List of highest-grossing fantasy films

The following is a list of highest-grossing fantasy films of all time.

Highest-grossing fantasy films edit

The following is a list of the highest-grossing fantasy films of all time. The top 12 are among the highest-grossing films of all time. Superhero films and science fiction films often have some fantasy elements but are not included here, having their own separate lists.

  † Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 1 March 2024 in theaters around the world.
Highest-grossing films[1]
Rank Film Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Frozen II $1,450,026,933 2019 [2]
2 Barbie $1,403,778,771 2023 [3]
3 The Super Mario Bros. Movie $1,362,680,539 2023 [4][5]
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,342,321,665 2011 [2]
5 Frozen $1,290,000,000 2013 F
6 Beauty and the Beast $1,263,521,126 2017 [2]
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,146,030,912 2003 [2]
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $1,066,179,725 2006 [2]
9 Aladdin $1,050,693,953 2019 [2]
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $1,045,713,802 2011 [2]
11 Alice in Wonderland $1,025,467,110 2010 [2]
12 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $1,017,003,568 2012 [2]
13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $1,006,968,171 2001 [2]
14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $976,941,486 2010 [2]
15 The Jungle Book $967,724,775 2016 [2]
16 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $962,542,945 2017 [2]
17 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $960,996,492 2007 [2]
18 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $958,366,855 2013 [2]
19 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $956,019,788 2014 [2]
20 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $947,495,095 2002 [2]
21 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $942,172,396 2007 [2]
22 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $934,454,096 2009 [2]
23 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 2004 [2]
24 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $897,690,072 2001 [2]
25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $896,678,241 2005 [2]
26 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $879,602,366 2002 [2]
27 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $829,747,654 2012 [2]
28 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them $814,044,001 2016 [2]
29 Shrek the Third $813,367,380 2007 [6]
30 Coco $807,817,888 2017 [2]
31 Jumanji: The Next Level $800,059,707 2019 [2]
32 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $797,361,618 2004 [2]
33 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales $794,881,442 2017 [2]
34 Maleficent $758,411,779 2014 [2]
35 Shrek Forever After $752,600,867 2010 [2]
36 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $745,013,115 2005 [7]
37 Ne Zha $742,718,496 2019 [8]
38 Up $735,099,102 2009 [9]
39 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $712,171,856 2011 [10]
40 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $709,827,462 2009 [11]
41 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $698,491,347 2010 [12]
42 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $654,855,901 2018 [13]
43 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $654,264,015 2003 [14]
44 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $621,537,519 2014 [15]
45 Wonka $618,420,411 2023 [16]
46 Night at the Museum $574,481,229 2006 [17]
47 The Smurfs $563,749,323 2011 [18]
48 Puss in Boots $554,987,477 2011 [19]
49 Cinderella $542,358,331 2015 [20]
50 Aladdin $504,050,219 1992 [21]

FBox Office Mojo stopped updating its main total for Frozen in August 2014, while it was still in release. The total listed here incorporates subsequent earnings in Japan, Nigeria, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany up to the end of 2015 but omits earnings in Turkey, Iceland, Brazil, and Australia (2016), which amount to a few hundred thousand dollars. The total is rounded to $1 million to compensate for the numerical inaccuracy. It was re-released in the United Kingdom in December 2017 with Olaf's Frozen Adventure earning an additional $2.3 million.

Biggest worldwide openings on record for fantasy films edit

This list charts films the biggest worldwide openings. Since films do not open on Fridays in many markets, the 'opening' is taken to be the gross between the first day of release and the first Sunday following the movie's release. Figures prior to the year 2002 are not available.

Since many American films do not open in all markets at the same time, the 'opening' gross varies depending on when it was released in the US-Canada market. For example, for films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 which opened in the US-Canada market and in most other major markets during the same weekend, the 'opening' is the total gross of the film during that weekend. On the other hand, for films which opened in several markets a week ahead of their respective releases in the US-Canada market, the 'opening' is the sum of the opening grosses in the markets where they were released first and the opening in the US-Canada market. In the latter case, the opening grosses from territories after the initial overseas opening are not included in the 'opening' of the film. In all cases, if a film opens in a market after its release in the US-Canada market, that opening is not included in the 'opening' of the film.

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)[22]
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2011 $483,189,427
2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $394,022,354
3 The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2023 $377,200,000[23]
4 Frozen II 2019 $358,503,293
5 Beauty and the Beast 2017 $357,026,593[24]
6 Barbie 2023 $356,322,044[25]
7 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 $350,653,677
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $343,972,864
9 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012 $340,667,634
10 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $332,715,157
11 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 2010 $330,017,372
12 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 2011 $291,022,261
13 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $274,939,137
14 The Mermaid 2016 $274,049,983[26]
15 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017 $271,809,637
16 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2018 $253,663,104
17 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $250,000,534
18 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 $228,893,465
19 Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification 2020 $151,700,000[27]
20 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 $222,617,303
21 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 $219,903,387
22 Aladdin 2019 $214,700,000
23 Alice in Wonderland 2010 $210,101,023
24 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 $209,845,197
25 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $207,200,000
26 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 $189,900,000
27 Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire 2005 $188,200,000
28 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $182,300,000
29 Maleficent 2014 $170,000,000
30 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 2019 $155,100,000
31 Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 $149,000,000
32 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 $147,900,000
33 Shrek the Third 2007 $136,800,000
34 Shrek 2 2004 $131,100,000
35 Dumbo 2019 $119,500,000
36 Frozen 2013 $110,600,000
37 Wrath of the Titans 2012 $109,600,000
38 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 $107,100,000

Highest-grossing fantasy films by year edit

High-grossing films by year of release
Year Title Worldwide gross Budget Reference(s)
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $1,006,968,171 ($974,755,371) $125,000,000 [28]
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $947,495,095 ($936,689,735) $94,000,000 [29]
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,146,030,912 ($1,140,692,011) $94,000,000 [30]
2004 Shrek 2 $919,838,758 $150,000,000 [31]
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $896,346,413 ($895,921,036) $150,000,000 [32]
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $1,066,179,725 $225,000,000 [2]
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $963,420,425 $300,000,000 [2]
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $419,665,568 $225,000,000 [33]
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $934,454,096 ($933,959,197) $250,000,000 [34]
2010 Alice in Wonderland $1,025,468,216($1,025,467,110) $200,000,000 [35]
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,342,321,665 ($1,341,511,219) $125,000,000 [36]
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $1,017,003,568 $200,000,000 [2]
2013 Frozen $1,290,000,000 ($1,287,000,000) $150,000,000 [37]
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $956,019,788 $209,000,000 [2]
2015 Cinderella $542,358,331 ($542,351,353) $84,210,000 [38]
2016 The Jungle Book $966,554,929 ($966,550,600) $175,000,000 [39]
2017 Beauty and the Beast $1,264,434,525 ($1,263,521,126) $255,000,000 [40]
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $654,855,901 $200,000,000 [2]
2019 Frozen II $1,450,026,933 $150,000,000 [2]
2020 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train $503,063,688 $15,850,000 [41]
2021 A Writer's Odyssey $159,848,488 TBA [42]
2022 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore $407,150,844 $200,000,000 [43]
2023 Barbie $1,403,778,771 $145,000,000 [44][3]

(...) Since grosses are not limited to original theatrical runs, a film's first-run gross is included in brackets after the total if known.

TBATo be ascertained.

Timeline of highest-grossing fantasy films edit

The following is a timeline of highest-grossing fantasy films of all time.

Timeline of the highest-grossing film record
Established Title Record setting gross Reference(s)
1991 Beauty and the Beast $331,907,151 [45]
1992 Aladdin $504,050,219 [2]
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone $974,755,371 [28]
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,140,682,011 [30]
2005 $1,141,093,340
2011 $1,141,911,920
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,341,511,219 [36]
2016 $1,341,836,224
2018 $1,342,028,110
2019 Frozen II $1,450,026,933 [2]

Includes revenue from re-releases. If a film increased its gross through re-releases while holding the record, the year in which it recorded its highest gross is also noted in italics.

Highest-grossing fantasy film series & franchises edit

The following is a list of the highest-grossing fantasy film series & franchises of all time. The top 6 are along the highest grossing film series and franchises of all time. The Wizarding World has the highest gross with a total gross of $9.6 billion, while Frozen has the highest average with $1.4 billion.

Highest-grossing fantasy film series & franchises (The films in each series can be viewed by selecting "show".)
Rank Series Total worldwide gross No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

Box office admissions edit

Film Year Known ticket sales (est.) Territories with known ticket sales data[a] Notes
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001 148,973,885 USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, Brazil, South Korea [b]
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 142,573,659 USA, Canada, Europe, Korea, South America, Australia, Japan [c]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 130,420,246 Worldwide [51]

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Box office territories for which the film's ticket sales data are currently known
  2. ^ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:
    • United States, Canada, Europe (excluding Turkey) – 118,168,288[47]
    • Japan, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey – 30,805,597[48]
  3. ^ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    • United States, Canada, Europe – 116,823,097[49]
    • South Korea, Chile, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Japan – 25,750,562[50]

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    Total: $1,146,030,912
    Original Release: $1,140,682,011
    2005 Re-release: $411,329
    2011 Re-release: $818,580
    2017 Re-release: $307,481
    2020 Re-release: $237,586
    2021 Re-release: $3,573,925
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    Total: $1,342,321,665
    Original Release: $1,341,511,219
    2016 Re-release: $325,005
    2018 Re-release: $191,886
    2017 Re-release: $307,481
    2020 Re-release: $293,555
  37. ^ Frozen
    Total as of 3 August 2014: $247,650,477
    Total as of 31 August 2014: $249,036,646
    Total as of 17 August 2014: $167,333
    Total as of 27 July 2014: $21,668,593
    Total as of 2 November 2014: $22,492,845
    Total as of 8 June 2014: £39,090,985
    Total as of 30 November 2014: £40,960,083 ($1 = £0.63866)
    Total as of 7 December 2014: £41,087,765 ($1 = £0.64136)
    Total as of 14 December 2014: £41,170,608 ($1 = £0.636)
    Total as of 26 November 2017: £42,840,559 ($1 = £0.7497)
    Total as of 3 December 2017: £42,976,318 ($1 = £0.742)
    Total as of 30 March 2014: €35,098,170
    Total as of 18 October 2015: €42,526,744
    nb. the exact euro to dollar conversion rate is unknown for earnings since April 2014, but the euro never fell below parity with the dollar during 2014 and 2015 (as can be verified by comparing the exchange rate on the individual date entries at the provided reference) so an approximate conversion rate of €1: $1 is used here to give a lower-bound.
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