TOP 12 highest-grossing movies of all time


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Published on 27/03/2020

Are you a real movie-fan who follows the latest news about the most popular version of entertainment or just curious about movies that brought the most money among thousands of others? Either way, here is our TOP 12 most profitable movies of all time.



12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($1.34 billion)

Release date: 2011

The final adventure of the charming wizard bunch beautifully ends the series, gaining the title of the highest-grossing book adaptation. The movie directed by David Yates earned $1.34 billion, while the budget was 250 million USD. As it’s quite popular among not only children, but almost everyone, it gathered several nominations and awards, such as Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects at the 84th Academy Awards, Best Visual Effects, the Best Sound, Best Production Design and Best Make-up and Hair categories at the 65th BAFTA awards.

11. Black Panther ($1.35 billion)

Release date: 2018

The eighteenth movie in the marvel Cinematic Universe was directed by Ryan Coogler and is about a superhuman returning to Wakanda to take the throne after his father’s death and save his nation from Killmonger. The movie enjoys the admire of many people from black community because of its unique cast, as it eases stereotypes on ethnic groups and brings closer people from all walks of life. It got 226 nominations and 90 awards including Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, Academy Awards and many others. The movie had $1.35 billion income and $200 million budget.

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.41 billion)

Release date: 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron is another superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics. The superhero team is fighting against Ultron, an artificial intelligence whose upmost desire is to destroy humanity. This movie was directed by Joss Wedon and earned $1.41 billion income. The budget was quite high, $365 million, making it the second most expensive movie ever. Avengers: Age of Ultron gained quite a good general opinion from critics and viewers on websites and got a score of 7.3 on IMDb. It has been nominated for World Stunt Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Golden Trailer Award and Annie Award, and won BMI Film & TV Awards and Annie Awards among many other, in fact 47 nominations and 8 awards in total. There are also some tricky ones, like Most Overrated Movie of the Year and Biggest Disappointment of the Year for Golden Schmoes Awards. As it’s quite obvious because of the other accolades and the movie’s success these two nominations failed and were not been awarded to the movie.

9. Fast and Furious 7 ($1.52 billion)

Release date: 2015

The American action film was directed by James Wan and earned $1.52 billion. The movie starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and many others was released on 1st April, 2015 and has a running time of 137 minutes. Among 35 nominations and 33 wins, there are numerous accolades gained owing to the soundtrack, “See you again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, like Golden Globes or Black Reel Awards.

8. The Avengers ($1.52 billion)

Release date: 2012

The impressive movie directed by Joss Whedon about a superhero team is the sixth film in the MCU starring favourites of many, like Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo. The movie earned $1. 52 billion, and the budget was $220 million. The Avengers was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Empire Award for Best Director and for Best Film and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Action Movie.

7. The Lion King ($1.60 billion)

Release date: 2019

The Lion King is a photorealistic computer-animated movie directed by Jon Favreau and based on the so-called Disney animated film. The story is about Simba, son of the king, Mufasa. As a result of Scar’s ruse, who wants to take the throne from his brother, Mufasa dies and Simba blames himself for leading his father to death. The touching story teaches numerous lessons through lovely characters. The budget was $260 million but it gathered $1.60 billion. Although many critics state it’s just a less enjoyable copy of the original animated movie, The Lion King has been nominated and won many awards, like Holllywood Post Alliance, National Film & Television Award or Guinness World Record.

6. Jurassic World ($1.67 billion)

Release date: 2015

Jurassic World is a science fiction adventure movie, directed by Colin Trevorrow. It has gained a total of 15 awards and 57 nominations, including Hollywood Film Awards, Guinness World Record Award and Annie Awards. The budget was $150 million and the movie earned $1.67 billion. The plot takes place on a fictional island, Isla Nublar, where a dinosaur themed amusement park was operating. The ancient creations on display are cloned ones, and the trouble begins when one of them gets away.

5. Avengers: Infinity War ($2.05 billion)

Release date: 2018

The movie directed by Anthony and Joe Russo broke many box office records by being the first superhero film to exceed $2 billion worldwide. The budget was approximately $400 million. It has an average score of 7.6/10 from 451 reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.5/10 on IMDb from 751 thousand people. It is a proud proprietor of 72 nominations and 44 wins, including Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Visual Effect, BAFTA Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion)

Release date: 2015

The seventh episode of the “Skywalker saga” is the most successful among all the other episodes with a box office of $2.07 billion. It was Directed by Jeffrey Jacob Abrams and starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the role of the most known characters in the popular sequel trilogy. Its release date was 14th December 2015, 38 years later than the first presence of Star Wars, A New Hope, which is known as episode IV. The American space opera film gathered 130 nominations and 62 wins.

3. Titanic ($2.19 billion)

Release date: 1997

The equally overflowingly romantic and tragic movie is obviously one of the most known films. It was directed by James Cameron and unfortunately based on real events, the so-called, allegedly unsinkable British passenger liner that sank on 15th April 1912, only a year after its release. In the time of producing, Titanic was the most expensive movie with a budget of $200 million, but it was the first film to reach a billion dollar, and eventually earned $2.19 billion altogether with 3D version released 4th April 2012, which added $343.6 million to the total. Titanic had a huge success, it won 11 Oscars, being one of the three movies that won the most Oscars, amongst Ben-Hur and The Lord of The Ring: The Return of the King. Besides Oscars, it has another 114 awards and 83 nominations.

2. Avatar ($2.79 billion)

Release date: 2009

James Cameron could outshine his previous highest-grossing movie and indited Avatar, a highly appreciated science fiction. The movie takes place in the future, on a fictional planets’ moon, Pandora. The outstanding visual effects required innovative methods, and the production of the movie had been delayed since the ‘90s until technology evolved to a level that allowed the needed quality. Avatar won 3 Oscars for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Visual Effects and Vest Achievement in Art Direction and was nominated for another 6 Academy Awards. It gathered an additional 86 wins and 123 nominations, like Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.

1. Avengers: Endgame ($2.796 billion)

Release date: 2019

Avengers: Endgame directed by Joe and Anthony Russo has the highest box-office of $2.796 billion, also it is one of the most expensive movies of all time with an estimated budget of $356 million. This movie is the closure of the adventures of superhero team Avengers, and the most successful among them, although all four movies about the popular team are in the top 10 highest-grossing movies. Avengers: Endgame was nominated for Academy Awards 2020 for Best Achievement in Visual Effect and has another 96 nominations and 60 wins.

+1. Gone with the wind (1939 )

Release date: 1939

As this movie was released in 1939, its box office of $390 million worth $4. 7 billion today thanks to inflation. This turn changes the order, bringing this admired and well-known classic to the first place. This romantic movie directed by Victor Fleming held the title of the highest-grossing film for over 25 years. Gone with the wind won eight Oscars for Best Director, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Designer and Best Film Editing.

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