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 $1,695,154,400
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,494,423,400
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,194,865,000
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,190,157,900
5 Titanic 1997 135,654,500 $1,136,630,800
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,099,090,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,074,581,300
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,041,496,500
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $927,927,000
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $914,510,000
11 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $838,305,700
12 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $823,735,500
13 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $822,220,000
14 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $815,971,700
15 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $789,158,400
16 Jurassic Park 1993 91,922,000 $771,225,200
17 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $757,718,300
18 The Lion King 1994 89,101,100 $747,938,500
19 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $747,908,600
20 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,526,800 $742,739,700
21 The Graduate 1967 85,576,700 $717,988,900
22 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $696,734,800
23 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $662,160,300
24 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $659,559,400
25 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $655,945,500
26 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $645,771,600
27 The Avengers 2012 76,768,200 $644,085,300
28 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $627,572,000
29 Jurassic World film currently playing 2015 74,778,100 $627,388,259
30 The Dark Knight 2008 74,455,400 $624,680,500
31 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $618,174,500
32 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $609,752,100
33 Ghostbusters 1984 71,160,400 $597,036,000
34 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $596,117,300
35 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $591,980,400
36 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $587,284,400
37 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $582,977,000
38 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $581,165,900
39 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $568,289,900
40 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $565,514,000
41 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $563,669,200
42 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $563,388,700
43 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $556,257,000
44 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $554,673,700
45 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $551,342,900
46 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $549,163,600
47 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $542,232,000
48 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $542,123,100
49 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $534,547,400
50 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $513,505,700
51 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $530,580,400
52 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $526,431,400
53 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $517,157,100
54 Finding Nemo 2003 61,623,900 $517,024,400
55 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $514,941,800
56 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $504,731,900
57 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $503,400,000
58 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $503,400,000
59 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $502,479,300
60 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $500,923,600
61 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $497,733,300
62 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $495,435,000
63 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $484,315,100
64 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,601,400 $483,276,000
65 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $483,088,900
66 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $481,234,700
67 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $477,424,100
68 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $476,828,300
69 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $469,590,700
70 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $469,109,900
71 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $467,615,700
72 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,575,500 $466,278,800
73 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $464,668,000
74 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $462,032,500
75 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $461,785,400
76 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $461,450,000
77 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $460,627,500
78 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $459,766,000
79 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $458,833,400
80 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $458,233,900
81 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $456,416,000
82 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $452,228,800
83 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $452,014,700
84 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $451,449,100
85 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $450,420,100
86 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $450,410,500
87 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $449,140,300
88 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $448,600,500
89 Avengers: Age of Ultron film currently playing 2015 53,164,200 $446,047,600
90 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $442,022,000
91 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $439,991,300
92 Toy Story 3 2010 52,201,900 $437,973,700
93 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $431,793,200
94 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 51,114,600 $428,851,900
95 Duel in the Sun 1946 51,020,400 $428,061,200
96 The Hunger Games 2012 50,838,300 $426,533,300
97 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 50,648,900 $424,944,200
98 House of Wax 1953 50,531,900 $423,962,800
99 Rear Window 1954 50,354,700 $422,476,300
100 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 49,910,000 $418,744,500

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 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $835,812,960 2009
2 Titanic $600,788,188 $658,672,302 $942,087,074 1997
3 Jurassic World film currently playing $643,839,335 $643,839,335 $643,839,335 2015
4 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $640,344,616 2012
5 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $585,761,204 2008
6 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $654,932,790 1999
7 Star Wars $221,300,000* $460,998,007 $1,378,419,211 1977
8 Avengers: Age of Ultron film currently playing $457,744,064 $457,744,064 $457,744,064 2015
9 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $460,351,036 2012
10 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $550,910,925 2004
11 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,200,000 $435,110,554 $1,013,121,660 1982
12 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $429,946,064 2013
13 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $495,219,406 2006
14 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $617,169,793 1994
15 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $448,823,376 2010
16 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $414,097,454 2013
17 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $419,129,116 2012
18 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $529,337,110 2002
19 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $628,889,556 1993
20 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $442,029,909 2009
21 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $405,718,610 2013
22 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $399,441,791 2011
23 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $477,770,035 2003
24 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $459,188,546 2005
25 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $484,214,301 2003
26 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $466,455,733 2004
27 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $462,935,193 2004
28 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $372,635,741 2013
29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $369,436,654 2011
30 Furious 7 $351,032,910 $351,032,910 $351,032,910 2015
31 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $350,126,372 2014
32 Inside Out film currently playing $344,525,000 $344,525,000 $344,525,000 2015
33 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $448,891,856 2002
34 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 2014
35 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $382,762,038 2007
36 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $361,424,141 2010
37 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $333,176,600 2014
38 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $525,152,410 1994
39 Minions film currently playing $324,801,000 $324,801,000 $324,801,000 2015
40 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $367,054,444 2007
41 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $363,103,478 2007
42 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $348,776,903 2008
43 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $422,976,494 2001
44 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $347,340,901 2008
45 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $419,983,354 2001
46 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $337,563,495 2010
47 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $407,357,272 2002
48 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $351,927,869 2007
49 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617 $309,306,177 $689,556,627 1983
50 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $460,390,749 1996
51 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $391,546,389 2003
52 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $312,654,194 2012
53 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $311,260,514 2012
54 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $331,934,982 2009
55 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $325,021,901 2010
56 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $326,051,654 2009
57 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $320,102,805 2010
58 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $415,517,198 1999
59 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $322,090,974 2009
60 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $316,418,052 2010
61 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $300,290,681 2012
62 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $332,119,656 2007
63 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $352,250,052 2005
64 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $294,662,798 2013
65 The Empire Strikes Back $181,400,000* $290,475,067 $727,679,273 1980
66 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $350,199,759 2005
67 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250 $289,916,256 $375,766,352 2001
68 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $515,840,532 1990
69 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $360,986,320 2003
70 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $294,893,774 2011
71 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $348,682,847 2004
72 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $304,852,579 2009
73 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $277,499,286 2013
74 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $271,829,745 2013
75 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $356,501,021 2001
76 The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $262,030,663 $269,171,084 2012
77 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,988,482 $261,988,482 $343,517,553 2002
78 The Incredibles $261,441,092 $261,441,092 $326,432,879 2004
79 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,044,825 $260,044,825 $356,123,222 2000
80 Jaws $191,741,308* $260,000,000 $1,093,844,150 1975
81 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572 $259,766,572 $259,766,572 2014
82 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $258,366,855 $258,366,855 $261,577,986 2013
83 The Lego Movie $257,760,692 $257,760,692 $257,760,692 2014
84 Star Trek $257,730,019 $257,730,019 $283,315,130 2009
85 I Am Legend $256,386,216 $256,386,216 $291,607,946 2007
86 The Blind Side $255,959,475 $255,959,475 $281,368,823 2009
87 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $255,119,788 $255,119,788 $255,119,788 2014
88 The Hangover: Part II $254,464,305 $254,464,305 $266,773,451 2011
89 Despicable Me $251,513,985 $251,513,985 $272,009,707 2010
90 Batman $251,188,924 $251,188,924 $477,899,572 1989
91 Night at the Museum $250,863,268 $250,863,268 $293,474,411 2006
92 Men in Black $250,690,539 $250,690,539 $368,292,672 1997
93 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban $249,541,069 $249,541,069 $311,574,622 2004
94 Raiders of the Lost Ark $212,222,025* $248,159,971 $633,052,471 1981
95 Toy Story 2 $245,852,179 $245,852,179 $348,053,215 1999
96 Transformers: Age of Extinction $245,439,076 $245,439,076 $245,439,076 2014
97 Cars $244,082,982 $244,082,982 $285,542,439 2006
98 Bruce Almighty $242,829,261 $242,829,261 $311,311,681 2003
99 Ghostbusters $229,242,989* $242,212,467 $544,554,453 1984
100 Twister $241,721,524 $241,721,524 $363,479,830 1996

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by My Big Fat Greek Wedding ($241.43), Maleficent ($241.41m), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($241.07m), Shrek Forever After ($238.73m) and Fast & Furious 6 ($238.67m).

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 04 September 2015 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) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
§ Franchise and series sources

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