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

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The following is a list of the highest-grossing films in Canada and the United States, 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.

Adjusted for ticket-price inflation[edit]

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.[3] 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 released prior to the availability of home video have had multiple releases.

  film currently playing Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 21 November 2014 in theaters around the world.
Rank Title Year Est. tickets[3] Adjusted gross
1 Gone with the Wind film currently playing 1939 202,044,600 $1,687,072,600
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,487,298,600
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,189,168,400
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,184,483,700
5 Titanic 1997 135,654,500 $1,131,211,800
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,093,850,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,069,458,100
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,036,531,100
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $923,503,000
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $910,150,000
11 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $834,309,000
12 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $819,808,300
13 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $818,300,000
14 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $812,081,500
15 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $785,396,100
16 Jurassic Park 1993 91,922,000 $767,548,300
17 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $754,105,800
18 The Lion King 1994 89,101,100 $744,372,600
19 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $744,342,900
20 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,526,800 $739,198,600
21 The Graduate 1967 85,576,700 $714,565,900
22 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $693,413,000
23 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $659,003,400
24 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $655,855,900
25 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $652,818,200
26 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $642,692,800
27 The Avengers 2012 76,768,200 $641,014,600
28 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $624,580,000
29 The Dark Knight 2008 74,282,100 $621,702,300
30 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $615,227,300
31 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $606,845,100
32 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $593,275,200
33 Ghostbusters 1984 70,730,600 $590,600,600
34 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $589,158,100
35 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $584,484,500
36 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $580,197,600
37 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $578,395,100
38 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $565,580,600
39 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $562,817,800
40 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $560,981,900
41 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $560,702,700
42 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $553,605,000
43 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $552,029,200
44 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $548,714,300
45 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $546,545,500
46 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $539,646,900
47 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $539,538,500
48 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $531,998,900
49 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $528,050,900
50 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $525,671,100
51 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $523,921,600
52 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $514,691,500
53 Finding Nemo 2003 61,623,900 $514,559,400
54 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $512,486,800
55 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $502,325,500
56 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $501,000,000
57 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $501,000,000
58 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $500,083,700
59 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $498,535,400
60 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $495,360,300
61 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $493,072,900
62 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,630,400 $482,006,100
63 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,601,400 $480,971,900
64 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $480,785,700
65 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $478,940,400
66 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $475,147,900
67 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $474,554,900
68 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $467,351,900
69 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $466,873,400
70 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $465,386,300
71 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,575,500 $464,055,800
72 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $462,452,700
73 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $459,829,700
74 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $459,583,800
75 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $459,250,000
76 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $458,431,400
77 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 55,703,900 $457,574,000
78 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $456,645,900
79 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $456,049,200
80 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $454,240,000
81 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $450,072,700
82 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $449,859,700
83 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $449,296,800
84 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $448,272,700
85 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $448,263,200
86 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $446,999,000
87 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $446,461,700
88 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $439,914,600
89 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $437,893,600
90 Toy Story 3 2010 52,201,900 $435,885,600
91 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $429,734,600
92 Duel in the Sun 1946 51,020,400 $426,020,400
93 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 50,856,400 $424,668,000
94 The Hunger Games 2012 50,838,300 $424,499,800
95 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 50,648,900 $422,918,300
96 House of Wax 1953 50,531,900 $421,941,500
97 Rear Window 1954 50,354,700 $420,462,100
98 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 49,910,000 $416,748,100
99 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 49,416,500 $412,627,700
100 Monsters, Inc. 2001 49,354,800 $412,112,300

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,[5] in relation to general inflation and gross domestic product.[6] 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)[5]
  • 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)[5]
  • Total number of films in the marketplace at a given time[5]
  • Screen quotas (no influence on U.S. box office)
  • Price differences: matinee and evening tickets,[7] roadshow tickets,[7] or difference between rural and urban cinemas[6]
  • Length of release (number of weeks)[7]

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

Not adjusted for inflation[edit]

This is a list of the highest-grossing films in the U.S. and Canada,[8] 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;[9] a film's earnings from its initial release are also included to provide a basis for comparison between films released around the same time.

  film currently playing Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 21 November 2014 in theaters around the world.
Rank Title Initial gross
(unadjusted)
Unadjusted Adjusted Year
Lifetime gross
1 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $835,812,960 2009
2 Titanic $600,788,188 $658,672,302 $942,087,074 1997
3 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $640,344,616 2012
4 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $584,206,886 2008
5 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $654,932,790 1999
6 Star Wars $221,300,000* $460,998,007 $1,378,419,211 1977
7 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $460,351,036 2012
8 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $550,910,925 2004
9 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,200,000 $435,110,554 $1,013,121,660 1982
10 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $429,946,064 2013
11 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $495,219,406 2006
12 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $617,169,793 1994
13 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $448,823,376 2010
14 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $414,097,454 2013
15 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $419,129,116 2012
16 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $529,337,110 2002
17 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $628,889,556 1993
18 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $442,029,909 2009
19 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $405,718,610 2013
20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $399,441,791 2011
21 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $477,770,035 2003
22 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $459,188,546 2005
23 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $484,214,301 2003
24 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $466,455,733 2004
25 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $462,935,193 2004
26 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $372,635,741 2013
27 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $369,436,654 2011
28 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $448,891,856 2002
29 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $382,762,038 2007
30 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $361,424,141 2010
31 Guardians of the Galaxy film currently playing $330,570,783 $330,570,783 $330,570,783 2014
32 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $525,152,410 1994
33 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $367,054,444 2007
34 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $363,103,478 2007
35 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $348,776,903 2008
36 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $422,976,494 2001
37 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $347,340,901 2008
38 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $419,983,354 2001
39 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $337,563,495 2010
40 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $407,357,272 2002
41 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $351,927,869 2007
42 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617 $309,306,177 $689,556,627 1983
43 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $460,390,749 1996
44 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $391,546,389 2003
45 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $312,654,194 2012
46 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $311,260,514 2012
47 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $331,934,982 2009
48 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $325,021,901 2010
49 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $326,051,654 2009
50 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $320,102,805 2010
51 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $415,517,198 1999
52 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $322,090,974 2009
53 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $316,418,052 2010
54 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $300,290,681 2012
55 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $332,119,656 2007
56 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $352,250,052 2005
57 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $294,662,798 2013
58 The Empire Strikes Back $181,400,000* $290,475,067 $727,679,273 1980
59 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $350,199,759 2005
60 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250 $289,916,256 $375,766,352 2001
61 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $515,840,532 1990
62 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $360,986,320 2003
63 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $294,893,774 2011
64 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $348,682,847 2004
65 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $304,852,579 2009
66 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $277,499,286 2013
67 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $271,829,745 2013
68 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $356,501,021 2001
69 The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $262,030,663 $269,171,084 2012
70 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,988,482 $261,988,482 $343,517,553 2002
71 The Incredibles $261,441,092 $261,441,092 $326,432,879 2004
72 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,044,825 $260,044,825 $356,123,222 2000
73 Jaws $191,741,308* $260,000,000 $1,093,844,150 1975
74 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572 $259,766,572 $259,766,572 2014
75 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $258,366,855 $258,366,855 $261,577,986 2013
76 The Lego Movie $257,760,692 $257,760,692 $257,760,692 2014
77 Star Trek $257,730,019 $257,730,019 $283,315,130 2009
78 I Am Legend $256,386,216 $256,386,216 $291,607,946 2007
79 The Blind Side $255,959,475 $255,959,475 $281,368,823 2009
80 The Hangover: Part II $254,464,305 $254,464,305 $266,773,451 2011
81 Despicable Me $251,513,985 $251,513,985 $272,009,707 2010
82 Batman $251,188,924 $251,188,924 $477,899,572 1989
83 Night at the Museum $250,863,268 $250,863,268 $293,474,411 2006
84 Men in Black $250,690,539 $250,690,539 $368,292,672 1997
85 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $249,541,069 $249,541,069 $311,574,622 2004
86 Raiders of the Lost Ark $212,222,025* $248,159,971 $633,052,471 1981
87 Toy Story 2 $245,852,179 $245,852,179 $348,053,215 1999
88 Transformers: Age of Extinction $245,439,076 $245,439,076 $245,439,076 2014
89 Cars $244,082,982 $244,082,982 $285,542,439 2006
90 Bruce Almighty $242,829,261 $242,829,261 $311,311,681 2003
91 Ghostbusters $229,242,989 $242,212,467 $544,554,453 1984
92 Twister $241,721,524 $241,721,524 $363,479,830 1996
93 My Big Fat Greek Wedding $241,438,208 $241,438,208 $316,572,170 2002
94 Maleficent film currently playing $241,362,835 $241,362,835 $241,362,835 2014
95 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $241,071,802 $241,071,802 $252,733,115 2011
96 Shrek Forever After $238,736,787 $238,736,787 $258,191,303 2010
97 Fast & Furious 6 $238,673,370 $238,673,370 $241,639,739 2013
98 Brave $237,283,207 $237,283,207 $243,749,252 2012
99 Oz the Great and Powerful $234,911,825 $234,911,825 $237,831,443 2013
100 Beverly Hills Cop $234,760,478 $234,760,478 $532,910,797 1984

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by X-Men: The Last Stand ($234.36), War of the Worlds ($234.28m), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($233.92m), and Cast Away ($233.63m).

Franchises and film series[edit]

This is a list of highest-grossing franchises and film series in the U.S. and Canada.[10]

film currently playing indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 21 November 2014.
(The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total domestic
box office
No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

Notes[edit]

  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 2D, 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.[4] 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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Genre and InternatIonal Box offIce". Film Victoria / Government of Australia. p. 10. Archived 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. ^ a b "All Time Box Office > Domestic Grosses: Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. 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).
  4. ^ Subers, Ray (April 21, 2010). "'Avatar' Strikes DVD". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b Anderson first2 =Stewart, S. Eric; Albertson; 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. 
  7. ^ a b c Garris, Daniel (September 7, 2007). "$200 Million Adjusted Extra". BoxOfficeReport.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 

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