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 $967,038,327 2015
2 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $867,301,893 2009
3 Black Panther $700,059,566 $700,059,566 $700,059,566 2018
4 Avengers: Infinity War film currently playing $678,587,869 $678,587,869 $678,587,869 2018
5 Titanic $600,788,188 $659,363,944 $978,271,484 1997
6 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $673,423,863 2015
7 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $664,469,354 2012
8 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $620,181,382 $620,181,382 $620,181,382 2017
9 Incredibles 2 film currently playing $594,119,848 $594,119,848 $594,119,848 2018
10 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $607,829,532 2008
11 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $532,177,324 $532,177,324 $542,655,580 2016
12 Beauty and the Beast $504,014,165 $504,014,165 $504,014,165 2017
13 Finding Dory $486,295,561 $486,295,561 $495,870,432 2016
14 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $679,607,130 1999
15 Star Wars $221,280,994* $460,998,007 $1,430,350,624 1977
16 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $473,891,500 2015
17 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $477,694,584 2012
18 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $571,666,283 2004
19 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,197,037 $435,110,554 $1,051,290,628 1982
20 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $446,144,117 2013
21 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $513,876,606 2006
22 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $640,421,427 1994
23 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $465,732,624 2010
24 Wonder Woman $412,563,408 $412,563,408 $412,563,408 2017
25 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom film currently playing $411,752,365 $411,752,365 $411,752,365 2018
26 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $429,698,416 2013
27 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $408,084,349 $416,119,288 2016
28 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $434,919,645 2012
29 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404,515,480 $404,515,480 $404,515,480 2017
30 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $549,279,682 2002
31 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $652,582,729 1993
32 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $458,683,216 2009
33 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $421,003,903 2013
34 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 2017
35 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $414,490,607 2011
36 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $495,769,838 2003
37 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $476,488,298 2005
38 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $502,456,888 2003
39 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $484,029,274 2004
40 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $480,376,099 2004
41 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $375,637,599 2016
42 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $386,674,649 2013
43 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $371,168,089 2016
44 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $370,219,356 2016
45 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $368,021,820 2015
46 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $364,455,093 2015
47 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $383,355,037 2011
48 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $361,938,338 2014
49 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $465,803,684 2002
50 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $347,987,617 2016
51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $348,509,601 2014
52 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $397,182,450 2007
53 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $346,943,787 2015
54 Spider-Man: Homecoming $334,201,140 $334,201,140 $334,201,140 2017
55 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $375,040,657 2010
56 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $344,416,744 2014
57 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $336,864,790 2016
58 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $544,935,129 1994
59 It $327,481,748 $327,481,748 $327,481,748 2017
60 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $331,501,081 2016
61 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $380,883,079 2007
62 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $376,783,262 2007
63 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $361,916,938 2008
64 Deadpool 2 film currently playing $318,278,611 $318,278,611 $318,278,611 2018
65 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $438,911,970 2001
66 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $360,426,836 2008
67 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $435,806,066 2001
68 Thor: Ragnarok $315,058,289 $315,058,289 $315,058,289 2017
69 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $350,281,070 2010
70 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $422,704,301 2002
71 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $365,186,616 2007
72 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617* $309,306,177 $715,535,408 1983
73 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $477,735,794 1996
74 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $406,297,748 2003
75 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $324,433,320 2012
76 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $322,987,134 2012
77 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $344,440,505 2009
78 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $337,266,976 2010
79 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $338,335,525 2009
80 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $332,162,555 2010
81 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $431,171,648 1999
82 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $334,225,628 2009
83 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $328,338,980 2010
84 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $311,604,017 2012
85 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $344,632,137 2007
86 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $365,520,937 2005
87 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $305,764,106 2013
88 The Empire Strikes Back $181,379,640* $290,475,067 $755,094,311 1980
89 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $363,393,400 2005
90 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250* $289,916,256 $389,923,205 2001
91 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $535,274,626 1990
92 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $290,860,252 2015
93 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $374,586,341 2003
94 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $306,003,783 2011
95 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $361,819,339 2004
96 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $316,337,783 2009
97 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $287,953,965 2013
98 Sing $270,329,045 $270,329,045 $275,651,663 2016
99 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $282,070,827 2013
100 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $369,932,060 2001

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Despicable Me 3 ($264.62m), The Amazing Spider-Man ($262.03m), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($261.98m), and The Incredibles ($261.44). 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 $1,872,953,442
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,651,168,692
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,320,190,758
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,314,989,361
5 Titanic 1997 135,551,900 $1,256,566,113
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,214,370,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,187,290,476
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,150,736,085
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $1,025,254,584
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $1,010,430,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $1,002,226,977
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $926,233,371
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $910,134,162
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $908,460,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $901,556,631
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $871,930,638
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,621,800 $849,334,086
18 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $837,198,729
19 The Lion King 1994 89,146,400 $826,387,128
20 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $826,354,683
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,543,400 $820,797,318
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,800 $793,296,009
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $769,813,245
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,049,200 $732,786,084
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $731,612,502
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,614,600 $728,757,342
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $724,745,286
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $713,504,484
29 The Avengers 2012 76,881,200 $712,688,724
30 Black Panther 2018 76,270,500 $707,027,535
31 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $693,396,000
32 The Dark Knight 2008 74,463,500 $690,276,645
33 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $683,012,673
34 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $673,707,447
35 Avengers: Infinity War film currently playing 2018 72,344,100 $670,629,807
36 Ghostbusters 1984 71,173,700 $659,780,199
37 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $658,641,843
38 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $654,071,733
39 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $648,882,387
40 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $644,123,169
41 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $642,122,703
42 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $627,896,034
43 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 67,594,900 $626,604,723
44 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $624,828,591
45 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $622,791,045
46 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $622,480,500
47 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $614,601,000
48 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $612,851,751
49 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $609,171,561
50 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $606,763,215
51 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $599,105,268
52 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $598,984,758
53 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $590,613,948
54 Incredibles 2 film currently playing 2018 63,339,000 $587,152,530
55 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,239,600 $586,231,092
56 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $583,589,142
57 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $581,647,077
58 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $571,400,019
59 Finding Nemo 2003 61,586,500 $570,906,855
60 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $568,952,739
61 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 60,441,600 $560,293,632
62 Cinderella 1950 60,301,400 $558,993,978
63 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $557,671,149
64 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $556,200,000
65 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $556,200,000
66 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $555,183,081
67 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $553,463,496
68 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $549,939,042
69 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $547,399,989
70 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $535,113,531
71 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,581,800 $533,783,286
72 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $533,758,257
73 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $531,709,587
74 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $527,499,153
75 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $526,840,983
76 Beauty and the Beast 2017 56,798,200 $526,519,314
77 Finding Dory 2016 56,158,100 $520,585,587
78 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $518,844,681
79 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,922,700 $518,403,429
80 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $518,313,510
81 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $516,662,523
82 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $513,405,972
83 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $510,493,338
84 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $510,220,800
85 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $509,850,000
86 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $508,941,540
87 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $507,989,511
88 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $506,958,687
89 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $506,296,809
90 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $504,288,000
91 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $499,661,343
92 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $499,424,958
93 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $498,800,160
94 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $497,663,658
95 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $497,652,534
96 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $496,249,056
97 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,526,900 $496,194,363
98 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $495,652,995
99 Toy Story 3 2010 53,339,400 $494,456,238
100 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $488,384,388

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]

  film currently playing Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 17 August 2018 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

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 17 August 2018 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. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  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. 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. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
§ Franchise and series sources

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