Special Report

100 Top Grossing Movies of All Time

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70. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $529,768,678
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $380,270,577
> Estimated tickets sold: 59.3 million
> Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor

The final entry in George Lucas’s second Star Wars trilogy is the highest rated of the three by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with a Freshness score of 80%. As with most Star Wars films, “Episode III” was a massive box office hit, grossing more than $108 million on its opening weekend and more than $380 million total, unadjusted for inflation.

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69. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $533,163,864
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $370,782,930
> Estimated tickets sold: 59.7 million
> Starring: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern

Mel Gibson directed and co-wrote this film about the hours leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Despite relatively poor reviews from critics — the movie currently has a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — it is the top grossing religious film of all time.

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68. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $534,820,379
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $141,600,000
> Estimated tickets sold: 59.9 million
> Starring: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce

The comedy classic about a mischievous Faber College fraternity brought in slightly more than a quarter million dollars on its opening weekend. It would eventually gross $141.6 million at the domestic box office, or $534.8 million adjusted for inflation. The film was an early success for director John Landis, who would follow it up with “The Blues Brothers” (1980) and “An American Werewolf in London” (1981).

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67. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $535,800,000
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $36,000,000
> Estimated tickets sold: 60.0 million
> Starring: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton

Cecil B. DeMille’s circus-centered drama, featuring Hollywood stars James Stewart and Charlton Heston, won the Oscar for Best Picture — and sold an estimated 60 million tickets since its release. The movie has generally poor reviews, however. On Rotten Tomatoes it has positive ratings from only 43% of critics and 55% of audiences, and its rating on IMDb is a middling 6.6 out of 10.

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66. My Fair Lady (1964)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $536,355,446
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $72,560,711
> Estimated tickets sold: 60.1 million
> Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

Famed musical “My Fair Lady” follows pompous Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) as he attempts to transform working girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) into a cultured woman. The movie won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

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65. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $537,217,191
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $373,585,825
> Estimated tickets sold: 60.2 million
> Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina

The Spider-Man franchise has been extremely profitable, producing four films that have grossed more than $350 million after adjusting for inflation. Among these is “Spider-Man 2,” which brought in $537 million in 2020 dollars. Much of the original cast of “Spider-Man” (2002) returned for the sequel, as did director Sam Raimi.

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64. Cinderella (1950)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $538,491,502
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $93,141,149
> Estimated tickets sold: 60.3 million
> Starring: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley

The classic tale of hapless Cinderella whose fairy godmother helps her attend a royal ball is the 64th top-grossing movie of all time, having brought in more than $538 million at the domestic box office, adjusted for inflation. The movie’s three directors — Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske — also worked on other hit animated films, including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Peter Pan,” and “Pinocchio.”

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63. The Lion King (2019)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $538,841,558
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $543,638,043
> Estimated tickets sold: 60.3 million
> Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen

Released in July 2019, Disney’s computer-animated remake of “The Lion King” grossed $538.8 million at the domestic box office, becoming the second biggest movie of the year. While the visually impressive movie was popular with audiences, it received relatively poorly by critics and has a 53% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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62. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $539,743,488
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $532,177,324
> Estimated tickets sold: 60.4 million
> Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a standalone Star Wars film about a group of rebels attempting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The movie, which had a reported production budget of $200 million, grossed $155 million in its opening weekend and remained the country’s top film at the box office for five weeks in a row.

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61. The Towering Inferno (1975)
> Domestic gross (adj. for inflation): $548,085,001
> Domestic gross (unadjusted): $116,000,000
> Estimated tickets sold: 61.4 million
> Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden

Disaster movie “The Towering Inferno” follows a group of people trapped inside a massive burning building. The film’s ensemble cast includes Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, and O.J. Simpson. The movie won three Oscars in 1975, including Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.