Special Report

25 Highest Grossing Films of All Time

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

20. The Sting (1973)
> Total adjusted gross: $805.0 million
> Unadjusted gross: $156.0 million
> Studio: Universal

The 1973 heist film “The Sting,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, was both a commercial and critical success. The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

19. The Lion King (1994)
> Total adjusted gross: $805.0 million
> Unadjusted gross: $422.8 million
> Studio: Buena Vista

Disney’s “The Lion King” was the company’s first animated feature film to be based on an original story as opposed to an established children’s story. The bet paid off at the box office.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

18. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
> Total adjusted gross: $815.5 million
> Unadjusted gross: $474.5 million
> Studio: 20th Century Fox

“The Phantom Menace” received middling reviews upon its release. Currently, only 54% of critics have given the movie a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were undeterred, however, and the movie set the record for one-day take, grossing $28.5 million when released.

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17. Jurassic Park (1993)
> Total adjusted gross: $827.7 million
> Unadjusted gross: $402.8 million
> Studio: Universal

The original “Jurassic Park” is another Spielberg creation that did wonders at the box office. The movie’s revenues were bolstered by later releases in 3D and IMAX.

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

16. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> Total adjusted gross: $849.4 million
> Unadjusted gross: $309.3 million
> Studio: 20th Century Fox

“Return of the Jedi” is one of five Star Wars movies to rank among the highest grossing films of all time. It’s the third installment of the franchise’s initial trilogy — a group of films that helped shift Hollywood toward its modern-day blockbuster model.

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