Special Report

The Highest-Grossing Movie Every Year Since 1930

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

1950: Cinderella
> Domestic box office: $85.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $1.8 billion)
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 97%
> RT audience score: 80%
> Cast: Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton
> Director: Clyde Geronimi
> Second highest grossing film: King Solomon’s Mines

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1951: Quo Vadis
> Domestic box office: $30.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $578.0 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 88%
> RT audience score: 73%
> Cast: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov
> Director: Mervyn LeRoy
> Second highest grossing film: David and Bathsheba

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1952: The Greatest Show on Earth
> Domestic box office: $36.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $678.0 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 47%
> RT audience score: 54%
> Cast: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde
> Director: Cecil B. DeMille
> Second highest grossing film: The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Source: Courtesy of RKO Radio Pictures

1953: Peter Pan
> Domestic box office: $60.1 million (Inflation-adjusted: $1.1 billion)
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 78%
> RT audience score: 80%
> Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson
> Director: Clyde Geronimi
> Second highest grossing film: The Robe

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1954: White Christmas
> Domestic box office: $30.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $560.8 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 77%
> RT audience score: 88%
> Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
> Director: Michael Curtiz
> Second highest grossing film: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Film Distribution Company

1955: Lady and the Tramp
> Domestic box office: $66.4 million (Inflation-adjusted: $967.5 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 93%
> RT audience score: 80%
> Cast: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson
> Director: Clyde Geronimi
> Second highest grossing film: Mister Roberts

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1956: The Ten Commandments
> Domestic box office: $85.4 million (Inflation-adjusted: $1.2 billion)
> IMDb rating: 7.9 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 90%
> RT audience score: 87%
> Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson
> Director: Cecil B. DeMille
> Second highest grossing film: Around the World in 80 Days

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai
> Domestic box office: $33.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $431.3 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 95%
> RT audience score: 93%
> Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
> Director: David Lean
> Second highest grossing film: Sayonara

Source: Courtesy of Magna Theatre Corporation

1958: South Pacific
> Domestic box office: $36.8 million (Inflation-adjusted: $495.7 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 82%
> RT audience score: 69%
> Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston
> Director: Joshua Logan
> Second highest grossing film: Auntie Mame

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1959: Ben-Hur
> Domestic box office: $73.0 million (Inflation-adjusted: $817.3 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 86%
> RT audience score: 89%
> Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet
> Director: William Wyler
> Second highest grossing film: The Shaggy Dog

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