“A Night at the Movies”: A Look at Changing Trends at the Domestic Box Office in the Blockbuster Age of Film

APPENDIX I: Notes About Box Office Figures and Data Used

For box office grosses of individual films, I exclusively use grosses that have been adjusted for ticket price inflation (not overall net inflation, as, like with any other individual good, ticket price inflation does not correlate with overall price inflation of all goods combined). Specifically, as of this writing I am using the 2019 average price of $9.16 per ticket. I can do adjustments easily, however, and may do so in the future if nominal ticket prices rise considerably (they have not experienced significant growth since Q4 2017).

I use adjusted grosses because it better reflects total admissions (i.e., tickets sold) for a given film. Unfortunately, Hollywood does not publish admissions figures for individual movies, only revenues. While revenues are not admissions, and we cannot determine exactly how many tickets were sold to a movie based solely on its box office gross, we can estimate admissions based on average ticket prices. While ticket prices fluctuate not only year-to-year, but also throughout the year, we can estimate adjusted grosses to within a reasonably small margin of error, at least for most films released prior to 2009. The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) do however publish admissions figures for all movies combined for the year as a whole, which is what I use.

However, there are some factors that further complicate things with 21st century films, namely the advent of modern large-format screens (e.g., IMAX) and the late 2000s/early 2010s revival of 3D. Tickets for large-format and 3D screenings cost more, and some films may have a larger portion of their tickets coming from those sources than other films. For example, an estimated 81% of tickets sold domestically for James Cameron’s Avatar were 3D and IMAX 3D showings, which is considerably higher than other films where we had a breakdown of standard vs. 3D and/or IMAX; at the time that article was written, Avatar had estimated admissions of about 60.7 million tickets, which based on an average ticket price of about $7.50 at the time would have resulted in an unadjusted gross of about $455M at that point in the film’s run, while its actual gross had just passed $600M. This means the abnormally high rate of 3D ticket purchases bloated its box office returns by roughly 33%. Assuming that figure remained constant, the we can extrapolate a final adjusted lifetime gross of $662M for a scenario where the 2D/3D split for Avatar’s ticket sales were on par with the average.

Because of the variety of formats that can be present even in a single movie theater, estimating admissions can sometimes be more difficult with certain modern films where tickets for non-standard screenings are considerably larger than average. As reported on by multiple outlets, including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, MPA data shows that in 2010 (the peak year for 3D domestically) roughly 21% of domestic box office revenues came from 3D screenings, while by 2017 (the last year they provided the 2D/3D split for the domestic market) that number had declined to 12%.

A movie with a higher percent of its admissions being for 3D and/or large-format screens will have a higher gross than another film that had the same number of tickets sold but a higher percent of its tickets coming from standard formats. So, when two 21st century films have very close box office grosses, it is possible that the film with the higher gross may have had lower admissions. For example, Avengers: Endgame has an adjusted domestic gross that’s about $29.2 million short of Avatar‘s (in Q2 2019 prices, that being Endgame‘s release quarter), but it almost certainly sold more tickets than Avatar since available estimates indicate that only 20% of Endgame‘s domestic box office take was from 3D, not vastly higher than the average (which would be in keeping with the declining interest in 3D).

Furthermore, when comparing movies I use only the gross of the original theatrical release when possible. Some movies have benefited from one or more re-releases, some of which have substantially enhanced a film’s all-time box office revenues. Sometimes those re-releases come years or decades after the original, while others may happen mere weeks after the film finished its original run, but any release that is not contiguous with the original theatrical run is not counted. The purpose of using only the initial theatrical run is to gauge a film’s initial success when it was a brand new movie, and how it stacks up to other films, most of which only get a single run in theaters.

Finally, it is necessary to point out that complete box office data only goes back as far as the 80s. The further back in time we go past that point, the spottier the data gets. Films released in the late 70s and very early 80s may not have complete weekend, weekly, or daily figures. For many films older than that we only have lifetime grosses. For some old films we don’t even have grosses, just “rentals” to theater chains, and sometimes not even that as some data is lost to time or just hard to come across. Also, there is sometimes conflicting information on the grosses for many older movies. For example, most sources, including the official Star Wars website and Box Office Mojo, give Star Wars‘ unadjusted gross for its initial 1977-78 theatrical run (including the release expansion that began on its 61st week) a figure of $307,263,857, but a handful of other sources give a figure of only $265,055,905, a substantially smaller (but still massive for the time) gross, enough to knock its adjusted gross down from #1 to #4 among all films from 1975 to present. When conflicting figures are given, official figures or (if no official figure exists) most common figures are used.

APPENDIX II: Lists of Highest-grossing Films (by decade, etc.)

(Note: As mentioned earlier, all grosses are adjusted by ticket price inflation to the 2019 average price of $9.16/ticket, and only the original theatrical runs of the movies are counted. Figures are rounded to the nearest $100.)

Top 100 Films of the 1970s

Rank Gross (adjusted) Year
1 Star Wars $1,286,033,500 1977
2 Jaws $1,153,990,200 1975
3 The Exorcist $929,909,100 1973
4 The Sting $803,177,100 1973
5 The Godfather $708,604,300 1972
6 Grease $638,484,300 1978
7 Love Story $630,683,300 1970
8 Airport $595,662,700 1970
9 American Graffiti $592,085,700 1973
10 Blazing Saddles $569,679,900 1974
11 The Towering Inferno $552,994,700 1974
12 Superman $516,796,700 1978
13 Smokey and the Bandit $512,064,700 1977
14 The Rocky Horror Picture Show $496,175,500 1975
15 Rocky $495,910,200 1976
16 The Poseidon Adventure $494,666,700 1972
17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest $483,705,100 1975
18 M.A.S.H. $483,694,700 1970
19 National Lampoon’s Animal House $462,402,100 1978
20 Close Encounters of the Third Kind $448,172,300 1977
21 Young Frankenstein $411,281,900 1974
22 Kramer Vs. Kramer $387,612,400 1979
23 Earthquake $379,786,500 1974
24 Saturday Night Fever $365,848,700 1977
25 Patton $358,945,400 1970
26 What’s Up, Doc? $349,800,000 1972
27 A Star Is Born (1976) $338,403,800 1976
28 Every Which Way But Loose $328,042,900 1978
29 Heaven Can Wait (1978) $314,350,000 1978
30 The Amityville Horror $310,259,900 1979
31 Rocky II $305,773,400 1979
32 Hooper $300,333,300 1978
33 Jaws 2 $299,321,700 1978
34 All the President’s Men $298,641,300 1976
35 Star Trek: The Motion Picture $295,278,400 1979
36 Alien $283,383,900 1979
37 Apocalypse Now $282,806,300 1979
38 The French Connection $282,313,300 1971
39 Papillon $271,150,100 1973
40 10 $268,740,400 1979
41 The Jerk $264,525,800 1979
42 The Omen $257,707,100 1976
43 Moonraker $252,380,900 1979
44 Diamonds are Forever $236,094,400 1971
45 The Muppet Movie $234,044,600 1979
46 The Godfather Part II $229,070,100 1974
47 The Way We Were $229,067,800 1973
48 King Kong (1976) $222,561,600 1976
49 The Electric Horseman $221,846,900 1979
50 Dog Day Afternoon $219,756,100 1975
51 Shampoo $217,153,000 1975
52 Silver Streak $216,066,800 1976
53 The Longest Yard (1974) $207,220,700 1974
54 A Bridge Too Far $205,048,200 1977
55 Magnum Force $202,434,900 1973
56 Dirty Harry $196,450,800 1971
57 The Enforcer $195,580,400 1976
58 The Deep $191,296,300 1977
59 Revenge of the Pink Panther $190,901,400 1978
60 Benji $190,568,700 1974
61 The Spy Who Loved Me $189,245,000 1977
62 The Deer Hunter $188,591,300 1978
63 The China Syndrome $185,650,400 1979
64 Herbie Rides Again $184,194,300 1974
65 Return of the Pink Panther $183,862,700 1975
66 Halloween $180,970,100 1978
67 Live and Let Die $180,087,200 1973
68 The End $172,950,200 1978
69 Up in Smoke $170,821,300 1978
70 Oh, God! $171,235,200 1977
71 The Apple Dumpling Gang $164,670,200 1975
72 The Last Picture Show $161,732,600 1971
73 Annie Hall $157,122,400 1977
74 Meatballs $157,092,200 1979
75 Pete’s Dragon $156,948,400 1977
76 Escape from Alcatraz $156,924,500 1979
77 The Main Event $156,194,500 1979
78 Silent Movie $155,443,400 1976
79 Serpico $154,219,600 1973
80 Tommy $153,046,200 1975
81 Semi-Tough $152,750,300 1977
82 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre $151,159,200 1974
83 Manhattan $145,782,300 1979
84 The Pink Panther Strikes Again $145,498,400 1976
85 Carrie $145,355,500 1976
86 A Clockwork Orange $143,269,700 1972
87 Chinatown $143,033,400 1974
88 The Bad News Bears $138,523,900 1976
89 All That Jazz $138,033,900 1979
90 The Black Stallion $137,945,900 1979
91 Heroes $137,605,200 1977
92 Midnight Express $137,008,900 1978
93 The Outlaw Josey Wales $136,755,100 1976
94 Murder on the Orient Express $135,365,600 1974
95 That’s Entertainment! $131,718,800 1974
96 The Black Hole $130,801,500 1979
97 Starting Over $130,097,600 1979
98 Coming Home $127,824,700 1978
99 High Anxiety $127,595,300 1977
100 Exorcist II: The Heretic $126,305,900 1977

Top 100 Films of the 1980s

Rank Gross (adjusted) Year
1 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial $1,138,943,400 1982
2 Return of the Jedi $741,807,900 1983
3 The Empire Strikes Back $722,377,800 1980
4 Raiders of the Lost Ark $707,510,200 1981
5 Ghostbusters $623,665,900 1984
6 Beverly Hills Cop $615,094,000 1984
7 Batman $576,664,100 1989
8 Back to the Future $540,904,400 1985
9 Tootsie $521,239,700 1982
10 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $490,360,400 1984
11 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $452,655,100 1989
12 Top Gun $436,474,900 1986
13 Crocodile Dundee $423,214,900 1986
14 Gremlins $403,935,800 1984
15 An Officer and a Gentleman $399,897,200 1982
16 Rain Man $396,552,000 1988
17 Rambo: First Blood Part II $388,113,800 1985
18 Rocky III $386,797,500 1982
19 Three Men and a Baby $382,006,800 1987
20 On Golden Pond $371,752,200 1981
21 Fatal Attraction $363,475,200 1987
22 Beverly Hills Cop II $359,992,600 1987
23 Superman II $356,467,800 1981
24 9 to 5 $351,725,700 1980
25 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? $348,687,300 1988
26 Stir Crazy $344,947,300 1980
27 Lethal Weapon 2 $339,760,000 1989
28 Porky’s $328,677,300 1982
29 Platoon $324,593,800 1986
30 Rocky IV $324,147,700 1985
31 Look Who’s Talking $319,157,300 1989
32 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids $301,620,500 1989
33 Terms of Endearment $301,167,100 1983
34 Arthur $298,074,600 1981
35 Coming to America $285,614,300 1988
36 The Karate Kid Part II $284,191,700 1986
37 Airplane! $284,176,200 1980
38 Stripes $281,050,800 1981
39 Good Morning, Vietnam $276,237,200 1987
40 Flashdance $270,209,000 1983
41 Back to the Future Part II $268,853,300 1989
42 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home $264,449,200 1986
43 Trading Places $262,891,100 1983
44 Ghostbusters II $259,559,600 1989
45 Big $256,231,800 1988
46 Twins $254,857,800 1988
47 The Karate Kid $247,580,100 1984
48 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan $245,864,500 1982
49 Crocodile Dundee II $243,612,000 1988
50 Any Which Way You Can $240,704,600 1980
51 Poltergeist $238,678,500 1982
52 Private Benjamin $237,844,900 1980
53 The Cannonball Run $237,829,300 1981
54 48 HRS. $233,543,400 1982
55 The Color Purple $232,959,900 1985
56 WarGames $231,377,900 1983
57 Driving Miss Daisy $230,961,200 1989
58 Parenthood $230,178,900 1989
59 Coal Miner’s Daughter $228,771,000 1980
60 Back to School $225,315,800 1986
61 Smokey and the Bandit II $225,194,900 1980
62 Police Academy $221,363,300 1984
63 Dead Poets Society $221,178,300 1989
64 Footloose $218,192,100 1984
65 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas $217,165,300 1982
66 Out of Africa $215,831,600 1985
67 When Harry Met Sally… $214,171,800 1989
68 Aliens $210,260,500 1986
69 Romancing the Stone $208,750,900 1984
70 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock $208,474,300 1984
71 The Blue Lagoon $200,407,100 1980
72 Octopussy $197,430,100 1983
73 Cocoon $196,393,100 1985
74 The Blues Brothers $194,879,900 1980
75 The War of the Roses $192,887,600 1989
76 Sudden Impact $190,605,900 1983
77 The Golden Child $190,580,200 1986
78 Splash $190,346,600 1984
79 The Jewel of the Nile $189,756,700 1985
80 Staying Alive $188,703,300 1983
81 Mr. Mom $188,387,300 1983
82 The Little Mermaid $188,368,100 1989
83 Steel Magnolias $186,818,200 1989
84 Ordinary People $186,493,000 1980
85 Purple Rain $186,452,700 1984
86 Die Hard $185,002,700 1988
87 Risky Business $184,775,500 1983
88 Chariots of Fire $183,757,800 1981
89 For Your Eyes Only $180,605,900 1981
90 Moonstruck $179,793,400 1987
91 The Untouchables $178,679,500 1987
92 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! $178,574,200 1988
93 National Lampoon’s Vacation $178,545,800 1983
94 Annie $177,775,400 1982
95 Witness $177,283,600 1985
96 Ruthless People $176,842,000 1986
97 Cocktail $174,335,900 1988
98 Superman III $174,332,200 1983
99 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off $173,167,100 1986
100 Popeye $169,657,900 1980

Top 100 Films of the 1990s

Rank Gross (adjusted) Year
1 Titanic $1,175,648,444 1997
2 Jurassic Park $789,645,128 1993
3 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $777,004,328 1999
4 Forrest Gump $719,477,696 1994
5 The Lion King $683,559,504 1994
6 Independence Day $634,503,124 1996
7 Home Alone $620,445,272 1990
8 The Sixth Sense $527,424,556 1999
9 Twister $500,942,996 1996
10 Men in Black $500,288,972 1997
11 Mrs. Doubtfire $482,589,104 1993
12 Aladdin $480,371,468 1992
13 Ghost $471,421,232 1990
14 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $457,175,600 1997
15 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $445,692,624 1991
16 Toy Story 2 $438,182,340 1999
17 Saving Private Ryan $419,043,436 1998
18 The Fugitive $406,679,268 1993
19 Toy Story $401,833,628 1995
20 Dances with Wolves $400,285,588 1990
21 Armageddon $393,700,464 1998
22 Batman Forever $387,522,960 1995
23 Pretty Woman $386,335,824 1990
24 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $383,342,336 1992
25 Mission: Impossible $375,066,276 1996
26 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me $371,521,356 1999
27 Apollo 13 $362,338,456 1995
28 Liar Liar $362,030,680 1997
29 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves $360,076,852 1991
30 Batman Returns $359,407,256 1992
31 The Firm $350,355,344 1993
32 Air Force One $345,081,932 1997
33 There’s Something About Mary $343,303,976 1998
34 True Lies $320,561,528 1994
35 Beauty and the Beast $320,285,812 1991
36 Lethal Weapon 3 $319,455,916 1992
37 The Santa Clause $316,085,952 1994
38 The Waterboy $313,369,096 1998
39 A Bug’s Life $312,681,180 1998
40 A Few Good Men $312,387,144 1992
41 Jerry Maguire $310,790,556 1996
42 The Matrix $309,204,044 1999
43 Tarzan $308,448,344 1999
44 Sister Act $308,140,568 1992
45 Pocahontas $298,131,436 1995
46 Big Daddy $294,778,876 1999
47 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $292,916,648 1990
48 As Good as It Gets $290,143,000 1997
49 The Flintstones $286,044,816 1994
50 The Silence of the Lambs $284,466,548 1991
51 Ransom $281,751,524 1996
52 Doctor Dolittle $281,550,920 1998
53 Sleepless in Seattle $280,288,672 1993
54 The Mummy $280,183,332 1999
55 101 Dalmatians (1996) $278,902,764 1996
56 The Rock $277,845,700 1996
57 Runaway Bride $274,516,040 1999
58 Deep Impact $274,340,168 1998
59 Rush Hour $273,767,668 1998
60 Dumb and Dumber $272,213,216 1994
61 Good Will Hunting $270,372,972 1997
62 City Slickers $269,869,172 1991
63 The Bodyguard $269,388,272 1992
64 Wayne’s World $268,614,252 1992
65 Clear and Present Danger $267,760,540 1994
66 The Nutty Professor (1996) $266,953,544 1996
67 Godzilla $266,234,484 1998
68 Speed $265,701,372 1994
69 The Hunt for Red October $264,216,536 1990
70 The Mask $262,832,460 1994
71 Hook $262,781,164 1991
72 Basic Instinct $259,850,880 1992
73 Total Recall $258,547,412 1990
74 The Birdcage $257,102,880 1996
75 Lethal Weapon 4 $254,769,828 1998
76 Die Hard 2: Die Harder $254,533,500 1990
77 My Best Friend’s Wedding $253,686,200 1997
78 The Blair Witch Project $253,413,232 1999
79 Patch Adams $250,438,064 1998
80 The Addams Family $247,928,224 1991
81 Tomorrow Never Dies $246,506,592 1997
82 The Truman Show $245,344,188 1998
83 Stuart Little $244,555,512 1999
84 The Green Mile $239,217,064 1999
85 A League of Their Own $237,352,088 1992
86 Indecent Proposal $235,890,152 1993
87 Mulan $235,582,376 1998
88 Pulp Fiction $232,542,172 1994
89 Interview with the Vampire $230,168,816 1994
90 American Beauty $228,404,600 1999
91 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls $228,070,260 1995
92 The World Is Not Enough $227,660,808 1999
93 In the Line of Fire $226,377,492 1993
94 A Time to Kill $225,406,532 1996
95 Dick Tracy $224,644,420 1990
96 Face/Off $224,062,760 1997
97 GoldenEye $223,539,724 1995
98 Unforgiven $223,416,980 1992
99 Maverick $222,713,492 1994
100 The Pelican Brief $221,836,880 1993

Top 100 Films of the 2000s

Rank Gross (adjusted) Year
1 Avatar $878,605,300 2009
2 The Dark Knight $680,304,300 2008
3 Shrek 2 $650,826,500 2004
4 Spider-Man $636,480,300 2002
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $591,995,900 2006
6 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $563,689,300 2003
7 Spider-Man 2 $551,054,100 2004
8 The Passion of the Christ $546,169,900 2004
9 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $543,413,200 2005
10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $524,861,200 2002
11 Finding Nemo $516,051,200 2003
12 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $512,162,800 2001
13 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $498,943,000 2001
14 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $493,732,500 2009
15 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $489,771,200 2002
16 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $463,943,900 2003
17 Spider-Man 3 $448,054,800 2007
18 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $440,658,500 2000
19 Shrek $433,182,200 2001
20 Shrek the Third $429,667,800 2007
21 The Matrix Reloaded $427,734,700 2003
22 Transformers $425,042,900 2007
23 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $413,814,100 2005
24 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $413,805,500 2005
25 Monsters, Inc. $413,007,100 2001
26 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $411,960,900 2007
27 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $411,429,500 2002
28 Iron Man $406,208,100 2008
29 Meet the Fockers $404,624,900 2004
30 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $404,546,900 2008
31 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $388,773,700 2007
32 The Incredibles $384,994,400 2004
33 Cast Away $383,750,800 2000
34 My Big Fat Greek Wedding $379,402,400 2002
35 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $370,715,500 2009
36 Bruce Almighty $368,874,900 2003
37 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $368,083,200 2004
38 Mission: Impossible II $366,076,900 2000
39 Rush Hour 2 $366,018,600 2001
40 Up $359,747,900 2009
41 Signs $359,380,100 2002
42 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $356,416,400 2009
43 Cars $341,343,500 2006
44 The Hangover $340,439,600 2009
45 Night at the Museum $339,301,000 2006
46 I Am Legend $336,391,700 2007
47 Austin Powers in Goldmember $336,299,600 2002
48 War of the Worlds $334,790,700 2005
49 X-Men: The Last Stand $327,749,700 2006
50 The Mummy Returns $326,943,700 2001
51 X2: X-Men United $326,523,900 2003
52 Pearl Harbor $321,316,200 2001
53 Gladiator $318,896,600 2000
54 Star Trek $316,459,800 2009
55 The Perfect Storm $310,349,600 2000
56 King Kong $309,338,700 2005
57 The Blind Side $305,049,500 2009
58 The Da Vinci Code $304,218,500 2006
59 What Women Want $303,101,600 2000
60 The Bourne Ultimatum $302,853,900 2007
61 Men in Black II $300,212,700 2002
62 Wedding Crashers $299,030,300 2005
63 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory $295,033,600 2005
64 Ocean’s Eleven $293,804,700 2001
65 Batman Begins $293,439,700 2005
66 Jurassic Park III $293,204,000 2001
67 Planet of the Apes (2001) $291,312,200 2001
68 Hancock $290,806,100 2008
69 National Treasure: Book of Secrets $285,540,500 2007
70 WALL-E $285,525,600 2008
71 Alvin and the Chipmunks $283,509,700 2007
72 Meet the Parents $282,060,400 2000
73 300 $280,411,800 2007
74 Superman Returns $279,808,200 2006
75 Ice Age $278,091,000 2002
76 Madagascar $276,651,300 2005
77 The Day After Tomorrow $275,450,100 2004
78 Happy Feet $274,907,100 2006
79 Ratatouille $274,860,800 2007
80 Kung Fu Panda $274,844,100 2008
81 Ice Age: The Meltdown $273,164,600 2006
82 A Beautiful Mind $269,438,800 2001
83 X-Men $267,321,900 2000
84 Hannibal $267,181,100 2001
85 Scary Movie $266,846,300 2000
86 Mr. & Mrs. Smith $266,277,700 2005
87 What Lies Beneath $264,191,700 2000
88 Elf $262,847,500 2003
89 The Bourne Supremacy $259,964,000 2004
90 Chicago $259,286,500 2002
91 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $259,263,900 2009
92 Hitch $256,502,200 2005
93 National Treasure $254,032,700 2004
94 Die Another Day $252,669,700 2002
95 Catch Me If You Can $251,132,000 2002
96 Sherlock Holmes $246,108,900 2009
97 Twilight $244,452,100 2008
98 The Simpsons Movie $243,825,100 2007
99 Monsters Vs. Aliens $243,552,300 2009
100 Scooby-Doo $241,682,400 2002

Top 100 Films of the 2010s

Rank Gross (adjusted) Year
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $990,334,300 2015
2 Avengers: Endgame $858,373,000 2019
3 The Avengers $704,231,800 2012
4 Jurassic World $703,392,700 2015
5 Black Panther $698,654,300 2018
6 Avengers: Infinity War $663,364,500 2018
7 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $619,165,600 2015
8 Incredibles 2 $607,300,700 2018
9 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $553,645,100 2016
10 The Lion King $543,638,043 2019
11 The Dark Knight Rises $527,449,300 2012
12 Beauty and the Beast (2017) $520,271,500 2017
13 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker $515,202,542 2019
14 Finding Dory $514,408,200 2016
15 Avengers: Age of Ultron $488,698,800 2015
16 Toy Story 3 $488,588,900 2010
17 Frozen II $477,373,578 2019
18 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $468,209,700 2013
19 The Hunger Games $465,907,800 2012
20 Frozen $449,215,600 2013
21 Iron Man 3 $447,459,600 2013
22 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $439,587,500 2011
23 Toy Story 4 $434,038,008 2019
24 Despicable Me 2 $429,550,000 2013
25 Captain America: Civil War $428,277,600 2016
26 Captain Marvel $426,829,839 2019
27 Wonder Woman $422,418,000 2017
28 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $420,848,900 2018
29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $405,429,800 2011
30 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404,000,000 2017
31 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $398,977,500 2017
32 The Secret Life of Pets $396,388,000 2016
33 American Sniper $394,612,800 2014
34 Spider-Man: Far from Home $390,532,085 2019
35 Inside Out $389,423,700 2015
36 Deadpool $387,403,900 2016
37 Alice in Wonderland (2010) $385,654,300 2010
38 The Jungle Book (2016) $382,070,000 2016
39 Guardians of the Galaxy $377,186,800 2014
40 Furious 7 $375,778,000 2015
41 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $373,058,400 2014
42 Minions $372,942,100 2015
43 Iron Man 2 $363,361,600 2010
44 Zootopia $362,791,900 2016
45 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $357,044,000 2010
46 Aladdin (2019) $355,559,216 2019
47 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $350,467,100 2016
48 Suicide Squad $349,720,600 2016
49 Inception $347,374,700 2010
50 Skyfall $346,632,700 2012
51 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $346,556,700 2012
52 Spider-Man: Homecoming $342,750,700 2017
53 Aquaman $340,331,600 2018
54 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 $338,821,100 2010
55 Joker $335,451,311 2019
56 It $334,418,800 2017
57 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 $332,769,100 2012
58 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $328,962,200 2011
59 Man of Steel $322,894,600 2013
60 Jumanji: The Next Level $316,831,246 2019
61 Thor: Ragnarok $314,382,200 2017
62 Deadpool 2 $311,726,700 2018
63 The Amazing Spider-Man $308,489,600 2012
64 Monsters University $304,115,700 2013
65 Gravity $301,710,200 2013
66 Despicable Me $298,565,600 2010
67 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $296,798,700 2015
68 The LEGO Movie $296,008,100 2014
69 The Hangover Part II $289,340,600 2011
70 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $288,678,300 2013
71 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $285,749,900 2014
72 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $284,682,700 2014
73 Sing $280,904,200 2016
74 Transformers: Age of Extinction $278,240,500 2014
75 Shrek Forever After $277,832,000 2010
76 Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) $274,538,000 2018
77 Brave $274,410,700 2012
78 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $274,135,900 2011
79 Despicable Me 3 $271,364,100 2017
80 Oz The Great and Powerful $268,103,100 2013
81 Maleficent $267,052,500 2014
82 Fast & Furious 6 $261,481,400 2013
83 Moana $258,931,200 2016
84 X-Men: Days of Future Past $257,698,300 2014
85 Ted $257,593,900 2012
86 How to Train Your Dragon $252,991,900 2010
87 Star Trek Into Darkness $250,850,300 2013
88 The Lorax $246,662,300 2012
89 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted $246,465,400 2012
90 Big Hero 6 $246,224,500 2014
91 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them $243,806,200 2016
92 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $243,544,200 2011
93 Doctor Strange $242,415,700 2016
94 The Martian $240,557,200 2015
95 Fast Five $238,508,100 2011
96 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $236,384,800 2014
97 Logan $234,205,600 2017
98 The Fate of the Furious $231,312,900 2017
99 Tangled $230,527,900 2010
100 World War Z $229,347,200 2013

Top 100 Films of the Blockbuster Era, 1975 – Present (as of 2019)

Rank Gross (adjusted) Year
1 Star Wars $1,286,033,500 1977
2 Titanic $1,175,648,444 1997
3 Jaws $1,153,990,200 1975
4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial $1,138,943,400 1982
5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $990,334,300 2015
6 Avatar $878,605,300 2009
7 Avengers: Endgame $858,373,000 2019
8 Jurassic Park $789,645,128 1993
9 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $777,004,328 1999
10 Return of the Jedi $741,807,900 1983
11 The Empire Strikes Back $722,377,800 1980
12 Forrest Gump $719,477,696 1994
13 Raiders of the Lost Ark $707,510,200 1981
14 The Avengers $704,231,800 2012
15 Jurassic World $703,392,700 2015
16 Black Panther $698,654,300 2018
17 The Lion King $683,559,504 1994
18 The Dark Knight $680,304,300 2008
19 Avengers: Infinity War $663,364,500 2018
20 Shrek 2 $650,826,500 2004
21 Grease $638,484,300 1978
22 Spider-Man $636,480,300 2002
23 Independence Day $634,503,124 1996
24 Ghostbusters $623,665,900 1984
25 Home Alone $620,445,272 1990
26 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $619,165,600 2015
27 Beverly Hills Cop $615,094,000 1984
28 Incredibles 2 $607,300,700 2018
29 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $591,995,900 2006
30 Batman $576,664,100 1989
31 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $563,689,300 2003
32 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $553,645,100 2016
33 Spider-Man 2 $551,054,100 2004
34 The Passion of the Christ $546,169,900 2004
35 The Lion King (2019) $543,638,043 2019
36 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $543,413,200 2005
37 Back to the Future $540,904,400 1985
38 The Dark Knight Rises $527,449,300 2012
39 The Sixth Sense $527,424,556 1999
40 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $524,861,200 2002
41 Tootsie $521,239,700 1982
42 Beauty and the Beast (2017) $520,271,500 2017
43 Superman $516,796,700 1978
44 Finding Nemo $516,051,200 2003
45 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker $515,202,542 2019
46 Finding Dory $514,408,200 2016
47 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone $512,162,800 2001
48 Smokey and the Bandit $512,064,700 1977
49 Twister $500,942,996 1996
50 Men in Black $500,288,972 1997
51 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $498,943,000 2001
52 The Rocky Horror Picture Show $496,175,500 1975
53 Rocky $495,910,200 1976
54 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $493,732,500 2009
55 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $490,360,400 1984
56 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $489,771,200 2002
57 Avengers: Age of Ultron $488,698,800 2015
58 Toy Story 3 $488,588,900 2010
59 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest $483,705,100 1975
60 Mrs. Doubtfire $482,589,104 1993
61 Aladdin $480,371,468 1992
62 Frozen II $477,373,578 2019
63 Ghost $471,421,232 1990
64 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $468,209,700 2013
65 The Hunger Games $465,907,800 2012
66 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $463,943,900 2003
67 National Lampoon’s Animal House $462,402,100 1978
68 The Lost World: Jurassic Park $457,175,600 1997
69 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $452,655,100 1989
70 Frozen $449,215,600 2013
71 Close Encounters of the Third Kind $448,172,300 1977
72 Spider-Man 3 $448,054,800 2007
73 Iron Man 3 $447,459,600 2013
74 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $445,692,624 1991
75 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $440,658,500 2000
76 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $439,587,500 2011
77 Toy Story 2 $438,182,340 1999
78 Top Gun $436,474,900 1986
79 Toy Story 4 $434,038,008 2019
80 Shrek $433,182,200 2001
81 Shrek the Third $429,667,800 2007
82 Despicable Me 2 $429,550,000 2013
83 Captain America: Civil War $428,277,600 2016
84 The Matrix Reloaded $427,734,700 2003
85 Captain Marvel $426,829,839 2019
86 Transformers $425,042,900 2007
87 Crocodile Dundee $423,214,900 1986
88 Wonder Woman $422,418,000 2017
89 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $420,848,900 2018
90 Saving Private Ryan $419,043,436 1998
91 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $413,814,100 2005
92 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $413,805,500 2005
93 Monsters, Inc. $413,007,100 2001
94 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $411,960,900 2007
95 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $411,429,500 2002
96 The Fugitive $406,679,268 1993
97 Iron Man $406,208,100 2008
98 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $405,429,800 2011
99 Meet the Fockers $404,624,900 2004
100 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $404,546,900 2008

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