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 $990,050,525 2015
2 Avengers: Endgame film currently playing $858,177,594 $858,177,594 $858,177,594 2019
3 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $887,940,706 2009
4 Black Panther $700,059,566 $700,059,566 $700,059,566 2018
5 Avengers: Infinity War $678,815,482 $678,815,482 $678,815,482 2018
6 Titanic $600,788,188 $659,363,944 $1,001,549,839 1997
7 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $689,449,043 2015
8 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $680,281,447 2012
9 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $620,181,382 $620,181,382 $633,905,189 2017
10 Incredibles 2 $608,581,744 $608,581,744 $608,581,744 2018
11 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $622,293,792 2008
12 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $532,177,324 $532,177,324 $555,568,923 2016
13 Beauty and the Beast $504,014,165 $504,014,165 $515,167,343 2017
14 The Lion King film currently playing $501,335,434 $501,335,434 $501,335,434 2019
15 Finding Dory $486,295,561 $486,295,561 $507,670,449 2016
16 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $695,779,452 1999
17 Star Wars $221,280,994* $460,998,007 $1,464,388,067 1977
18 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $485,168,494 2015
19 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $489,062,078 2012
20 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $585,269,981 2004
21 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,197,037 $435,110,554 $1,076,307,742 1982
22 Captain Marvel $426,829,839 $426,829,839 $426,829,839 2019
23 Toy Story 4 film currently playing $425,286,221 $425,286,221 $425,286,221 2019
24 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $456,760,818 2013
25 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $526,105,109 2006
26 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $655,661,263 1994
27 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $417,719,760 $417,719,760 $417,719,760 2018
28 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $476,815,465 2010
29 Wonder Woman $412,563,408 $412,563,408 $421,692,900 2017
30 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994 $409,013,994 $439,923,766 2013
31 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $408,084,349 $426,021,501 2016
32 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $445,269,242 2012
33 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404,515,480 $404,515,480 $413,466,881 2017
34 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $562,350,656 2002
35 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $668,111,962 1993
36 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $469,598,305 2009
37 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $431,022,353 2013
38 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 $398,439,158 2017
39 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,193,157 $424,536,001 2011
40 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $507,567,460 2003
41 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $487,827,087 2005
42 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $514,413,641 2003
43 Spider-Man: Far From Home film currently playing $377,799,687 $377,799,687 $377,799,687 2019
44 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $495,547,512 2004
45 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $491,807,404 2004
46 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $384,576,486 2016
47 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $395,876,181 2013
48 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $380,000,618 2016
49 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $379,029,308 2016
50 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $376,779,478 2015
51 Aladdin film currently playing $353,631,744 $353,631,744 $353,631,744 2019
52 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $373,127,875 2015
53 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $392,477,574 2011
54 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $370,551,231 2014
55 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $476,888,215 2002
56 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $356,268,530 2016
57 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $356,802,935 2014
58 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $406,634,032 2007
59 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $355,199,860 2015
60 Aquaman $335,061,807 $335,061,807 $335,061,807 2018
61 Spider-Man: Homecoming $334,201,140 $334,201,140 $341,596,577 2017
62 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $383,965,339 2010
63 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $352,612,682 2014
64 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $344,881,018 2016
65 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $557,902,718 1994
66 It $327,481,748 $327,481,748 $334,728,493 2017
67 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $339,389,671 2016
68 Deadpool 2 $324,591,735 $324,591,735 $324,591,735 2018
69 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $389,946,792 2007
70 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $385,749,412 2007
71 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $370,529,321 2008
72 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,871,467 $449,652,488 2001
73 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $369,003,760 2008
74 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $446,176,758 2001
75 Thor: Ragnarok $315,058,289 $315,058,289 $322,030,119 2017
76 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $358,616,559 2010
77 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $432,763,215 2002
78 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $373,876,806 2007
79 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617* $309,306,177 $732,562,698 1983
80 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $489,104,269 1996
81 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $415,966,243 2003
82 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $332,153,722 2012
83 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $330,673,121 2012
84 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $302,089,278 $352,767,090 2009
85 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $345,292,775 2010
86 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $346,386,751 2009
87 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $296,131,568 $340,215,149 2010
88 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $441,432,056 1999
89 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $342,179,052 2009
90 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $336,152,323 2010
91 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $319,019,125 2012
92 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,137,260 $352,965,723 2007
93 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
$291,710,957 $291,710,957 $374,219,083 2005
94 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $313,040,244 2013
95 The Empire Strikes Back $181,379,640* $290,475,067 $773,062,967 1980
96 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,201,752 $372,229,634 2005
97 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250* $289,916,256 $399,202,041 2001
98 Home Alone $285,761,243 $285,761,243 $548,012,328 1990
99 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $281,723,902 $281,723,902 $297,781,729 2015
100 The Matrix Reloaded $281,576,461 $281,576,461 $383,500,213 2003

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 ($281.28m), Meet the Fockers ($279.26m), The Hangover ($277.32m), and Gravity ($274.92m).

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.[5] 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[5] Adjusted gross
1 Gone with the Wind 1939 202,286,100 $1,822,597,761
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,604,857,596
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,485,200 $1,283,791,652
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,278,107,243
5 Titanic 1997 135,549,800 $1,221,303,698
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,180,310,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,153,989,988
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,118,460,855
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $996,498,792
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $982,090,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $974,117,051
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $900,254,873
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $884,607,206
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,046,900 $883,402,569
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,309,600 $876,759,496
16 Avengers: Endgame film currently playing 2019 95,246,000 $858,166,460
17 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,102,423 $847,862,833
18 Jurassic Park 1993 91,664,200 $825,894,442
19 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $813,717,427
20 The Lion King 1994 89,146,400 $803,209,064
21 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $803,177,529
22 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,543,400 $797,776,034
23 The Graduate 1967 85,576,800 $771,046,067
24 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $748,221,935
25 Jurassic World 2015 79,049,200 $712,233,292
26 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $711,092,626
27 Forrest Gump 1994 78,614,600 $708,317,546
28 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $704,418,018
29 Grease 1978 77,098,600 $694,658,386
30 The Avengers 2012 76,881,200 $692,699,612
31 Black Panther 2018 76,272,300 $687,213,423
32 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $673,948,000
33 The Dark Knight 2008 74,506,000 $671,299,060
34 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $663,855,899
35 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $654,811,661
36 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 72,419,700 $652,501,497
37 Ghostbusters 1984 71,173,700 $641,275,037
38 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $640,168,609
39 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $635,726,679
40 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $630,682,881
41 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $626,057,147
42 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $624,112,789
43 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $610,285,142
44 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 67,594,900 $609,030,049
45 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $607,303,733
46 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $605,323,335
47 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $605,021,500
48 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $597,363,000
49 Incredibles 2 2018 66,299,200 $597,355,792
50 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $595,662,813
51 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $592,085,843
52 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $589,745,045
53 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $582,301,884
54 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $582,184,754
55 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $574,048,724
56 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,239,600 $569,788,796
57 Batman 1989 62,972,300 $567,380,423
58 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $565,333,351
59 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $555,373,697
60 Finding Nemo 2003 61,586,500 $554,894,365
61 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $552,995,057
62 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 60,441,600 $544,578,816
63 Cinderella 1950 60,301,400 $543,315,614
64 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $542,029,887
65 My Fair Lady 1964 60,062,200 $541,160,422
66 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $540,600,000
67 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $539,611,603
68 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $537,940,248
69 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $534,514,646
70 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $532,046,807
71 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $520,104,953
72 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,581,800 $518,812,018
73 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $518,787,691
74 Superman 1978 57,384,000 $517,029,840
75 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $512,704,139
76 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $512,064,429
77 Beauty and the Beast 2017 56,798,200 $511,751,782
78 Finding Dory 2016 56,158,100 $505,984,481
79 West Side Story 1961 56,012,800 $504,675,328
80 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,946,500 $504,077,965
81 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,922,700 $503,863,527
82 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $502,171,449
83 The Lion King film currently playing 2019 55,483,000 $499,901,830
84 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $499,006,236
85 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $496,175,294
86 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $495,910,400
87 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $495,550,000
88 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $494,667,020
89 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $493,741,693
90 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $492,739,781
91 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $492,096,467
92 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $490,144,000
93 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $485,647,109
94 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $485,417,354
95 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $484,810,080
96 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $483,705,454
97 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $483,694,642
98 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $482,330,528
99 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,526,900 $482,277,369
100 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $481,751,185

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,[7] in relation to general inflation and gross domestic product.[8] 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)[7]
  • 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)[7]
  • Total number of films in the marketplace at a given time[7]
  • Screen quotas (no influence on U.S. box office)
  • Price differences: matinee and evening tickets,[9] roadshow tickets,[9] or difference between rural and urban cinemas[8]
  • Length of release (number of weeks)[9]

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.[10]

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(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.

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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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The figure of 97,309,600 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.[6] 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.[7]

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. Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "All Time Box Office > Domestic Grosses: Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. 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).
  6. ^ Subers, Ray (April 21, 2010). "'Avatar' Strikes DVD". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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 February 26, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c Garris, Daniel (September 7, 2007). "$200 Million Adjusted Extra". BoxOfficeReport.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009.
  10. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
§ Franchise and series sources

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