25 Highest Grossing Films of All Time

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15. Avatar (2009)
> Total adjusted gross: $878.7 million
> Unadjusted gross: $760.5 million
> Studio: 20th Century Fox

James Cameron’s “Avatar” was a technological marvel upon its release. Its box office gross was boosted by the higher ticket prices at 3D and IMAX screenings. Cameron has stated a desire to release a total of five Avatar films but has yet to release a sequel.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

14. Ben-Hur (1959)
> Total adjusted gross: $884.9 million
> Unadjusted gross: $74.0 million
> Studio: MGM

“Ben-Hur,” released in 1959, was the most expensive film ever made up to that point. The risk paid off for MGM Studios. The movie was a huge success and went on to win a record-tying 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

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13. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Total adjusted gross: $886.6 million
> Unadjusted gross: $290.5 million
> Studio: 20th Century Fox

“The Empire Strikes Back” is considered one of the more sophisticated films in the Star Wars saga. And while its uncertain ending didn’t please all viewers, it also didn’t dissuade audiences from attending screenings in droves.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Distribution Company

12. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
> Total adjusted gross: $902.3 million
> Unadjusted gross: $144.9 million
> Studio: Buena Vista

The financial success of Disney’s 1961 version of “101 Dalmatians” is due in large part to its multiple theatrical releases. The film grossed $14 million upon its initial release and was re-released in 1969, 1979, 1985, and 1991, with each release grossing more than the previous one.

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11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
> Total adjusted gross: $976.3 million
> Unadjusted gross: $936.7 million
> Studio: Buena Vista

Star Wars fans were clearly hungry for more following the conclusion of the saga’s prequel trilogy. J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” was a huge hit and sold the most tickets of any film released since “Titanic” in 1997.