Movies these days get a heck of a lot money from people going to see them at the cinema. Some say cinema may be failing due to often being able to see the film somewhere on the internet, however if recent figures are to suggest, those people are wrong. Cinema is stronger than ever with 3D and IMAX eclipsing all the blockbuster movies and bringing in multiple billions of dollars for the film companies.
9 of these 10 films on this list are from 2000+ as this is when cinema prices went up, movies were advertised more and trailers for film became almost a must-have if you wanted anyone to see it. Plus the rise of internet brought the potential for advertising into everyone’s homes. However, there is one 1997 gem on this list. So let’s get into the top 10 grossing films of all time.
10. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon – $1.123bn
The original Transformers series started off quite well, wowing people with it’s stunning CGI and a genuinely solid storyline considering it was a film about robots from space essentially. However, the third and final installment proved to be the biggest seller. Coming in at tenth place is Transformers: Dark Of The Moon grossing $1.123bn.
9. Iron Man 3 – $1.215bn
The Iron Man series did really well, almost all in part to Robert Downey Jr’s perfect fitting as Tony Stark. Downey Jr does incredibly well in almost any role that he’s cast in, but he absolutely shines when he plays Tony Stark and has become arguably the fans’ favourite member of the Avengers films just for that alone. The third installment in the series racked in $1.215bn worldwide.
8. Frozen – $1.279bn
Frozen became the movie if 2014, absolutely taking the world by storm. ‘Let It Go’ went to number one in charts across the world and kids, adults and everyone was singing the song whether they liked to admit they knew it or not. It’s no surprise then that this made it the highest-grossing animated film in history, raking in a staggering $1.279bn.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $1.341bn
A film here that isn’t really much of a surprise to see on this list. The final Harry Potter film was arguably on of the biggest films of this decade, potentially in cinema history. The series running up to it had created such a huge fan base it was hardly possible. The final film in the series did not disappoint with an incredible showdown with some of our favorite characters. The film grossed $1.341bn worldwide.
6. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.393bn
The Avengers films have absolutely taken cinema by storm, taking Marvel into the cinema spotlight. Every time a new Marvel film comes out, it tops the Box Office charts without fail and sequel to the original The Avengers is no different, taking in $1.393bn worldwide at the box offices.
5. Furious 7 – $1.511bn
With Paul Walker’s death leaving a lot of Furious fans distraught and a promised testimony to his time in the films and his life, Furious 7 was always going to be a good seller. The film came with lots of fast cars, some great, pumping music to go with it and plenty and plenty of action. The film, therefore, grossed $1.511bn worldwide.
4. Jurassic World – $1.514bn
The original Jurassic Park is the 18th top grossing film of all time but the new film Jurassic World grossed almost half a billion dollars more than the original. The new Jurassic World film had everyone who had seen the original film going and plenty of new families and the new generation going to see it too. Despite earning $1.514bn, it will never be as big or as close to our hearts as the original Jurassic Park.
3. The Avengers – $1.519bn
The Avengers is the only movie series where both the original and the sequel made it into the top 10. That goes to show just how incredibly huge these films were. We remember The Avengers coming out, checking IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic etc and it actually having a really good rating. Finally, a really good superhero film that wasn’t from the Dark Knight series. Grossing $1.519bn this was arguably the start of Marvel’s huge dominance in the film space since.
2. Titanic – $2.186bn
Titanic is our only film on this list from outside the noughties and beyond. Coming out in 1997, Titanic hit the hearts of women and men all over the world. Creating a story out of one of the more famous sunken ships it absolutely smashed the box office, keeping the number one spot for 12 years. Obviously having one of the most famous theme songs of all times helped. $2.186bn is how much it grossed worldwide, over $600m more than The Avengers.
1. Avatar – $2.787bn
The highest grossing film of all time is Avatar. The film that took animation to a whole different level. The film that took 5 years to make and as a result the film that brought in nearly $3bn in box office money worldwide. The film was shot in 3d, offering up some stunning fight scenes, the whole story was original and created a whole new world and idea for people to invest themselves in. The story wasn’t the strongest but when you can make lanky blue men look touchable, you’re doing something right. Bringing in $2.787bn, Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time.