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 $1,854,769,428
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,635,137,928
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,307,373,372
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,302,222,474
5 Titanic 1997 135,551,900 $1,244,366,442
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,202,580,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,175,763,384
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,139,563,890
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $1,015,300,656
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $1,000,620,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $992,496,618
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $917,240,814
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $901,297,908
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $899,640,000
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,255,300 $892,803,654
16 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $863,465,292
17 Jurassic Park 1993 91,922,000 $843,843,960
18 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $829,070,586
19 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $818,331,822
20 The Lion King 1994 89,101,100 $817,948,098
21 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,526,800 $812,676,024
22 The Graduate 1967 85,576,700 $785,594,106
23 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $762,339,330
24 Jurassic World 2015 79,051,900 $725,696,442
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $724,509,468
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $721,048,608
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $717,708,924
28 Grease 1978 76,969,200 $706,577,256
29 The Avengers 2012 76,768,200 $704,732,076
30 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $686,664,000
31 The Dark Knight 2008 74,455,400 $683,500,572
32 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $676,381,482
33 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $667,166,598
34 Ghostbusters 1984 71,160,400 $653,252,472
35 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $652,247,262
36 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $647,721,522
37 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $642,582,558
38 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $637,869,546
39 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $635,888,502
40 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $621,799,956
41 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $618,762,294
42 Star Wars: The Last Jedi film currently playing 2017 67,323,700 $618,031,566
43 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $616,744,530
44 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $616,437,000
45 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $608,634,000
46 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $606,901,734
47 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $603,257,274
48 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $600,872,310
49 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $593,288,712
50 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $593,169,372
51 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $584,879,832
52 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $580,428,450
53 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $577,923,228
54 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $576,000,018
55 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $565,852,446
56 Finding Nemo 2003 61,623,900 $565,707,402
57 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $563,428,926
58 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 60,442,600 $554,863,068
59 Cinderella 1950 60,301,400 $553,566,852
60 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $552,256,866
61 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $550,800,000
62 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $550,800,000
63 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $549,792,954
64 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $548,090,064
65 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $544,599,828
66 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $542,085,426
67 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $529,918,254
68 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,601,400 $528,780,852
69 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $528,576,138
70 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $526,547,358
71 Beauty and the Beast 2017 57,015,200 $523,399,536
72 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $522,377,802
73 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $521,726,022
74 Finding Dory 2016 56,165,800 $515,602,044
75 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $513,807,354
76 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,922,000 $513,363,960
77 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $513,281,340
78 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $511,646,382
79 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $508,421,448
80 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $505,537,092
81 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $505,267,200
82 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $504,900,000
83 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $504,000,360
84 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $503,057,574
85 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $502,036,758
86 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $501,381,306
87 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $499,392,000
88 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $494,810,262
89 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $494,576,172
90 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $493,957,440
91 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $492,831,972
92 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $492,820,956
93 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $491,431,104
94 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,527,100 $491,378,778
95 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $490,840,830
96 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $483,642,792
97 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $481,420,314
98 Toy Story 3 2010 52,201,900 $479,213,442
99 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $472,450,536
100 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 51,114,600 $469,232,028

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 $967,038,327 2015
2 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $867,301,893 2009
3 Titanic $600,788,188 $659,363,944 $978,271,484 1997
4 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $673,423,863 2015
5 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $664,469,354 2012
6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi film currently playing $618,031,777 $618,031,777 $618,031,777 2017
7 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $607,829,532 2008
8 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $532,177,324 $532,177,324 $542,655,580 2016
9 Beauty and the Beast $504,014,165 $504,014,165 $504,014,165 2017
10 Finding Dory $486,295,561 $486,295,561 $495,870,432 2016
11 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $679,607,130 1999
12 Star Wars $221,300,000* $460,998,007 $1,430,350,624 1977
13 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $473,891,500 2015
14 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $477,694,584 2012
15 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $571,666,283 2004
16 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,200,000 $435,110,554 $1,051,290,628 1982
17 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $446,144,117 2013
18 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $513,876,606 2006
19 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $640,421,427 1994
20 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $465,732,624 2010
21 Wonder Woman $412,563,408 $412,563,408 $412,563,408 2017
22 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $429,698,416 2013
23 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $408,084,349 $416,119,288 2016
24 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $434,919,645 2012
25 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $549,279,682 2002
26 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $652,582,729 1993
27 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $458,683,216 2009
28 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $421,003,903 2013
29 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 2017
30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,011,219 $414,490,607 2011
31 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $495,769,838 2003
32 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $476,488,298 2005
33 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $502,456,888 2003
34 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle film currently playing $377,623,565 $377,623,565 $377,623,565 2017
35 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $484,029,274 2004
36 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $480,376,099 2004
37 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $375,637,599 2016
38 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $386,674,649 2013
39 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $371,168,089 2016
40 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $370,219,356 2016
41 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $368,021,820 2015
42 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $364,455,093 2015
43 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $383,355,037 2011
44 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $361,938,338 2014
45 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $465,803,684 2002
46 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $347,987,617 2016
47 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $348,509,601 2014
48 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $397,182,450 2007
49 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $346,943,787 2015
50 Spider-Man: Homecoming $334,201,140 $334,201,140 $334,201,140 2017
51 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $375,040,657 2010
52 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $344,416,744 2014
53 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $336,864,790 2016
54 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $544,935,129 1994
55 It $327,481,748 $327,481,748 $327,481,748 2017
56 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $331,501,081 2016
57 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $380,883,079 2007
58 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $376,783,262 2007
59 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $361,916,938 2008
60 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,575,550 $438,911,970 2001
61 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $360,426,836 2008
62 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $435,806,066 2001
63 Thor: Ragnarok film currently playing $314,589,124 $314,589,124 $314,589,124 2017
64 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $350,281,070 2010
65 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $422,704,301 2002
66 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $365,186,616 2007
67 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617* $309,306,177 $715,535,408 1983
68 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $477,735,794 1996
69 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $406,297,748 2003
70 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $324,433,320 2012
71 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $322,987,134 2012
72 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $301,959,197 $344,440,505 2009
73 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $337,266,976 2010
74 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $338,335,525 2009
75 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $295,983,305 $332,162,555 2010
76 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $431,171,648 1999
77 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $334,225,628 2009
78 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $328,338,980 2010
79 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $311,604,017 2012
80 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,004,738 $344,632,137 2007
81 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $365,520,937 2005
82 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $305,764,106 2013
83 The Empire Strikes Back $181,400,000* $290,475,067 $755,094,311 1980
84 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,013,036 $363,393,400 2005
85 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250* $289,916,256 $389,923,205 2001
86 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $535,274,626 1990
87 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $290,860,252 2015
88 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $374,586,341 2003
89 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $281,287,133 $281,287,133 $306,003,783 2011
90 Meet the Fockers $279,261,160 $279,261,160 $361,819,339 2004
91 The Hangover $277,322,503 $277,322,503 $316,337,783 2009
92 Gravity $274,092,705 $274,092,705 $287,953,965 2013
93 Sing $270,329,045 $270,329,045 $275,651,663 2016
94 Monsters University $268,492,764 $268,492,764 $282,070,827 2013
95 Shrek $267,665,011 $267,665,011 $369,932,060 2001
96 Despicable Me 3 $264,624,300 $264,624,300 $264,624,300 2017
97 The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $262,030,663 $279,312,001 2012
98 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets $261,988,482 $261,988,482 $356,459,444 2002
99 The Incredibles $261,441,092 $261,441,092 $338,731,112 2004
100 How the Grinch Stole Christmas $260,044,825 $260,044,825 $369,540,028 2000

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.76m), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($258.36m), The Lego Movie ($257.76m), and Star Trek ($257.73m).

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 16 February 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

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 (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. ^ 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 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  9. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
§ Franchise and series sources

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