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.

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Rank Title Year Est. tickets[3] Adjusted gross
1 Gone with the Wind 1939 202,044,600 $1,786,074,264
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,574,577,264
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,258,952,136
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,253,992,012
5 Titanic 1997 135,654,500 $1,199,185,780
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,158,040,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,132,216,592
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,097,357,820
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $977,696,928
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $963,560,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $955,737,484
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $883,268,932
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $867,916,504
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $866,320,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $859,736,852
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $831,485,096
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,922,000 $812,590,480
18 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $798,364,268
19 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $788,023,236
20 The Lion King 1994 89,101,100 $787,653,724
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,526,800 $782,576,912
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,700 $756,498,028
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $734,104,540
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,051,900 $698,818,796
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $697,675,784
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $694,343,104
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $691,127,112
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $680,407,728
29 The Avengers 2012 76,768,200 $678,630,888
30 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $661,232,000
31 The Dark Knight 2008 74,455,400 $658,185,736
32 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $651,330,316
33 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $642,456,724
34 Ghostbusters 1984 71,160,400 $629,057,936
35 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $628,089,956
36 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $623,731,836
37 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $618,783,204
38 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $614,244,748
39 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $612,337,076
40 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $598,770,328
41 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $595,845,172
42 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $593,902,140
43 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $593,606,000
44 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $586,092,000
45 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $584,423,892
46 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $580,914,412
47 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $578,617,780
48 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $571,315,056
49 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $571,200,136
50 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $563,217,616
51 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $558,931,100
52 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $556,518,664
53 Cinderella 1950 62,879,300 $555,853,012
54 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $554,666,684
55 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $544,894,948
56 Finding Nemo 2003 61,623,900 $544,755,276
57 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $542,561,188
58 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film currently playing 2016 60,438,000 $534,271,920
59 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $531,802,908
60 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $530,400,000
61 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $530,400,000
62 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $529,430,252
63 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $527,790,432
64 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $524,429,464
65 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $522,008,188
66 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $510,291,652
67 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,601,400 $509,196,376
68 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $508,999,244
69 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $507,045,604
70 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $503,030,476
71 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $502,402,836
72 Finding Dory 2016 56,165,800 $496,505,672
73 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $494,777,452
74 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $494,270,920
75 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $492,696,516
76 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,575,500 $491,287,420
77 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $489,591,024
78 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $486,813,496
79 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $486,553,600
80 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $486,200,000
81 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $485,333,680
82 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $484,425,812
83 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $483,442,804
84 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $482,811,628
85 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $480,896,000
86 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $476,483,956
87 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $476,258,536
88 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $475,662,720
89 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $474,578,936
90 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $474,568,328
91 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $473,229,952
92 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,527,100 $473,179,564
93 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $472,661,540
94 Beauty and the Beast film currently playing 2017 53,436,200 $472,376,008
95 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $465,730,096
96 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $463,589,932
97 Toy Story 3 2010 52,201,900 $461,464,796
98 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $454,952,368
99 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 51,114,600 $451,853,064
100 Duel in the Sun 1946 51,020,400 $451,020,336

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.

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Rank Title Initial gross
(unadjusted)
Unadjusted Adjusted Year
Lifetime gross
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $936,662,225 $936,662,225 $946,393,097 2015
2 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $848,785,929 2009
3 Titanic $600,788,188 $658,672,302 $956,709,563 1997
4 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $659,046,987 2015
5 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $650,283,647 2012
6 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $594,853,024 2008
7 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film currently playing $532,136,846 $532,136,846 $532,136,846 2016
8 Finding Dory $486,295,561 $486,295,561 $486,295,561 2016
9 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $665,098,249 1999
10 Beauty and the Beast film currently playing $472,375,809 $472,375,809 $472,375,809 2017
11 Star Wars $221,300,000* $460,998,007 $1,399,814,175 1977
12 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $463,774,425 2015
13 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $467,496,318 2012
14 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $559,461,822 2004
15 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,200,000 $435,110,554 $1,028,846,703 1982
16 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $436,619,419 2013
17 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $502,905,893 2006
18 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $626,749,117 1994
19 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $455,789,733 2010
20 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $420,524,816 2013
21 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $408,084,349 $408,084,349 2016
22 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $425,634,578 2012
23 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $537,553,151 2002
24 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $638,650,789 1993
25 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $448,890,822 2009
26 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $412,015,922 2013
27 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $405,641,678 2011
28 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $485,185,684 2003
29 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $466,315,785 2005
30 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $491,729,973 2003
31 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $473,695,769 2004
32 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $470,120,585 2004
33 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $368,384,330 2016
34 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $378,419,561 2013
35 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $364,001,123 2016
36 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $363,070,709 2016
37 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $360,164,949 2015
38 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $356,674,368 2015
39 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $375,170,819 2011
40 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $354,211,344 2014
41 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $455,859,276 2002
42 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $341,268,248 2016
43 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $341,069,295 2014
44 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $388,703,032 2007
45 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $339,536,910 2015
46 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $367,033,942 2010
47 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $337,063,816 2014
48 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $330,360,194 2016
49 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $533,301,350 1994
50 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $325,100,054 2016
51 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $372,751,635 2007
52 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $368,739,344 2007
53 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $354,190,400 2008
54 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $429,541,671 2001
55 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $352,732,110 2008
56 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $426,502,074 2001
57 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $342,802,945 2010
58 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $413,680,018 2002
59 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $357,390,274 2007
60 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617 $309,306,177 $700,259,495 1983
61 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $467,536,648 1996
62 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $397,623,728 2003
63 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $317,507,017 2012
64 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $316,091,706 2012
65 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $337,087,070 2009
66 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $330,066,689 2010
67 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $331,112,425 2009
68 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $325,071,242 2010
69 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $421,966,597 1999
70 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $327,090,270 2009
71 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $321,329,296 2010
72 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $304,951,606 2012
73 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $337,274,611 2007
74 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $357,717,457 2005
75 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $299,236,370 2013
76 The Empire Strikes Back $181,400,000* $290,475,067 $738,973,858 1980
77 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $355,635,342 2005
78 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250 $289,916,256 $381,598,763 2001
79 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $523,847,088 1990
80 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $284,650,698 2015
81 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $366,589,325 2003
82 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $299,470,931 2011
83 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $354,094,885 2004
84 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $309,584,311 2009
85 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $281,806,457 2013
86 Sing film currently playing $270,286,395 $270,286,395 $270,286,395 2016
87 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $276,048,918 2013
88 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $362,034,408 2001
89 The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $262,030,663 $273,348,990 2012
90 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,988,482 $261,988,482 $348,849,418 2002
91 The Incredibles $261,441,092 $261,441,092 $331,499,566 2004
92 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,044,825 $260,044,825 $361,650,745 2000
93 Jaws $191,741,308* $260,000,000 $1,110,822,117 1975
94 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572 $259,766,572 $262,797,304 2014
95 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $258,366,855 $258,366,855 $265,638,036 2013
96 The Lego Movie $257,760,692 $257,760,692 $260,768,021 2014
97 Star Trek $257,730,019 $257,730,019 $287,712,571 2009
98 I Am Legend $256,386,216 $256,386,216 $296,134,103 2007
99 The Blind Side $255,959,475 $255,959,475 $285,736,054 2009
100 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $255,119,788 $255,119,788 $258,096,305 2014

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by The Hangover: Part II ($254.46m), Despicable Me ($251.51m), and Batman ($251.18m).

Franchises and film series adjusted for 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.

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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

Franchises and film series not adjusted for inflation[edit]

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

  film currently playing Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 21 April 2017 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

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" (PDF). 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, 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. 
  7. ^ a b c Garris, Daniel (September 7, 2007). "$200 Million Adjusted Extra". BoxOfficeReport.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
§ Franchise and series sources

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