List of highest-grossing R-rated films

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This is a list of the highest-grossing R-rated films. An R-rated film is a film that has been assessed as having material which may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 by the Motion Picture Association; the MPA writes "Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian". The R-rating applies to the United States, with similar ratings given in other countries such as 18A in Canada.

Highest-grossing R-rated films[edit]

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Todd Phillips, director of four listed films, including Joker, set the record to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time

The following is the top 50 highest grossing R-rated films of all time. Only Joker sits along the highest grossing films of all time. 2003 has the most films in the top 50 with 4 films.

Rank Film Worldwide gross Year Ref.
1 Joker $1,074,251,311 2019 [1][2]
2 Deadpool 2 $786,470,484 2018 [3]
3 Deadpool $782,612,155 2016 [4]
4 The Matrix Reloaded $741,847,937 2003 [5]
5 It $700,381,748 2017 [6]
6 Detective Chinatown 3NA $686,257,563 2021 [7]
7 Logan $619,021,436 2017 [8]
8 The Passion of the Christ $612,054,428 2004 [9]
9 The Hangover Part II $586,764,305 2011 [10]
10 Fifty Shades of Grey $569,651,467 2015 [11]
11 Ted $549,368,315 2012 [12]
12 American Sniper $547,326,372 2014 [13]
13 Detective Chinatown 2NA $544,068,574 2018 [13]
14 The Revenant $532,938,302 2015 [13]
15 The MermaidNA $525,018,479 2016 [13]
16 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $515,390,883 1991 [13]
17 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train $503,048,471 2020 [14]
18 Saving Private Ryan $485,035,085 1998 [13]
19 The IntouchablesNA $484,857,330 2011 [13]
20 Troy $483,152,040 2004 [13]
21 It Chapter Two $473,093,228 2019 [15]
22 The Hangover $465,487,583 2009 [13]
23 The Matrix $465,377,200 1999 [13]
24 Pretty Woman $463,406,268 1990 [16]
25 Lucy $458,863,600 2014 [17]
26 Gladiator $457,552,323 2000 [13]
27 300 $456,068,181 2007 [18]
28 The Last Samurai $454,627,263 2003 [19]
29 The Exorcist $441,306,145 1973 [20]
30 A Star Is Born $434,888,866 2018 [21]
31 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines $433,371,112 2003 [22]
32 The Matrix Revolutions $427,344,031 2003 [23]
33 Bad Boys for Life $425,514,702 2020 [24]
34 Django Unchained $425,368,238 2012 [25]
35 Sex and the City $415,253,641 2008 [26]
36 Kingsman: The Secret Service $414,351,546 2015 [27]
37 The King's Speech $414,242,458 2010 [28]
38 The Bodyguard $411,006,740 1992 [29]
39 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $410,902,662 2017 [30]
40 Prometheus $403,354,469 2012 [31]
41 The Wolf of Wall Street $392,000,694 2013 [32]
42 1917 $384,987,108 2019 [33]
43 Fifty Shades Darker $381,545,846 2017 [34]
44 True Lies $378,882,411 1994 [35]
45 Slumdog Millionaire $377,910,544 2008 [36]
46 Mad Max: Fury Road $375,209,362 2015 [37]
47 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood $374,375,059 2019 [38]
48 Fifty Shades Freed $371,985,018 2018 [39]
49 There's Something About Mary $369,884,651 1998 [40]
50 Gone Girl $369,330,363 2014 [41]

NANot American films, achieving less than 3% of their total gross in the United States and Canada.

Highest-grossing R-rated animated films[edit]

The following is a list R-rated adult animated films that has surpass $1 million at the box office, films like Fritz the Cat and other adult animated films who were not rated are not listed, for them see List of highest-grossing adult animated films. 2016 is the most frequent year with two films, 61.9% of films were released after 2000.

Rank Film Worldwide gross Year Ref.
1 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train $503,048,471 2020 [14]
2 Sausage Party $140,705,322 2016 [42]
3 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut $83,137,603 1999 [43]
4 AkiraNA $49,000,000 1988 [44]
5 The End of EvangelionNA $22,537,729 1997 [45]
6 Pink Floyd – The WallNA $22,265,763 1982 [46]
7 Heavy Metal $20,063,636 1981 [47][48]
8 Waltz with BashirNA $13,912,289 2008 [49]
9 A Scanner Darkly $7,659,918 2006 [50]
10 American Pop $6,000,000 1981 [51]
11 Anomalisa $5,706,168 2015 [52]
12 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters $5,520,368 2007 [53]
13 Batman: The Killing Joke $4,462,034 2016 [54]
14 Waking Life $3,176,880 2001 [55]
15 SprigganNA $3,149,387 2017 [56]
16 Cowboy Bebop: The MovieNA $3,007,903 2001 [57]
17 RenaissanceNA $2,401,413 2006 [58]
18 Resident Evil: DamnationNA $2,325,035 2012 [59]
19 Ghost in the ShellNA[60] $2,287,714 1995 [61][62][63]
20 AppleseedNA $1,650,432 2004 [64]
21 Heavy Traffic $1,500,000 1974 [65]

NANot American films, achieving less than 3% of their total gross in the United States and Canada.

Highest-grossing R-rated films by year[edit]

film currently playing indicates films playing in theaters around the world in the week commencing 5 August 2022.
Year Title Worldwide gross Budget Ref.
1973 The Exorcist $441,306,145 ($329,017,945) $11,000,000 [66]
1977 Saturday Night Fever $237,113,184 $3,500,000 [67]
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House $120,091,123 $3,000,000 [68]
1979 Alien $101,718,022 $11,000,000 [69]
1980 The Blues Brothers $115,229,890 $30,000,000 [70]
1981 Stripes $85,297,000 $10,000,000 [71]
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman $129,795,554 $6,000,000 [72]
1983 Flashdance $92,921,203 $7,000,000 [73]
1984 Beverly Hills Cop $316,360,478 $15,000,000 [74]
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II $300,400,432 $25,500,000 [75]
1986 Platoon $138,545,632 $6,000,000 [76]
1987 Fatal Attraction $320,145,693 $14,000,000 [77]
1988 Rain Man $354,825,435 $25,000,000 [78]
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 $227,853,986 $30,000,000 [79]
1990 Pretty Woman $463,406,268 $14,000,000 [80]
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $520,884,847 $102,000,000 [81]
1992 The Bodyguard $411,006,740 $25,000,000 [82]
1993 Schindler's List $322,243,445 $22,000,000 [83]
1994 True Lies $378,882,411 $115,000,000 [84]
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance $366,236,538 $90,000,000 [85]
1996 The Rock $335,062,621 $75,000,000 [86]
1997 Air Force One $315,156,409 $85,000,000 [87]
1998 Saving Private Ryan $482,349,603 $70,000,000 [88]
1999 The Matrix $465,343,787 $63,000,000 [89]
2000 Gladiator $460,583,960 $103,000,000 [90]
2001 Hannibal $351,692,268 $87,000,000 [91]
2002 8 Mile $242,875,078 $41,000,000 [92]
2003 The Matrix Reloaded $741,847,937 $150,000,000 [5]
2004 The Passion of the Christ $611,899,420 $30,000,000 [93]
2005 Wedding Crashers $288,467,645 $40,000,000 [94]
2006 Borat $262,552,893 $18,000,000 [95]
2007 300 $456,068,181 $65,000,000 [96]
2008 Sex and the City $418,765,321 $65,000,000 [97]
2009 The Hangover $465,764,086 $35,000,000 [98][99]
2010 The King's Speech $410,867,243 $15,000,000 [28]
2011 The Hangover Part II $586,764,305 $80,000,000 [10]
2012 Ted $549,368,315 $50,000,000 [100]
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street $392,000,694 $100,000,000 [101]
2014 American Sniper $547,426,372 $59,000,000 [102]
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey $569,651,467 $40,000,000 [103]
2016 Deadpool $782,612,155 $58,000,000 [104]
2017 It $700,381,748 $35,000,000 [105][106][107]
2018 Deadpool 2 $786,470,484 $110,000,000 [108]
2019 Joker $1,074,251,311 $55,000,000 [109]
2020 Demon Slayer: Infinity Train $503,048,471 $15,765,750 [14]
2021 Detective Chinatown 3NA $686,257,563 $116,630,000 [110]
2022 Scream $140,041,405 $24,000,000 [111]

Timeline of highest-grossing R-rated films[edit]

At least seven films have held the record of highest-grossing R-rated film at a certain time.

Title Established Record-setting gross Ref.
The Exorcist 1973 $329,017,945 [112]
Pretty Woman 1990 $463,406,268 [113]
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $520,884,847 [114]
The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $741,847,937 [115]
Deadpool 2016 $782,612,155 [104]
Deadpool 2 2018 $786,470,484 [108]
Joker 2019 $1,074,251,311 [109]

Top 25 highest grossing R-rated film series and franchises[edit]

Some of the listed franchises have also released films with other ratings. Only R-rated films are included here. A franchise must have at least two R-rated films to be listed.

Highest-grossing R-rated film series and franchises (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total worldwide box office No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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