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Most Successful Movies of... All Time

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People who added this item 4598  Average listal rating (3103 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
1. Avatar (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 2,782,275,172 $


Director: James Cameron
Country: &
Release: December 18th 2009
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People who added this item 8361  Average listal rating (5319 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
2. Titanic (1997)
Worldwide Gross: 2,186,772,302 $


Director: James Cameron
Country:
Release: December 19th 1997
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People who added this item 2700  Average listal rating (1743 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
3. The Avengers (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,518,594,910 $


Director: Joss Whedon
Country:
Release: May 4th 2012

People who added this item 2880  Average listal rating (1719 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Worldwide Gross: 1,341,511,219 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: July 15th 2011

People who added this item 1351  Average listal rating (773 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
5. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 1,215,439,994 $


Director: Shane Black
Country: &
Release: May 3rd 2013

People who added this item 912  Average listal rating (595 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
6. Frozen (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 1,143,787,565 $


Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Country:
Release: November 22rd 2013
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People who added this item 1262  Average listal rating (777 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Worldwide Gross: 1,123,794,079 $


Director: Michael Bay
Country:
Release: June 29th 2011

People who added this item 7995  Average listal rating (5120 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.9 
8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kin... (2003)
Worldwide Gross: 1,119,929,521 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 17th 2003
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People who added this item 1483  Average listal rating (1015 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
9. Skyfall (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,108,058,404 $


Director: Sam Mendes
Country: &
Release: November 9th 2012
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People who added this item 2760  Average listal rating (1677 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.6 
10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,084,439,099 $


Director: Christopher Nolan
Country: &
Release: July 20th 2012
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People who added this item 7393  Average listal rating (4644 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
11. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Worldwide Gross: 1,066,179,725 $


Director: Gore Verbinski
Country:
Release: July 7th 2006
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People who added this item 2951  Average listal rating (1891 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
12. Toy Story 3 (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 1,063,171,911 $


Director: Lee Unkrich
Country:
Release: June 18th 2010

People who added this item 2068  Average listal rating (1171 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.7 
13. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Worldwide Gross: 1,045,713,802 $


Director: Rob Marshall
Country:
Release: May 20th 2011

People who added this item 7112  Average listal rating (4647 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
14. Jurassic Park (1993)
Worldwide Gross: 1,029,153,882 $


Director: Steven Spielberg
Country:
Release: June 11th 1993
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People who added this item 5101  Average listal rating (3433 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
15. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Worldwide Gross: 1,027,044,677 $


Director: George Lucas
Country:
Release: May 19th 1999
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People who added this item 4044  Average listal rating (2526 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
16. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 1,025,467,110 $


Director: Tim Burton
Country:
Release: March 5th 2010
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People who added this item 2217  Average listal rating (1284 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
17. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 1,017,003,568 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 14th 2012
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People who added this item 6586  Average listal rating (4406 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
18. The Dark Knight (2008)
Worldwide Gross: 1,004,558,444 $


Director: Christopher Nolan
Country: &
Release: July 18th 2008
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People who added this item 6536  Average listal rating (4346 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.5 
19. The Lion King (1994)
Worldwide Gross: 987,483,777 $


Director: Rob Minkoff & Roger Allers
Country:
Release: June 15th 1994
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People who added this item 6004  Average listal rating (3949 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Worldwide Gross: 974,755,371 $


Director: Chris Columbus
Country: &
Release: November 16th 2001
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People who added this item 748  Average listal rating (424 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
21. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 970,761,885 $


Director: Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin
Country:
Release: July 3rd 2013

People who added this item 5289  Average listal rating (3365 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
22. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 963,420,425 $


Director: Gore Verbinski
Country:
Release: May 25th 2007
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People who added this item 2949  Average listal rating (1812 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
23. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 960,283,305 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: November 19th 2010

People who added this item 1350  Average listal rating (689 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
24. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 953,066,855 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 13th 2013

People who added this item 4821  Average listal rating (3036 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 939,885,929 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: July 11th 2007

People who added this item 7354  Average listal rating (4784 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.2 
26. Finding Nemo (2003)
Worldwide Gross: 936,743,261 $


Director: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
Country: &
Release: May 30th 2003
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People who added this item 3606  Average listal rating (2169 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
27. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 934,416,487 $


Director: David Yates
Country: &
Release: July 15th 2009

People who added this item 8134  Average listal rating (5156 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.8 
28. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Worldwide Gross: 926,047,111 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 18th 2002
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People who added this item 5866  Average listal rating (3851 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
29. Shrek 2 (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 919,838,758 $


Director: Andrew Adamson
Country:
Release: May 19th 2004

People who added this item 5877  Average listal rating (3844 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
30. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Worldwide Gross: 896,911,078 $


Director: Mike Newell
Country: &
Release: November 18th 2005

People who added this item 4654  Average listal rating (2904 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
31. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 890,871,626 $


Director: Sam Raimi
Country:
Release: May 4th 2007

People who added this item 1612  Average listal rating (970 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
32. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 886,686,817 $


Director: Carlos Saldanha & Mike Thurmeier
Country:
Release: July 1st 2009
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People who added this item 5703  Average listal rating (3761 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
33. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Worldwide Gross: 878,979,634 $


Director: Chris Columbus
Country: , &
Release: November 15th 2002
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People who added this item 653  Average listal rating (355 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
34. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 877,244,782 $


Director: Mike Thurmeier & Steve Martino
Country:
Release: July 13th 2012

People who added this item 8865  Average listal rating (5512 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
35. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
Worldwide Gross: 871,530,324 $


Director: Peter Jackson
Country: &
Release: December 19th 2001
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People who added this item 1111  Average listal rating (666 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
36. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 864,565,663 $


Director: Francis Lawrence
Country:
Release: November 22nd 2013

People who added this item 4696  Average listal rating (3132 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
37. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Worldwide Gross: 848,754,768 $


Director: George Lucas
Country:
Release: May 19th 2005
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People who added this item 2141  Average listal rating (1381 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
38. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 836,303,693 $


Director: Michael Bay
Country:
Release: June 24th 2009

People who added this item 815  Average listal rating (454 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 5.6 
39. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
Worldwide Gross: 829,685,377 $


Director: Bill Condon
Country:
Release: November 16th 2012

People who added this item 5116  Average listal rating (3388 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
40. Inception (2010)
Worldwide Gross: 825,532,764 $


Director: Christopher Nolan
Country:
Release: July 16th 2010
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People who added this item 7571  Average listal rating (4858 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.3 
41. Spider-Man (2002)
Worldwide Gross: 821,708,551 $

Director: Sam Raimi
Country:
Release: May 3rd 2002
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People who added this item 4636  Average listal rating (3243 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
42. Independence Day (1996)
Worldwide Gross: 817,400,891 $

Director: Roland Emmerich
Country:
Release: July 3rd 1996
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People who added this item 3111  Average listal rating (1866 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
43. Shrek the Third (2007)
Worldwide Gross: 798,958,162 $

Director: Raman Hui & Chris Miller
Country:
Release: May 18th 2007

People who added this item 5818  Average listal rating (3877 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
44. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 796,688,549 $

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Country: &
Release: June 4th 2004

People who added this item 5775  Average listal rating (3817 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.9 
45. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Worldwide Gross: 792,910,554 $

Director: Steven Spielberg
Country:
Release: June 11th 1982
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People who added this item 596  Average listal rating (350 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
46. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Worldwide Gross: 788,679,850 $

Director: Justin Lin
Country:
Release: May 24th 2013

People who added this item 2949  Average listal rating (1865 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
47. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal... (2008)
Worldwide Gross: 786,636,033 $

Director: Steven Spielberg
Country:
Release: May 22nd 2008

People who added this item 6230  Average listal rating (4108 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
48. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Worldwide Gross: 783,766,341 $

Director: Sam Raimi
Country:
Release: July 30th 2004

People who added this item 5321  Average listal rating (3578 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
49. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Worldwide Gross: 775,398,007 $

Director: George Lucas
Country:
Release: May 25th 1977
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People who added this item 2132  Average listal rating (1390 ratings) 5.3  IMDB Rating 5.8 
50. 2012 (2009)
Worldwide Gross: 769,679,473 $

Director: Roland Emmerich
Country:
Release: November 13th 2009


 

The movies with the biggest gross (not adapted to inflation), as seen at Box Office Mojo

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Comments

Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 24 13:02
what criteria is this? your own personal most successful? from a list? from top box office sales?
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Apr 17 18:52
It's the box office sales worldwide. my source is www.boxofficemojo.com - look there to see the full (and up-to-date) list! :-)
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Oct 4 18:55
You should convert the dollars to the same standard. 1$ back in the 70's was worth a lot more than 1$ now. Convert the revenue into 2009 dollars.
That's why gone with the wind is always at the top of those lists. :D
Posted: 4 years, 11 months ago at Oct 6 11:33
Hello Steerpike,
I agree that with some points - This list doesn't say anything about how many people watched the movies in cinema or how much the revenue of the movies was worth at the time.

But on the other hand - how can I convert the gross? I need the mean ticket prices for each year. Then I need to calculate the gross for every single movie. The question is: is it worth it? It is a lot of work.

And what about the movies that are not on this list? There are a lot of movies that would be in this list if I would convert the grosses. For example Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Its converted gross would be 782,620,000 $, but it is not in this list because its "real" gross was only 184,925,486 $. And there are many others like this. So I would not be able to create a complete list.

I hope you can understand my problems...
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Dec 26 18:26
Wow. It wasn't until #49 until the list hit a movie that I would watch again and until #74 that the list hit a movie I'd call "really good". Me and popularity don't seem to mix.

It's interesting to have the list for reference.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Apr 3 20:36
amazing.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Feb 11 19:42
i hate most of them xD
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 25 20:08
No Canada..lol :P
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 14 20:54
i didn't like avatar
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Nov 16 16:43
lord of the rings all the way!
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 20 22:47
Update it
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Jun 8 1:18
Now Avengers is in third place
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 30 21:02
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jul 1 16:23
I'm kind of busy right now. I added avengers and will update the whole list in a month or so... Please be patient.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Apr 1 1:13
that can't be true. Just because they earned a lot of money, doesn't mean they will be remembered for ever. here in austria nobody was impressed about skyfall and the hobbit
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Jun 7 10:52
awesome
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jun 27 4:34
great list!!!
Posted: 6 months, 4 weeks ago at Feb 18 22:44
Transformer : The Dark Of The Moon is one of the most forgettable movie on this list and that means a bunch of honest worker have been robbed again by Micheal Bay and his gang. great work : )
Posted: 2 months, 4 weeks ago at Jun 17 13:43
Great list!

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