A list of the top-grossing movies in the world. From 1927 to now, it is easy to see how these movies have changed Hollywood with their box office numbers. This list has been created according to current international standards. Grosses are counted in dollars, not in Euros or other currencies. Weekend box office figures are not taken into consideration.
- Fiddler on the Roof
This musical set in 1905 Russia is the top-grossing movie in the world. The film was released twice and grossed over 100 million dollars, then it was re-released in 1972 with inflation and went on to be made into a successful stage play. This movie has won countless awards, including an Academy Award for best original score. Even though many other movies have earned more at the box office, no other film has ever achieved “Oscar” status like this one.
The 2009 motion picture Avatar was released on December 18th, 2008, and is regarded as one of the best movies ever made based on its artistic quality, story, and overall profitability. It broke records by grossing over 827 million dollars in the first few weeks of its release. It is expected to earn over $2 billion worldwide a decade from now.
- The Phantom Menace
It was released on May 19th, 1999, and fans, critics, and the media regard this film as the most anticipated. It made $1,027 million worldwide and became the sixth highest-grossing movie, even though it is not among cinema’s greatest masterpieces.
- Return of the King
Released in the summer of 2003, this movie is widely regarded as the best film of that year. It is arguably the greatest fantasy epic ever made, with an overall box office gross of $937 million.
- The Lord of the Rings
The final installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy was released on December 17th, 2003. It became one of only four movies to gross over 900 million dollars within two months and one of only two movies to reach $1 billion in 3 years.
- Back to the Future
Released in theaters in 1985, this film has become one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time and is still being watched by a new generation every day. It has earned an estimated 811 million dollars at the box office, even though it was released 30 years ago! It has also made over $25 billion in revenue to date, with many re-releases worldwide.
- The Sound of Music
This film was released in December 1965 and has become the second highest-grossing movie. This movie has earned over 659 million dollars at the box office. It continues to be shown yearly on TV, making millions more in profit for NBCUniversal, 20th Century Fox, and affiliated companies annually! It was also nominated for 10 Academy Awards but did not win any.
The film was released in 1997, this is the second film to be released in the same year that grossed over 1 billion dollars. It is also considered one of the best films ever made, with a Rotten Tomato score of 94% and an average rating of 8.7/10 from over 500,000 critics worldwide!
It is also the highest-grossing film in the 21st century, with over 2.18 billion dollars at the box office. This film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 3 categories, including Best Original Song and Best Sound Mixing. It also set a record for becoming the first film to earn over 1 billion dollars in 2 years while being the second highest-grossing movie.
- Finding Nemo
This animated film was released in May 2003 and has become one of the highest-grossing films of all time. It earned over $921 million, contributed to a successful spin-off series, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year.
- The Shawshank Redemption
This film was released in August 1994 and became the second highest-grossing movie. It was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. It is also considered one of the best prison movies ever made and influenced many other films, including the television series Prison Break.
In 2000, Tim Robbins received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role with this movie’s success at the box office!
The top-grossing movies of all time are changing the entertainment world and contributing to the world economy. Films such as The Sound of Music and The Lord of the Rings have created a new source of income for theaters, which is why we will see movies like them played in theaters for years to come. These films are also a great source of income for their affiliated companies and movie producers, who continue to earn money from re-releases on TV, DVD sales, and video streaming platforms.