Special Report

The Top Grossing Films of All Time

15. The Lion King
Total sales:
$422.8 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $679.4 million
Year released: 1994
Studio: Buena Vista
Parent corporation: Walt Disney Co.

Bringing in $422.8 million in box office ticket sales, “The Lion King” is one of the highest-grossing films in history. Riding the success of the film, “The Lion King” went on to become a popular Broadway play.

14. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Total sales:
$423.3 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $500.0 million
Year released: 2006
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Parent corporation: Walt Disney Co.

“Dead Man’s Chest” is the second, and highest-grossing, installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom will come together again for the fifth film in the series, scheduled to be released in 2017.

13. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Total sales:
$424.7 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $434.1 million
Year released: 2013
Studio: Lionsgate
Parent corporation: Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

Based on the second book in the popular “Hunger Games” trilogy, “Catching Fire” has also been a huge success at the box office.

ET the extra terrestrial
Source: Wikimedia Commons

12. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Total sales:
$435.1 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $1.1 billion
Year released: 1982
Studio: Universal
Parent corporation: Comcast

By the time “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” hit theaters, director Steven Spielberg had already seen tremendous success with earlier efforts, including “Jaws” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” “E.T.” however, is his oldest film that remains one of the top 25 grossing movies of all time.

Shrek 2
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11. Shrek 2
Total sales:
$441.2 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $556.2 million
Year released: 2004
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Parent corporation: Walt Disney Co.

Following up on the success of its immensely popular predecessor, “Shrek 2” is the highest-grossing fully animated feature of all time.