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 $1,749,706,236
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,542,515,736
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,233,317,364
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,228,458,238
5 Titanic 1997 135,654,500 $1,174,767,970
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,134,460,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,109,162,408
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,075,013,430
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $957,789,072
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $943,940,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,120,000 $936,319,200
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $865,283,818
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $850,243,996
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $848,680,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $842,230,898
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $814,554,404
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,922,000 $796,044,520
18 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $782,107,982
19 The Lion King 1994 89,101,100 $771,615,526
20 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $771,977,514
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,526,800 $766,642,088
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,700 $741,094,222
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $719,156,710
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,051,900 $684,589,454
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $683,469,716
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $680,204,896
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $677,054,388
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $666,553,272
29 The Avengers 2012 76,768,200 $664,812,612
30 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $647,768,000
31 The Dark Knight 2008 74,455,400 $644,783,764
32 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $638,067,934
33 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $629,375,026
34 Ghostbusters 1984 71,160,400 $616,249,064
35 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $615,300,794
36 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $611,031,414
37 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $606,183,546
38 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $601,737,502
39 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $599,868,674
40 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $586,578,172
41 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $583,712,578
42 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $581,809,110
43 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $581,519,000
44 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $574,158,000
45 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $572,523,858
46 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $569,085,838
47 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $566,835,970
48 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $559,681,944
49 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $559,569,364
50 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $551,749,384
51 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $547,550,150
52 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $545,186,836
53 Cinderella 1950 62,879,300 $544,534,738
54 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $543,372,566
55 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $533,799,802
56 Finding Nemo 2003 61,623,900 $533,662,974
57 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $531,513,562
58 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $520,974,342
59 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $519,600,000
60 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $519,600,000
61 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $518,649,998
62 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $517,043,568
63 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $513,751,036
64 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $511,379,062
65 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $499,901,098
66 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,601,400 $498,828,124
67 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $498,635,006
68 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $496,721,146
69 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $492,787,774
70 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $492,172,914
71 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $484,702,798
72 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $484,206,580
73 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $482,664,234
74 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,575,500 $481,283,830
75 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $479,621,976
76 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $476,901,004
77 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $476,646,400
78 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $476,300,000
79 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $475,451,320
80 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $474,561,938
81 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $473,598,946
82 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $472,980,622
83 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $471,104,000
84 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $466,781,794
85 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $466,560,964
86 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $465,977,280
87 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $464,915,564
88 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $464,905,172
89 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $463,594,048
90 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,527,100 $463,544,686
91 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $463,037,210
92 Finding Dory film currently playing 2016 53,380,600 $462,275,996
93 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $456,246,904
94 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $454,150,318
95 Toy Story 3 2010 52,201,900 $452,068,454
96 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $445,688,632
97 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 51,114,600 $442,652,436
98 Duel in the Sun 1946 51,020,400 $441,836,664
99 The Hunger Games 2012 50,838,300 $440,259,678
100 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 50,648,900 $438,619,474

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 $936,662,225 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 Finding Dory film currently playing $466,012,930 $466,012,930 $466,012,930 2016
9 Star Wars $221,300,000* $460,998,007 $1,383,087,203 1977
10 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $459,005,868 2015
11 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $461,910,006 2012
12 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $552,776,575 2004
13 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,200,000 $435,110,554 $1,016,552,578 1982
14 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $431,402,069 2013
15 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $496,896,457 2006
16 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $619,259,828 1994
17 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $450,343,309 2010
18 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $415,499,787 2013
19 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $420,548,490 2012
20 Captain America: Civil War film currently playing $406,889,223 $406,889,223 $406,889,223 2016
21 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $531,129,701 2002
22 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $631,019,280 1993
23 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $443,526,835 2009
24 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $407,092,569 2013
25 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $400,794,494 2011
26 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $479,387,995 2003
27 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $460,743,580 2005
28 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $485,854,084 2003
29 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $468,035,377 2004
30 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $464,502,915 2004
31 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $373,897,665 2013
32 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $363,070,709 2016
33 The Jungle Book film currently playing $362,004,909 $362,004,909 $362,004,909 2016
34 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $356,461,711 2015
35 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 2015
36 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $370,687,744 2011
37 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $349,978,722 2014
38 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $450,412,020 2002
39 Zootopia film currently playing $341,260,194 $341,260,194 $341,260,194 2016
40 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $336,993,714 2014
41 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $384,058,255 2007
42 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $336,045,770 2015
43 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $362,648,098 2010
44 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $333,036,098 2014
45 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $330,360,194 2016
46 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $526,928,706 1994
47 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $368,297,468 2007
48 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $364,333,121 2007
49 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $349,958,029 2008
50 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $424,408,896 2001
51 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $348,517,165 2008
52 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $421,405,621 2001
53 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $338,706,648 2010
54 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $408,736,780 2002
55 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $353,119,667 2007
56 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617 $309,306,177 $691,891,798 1983
57 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $461,949,855 1996
58 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $392,872,354 2003
59 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $313,712,992 2012
60 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $312,314,592 2012
61 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $333,059,074 2009
62 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $326,122,582 2010
63 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $327,155,822 2009
64 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $321,186,828 2010
65 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $416,924,339 1999
66 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $323,181,730 2009
67 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $317,489,596 2010
68 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $301,307,610 2012
69 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $333,244,374 2007
70 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $353,442,940 2005
71 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $295,660,668 2013
72 The Empire Strikes Back $181,400,000* $290,475,067 $730,143,547 1980
73 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $351,385,704 2005
74 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250 $289,916,256 $377,038,878 2001
75 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $517,587,417 1990
76 The Secret Life of Pets film currently playing $283,497,745 $283,497,745 $283,497,745 2016
77 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 2015
78 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $362,208,794 2003
79 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $295,892,426 2011
80 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $349,863,656 2004
81 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $305,884,957 2009
82 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $278,439,032 2013
83 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $272,750,292 2013
84 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $357,708,305 2001
85 The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $262,030,663 $270,082,627 2012
86 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,988,482 $261,988,482 $344,680,869 2002
87 The Incredibles $261,441,092 $261,441,092 $327,538,338 2004
88 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,044,825 $260,044,825 $357,329,227 2000
89 Jaws $191,741,308* $260,000,000 $1,097,548,434 1975
90 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572 $259,766,572 $259,657,027 2014
91 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $258,366,855 $258,366,855 $262,463,815 2013
92 The Lego Movie $257,760,692 $257,760,692 $257,651,993 2014
93 Star Trek $257,730,019 $257,730,019 $284,274,572 2009
94 I Am Legend $256,386,216 $256,386,216 $292,595,471 2007
95 The Blind Side $255,959,475 $255,959,475 $282,321,673 2009
96 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $255,119,788 $255,119,788 $255,012,203 2014
97 The Hangover: Part II $254,464,305 $254,464,305 $267,676,875 2011
98 Despicable Me $251,513,985 $251,513,985 $272,930,863 2010
99 Batman $251,188,924 $251,188,924 $479,517,970 1989
100 Night at the Museum $250,863,268 $250,863,268 $294,468,257 2006

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Men in Black ($250.69), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($249.54) and Toy Story 2 ($245.85).

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 29 July 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, 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 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "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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