50 Highest-Grossing Movies in the World

Movies have been a beloved form of entertainment for decades, and some have even gone on to become cultural phenomena. While critical acclaim is important, commercial success is also a major factor in determining a film’s impact. In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 50 highest-grossing movies of all time, based on their worldwide box office gross.

1. Avatar (2009)

Avatar, directed by James Cameron, is a science fiction epic set on the distant planet of Pandora. The film follows Jake Sully, a paraplegic Marine who is sent to Pandora to participate in the Avatar Program, which allows him to control a genetically engineered body in the form of a Na’vi, a humanoid species native to Pandora.

Avatar was a groundbreaking film in terms of its use of special effects and 3D technology, and it went on to become a massive commercial success. With a worldwide gross of $2.8 billion, it is currently the highest-grossing film of all time.

2. Titanic (1997)

Titanic, also directed by James Cameron, is a romantic drama set on the fateful voyage of the RMS Titanic. The film follows the story of Jack and Rose, two young people from different social classes who fall in love on the ship.

Titanic was a massive critical and commercial success, and it won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron. With a worldwide gross of $2.2 billion, it is currently the second highest-grossing film of all time.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the Star Wars franchise, is set 30 years after the events of the original trilogy. The film follows a new set of characters, including Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron, as they join forces with the Resistance to fight against the First Order, a new iteration of the Galactic Empire.

The Force Awakens was highly anticipated, and it did not disappoint at the box office. With a worldwide gross of $2.07 billion, it is currently the third highest-grossing film of all time.

4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame is the culminating film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Infinity Saga.” The film follows the remaining Avengers as they attempt to reverse the destruction caused by Thanos in the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War.

Endgame was highly anticipated and lived up to the hype, breaking numerous box office records. With a worldwide gross of $2.798 billion, it is currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

5. Jurassic World (2015)

Jurassic World is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, set 22 years after the events of the original film. The film follows Owen Grady, a dinosaur trainer, and Claire Dearing, the park’s operations manager, as they attempt to save the park’s visitors and dinosaurs from a genetically modified dinosaur that escapes its enclosure.

Jurassic World was a massive commercial success, grossing $1.67 billion worldwide. It is currently the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

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6. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Marvel’s The Avengers, the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Infinity Saga,” brings together several superhero characters from the Marvel Comics universe, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, as they team up to fight against the alien villain, Loki.

The Avengers was a critical and commercial success, grossing $1.52 billion worldwide. It is currently the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.

7. Furious 7 (2015)

Furious 7, the seventh film in the Fast & Furious franchise, follows Dominic Toretto and his team as they are targeted by a mysterious assassin seeking revenge.

Furious 7 was a commercial success, grossing $1.5 billion worldwide. It is currently the seventh highest-grossing film of all time.

8. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War is the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Infinity Saga.” The film follows the Avengers as they team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight against the powerful villain, Thanos, who is attempting to collect the Infinity Stones in order to wipe out half of all life in the universe.

Infinity War was a commercial success, grossing $2.048 billion worldwide. It is currently the eighth highest-grossing film of all time.

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they attempt to destroy the remaining Horcruxes in order to defeat the dark wizard, Voldemort.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was a commercial success, grossing $1.34 billion worldwide. It is currently the ninth highest-grossing film of all time.

10. Frozen II (2019)

Frozen II is the sequel to the 2013 film, Frozen. The film follows Elsa, Anna, and their friends as they journey to an enchanted forest in order to uncover the truth about Elsa’s powers and save their kingdom.

Frozen II was a commercial success, grossing $1.45 billion worldwide. It is currently the tenth highest-grossing film of all time.

11. The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King, a live-action remake of the 1994 animated film of the same name, follows Simba, a young lion prince, as he learns the responsibilities of being a king and takes his rightful place as the leader of the Pride Lands.

The Lion King was a commercial success, grossing $1.65 billion worldwide. It is currently the eleventh highest-grossing film of all time.

12. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Infinity Saga” to feature Tom Holland as Spider-Man. The film follows Peter Parker as he joins his friends on a school trip to Europe, where he must team up with Nick Fury to stop a group of elemental creatures from destroying the continent.

Far From Home was a commercial success, grossing $1.13 billion worldwide. It is currently the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time.

13. Frozen (2013)

Frozen, an animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, follows Elsa, a princess with the power to create ice and snow, and her sister, Anna, as they try to save their kingdom from an eternal winter.

Frozen was a massive commercial success, grossing $1.28 billion worldwide. It is currently the thirteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

14. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the Fast & Furious franchise , follows Dominic Toretto and his team as they race to stop Cipher, a mysterious woman who has manipulated Dom into turning against his team.

The Fate of the Furious was a commercial success, grossing $1.23 billion worldwide. It is currently the fourteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

15. Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a female superhero as the lead character. The film follows Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot, as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes after Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien civilizations.

Captain Marvel was a commercial success, grossing $1.13 billion worldwide. It is currently the fifteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

16. Minions (2015)

Minions, a spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise, follows the misadventures of the lovable yellow creatures as they search for a new boss to serve.

Minions was a commercial success, grossing $1.16 billion worldwide. It is currently the sixteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

17. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast, a live-action adaptation of the animated film of the same name, follows Belle, a young woman who is held captive by a prince who has been cursed to live as a beast.

Beauty and the Beast was a commercial success, grossing $1.26 billion worldwide. It is currently the seventeenth highest-grossing film of all time.

18. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets, an animated film produced by Illumination Entertainment, follows the lives of a group of pets living in New York City as they go on a series of adventures.

The Secret Life of Pets was a commercial success, grossing $875 million worldwide. It is currently the eighteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they search for the remaining Horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort.

Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was a commercial success, grossing $960 million worldwide. It is currently the nineteenth highest-grossing film of all time.

20. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature Tom Holland as Spider-Man. The film follows Peter Parker as he tries to balance his life as a high school student with his responsibilities as Spider-Man, all while trying to stop the villainous Vulture from wreaking havoc in New York City.

Homecoming was a commercial success, grossing $880 million worldwide. It is currently the twentieth highest-grossing film of all time.

21. The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight, the second film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, follows Batman as he battles the Joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind, in an attempt to save Gotham City from destruction.

The Dark Knight was a critical and commercial success, grossing $1.005 billion worldwide. It is currently the twenty-first highest-grossing film of all time.

22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry as he returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his fifth year and confronts the growing threat of Lord Voldemort.

Order of the Phoenix was a commercial success, grossing $940 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-second highest-grossing film of all time.

23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry as he competes in the Triwizard Tournament and confronts the return of Lord Voldemort.

Goblet of Fire was a commercial success, grossing $896 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-third highest-grossing film of all time.

24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry as he returns to Hogwarts for his second year and uncovers a dark secret hidden within the school.

Chamber of Secrets was a commercial success, grossing $879 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry as he returns to Hogwarts for his third year and learns more about the dark past of his parents.

Prisoner of Azkaban was a commercial success, grossing $796 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first film in the Harry Potter franchise, introduces us to the young wizard Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Philosopher’s Stone was a commercial success, grossing $975 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-sixth highest-grossing film of all time.

27. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Spider-Man 3, the third film in the original Spider-Man trilogy, follows Peter Parker as he faces off against the Sandman and the Venom symbiote, all while trying to repair his relationships with those he cares about.

Spider-Man 3 was a commercial success, grossing $890 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-seventh highest-grossing film of all time.

28. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the Harry Potter franchise, follows Harry as he learns more about the dark history of Lord Voldemort and the Horcruxes, objects that contain pieces of his soul.

Half-Blood Prince was a commercial success, grossing $934 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-eighth highest-grossing film of all time.

29. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2, the second film in the original Spider-Man trilogy, follows Peter Parker as he struggles to balance his responsibilities as Spider-Man with his personal life, all while facing off against the villainous Doctor Octopus.

Spider-Man 2 was a commercial success, grossing $783 million worldwide. It is currently the twenty-ninth highest-grossing film of all time.

30. Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man, the first film in the original Spider-Man trilogy, introduces us to the beloved superhero and follows his journey as he learns to harness his powers and become the hero that New York City needs.

Spider-Man was a commercial success, grossing $822 million worldwide. It is currently the thirtieth highest-grossing film of all time.

31. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, follows Batman as he emerges from retirement to save Gotham City from the terrorist Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises was a commercial success, grossing $1.085 billion worldwide. It is currently the thirty-first highest-grossing film of all time.

32. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3, the third film in the Iron Man trilogy, follows Tony Stark as he battles the terrorist Mandarin and tries to come to terms with the events of the previous film, The Avengers.

Iron Man 3 was a commercial success, grossing $1.214 billion worldwide. It is currently the thirty-second highest-grossing film of all time.

33. Frozen Fever (2015)

Frozen Fever is a short film that serves as a sequel to the 2013 film, Frozen. The film follows Elsa, Anna, and their friends as they celebrate Elsa’s birthday and try to keep her powers in check.

Frozen Fever was a commercial success, grossing $5.3 million worldwide. It is currently the thirty-third highest-grossing film of all time.

34. Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange is the fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who discovers the mystical arts after a car accident damages his hands, as he becomes a powerful sorcerer and fights against the ancient entity, Dormammu.

Doctor Strange was a commercial success, grossing $677 million worldwide. It is currently the thirty-fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

35. Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther is the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows T’Challa, the king of Wakanda and the superhero known as Black Panther, as he tries to defend his kingdom from the villainous Erik Killmonger.

Black Panther was a critical and commercial success, grossing $1.346 billion worldwide. It is currently the thirty-fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

36. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the fifteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows the Guardians as they continue their adventures through the cosmos and encounter new allies and enemies, including Peter Quill’s father, Ego.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a commercial success, grossing $863 million worldwide. It is currently the thirty-sixth highest-grossing film of all time.

37. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man is the first film in a rebooted Spider-Man trilogy. The film follows Peter Parker as he discovers his powers and tries to stop the cross-species scientist, Dr. Curt Connors, from unleashing a deadly virus on New York City.

The Amazing Spider-Man was a commercial success, grossing $757 million worldwide. It is currently the thirty-seventh highest-grossing film of all time.

38. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows a group

of misfits, including Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot, as they team up to stop the villainous Ronan from destroying the universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy was a commercial success, grossing $773 million worldwide. It is currently the thirty-eighth highest-grossing film of all time.

39. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the second film in the rebooted Spider-Man trilogy. The film follows Peter Parker as he battles the villains Electro and Green Goblin, all while trying to protect those he loves.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a commercial success, grossing $708 million worldwide. It is currently the thirty-ninth highest-grossing film of all time.

40. Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2 is the sequel to the 2004 film, The Incredibles. The film follows the Parr family as they try to balance their superhero duties with their personal lives, all while fighting against the villainous Screenslaver.

Incredibles 2 was a commercial success, grossing $1.243 billion worldwide. It is currently the fortieth highest-grossing film of all time.

41. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War is the third film in the Captain America trilogy and the thirteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows the Avengers as they are torn apart by political pressure and personal differences, leading to a showdown between Captain America and Iron Man.

Civil War was a commercial success, grossing $1.153 billion worldwide. It is currently the forty-first highest-grossing film of all time.

42. The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles is an animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film follows the Parr family, a family of superheroes who must hide their powers, as they team up to fight against the villainous Syndrome.

The Incredibles was a commercial success, grossing $631 million worldwide. It is currently the forty-second highest-grossing film of all time.

43. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second film in the Captain America trilogy and the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Captain America as he teams up with Black Widow and the Falcon to stop a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Winter Soldier was a commercial success, grossing $714 million worldwide. It is currently the forty-third highest-grossing film of all time.

44. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger is the first film in the Captain America trilogy and the fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Steve Rogers, a frail man transformed into the super-soldier Captain America, as he fights for American ideals during World War II.

The First Avenger was a commercial success, grossing $371 million worldwide. It is currently the forty-fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

45. Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness is the upcoming sequel to the 2016 film, Doctor Strange. The film follows Stephen Strange as he explores the multiverse and battles against the villainous Nightmare.

In the Multiverse of Madness is currently in production and is set to be released in 2022.

46. Shrek 2 (2004)

Shrek 2, the sequel to the 2001 film, Shrek, follows the ogre Shrek and his new bride, Fiona, as they visit her parents in the Kingdom of Far Far Away and confront Fiona’s former fiancĂ©, Prince Charming.

Shrek 2 was a commercial success, grossing $919 million worldwide. It is currently the forty-fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

46. Shrek the Third (2007)

Shrek the Third, the third film in the Shrek franchise, follows Shrek as he becomes the new King of Far Far Away and tries to find a suitable heir to the throne, leading him to confront the villainous Prince Charming once again.

Shrek the Third was a commercial success, grossing $798 million worldwide. It is currently the forty-sixth highest-grossing film of all time.

47. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film follows Peter Parker as he goes on a school trip to Europe and faces off against the Elementals and the mysterious Mysterio.

Far From Home was a commercial success, grossing $1.131 billion worldwide. It is currently the forty-seventh highest-grossing film of all time.

48. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film that follows Miles Morales, a teenager who becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, as he teams up with other Spider-People from different dimensions to stop the villainous Kingpin.

Into the Spider-Verse was a critical and commercial success, grossing $375 million worldwide. It is currently the forty-eighth highest-grossing film of all time.

49. The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King is a live-action adaptation of the animated film of the same name. The film follows Simba, a young lion who is forced to flee his kingdom after his uncle, Scar, murders his father and takes over the throne.

The Lion King was a commercial success, grossing $1.657 billion worldwide. It is currently the forty-ninth highest-grossing film of all time.

50. Frozen (2013)

Frozen, an animated film produced by Pixar, follows Elsa, a princess with the power to create ice and snow, as she embarks on a journey to find her sister, Anna, and end an eternal winter that she accidentally caused.

Frozen was a commercial and critical success, grossing $1.276 billion worldwide. It is currently the fiftieth highest-grossing film of all time.

Conclusion

The highest-grossing films of all time are a diverse group of films from various genres and franchises. These films have captivated audiences around the world and have cemented their place in cinematic history.

By Andrew

Andrew started the media firm 360Affairs and runs the company as CEO. For more than five years, he has worked as a content marketer and SEO specialist, and he has contributed articles on blogging and website strategy to a variety of outlets.

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