Special Report

The Highest-Grossing Movie Every Year Since 1930

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

2000: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
> Domestic box office: $260.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $442.4 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 49%
> RT audience score: 56%
> Cast: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor
> Director: Ron Howard
> Second highest grossing film: Cast Away

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
> Domestic box office: $317.9 million (Inflation-adjusted: $515.3 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 81%
> RT audience score: 82%
> Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith
> Director: Chris Columbus
> Second highest grossing film: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

2002: Spider-Man
> Domestic box office: $403.7 million (Inflation-adjusted: $637.6 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 90%
> RT audience score: 67%
> Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco
> Director: Sam Raimi
> Second highest grossing film: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

2003: Finding Nemo
> Domestic box office: $380.5 million (Inflation-adjusted: $578.1 million)
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 99%
> RT audience score: 86%
> Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
> Director: Andrew Stanton
> Second highest grossing film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Source: Courtesy of DreamWorks Distribution

2004: Shrek 2
> Domestic box office: $441.2 million (Inflation-adjusted: $650.8 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 89%
> RT audience score: 69%
> Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews
> Director: Andrew Adamson
> Second highest grossing film: Spider-Man 2

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

2005: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
> Domestic box office: $380.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $543.4 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 80%
> RT audience score: 66%
> Cast: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
> Director: George Lucas
> Second highest grossing film: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
> Domestic box office: $423.3 million (Inflation-adjusted: $592.0 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 53%
> RT audience score: 72%
> Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport
> Director: Gore Verbinski
> Second highest grossing film: Night at the Museum

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

2007: Spider-Man 3
> Domestic box office: $336.5 million (Inflation-adjusted: $448.1 million)
> IMDb rating: 6.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 63%
> RT audience score: 51%
> Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church
> Director: Sam Raimi
> Second highest grossing film: Shrek the Third

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

2008: The Dark Knight
> Domestic box office: $533.7 million (Inflation-adjusted: $680.9 million)
> IMDb rating: 9.0 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 94%
> RT audience score: 94%
> Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine
> Director: Christopher Nolan
> Second highest grossing film: Iron Man

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

2009: Avatar
> Domestic box office: $760.7 million (Inflation-adjusted: $928.8 million)
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 82%
> RT audience score: 82%
> Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
> Director: James Cameron
> Second highest grossing film: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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