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 $1,757,788,020
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,549,640,520
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,239,013,980
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,234,132,410
5 Titanic 1997 135,654,500 $1,180,194,150
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,139,700,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,114,285,560
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,079,978,850
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $962,213,040
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $948,300,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens film currently playing 2015 104,133,500 $905,961,450
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $869,280,510
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $854,171,220
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $852,600,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $846,121,110
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $818,316,780
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,922,000 $799,721,400
18 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $785,720,490
19 The Lion King 1994 89,101,100 $775,179,570
20 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $775,543,230
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,526,800 $770,183,160
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,700 $744,517,290
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $722,478,450
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,051,900 $687,751,530
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $686,626,620
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $683,346,720
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $680,181,660
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $669,632,040
29 The Avengers 2012 76,768,200 $667,883,340
30 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $650,760,000
31 The Dark Knight 2008 74,455,400 $647,761,980
32 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $641,015,130
33 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $632,282,070
34 Ghostbusters 1984 71,160,400 $619,095,480
35 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $618,142,830
36 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $613,853,730
37 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $608,983,470
38 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $604,516,890
39 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $602,639,430
40 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $589,287,540
41 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $586,408,710
42 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $584,496,450
43 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $584,205,000
44 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $576,810,000
45 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $575,168,310
46 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $571,714,410
47 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $569,454,150
48 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $562,267,080
49 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $562,153,980
50 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $554,297,880
51 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $550,079,250
52 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $547,705,020
53 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $545,882,370
54 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $536,265,390
55 Finding Nemo 2003 61,623,900 $536,127,930
56 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $533,968,590
57 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $523,380,690
58 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $522,000,000
59 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $522,000,000
60 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $521,045,610
61 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $519,431,760
62 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $516,124,020
63 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $513,741,090
64 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $502,210,110
65 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,601,400 $501,132,180
66 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $500,938,170
67 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $499,015,470
68 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $495,063,930
69 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $494,446,230
70 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $486,941,610
71 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $486,443,100
72 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $484,893,630
73 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,575,500 $483,506,850
74 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $481,837,320
75 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $479,103,780
76 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $478,848,000
77 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $478,500,000
78 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $477,647,400
79 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $476,753,910
80 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $475,786,470
81 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $475,165,290
82 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $473,280,000
83 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $468,937,830
84 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $468,715,980
85 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $468,129,600
86 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $467,062,980
87 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $467,052,540
88 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $465,735,360
89 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,527,100 $465,685,770
90 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $465,175,950
91 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $458,354,280
92 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $456,248,010
93 Toy Story 3 2010 52,201,900 $454,156,530
94 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $447,747,240
95 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 51,114,600 $444,697,020
96 Duel in the Sun 1946 51,020,400 $443,877,480
97 The Hunger Games 2012 50,838,300 $442,293,210
98 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 50,648,900 $440,645,430
99 House of Wax 1953 50,531,900 $439,627,530
100 Rear Window 1954 50,354,700 $438,085,890

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 film currently playing $905,961,469 $905,961,469 $905,961,469 2015
2 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $838,643,426 2009
3 Titanic $600,788,188 $658,672,302 $945,277,435 1997
4 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $652,270,625 2015
5 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $642,513,132 2012
6 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $587,744,874 2008
7 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $657,150,708 1999
8 Star Wars $221,300,000* $460,998,007 $1,383,087,203 1977
9 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $459,005,868 2015
10 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $461,910,006 2012
11 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $552,776,575 2004
12 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,200,000 $435,110,554 $1,016,552,578 1982
13 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $431,402,069 2013
14 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $496,896,457 2006
15 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $619,259,828 1994
16 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $450,343,309 2010
17 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $415,499,787 2013
18 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $420,548,490 2012
19 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $531,129,701 2002
20 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $631,019,280 1993
21 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $443,526,835 2009
22 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $407,092,569 2013
23 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $400,794,494 2011
24 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $479,387,995 2003
25 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $460,743,580 2005
26 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $485,854,084 2003
27 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $468,035,377 2004
28 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $464,502,915 2004
29 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $373,897,665 2013
30 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $356,461,711 2015
31 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 2015
32 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $370,687,744 2011
33 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $349,978,722 2014
34 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $450,412,020 2002
35 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $336,993,714 2014
36 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $384,058,255 2007
37 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $336,045,770 2015
38 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $362,648,098 2010
39 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $333,036,098 2014
40 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $526,928,706 1994
41 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $368,297,468 2007
42 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $364,333,121 2007
43 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $349,958,029 2008
44 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $424,408,896 2001
45 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $348,517,165 2008
46 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $421,405,621 2001
47 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $338,706,648 2010
48 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $408,736,780 2002
49 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $353,119,667 2007
50 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617 $309,306,177 $691,891,798 1983
51 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $461,949,855 1996
52 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $392,872,354 2003
53 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $313,712,992 2012
54 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $312,314,592 2012
55 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $333,059,074 2009
56 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $326,122,582 2010
57 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $327,155,822 2009
58 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $321,186,828 2010
59 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $416,924,339 1999
60 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $323,181,730 2009
61 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $317,489,596 2010
62 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $301,307,610 2012
63 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $333,244,374 2007
64 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $353,442,940 2005
65 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $295,660,668 2013
66 The Empire Strikes Back $181,400,000* $290,475,067 $730,143,547 1980
67 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $351,385,704 2005
68 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250 $289,916,256 $377,038,878 2001
69 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $517,587,417 1990
70 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $362,208,794 2003
71 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $295,892,426 2011
72 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 film currently playing $279,757,333 $279,757,333 $279,757,333 2015
73 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $349,863,656 2004
74 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $305,884,957 2009
75 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $278,439,032 2013
76 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $272,750,292 2013
77 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $357,708,305 2001
78 The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $262,030,663 $270,082,627 2012
79 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,988,482 $261,988,482 $344,680,869 2002
80 The Incredibles $261,441,092 $261,441,092 $327,538,338 2004
81 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,044,825 $260,044,825 $357,329,227 2000
82 Jaws $191,741,308* $260,000,000 $1,097,548,434 1975
83 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572 $259,766,572 $259,657,027 2014
84 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $258,366,855 $258,366,855 $262,463,815 2013
85 The Lego Movie $257,760,692 $257,760,692 $257,651,993 2014
86 Star Trek $257,730,019 $257,730,019 $284,274,572 2009
87 I Am Legend $256,386,216 $256,386,216 $292,595,471 2007
88 The Blind Side $255,959,475 $255,959,475 $282,321,673 2009
89 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $255,119,788 $255,119,788 $255,012,203 2014
90 The Hangover: Part II $254,464,305 $254,464,305 $267,676,875 2011
91 Despicable Me $251,513,985 $251,513,985 $272,930,863 2010
92 Batman $251,188,924 $251,188,924 $479,517,970 1989
93 Night at the Museum $250,863,268 $250,863,268 $294,468,257 2006
94 Men in Black $250,690,539 $250,690,539 $369,539,889 1997
95 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $249,541,069 $249,541,069 $312,629,764 2004
96 Raiders of the Lost Ark $212,222,025* $248,159,971 $635,196,292 1981
97 Toy Story 2 $245,852,179 $245,852,179 $349,231,891 1999
98 Transformers: Age of Extinction $245,439,076 $245,439,076 $245,335,573 2014
99 Cars $244,082,982 $244,082,982 $286,509,423 2006
100 Bruce Almighty $242,829,261 $242,829,261 $312,365,933 2003

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Twister ($241.72m), My Big Fat Greek Wedding ($241.43m), Maleficent ($241.41m) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($241.07m).

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 12 February 2016 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

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 12 February 2016 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 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–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
§ Franchise and series sources

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