the Christ Icon Entertainment $611,899,420 2004
42 Casino Royale Sony/MGM/Columbia $594,239,066 2006
43 War of the Worlds Paramount/DreamWorks SKG $591,745,528 2005
44 Men in Black Sony/Columbia $589,390,539 1997
45 I Am Legend Warner Bros. $584,015,483 2007
46 Night at the Museum 20th Century Fox $574,466,317 2006
47 Iron Man Paramount $573,933,482 2008
48 Armageddon Buena Vista $553,709,788 1998
49 King Kong Universal $550,316,795 2005
50 Mission Impossible II Paramount $546,388,105 2000

Main source: BoxOfficeMojo Note: Gross includes re-released films.

See also: List of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada and Inflation-adjusted list of highest-grossing films in the U.S. and Canada''

Issues with inflation

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. Fallacy Files Retrieved 2007-04-23. 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. However, these sources do not take into account its 10 rereleases, adjusting the money the film has made over its lifespan into 1939 dollars.

Highest grossing films by year

This is a list of the highest grossing films by year. Gross numbers prior to 1977 include every release of the film.

Year Movie Worldwide gross Budget % ROI
1918 Mickey $ $
1919 The Miracle Men $
1920 Way Down East $ $
1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse $
1922 Robin Hood $ $
1923 The Covered Wagon $
1924 The Sea Hawk
1925 The Big Parade $
1926 Aloma of the South Seas $
1927 The Jazz Singer $
1928 The Road to Ruin $
1929 The Broadway Melody $ $
1930 Tom Sawyer $
1931 Frankenstein $ $
1932 Shanghai Express $
1933 I'm No Angel $
1934 The Painted Veil $
1935 Top Hat $ $
1936 Camille $
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $ $
1938 You Can't Take It With You $
1939 Gone with the Wind $ $
1940 Pinocchio $ $
1941 Sergeant York $ $
1942 Bambi $
1943 A Guy Named Joe $
1944 Meet Me in St. Louis $ $
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's $
1946 Song of the South $ $
1947 Golden Earrings $
1948 Easter Parade $ $
1949 Samson and Delilah $
1950 Cinderella $ $
1951 Quo Vadis $
1952 This Is Cinerama $
1953 Peter Pan $
1954 Rear Window $
1955 Lady and the Tramp $
1956 The Ten Commandments $
1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai $
1958 South Pacific $
1959 Ben-Hur $
1960 Let's Make Love $
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians $
1962 Dr. No $
1963 From Russia with Love $
1964 Goldfinger $
1965 The Sound of Music $
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? $
1967 The Jungle Book $
1968 Funny Girl $ $
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid $
1970 Love Story $
1971 Diamonds Are Forever $ $
1972 The Godfather $ $
1973 The Exorcist $ $
1974 Blazing Saddles $ $
1975 Jaws $ $
1976 Rocky $ $
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope $ $
1978 Grease $ $
1979 Moonraker $ $
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back $ $
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark $ $
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $ $
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $ $
1984 Ghostbusters $ $
1985 Back to the Future $ $
1986 Top Gun $ $
1987 Fatal Attraction $ $
1988 Rain Man $ $
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $ $
1990 Ghost $ $
1991 Terminator 2: Judgement Day $ $
1992 Aladdin $ $
1993 Jurassic Park $ $
1994 The Lion King $ $
1995 Toy Story $ $
1996 Independence Day $ $
1997 Titanic $ $
1998 Armageddon $ $

1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace $ $

2000 Mission: Impossible II $ $

2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $ $
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $ $
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $ $
2004 Shrek 2 $ $
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $ $
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $ $
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $ $
2008 The Dark Knight (ongoing) ${{nts|988168474 $

Biggest opening day of all time

This is a list of the highest grossing movies on opening day.

Biggest Opening Day of all time
Rank Movie name Studio(s) Worldwide Gross Year
1 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $67,850,000 2008
2 Spider-Man 3 Columbia Pictures $59,841,919 2007
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures $55,830,600 2006
4 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $50,013,859 2005
5 X-Men: The Last Stand 20th Century Fox $45,102,265 2006
6 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $44,232,338 2007
7 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney Pictures $42,910,392 2007
8 Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures $40,442,604 2004
9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $40,118,363 2005
10 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $39,406,872 2002

Biggest opening weekend gross of all time

Rank Film Year Opening Three Day Weekend
Top 10 movies with biggest opening weekends (US and Canada)
1 The Dark Knight 2008 $158,411,483
2 Spider-Man 3 2007 $151,116,516
3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $135,634,554
4 Shrek the Third 2007 $121,629,270
5 Spider-Man 2002 $114,844,116
6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $114,732,820
7 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 $108,435,841
8 Shrek 2 2004 $108,037,878
9 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $102,750,665
10 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $102,685,961

Highest grossing film series

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. Pictures $4,690,485,371 5 $897,096,620 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ($976,956,263)
2 James Bond EON Productions/MGM/UA $4,355,700,000 21 $207,414,285 Casino Royale ($594,239,066)
3 Star Wars Warner Bros. Pictures/20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm $4,267,059,902 7 $609,579,986 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace ($924,317,558)
4 The Lord of the Rings New Line Cinema $2,916,544,743 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 $2,794,366,513 3 $931,455,504 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1,066,200,651)
6 Batman 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros. Pictures $2,597,560,813 7 $368,448,234 The Dark Knight ($988,168,474 )
7 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $2,495,718,076 3 $831,906,025 Spider-Man 3 ($890,449,338)
8 Indiana Jones Paramount Pictures/Lucasfilm $2,282,272,933 4 $570,568,233 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($783,357,249)
9 Shrek DreamWorks Animation SKG $2,161,714,655 3 $720,571,552 Shrek 2 ($920,665,658)
10 Jurassic Park Universal Pictures $1,902,110,926 3 $634,036,975 Jurassic Park ($914,691,118)
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Record holding highest grossing films throughout film history (United States and Canada)

This list includes those films which have held the record for highest grossing film released in the United States and Canada

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 7 $9,283,673
1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 16 $10,000,000
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2 $184,925,486
1939 Gone with the Wind 34 $189,523,031
1973 The Exorcist 2 $232,671,011
1975 Jaws 2 $260,000,000
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 6 $307,263,857
1983 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 14 $359,197,037
1997 Titanic 11 (thus far) $600,788,188

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