Special Report

The Highest-Grossing Movie Every Year Since 1930

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

1930: All Quiet on the Western Front
> Domestic box office: $3.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $119.9 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy
> Director: Lewis Milestone
> Second highest grossing film: N/A

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

1931: Frankenstein
> Domestic box office: $12.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $482.9 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 100%
> RT audience score: 87%
> Cast: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles
> Director: James Whale
> Second highest grossing film: Mata Hari

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

1932: Scarface
> Domestic box office: $ 656000 (Inflation-adjusted: $29.5 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 86%
> Cast: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins
> Director: Howard Hawks
> Second highest grossing film: N/A

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

1933: King Kong
> Domestic box office: $10.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $473.7 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 86%
> Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher
> Director: Merian C. Cooper
> Second highest grossing film: She Done Him Wrong

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

1934: It Happened One Night
> Domestic box office: $2.5 million (Inflation-adjusted: $114.0 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 93%
> Cast: Jameson Thomas, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
> Director: Frank Capra
> Second highest grossing film: Viva Villa!

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

1935: The Bride of Frankenstein
> Domestic box office: $4.4 million (Inflation-adjusted: $194.5 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 87%
> Cast: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson
> Director: James Whale
> Second highest grossing film: A Night at the Opera

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1936: The Great Ziegfeld
> Domestic box office: $3.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $132.9 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.7 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 64%
> RT audience score: 50%
> Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan
> Director: Robert Z. Leonard
> Second highest grossing film: San Francisco

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
> Domestic box office: $14.4 million (Inflation-adjusted: $615.8 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 78%
> Cast: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell
> Director: Ben Sharpsteen
> Second highest grossing film: Conquest

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

1938: You Can’t Take It with You
> Domestic box office: $4.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $173.5 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 93%
> RT audience score: 88%
> Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold
> Director: Frank Capra
> Second highest grossing film: N/A

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1939: The Wizard of Oz
> Domestic box office: $12.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $539.7 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 98%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr
> Director: King Vidor
> Second highest grossing film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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