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

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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.

Not adjusted for inflation[edit]

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 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 $398,439,158 2017
35 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $424,354,063 2011
36 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $507,567,460 2003
37 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $487,827,087 2005
38 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $514,413,641 2003
39 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $495,547,512 2004
40 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $491,807,404 2004
41 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $384,576,486 2016
42 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $395,876,181 2013
43 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $380,000,618 2016
44 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $379,029,308 2016
45 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $376,779,478 2015
46 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $373,127,875 2015
47 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $392,477,574 2011
48 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $370,551,231 2014
49 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $476,888,215 2002
50 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $356,268,530 2016
51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $356,802,935 2014
52 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $406,634,032 2007
53 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $355,199,860 2015
54 Spider-Man: Homecoming $334,201,140 $334,201,140 $341,596,577 2017
55 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $383,965,339 2010
56 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $352,612,682 2014
57 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $344,881,018 2016
58 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $557,902,718 1994
59 It $327,481,748 $327,481,748 $334,728,493 2017
60 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $339,389,671 2016
61 Deadpool 2 film currently playing $324,583,960 $324,583,960 $324,583,960 2018
62 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $389,946,792 2007
63 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $385,749,412 2007
64 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $370,529,321 2008
65 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $449,356,571 2001
66 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $369,003,760 2008
67 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $446,176,758 2001
68 Thor: Ragnarok $315,058,289 $315,058,289 $322,030,119 2017
69 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $358,616,559 2010
70 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $432,763,215 2002
71 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $373,876,806 2007
72 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617* $309,306,177 $732,562,698 1983
73 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $489,104,269 1996
74 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $415,966,243 2003
75 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $332,153,722 2012
76 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $330,673,121 2012
77 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $352,637,009 2009
78 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $345,292,775 2010
79 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $346,386,751 2009
80 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $340,066,886 2010
81 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $441,432,056 1999
82 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $342,179,052 2009
83 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $336,152,323 2010
84 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $319,019,125 2012
85 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $352,833,201 2007
86 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $374,219,083 2005
87 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $313,040,244 2013
88 The Empire Strikes Back $181,379,640* $290,475,067 $773,062,967 1980
89 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $372,040,918 2005
90 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250* $289,916,256 $399,202,041 2001
91 Aquaman film currently playing $289,369,490 $289,369,490 $289,369,490 2018
92 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $548,012,328 1990
93 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $297,781,729 2015
94 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $383,500,213 2003
95 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $313,285,625 2011
96 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $370,429,400 2004
97 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $323,865,538 2009
98 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $294,806,282 2013
99 Sing $270,329,045 $270,329,045 $282,211,228 2016
100 The Grinch film currently playing $270,053,175 $270,053,175 $270,053,175 2018

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Monsters University ($268.49m), Shrek ($267.66m), Despicable Me 3 ($264.62m), and The Amazing Spider-Man ($262.03m). 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 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.[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 202,044,600 $1,784,053,818
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,572,796,068
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,257,527,982
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,252,573,469
5 Titanic 1997 135,551,900 $1,196,923,277
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,156,730,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,130,935,804
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,096,116,465
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $976,590,936
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $962,470,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $954,656,333
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $882,269,759
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $866,934,698
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $865,340,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $858,764,299
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $830,544,502
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,621,800 $809,020,494
18 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $797,461,141
19 The Lion King 1994 89,146,400 $787,162,712
20 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $787,131,807
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,543,400 $781,838,222
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,800 $755,642,261
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $733,274,105
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,049,200 $698,004,436
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $696,886,558
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,614,600 $694,166,918
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $690,345,294
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $679,638,036
29 The Avengers 2012 76,881,200 $678,860,996
30 Black Panther 2018 76,270,500 $673,468,515
31 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $660,484,000
32 The Dark Knight 2008 74,463,500 $657,512,705
33 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $650,593,517
34 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $641,729,963
35 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 72,368,400 $639,012,972
36 Ghostbusters 1984 71,173,700 $628,463,771
37 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $627,379,447
38 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $623,026,257
39 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $618,083,223
40 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $613,549,901
41 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $611,644,387
42 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $598,092,986
43 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 67,594,900 $596,862,967
44 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $595,171,139
45 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $593,230,305
46 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $592,934,500
47 Incredibles 2 2018 66,304,500 $585,468,735
48 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $585,429,000
49 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $583,762,779
50 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $580,257,269
51 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $577,963,235
52 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $570,668,772
53 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $570,553,982
54 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $562,580,492
55 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,239,600 $558,405,668
56 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $555,889,118
57 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $554,039,233
58 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $544,278,551
59 Finding Nemo 2003 61,586,500 $543,808,795
60 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $541,947,431
61 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 60,441,600 $533,699,328
62 Cinderella 1950 60,301,400 $532,461,362
63 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $531,201,321
64 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $529,800,000
65 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $529,800,000
66 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $528,831,349
67 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $527,193,384
68 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $523,836,218
69 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $521,417,681
70 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $509,714,399
71 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,581,800 $508,447,294
72 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $508,423,453
73 Superman 1978 57,384,600 $506,706,018
74 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $502,461,437
75 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $501,834,507
76 Beauty and the Beast 2017 56,798,200 $501,528,106
77 Finding Dory 2016 56,158,100 $495,876,023
78 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $494,217,749
79 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,922,700 $493,797,441
80 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $493,711,790
81 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $492,139,167
82 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $489,037,188
83 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $486,262,802
84 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $486,003,200
85 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $485,650,000
86 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $484,784,660
87 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $483,877,819
88 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $482,895,923
89 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $482,265,461
90 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $480,352,000
91 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $475,944,947
92 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $475,719,782
93 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $475,124,640
94 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $474,042,082
95 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $474,031,486
96 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $472,694,624
97 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,526,900 $472,642,527
98 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $472,126,855
99 Toy Story 3 2010 53,339,400 $470,986,902
100 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $465,203,252

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 inflation[edit]

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

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(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 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.

  film currently playing Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 11 January 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 also[edit]

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 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]

References[edit]

  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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