Special Report

The Top Grossing Films of All Time

5. The Avengers
Total sales:
$623.4 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $646.6 million
Year released: 2012
Studio: Marvel Studios
Parent corporation: Walt Disney Co.

Topping the box office earnings of “The Dark Knight” from four years earlier, “The Avengers” is the highest-grossing superhero movie in history.

4. Jurassic World
Total sales:
$652.3 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $655.4 million
Year released: 2015
Studio: Universal
Parent corporation: Comcast

Bringing in $208.8 million in ticket sales the first weekend it hit theaters, “Jurassic World” holds the record for the second best opening weekend at the box office in the history of American cinema.

3. Titanic
Total sales:
$658.7 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $977.3 million
Year released: 1997
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Parent corporation: Viacom

Until “Avatar” debuted in 2009, “Titanic” was the highest-grossing film in U.S. history. James Cameron’s epic love story raked in over $658 million at the U.S. box office.

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2. Avatar
Total sales:
$760.5 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $844.1 million
Year released: 2009
Studio: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Parent corporation: Fox Entertainment Group

Though it was not the first major motion picture to use 3D effects, “Avatar” cashed in big on the technology. “Avatar” is the second highest-grossing film in the U.S. and the highest-grossing film worldwide, bringing in an additional $2 billion in overseas ticket sales.

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1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Total sales:
$936.2 million
Inflation-adjusted sales: $940.6 million
Year released: 2015
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Parent corporation: Walt Disney Co.

Hyped for more than a year before its release, “The Force Awakens” is the latest installment of the “Star Wars” series. With over $936 million in ticket sales, it is by far the highest-grossing film in American history.