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List of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada

The following is a list of the highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada, a market known in the film industry as the North American box office and the domestic box office,[1][2] and where "gross" is defined in US dollars.

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Not adjusted for inflationEdit

This is a list of the highest-grossing films in the U.S. and Canada,[3] a market known in the film industry as the North American box office, or as the domestic box office within the U.S. itself.[1][2] The chart is ranked by lifetime gross, and for comparison, the figures adjusted for the effects of inflation are also listed, using the U.S. consumer price index;[4] a film's earnings from its initial release are also included to provide a basis for comparison between films released around the same time.

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Rank Title Initial gross
(unadjusted)
Lifetime gross Year
Unadjusted Adjusted
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $936,662,225 $936,662,225 $990,050,525 2015
2 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $887,940,706 2009
3 Black Panther $700,059,566 $700,059,566 $700,059,566 2018
4 Avengers: Infinity War $678,815,482 $678,815,482 $678,815,482 2018
5 Titanic $600,788,188 $659,363,944 $1,001,549,839 1997
6 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $689,449,043 2015
7 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $680,281,447 2012
8 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $620,181,382 $620,181,382 $633,905,189 2017
9 Incredibles 2 $608,581,744 $608,581,744 $608,581,744 2018
10 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $622,293,792 2008
11 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $532,177,324 $532,177,324 $555,568,923 2016
12 Beauty and the Beast $504,014,165 $504,014,165 $515,167,343 2017
13 Finding Dory $486,295,561 $486,295,561 $507,670,449 2016
14 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $695,779,452 1999
15 Star Wars $221,280,994* $460,998,007 $1,464,388,067 1977
16 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $485,168,494 2015
17 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $489,062,078 2012
18 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $585,269,981 2004
19 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,197,037 $435,110,554 $1,076,307,742 1982
20 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $456,760,818 2013
21 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $526,105,109 2006
22 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $655,661,263 1994
23 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $416,769,345 $416,769,345 $416,769,345 2018
24 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $476,815,465 2010
25 Wonder Woman $412,563,408 $412,563,408 $421,692,900 2017
26 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $439,923,766 2013
27 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $408,084,349 $426,021,501 2016
28 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $445,269,242 2012
29 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404,515,480 $404,515,480 $413,466,881 2017
30 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $562,350,656 2002
31 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $668,111,962 1993
32 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $469,598,305 2009
33 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $431,022,353 2013
34 Captain Marvel   $400,031,743 $400,031,743 $400,031,743 2019
35 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 $398,439,158 2017
36 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,193,157 $424,536,001 2011
37 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $507,567,460 2003
38 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $487,827,087 2005
39 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $514,413,641 2003
40 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $495,547,512 2004
41 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $491,807,404 2004
42 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $384,576,486 2016
43 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $395,876,181 2013
44 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $380,000,618 2016
45 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $379,029,308 2016
46 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $376,779,478 2015
47 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $373,127,875 2015
48 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $392,477,574 2011
49 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $370,551,231 2014
50 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $476,888,215 2002
51 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $356,268,530 2016
52 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $356,802,935 2014
53 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $406,634,032 2007
54 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $355,199,860 2015
55 Aquaman $335,061,807 $335,061,807 $335,061,807 2018
56 Spider-Man: Homecoming $334,201,140 $334,201,140 $341,596,577 2017
57 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $383,965,339 2010
58 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $352,612,682 2014
59 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $344,881,018 2016
60 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $557,902,718 1994
61 It $327,481,748 $327,481,748 $334,728,493 2017
62 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $339,389,671 2016
63 Deadpool 2 $324,591,735 $324,591,735 $324,591,735 2018
64 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $389,946,792 2007
65 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $385,749,412 2007
66 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $370,529,321 2008
67 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,871,467 $449,652,488 2001
68 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $369,003,760 2008
69 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $446,176,758 2001
70 Thor: Ragnarok $315,058,289 $315,058,289 $322,030,119 2017
71 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $358,616,559 2010
72 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $432,763,215 2002
73 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $373,876,806 2007
74 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617* $309,306,177 $732,562,698 1983
75 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $489,104,269 1996
76 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $415,966,243 2003
77 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $332,153,722 2012
78 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $330,673,121 2012
79 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $302,089,278 $352,767,090 2009
80 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $345,292,775 2010
81 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $346,386,751 2009
82 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $296,131,568 $340,215,149 2010
83 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $441,432,056 1999
84 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $342,179,052 2009
85 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $336,152,323 2010
86 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $319,019,125 2012
87 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,137,260 $352,965,723 2007
88 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $374,219,083 2005
89 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $313,040,244 2013
90 The Empire Strikes Back $181,379,640* $290,475,067 $773,062,967 1980
91 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,201,752 $372,229,634 2005
92 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250* $289,916,256 $399,202,041 2001
93 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $548,012,328 1990
94 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $297,781,729 2015
95 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $383,500,213 2003
96 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $313,285,625 2011
97 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $370,429,400 2004
98 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $323,865,538 2009
99 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $294,806,282 2013
100 The Grinch $270,620,950 $270,620,950 $270,620,950 2018

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Sing ($270.33m), Monsters University ($268.49m), Shrek ($267.66m), and Despicable Me 3 ($264.62m). The initial gross of Star Wars is up to the date of its expansion on July 21, 1978. It was still in theatres at the time of the expansion so it could be argued that the initial run should include the expansion. If the expansion gross is included, the initial gross is $265.06m and therefore would not fall outside the top 100 at present.[5][6]

Adjusted for ticket-price inflationEdit

This chart was compiled based on data from Box Office Mojo, by dividing the gross by the average ticket price to calculate an estimate of the total number of admissions.[7] Admissions better reflect the popularity of older films, since they are less susceptible to the effects of inflation.

Many of the films on this list were released prior to the availability of home video and have had multiple releases.

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Rank Title Year Est. tickets[7] Adjusted gross
1 Gone with the Wind 1939 202,110,200 $1,825,055,106
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,608,419,988
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,286,011,062
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,280,944,329
5 Titanic 1997 135,551,900 $1,224,033,657
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,182,930,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,156,551,564
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,120,943,565
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $998,710,776
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $984,270,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $976,279,353
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $902,253,219
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $886,570,818
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $884,940,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $878,215,359
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $849,356,382
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,621,800 $827,344,854
18 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $815,523,681
19 The Lion King 1994 89,146,400 $804,991,992
20 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $804,960,387
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,543,400 $799,546,902
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,800 $772,757,601
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $749,882,805
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,049,200 $713,814,276
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $712,671,078
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,614,600 $709,889,838
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $705,981,654
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $695,031,876
29 The Avengers 2012 76,881,200 $694,237,236
30 Black Panther 2018 76,270,500 $688,722,615
31 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $675,444,000
32 The Dark Knight 2008 74,463,500 $672,405,405
33 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $665,329,497
34 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $656,265,183
35 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 72,368,400 $653,486,652
36 Ghostbusters 1984 71,173,700 $642,698,511
37 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $641,589,627
38 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $637,137,837
39 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $632,082,843
40 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $627,446,841
41 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $625,498,167
42 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $611,639,826
43 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 67,594,900 $610,381,947
44 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $608,651,799
45 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $606,667,005
46 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $606,364,500
47 Incredibles 2 2018 66,304,500 $598,729,635
48 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $598,689,000
49 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $596,985,039
50 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $593,400,129
51 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $591,054,135
52 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $583,594,452
53 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $583,477,062
54 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $575,322,972
55 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,239,600 $571,053,588
56 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $568,480,038
57 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $566,588,253
58 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $556,606,491
59 Finding Nemo 2003 61,586,500 $556,126,095
60 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $554,222,571
61 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 60,441,600 $545,787,648
62 Cinderella 1950 60,301,400 $544,521,642
63 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $543,233,061
64 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $541,800,000
65 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $541,800,000
66 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $540,809,409
67 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $539,134,344
68 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $535,701,138
69 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $533,227,821
70 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $521,259,459
71 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,581,800 $519,963,654
72 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $519,939,273
73 Superman 1978 57,384,600 $518,182,938
74 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $513,842,217
75 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $513,201,087
76 Beauty and the Beast 2017 56,798,200 $512,887,746
77 Finding Dory 2016 56,158,100 $507,107,643
78 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $505,411,809
79 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,946,500 $505,196,895
80 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,922,700 $504,981,981
81 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $503,286,147
82 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $500,113,908
83 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $497,276,682
84 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $497,011,200
85 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $496,650,000
86 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $495,765,060
87 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $494,837,679
88 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $493,833,543
89 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $493,188,801
90 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $491,232,000
91 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $486,725,127
92 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $486,494,862
93 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $485,886,240
94 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $484,779,162
95 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $484,768,326
96 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $483,401,184
97 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,526,900 $483,347,907
98 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $482,820,555
99 Toy Story 3 2010 53,339,400 $481,654,782
100 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $475,740,132

Factors in determining "adjusted gross"Edit

No one yet has calculated a truly precise and definite referential adjusted gross for a film,[original research?] since doing so would have to take into account most (or all) of the following:

  • Box office gross on initial release
  • Ticket price at time of release, or its relative price to other commodities in a given year,[9] in relation to general inflation and gross domestic product.[10] Related to that:
  • economic conditions that may help or hurt the entertainment industry as a whole (theaters in 2008 lowered ticket prices to attract more viewers though the average ticket cost $7.00)[9]
  • Population at time of release—to be used to calculate:
  • Availability of films (number of theaters and screens, number of prints)
  • Competition of other media (television, internet, home video, film piracy)[9]
  • Total number of films in the marketplace at a given time[9]
  • Screen quotas (no influence on U.S. box office)
  • Price differences: matinee and evening tickets,[11] roadshow tickets,[11] or difference between rural and urban cinemas[10]
  • Length of release (number of weeks)[11]

Further explanation of issues with calculating an adjusted gross can be found in the article for List of highest-grossing films.

Franchises and film series not adjusted for inflationEdit

This is a list of highest-grossing franchises and film series in the U.S. and Canada.[12]

    Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 19 April 2019 in theaters around the world.
(The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total box office No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

Franchises and film series adjusted for inflationEdit

This chart was compiled based on data from Box Office Mojo, by dividing the gross by the average ticket price to calculate an estimate of the total number of admissions.

    Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 19 April 2019 in theaters around the world.
Highest-grossing franchises and film series [§] (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total adjusted for inflation No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The figure of 97,255,300 is an average value based on Box Office Mojo estimating the number of admissions by dividing gross revenue by the cost of an average ticket. However in the case of Avatar, ticket sales are a combination of the three formats of standard projection, 3D and IMAX used during its theatrical run. Since box office admissions are not tracked, the total number of admissions cannot therefore be accurately determined simply by dividing the gross receipts by the average ticket price. Box Office Mojo revised estimate - by taking account of the ticket prices for all three different formats - is that Avatar sold 75 million tickets by April 21, 2010, by which time it had grossed $745 million of its $760 million total.[8] An extra $15 million of sales would be equivalent to about 2 million more ticket sales, at the average 2D ticket price of $7.50 in 2009; using this revision, Avatar probably sold closer to 77,000,000 tickets.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Genre and International Box office" (PDF). Film Victoria / Government of Australia. p. 10. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012. North American box office statistics includes figures from both the United States and Canada as industry standard.
  2. ^ a b Richwine, Lisa (April 30, 2012). "Think Like a Man tops North American box office". Reuters via Canada.com. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012. ...easily beat four new films to win the U.S. and Canadian box office race.... Think Like a Man led domestic charts with...
  3. ^ "Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2012-05-20. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Murphy, A.D. (July 21, 1978). "'Star Wars' Proves There's Plenty of Life in Deluxers". Daily Variety. p. 1
  6. ^ "'Star Wars' B.O. History". Variety. May 17, 1999. p. 30.
  7. ^ a b "All Time Box Office > Domestic Grosses: Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved June 16, 2012. * Adjusted to the estimated number of tickets sold. Inflation-adjustment is mostly done by multiplying estimated admissions by the latest average ticket price. Where admissions are unavailable, adjustment is based on the average ticket price for when each film was released (taking into account rereleases where applicable).
  8. ^ Subers, Ray (April 21, 2010). "'Avatar' Strikes DVD". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Adjusting for Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Anderson, S. Eric; Albertson, Stewart; Shavlik, David. "2004 Proceedings of the Midwest Business Economics Association March 17 – March 19, Chicago, Illinois: How the Motion Picture Industry Miscalculates Box Office Receipts". Loma Linda University. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  11. ^ a b c Garris, Daniel (September 7, 2007). "$200 Million Adjusted Extra". BoxOfficeReport.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009.
  12. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
§ Franchise and series sources

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