Special Report

25 Highest Grossing Films of All Time

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
> Total adjusted gross: $984.3 million
> Unadjusted gross: $184.9 million
> Studio: Buena Vista

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” originally released in 1937, is the highest grossing animated film of all time. Reissued three more times, these subsequent releases accounted for nearly two-thirds of its total box office gross.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

9. The Exorcist (1973)
> Total adjusted gross: $998.7 million
> Unadjusted gross: $232.9 million
> Studio: Warner Bros.

“The Exorcist” is not only the highest grossing horror film of all time, but also one of the highest grossing films, period. It’s also the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

8. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
> Total adjusted gross: $1.12 billion
> Unadjusted gross: $111.7 million
> Studio: MGM

Despite a runtime of over 3 hours, the epic drama “Doctor Zhivago” was a huge hit amongst moviegoers. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars in 1966, five of which it won.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

7. Jaws (1975)
> Total adjusted gross: $1.16 billion
> Unadjusted gross: $260.0 million
> Studio: Universal

Steven Spielberg made history when one of this earliest directorial efforts, “Jaws,” managed to scare many away from the ocean. The summer blockbuster set a precedent for studios, which from then on attempted to hit the jackpot with big event, massively advertised films.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

6. The Ten Commandments (1956)
> Total adjusted gross: $1.18 billion
> Unadjusted gross: $65.5 million
> Studio: Paramount Pictures

Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” is a 3 hour and 40 minute epic. While it was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it won only for its special effects.

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