List of fastest-grossing films

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The success of a film is assessed by trade publications (such as Box Office Mojo and Variety) primarily by its theatrical box office earnings. Although several other revenue streams also generate revenue (such as theatrical exhibition, home video, television broadcast rights and merchandising) theatrical box office earnings take prominence, mostly because of the availability of the data compared to sales figures for home video and broadcast rights, but also because of historical practice. The success at the box office is measured in a number of ways, and these look at both the total gross as well as the speed with which that gross is attained. This list focuses on the latter. Included on this list are charts showing the films that reached certain milestones in the fastest time. All charts are ranked first by the number of days they took to reach the milestone, and second by their total gross on the day they exceeded the milestone. The charts are not adjusted for inflation, which does erode the achievements of earlier films.

Fastest-grossing films – worldwide[edit]

Fastest to $500 million[edit]

By 1980, Star Wars became the first movie to reach a $500 million worldwide gross (not adjusting for inflation).[1][2] Since then, more than 100 films have grossed over $500 million worldwide.[3] The list below is restricted to the 10 movies that passed the threshold the fastest, not taking into account early, single-show premieres.

Fastest-grossing films to $500 million worldwide
Rank Date Global release date Title Days to milestone Gross on day of milestone/$
1 April 14, 2017[4] April 12, 2017[5] The Fate of the Furious 3 541.9 million[4]
2 April 29, 2018[6] April 25, 2018[7] Avengers: Infinity War 5 640.9 million[6]
3 December 20, 2015[4] December 16, 2015[8] Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5 529 million[4]
4 June 14, 2015[4] June 10, 2015[9] Jurassic World 5 525.5 million[4]
5 July 18, 2011[10] July 13, 2011[11] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 6 542.2 million[10]
6 December 19, 2017[12] December 13, 2017[13] Star Wars: The Last Jedi 7 536.7 million[12]
7 March 29, 2016[14] March 23, 2016[15] Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 7 501.9 million[14]
8 April 8, 2015[16] April 1, 2015[17] Furious 7 8 526.8 million[16]
9 March 24, 2017[18] March 16, 2017[19] Beauty and the Beast 9 541 million[18]
10 July 7, 2011[20] June 29, 2011[21] Transformers: Dark of the Moon 9 >500 million[20]

Fastest to $1 billion[edit]

Titanic became, on March 1, 1998, the first movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide, in just 73 days of release.[22] Another 34 films have grossed over $1 billion worldwide since.[23] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $1 billion worldwide
Rank Date Global release date Title Days to milestone Gross on day of milestone/$
1 May 5, 2018[24] April 25, 2018[7] Avengers: Infinity War 11 >1.02 billion[24]
2 December 27, 2015[25] December 16, 2015[8] Star Wars: The Force Awakens 12 1.0906 billion[25]
3 June 22, 2015[26] June 10, 2015[9] Jurassic World 13 >1 billion[27]
4 April 17, 2015[28] April 1, 2015[17] Furious 7 17 1.0089 billion[28]
5 April 29, 2017[29] April 12, 2017[5] The Fate of the Furious 18 1.0603 billion[29]
6 December 31, 2017[30] December 13, 2017[13] Star Wars: The Last Jedi 19 1.04 billion[30]
7 January 3, 2010[31] December 16, 2009[32] Avatar 19 1.02 billion[31]
8 July 31, 2011[33] July 13, 2011[11] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 19 1.008 billion[33]
9 May 13, 2012[34] April 25, 2012[35] The Avengers 19 1.0002 billion[34]
10 May 16, 2013[36] April 24, 2013[37] Iron Man 3 23 1.0007 billion[36][not in citation given]

Fastest to $1.5 billion[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $1.5 billion worldwide
Rank Date Global release date Title Days to milestone Gross on day of milestone/$
1 May 12, 2018[38] April 25, 2018[7] Avengers: Infinity War 18 >1.5 billion[39]
2 January 3, 2016[40] December 16, 2015[8] Star Wars: The Force Awakens 19 1.51 billion[40]
3 January 17, 2010[41] December 16, 2009[32] Avatar 33 >1.5 billion[41]
4 July 21, 2015[42] June 10, 2015[9] Jurassic World 42 1.522 billion[42]
5 May 29, 2015[43] April 1, 2015[17] Furious 7 59 1.5001 billion[43]
6 September 2, 2012[44] April 25, 2012[35] The Avengers 131 1.5018 billion[44]
7 June 23, 1998[45] December 18, 1997[46] Titanic 188 >1.5 billion[45]

Fastest to $2 billion[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $2 billion worldwide
Rank Date Global release date Title Days to milestone Gross on day of milestone/$
1 January 31, 2010[47] December 16, 2009[32] Avatar 47 2.039 billion[47]
2 June 11, 2018[48] April 25, 2018[7] Avengers: Infinity War 48 2.002 billion[48]
3 February 7, 2016[49] December 16, 2015[8] Star Wars: The Force Awakens 54 2.008 billion[49]
4 April 15, 2012[50] December 18, 1997[46] Titanic 5233 2.03 billion[50]

Fastest to $2.5 billion[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $2.5 billion worldwide
Rank Date Global release date Title Days to milestone Gross on day of milestone/$
1 March 1, 2010[51] December 16, 2009[32] Avatar 76 2.55 billion[51]

Fastest-grossing films – US and Canada[edit]

Figures listed here don't take into account dates for limited-release premieres, but they do take into account the grosses from the "midnight showings" that occur the day before the "official opening day".[a]

On this series of charts, films are ranked first by the number of days they took to reach the milestone, and second by their total gross on the day they exceeded the milestone. The milestones used by trade publications such as Box Office Mojo or The Numbers, are multiples of $50 million. Therefore, the charts below reflect these milestones. Note that in the case of a tie, the highest-grossing film is listed as the fastest-grossing film.

Fastest films to reach milestones[53]
Milestone
(in million $)
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
Films to hit
milestone
Ref.
50 December 18, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1 $119,119,282 >1500 [# 1]
100 December 18, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1 $119,119,282 >650 [# 2]
150 April 28, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 2 $188,466,551 >300 [# 3]
200 April 29, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 3 $257,698,183 >190 [# 4]
250 April 29, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 3 $257,698,183 >100 [# 5]
300 December 22, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5 $325,438,146 >70 [# 6]
350 December 23, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 6 $363,460,329 >40 [# 7]
400 December 25, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 8 $440,181,717 31 [# 8]
450 December 26, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 9 $496,913,249 16 [# 9]
500 December 27, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 10 $540,058,914 12 [# 10]
550 December 28, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 11 $571,420,943 8 [# 11]
600 December 29, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 12 $600,949,526 8 [# 12]
650 December 31, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 14 $651,965,583 6 [# 13]
700 January 1, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 16 $720,839,583 2 [# 14]
750 January 4, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 18 $750,208,942 2 [# 15]
800 January 9, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 23 $800,354,043 1 [# 16]
850 January 17, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 31 $852,274,958 1 [# 17]
900 February 5, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 50 $900,844,232 1 [# 18]

Fastest to $50 million[edit]

It is believed that the 1915 silent-era film The Birth of a Nation was the first movie that might have grossed over $50 million.[54] Gone with the Wind is the first film to definitively gross over $50 million in the United States, taking its lifetime total to $58.3 million with its 1954 re-release.[55] More than 1,500 films have grossed over $50 million, of which 37 did so during their opening day (including midnight previews).[# 1] The list below is restricted to the biggest 10 during their opening day.

Fastest-grossing films to $50 million[# 1]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 18, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1[b] $119,119,282
2 April 27, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 1 $106,334,939
3 December 15, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 1 $104,684,491
4 July 15, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 1 $91,071,119
5 May 1, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 1 $84,424,532
6 June 12, 2015 Jurassic World 1 $81,953,950
7 March 25, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1 $81,558,505
8 May 4, 2012 The Avengers 1 $80,813,985
9 February 16, 2018 Black Panther 1 $75,941,146
10 July 20, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises 1 $75,754,897

Fastest to $100 million[edit]

The first movie to reach $100 million at the US and Canadian box office was The Sound of Music, during its initial 1965 release.[59] More than 600 films have crossed this threshold since, over 100 of which just during their opening 7-days.[# 2] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $100 million[# 2]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 18, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1[c] $119,119,282
2 April 27, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 1 $106,334,939
3 December 15, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 1 $104,684,491
4 June 13, 2015 Jurassic World 2 $151,598,780
5 May 5, 2012 The Avengers 2 $150,371,975
6 February 17, 2018 Black Panther 2 $141,936,512
7 May 2, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2 $140,951,167
8 May 7, 2016 Captain America: Civil War 2 $136,711,162
9 July 16, 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 2 $133,485,465
10 March 26, 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2 $132,215,593

Fastest to $150 million[edit]

The first movie to reach $150 million at the US and Canadian box office was Gone with the Wind, during 1967 re-release.[d] More than 300 films have crossed this threshold since, over 50 of which just in their opening 7-days.[# 3] The list below is restricted to the top 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $150 million[# 3]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 April 28, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 2 $188,466,551
2 December 19, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2 $187,413,486
3 December 16, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2 $168,677,696
4 June 13, 2015 Jurassic World 2 $151,598,780
5 May 5, 2012 The Avengers 2 $150,371,975
6 February 18, 2018 Black Panther 3 $202,003,951
7 May 3, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 3 $191,271,109
8 June 17, 2018 Incredibles 2 3 $182,687,905
9 May 8, 2016 Captain America: Civil War 3 $179,139,142
10 March 18, 2017 Beauty and the Beast 3 $174,750,616

Fastest to $200 million[edit]

The first movie to reach this milestone was Jaws, on its 1976 re-release.[63][e] Almost 200 films have grossed over $200 million at the US and Canadian box office, and a tenth of them reached it in their first 7-days.[# 4] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $200 million[# 4]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 April 29, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 3 $257,698,183
2 December 20, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3 $247,966,675
3 December 17, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 3 $220,009,584
4 June 14, 2015 Jurassic World 3 $208,806,270
5 May 6, 2012 The Avengers 3 $207,438,708
6 February 18, 2018 Black Panther 3 $202,003,951
7 June 18, 2018 Incredibles 2 4 $206,315,613
8 May 4, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 4 $204,499,664
9 May 10, 2016 Captain America: Civil War 5 $206,192,138
10 March 18, 2017 Beauty and the Beast 5 $206,161,124

Fastest to $250 million[edit]

The first movie to reach this milestone was Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope with its 1978 reissue.[66] More than 100 films to have grossed over $250 million at the US and Canadian box office.[# 5] The list below is restricted to the top 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $250 million[# 5]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 April 29, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 3 $257,698,183
2 December 21, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 4 $288,076,417
3 February 20, 2018 Black Panther 5 $263,013,041
4 December 19, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 5 $261,820,146
5 June 16, 2015 Jurassic World 5 $258,493,605
6 May 9, 2012 The Avengers 6 $257,627,807
7 June 20, 2018 Incredibles 2 6 $253,112,730
8 July 25, 2008 The Dark Knight 8 $261,847,503
9 May 8, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 8 $256,887,830
10 November 29, 2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 8 $253,686,504

Fastest to $300 million[edit]

The first movie to reach this milestone was Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope with its 1981 reissue.[66] In total, 78 films have grossed over $300 million at the US and Canadian box office.[# 6] The list below is restricted to the top 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $300 million[# 6]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 22, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5 $325,438,146
2 May 1, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 5 $305,864,408
3 June 19, 2015 Jurassic World 8 $325,326,090
4 December 22, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 8 $321,365,440
5 February 23, 2018 Black Panther 8 $320,812,422
6 May 12, 2012 The Avengers 9 $342,148,409
7 June 23, 2018 Incredibles 2 9 $325,007,155
8 March 26, 2017 Beauty and the Beast 10 $319,032,604
9 July 27, 2008 The Dark Knight 10 $313,781,677
10 May 10, 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron 10 $313,402,397

Fastest to $350 million[edit]

The first movie to pass this threshold was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Apr 15, 1983, after 314 days of release.[67][68] In total, 48 films have grossed over $350 million at the US and Canadian box office.[# 7] The list below is restricted to the top 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $350 million[# 7]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 23, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 6 $363,460,329
2 May 4, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 8 $369,760,540
3 February 24, 2018 Black Panther 9 $368,297,777
4 June 20, 2015 Jurassic World 9 $364,438,555
5 December 23, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 9 $350,537,855
6 May 13, 2012 The Avengers 10 $373,071,647
7 June 25, 2018 Incredibles 2 11 $360,211,422
8 December 28, 2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 13 $358,656,173
9 December 31, 2009 Avatar 14 $352,114,898
10 July 31, 2008 The Dark Knight 14 $351,086,846

Fastest to $400 million[edit]

The first movie to reach this milestone was Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope on Feb 7, 1997,[69][# 8] during its 20-year anniversary re-release. In total, 31 films have grossed over $400 million at the US and Canadian box office.[# 8] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $400 million[# 8]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 25, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 8 $440,181,717
2 May 5, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 9 $416,462,994
3 February 25, 2018 Black Panther 10 $403,613,257
4 June 21, 2015 Jurassic World 10 $402,800,095
5 December 26, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 12 $423,361,767
6 May 17, 2012 The Avengers 14 $402,021,415
7 June 29, 2018 Incredibles 2 15 $407,766,809
8 January 1, 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 16 $408,235,850
9 August 4, 2008 The Dark Knight 18 $400,038,494
10 April 4, 2017 Beauty and the Beast 19 $401,073,944

Fastest to $450 million[edit]

The first movie to reach this milestone was Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope on Mar 7, 1997,[70][# 9] during its 20-year anniversary re-release. Fifteen other films have grossed over $450 million at the US and Canadian box office.[# 9] The list below is restricted to the top 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $450 million[# 9]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 26, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 9 $496,913,249
2 May 6, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 10 $453,107,350
3 December 28, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 14 $464,698,228
4 June 26, 2015 Jurassic World 15 $460,533,690
5 March 2, 2018 Black Panther 15 $451,657,573
6 May 20, 2012 The Avengers 17 $457,665,517
7 July 3, 2018 Incredibles 2 19 $458,544,365
8 January 4, 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 20 $451,407,837
9 August 13, 2008 The Dark Knight 27 $451,888,386
10 January 13, 2010 Avatar 28 $450,467,005

Fastest to $500 million[edit]

The first movie to reach $500 million in the US and Canada was Titanic on March 20, 1998, after 98 days of release.[71][72] Eleven other films have grossed over $500 million at the US and Canadian box office.[# 10] The list below is restricted to the top 10.

Fastest-grossing films to $500 million[# 10]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 27, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 10 $540,058,914
2 May 11, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 15 $502,010,103
3 December 30, 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 16 $503,705,228
4 March 4, 2018 Black Panther 17 $501,706,972
5 June 26, 2015 Jurassic World 17 $500,373,420
6 May 25, 2012 The Avengers 23 $500,415,495
7 July 8, 2018 Incredibles 2 24 $503,767,837
8 January 15, 2010 Avatar 32 $504,868,451
9 January 16, 2017 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 32 $501,898,446
10 August 29, 2008 The Dark Knight 45 $502,293,926

Fastest to $550 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $550 million[# 11]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 28, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 11 $571,420,943
2 May 14, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 18 $552,716,088
3 January 5, 2018 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 22 $555,546,602
4 March 9, 2018 Black Panther 24 $561,697,180
5 July 3, 2015 Jurassic World 24 $556,538,010
6 June 1, 2012 The Avengers 31 $552,950,398
7 January 22, 2010 Avatar 38 $551,741,499
8 April 17, 1998 Titanic 121 $552,306,658

Fastest to $600 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $600 million[# 12]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 29, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 12 $600,949,526
2 May 22, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 26 $601,381,683
3 March 18, 2018 Black Panther 31 $605,027,218
4 July 17, 2015 Jurassic World 36 $603,031,100
5 January 20, 2018 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 37 $602,589,476
6 January 29, 2010 Avatar 47 $601,141,551
7 June 22, 2012 The Avengers 54 $600,377,080
8 August 21, 1998 Titanic 252 $600,038,488

Fastest to $650 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $650 million[# 13]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 December 31, 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 14 $651,965,583
2 June 9, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War 44 $652,709,699
3 April 1, 2018 Black Panther 45 $650,923,549
4 February 12, 2010 Avatar 58 $651,346,762
5 September 18, 2015 Jurassic World 104 $650,010,785
6 April 20, 2012 Titanic 5237 $650,017,614

Fastest to $700 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $700 million[# 14]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 January 2, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 16 $720,839,583
2 February 26, 2010 Avatar 72 $702,621,374

Fastest to $750 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $750 million[# 15]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 January 4, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 18 $750,208,942
2 August 27, 2010 Avatar 253 $750,999,186

Fastest to $800 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $800 million[# 16]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 January 9, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 23 $800,329,495

Fastest to $850 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $850 million[# 17]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 January 17, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 31 $852,274,958

Fastest to $900 million[edit]

Fastest-grossing films to $900 million[# 18]
Date Title Days to
milestone
Gross on day
of milestone
1 February 5, 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 50 $900,844,232
Notes
  1. ^ For example, Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on December 14, 2015 at three locations.[52] but it officially opened in North America on Friday, December 18. However, "midnight" shows occurred late on Thursday, and they totaled up to $57M.
  2. ^ It passed the 50M threshold just from the Thursday night previews ($57 million), but this figure incorporates revenues generated from the "Star Wars Marathon Event" from 135 theaters in which all previous six Star Wars films were shown along with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ticket prices cost $59.99 for all the films (including The Force Awakens) at an average of $8.57 per movie.[56][57][58]
  3. ^ It took 21 hours from the first release to reach the $100 million threshold.[60]
  4. ^ The Sound of Music grossed $139 million upon its initial 1965 release,[61] and was the highest-grossing film until the 1967 re-release of Gone with the Wind,[62] which brought the latter's lifetime gross to $152 million.[55]
  5. ^ Jaws was the first film to gross $200 million. It grossed $190 million upon its initial 1975 release,[64] and a further $16 million gross rental from its 1976 reissue.[65]

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