The 10 highest-grossing movies in the history of filmmaking

It’s no secret that movie creators in addition to the love and passion of filmmaking often have strong desire to earn money with their work. Usually in order to attract the attention of millions of viewers the film crew works very hard to make really interesting and exciting movie. But in some cases, the box office depends not only on the quality of the film, professionalism of actors or the amount of intrigue in the plot but also on the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

Some succeed more than others in earning money in the film industry, while some have exceeded their own expectations many times. And we want to present you a list of the highest-grossing movies in the history of filmmaking according to the theatrical revenues without taking into account any profit from video distribution, TV demonstrations, game creations and other sources.

1. Avatar – $ 2,79 billion

James Cameron’s legendary movie was released in 2009. However, the plot was actually written in the early 90’s, but the shooting began only in 2006. A new language called Na’vi was created especially for “Avatar”. All the actors, who played natives, had to learn it.

“Avatar” was the first movie in the history of cinema to really use the possibilities of 3D, which made it so popular among the viewers. Although a huge role in the success of “Avatar” also played marketing: total $ 250 million has been spent on advertising (just as much as on production).


2. Titanic – $ 2,19 billion

The first movie, which box office exceeded $ 1 billion. And this is also the work of James Cameron. “Titanic” was released in 1997 and immediately became very popular. The story is based on the actual events of a terrible catastrophe, which resulted in the sink of the legendary liner “Titanic”.

The plot unfolds around Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio). Young people belong to different social classes, but it does not prevent them from falling in love with each other during the cruise.

In 2012 in the memory of the 100th anniversary of the catastrophe, a 3D version of the movie has been released.


3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $ 2,07 billion

Finally in 2015 was released the continuation of the popular movie franchise “Star Wars”. The seventh episode describes the events 30 years after the death of Darth Vader and the Emperor. The followers of the Emperor want to seize power, and only the Jedi can stop them.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” turned out very colorful and was shot with all the traditions of the previous parts. Main characters are played by John Boyer, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Harrison Ford.

The Force Awakens


4. Jurassic World – $ 1,67 billion

The fantastic action movie “Jurassic World” is the fourth part of the “Jurassic Park” series. It was released in 2015 and has taken fourth place in the list of the highest-grossing films in history. In fact, the $ 1 billion mark this movie has reached in just 13 days, which is an absolute record.

The park opens its doors twenty-two years after the tragic events on the Isla Nublar. But populated here dinosaurs again became unsafe for visitors. The main characters are played by Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick J. Robinson, Ty Simpkins.

Jurassic World

5. The Avengers – $ 1,52 billion

“The Avenges” is one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2012, which not only met the expectations of the audience but even exceeded them. This movie has everything: from interesting plot to the constant intrigue. The attempt of director Joss Whedon to unite all the main Marvel comics characters in one script was a complete success. Thus, the creators managed to attract the attention of a very diverse audience.

Needleless to say that the success of “The Avengers” wouldn’t be so huge without Robert Downey, Jr, who seems to be one of the most popular actors of our time. Also, the movie has a lot of another great cast, such as Samuel Jackson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.

The Avengers

6. Furious 7 – $1,51 billion

“Furious 7” is the last movie of an actor Paul Walker, who tragically died, before the end of the shooting. This movie is very successful commercially since its box office exceeded the budget by more than 7 times. The seventh part of the movie franchise also became the highest-grossing film in the history of the Universal Studios.

This time viewers find racers in a hot Arabian desert hunting the “God’s Eye”. Besides Paul Walker, this movie has such great actors as Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson.

Furious 7


7. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $ 1,41 billion

Marvel movies are very popular and extremely successful. Their second film, the continuation of “The Avengers” series, has also made it to the list of the highest-grossing films in the world. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was released in 2015 and earned almost $ 1.5 billion.

Tony Stark, wishing to help the planet, decides to create an artificial intelligence – Ultron. The computer mind had to become a defensive weapon capable of resisting threats of a different nature, but everything turned out differently. Ultron took people as the main enemies of the planet. The main characters will have to get together again to prevent catastrophe.

Age of Ultron

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – $1,34 billion

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the last part of one of the most popular stories in the world. The success of this movie has a lot to do with the popularity of the books, which became bestsellers all over the world. The second part of the “Deathly Hallows” is basically an end of an era, which could not be missed or watched at home.

The young characters Harry, Ron and Hermione are trying to destroy the last Horcruxes and find themselves at Hogwarts, where the last battle with Lord Voldemort takes place. The film turned out to be the highest-grossing of the entire franchise. Shooting continued for over a year all throughout England. Director David Yates tried to work out the smallest details of the film to make it as realistic as possible.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

9. Frozen – $ 1,29 billion

“Frozen” turned out to be the most profitable cartoon in the history of filmmaking. In addition, this is one of the few movies that does not have a continuation, previous parts or any other developments of the storyline. This is a separate project of the Disney Studio, that managed to cross the $ 1 billion mark thanks to the touching story and a snowman named Olaf.

“Frozen” is a story about two sisters (Anna and Elsa), who have been separated as children. But when Elsa uses her power to turn the entire kingdom into ice, Anna goes in search of her sister to change the weather conditions.


10. Iron Man 3 – $1,21 billion

Another movie featuring Robert Downey Jr in the list of the highest-grossing films of all time. “Iron Man 3” is a continuation of the franchise about Marvel’s superhero.

Tony Stark is afraid for the safety of his loved ones and himself. Nightmares and panic attacks constantly haunt him. After he almost lost his beloved Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Tony blows up all his costumes and throws an electromagnetic reactor out of his chest into the ocean.

Iron Man 3


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