Special Report

The Biggest Summer Movie Releases of All Time

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5. Finding Dory (2016)
> Domestic box office: $486.3 million
> Worldwide box office: $1.0 billion
> Tomatometer score: 94% (332 critic votes)
> IMDb rating: 7.3/10 (244,836 audience votes)

This computer-animated adventure story from Pixar Animation Studios is a sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” In “Dory,” Ellen DeGeneres voices the main character, a beautiful regal blue tang fish native to the Pacific. Dory is living with friends Nemo and Marlin when she suddenly remembers her parents and their home off the California coast. With her friends and a sea turtle named Hank, Dory sets out to unite her family. But en route, she encounters dangers, like a threatening giant Humboldt squid, and humans who capture her and take her to the Marine Life Institute.

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4. The Dark Knight (2008)
> Domestic box office: $533.7 million
> Worldwide box office: $999.0 million
> Tomatometer score: 94% (344 critic votes)
> IMDb rating: 9.0/10 (2,342,411 audience votes)

This second installment of “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” a sequel to “Batman Begins,” brings back Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine has his trusted butler and Gary Oldman. It features one of the final performances of Heath Ledger, who posthumously received an Academy Award for his portrayal of the villainous Joker, who’s out to destroy Batman.

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3. The Lion King (2019)
> Domestic box office: $543.6 million
> Worldwide box office: $1.7 billion
> Tomatometer score: 52% (429 critic votes)
> IMDb rating: 6.9/10 (217,102 audience votes)

This “Lion King” is a photorealistic, computer-animated redo of the 1994 film. And it did quite well as a new generation of parents took their children to see the movie they remembered from their childhoods..The film’s box office take of $1.6 billion made it the highest-grossing animated film of all time, overtaking even “Frozen.” Its voice cast — including Beyonce, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen — was steller. But critics were unimpressed, calling out this version for its lack of originality.

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2. Incredibles 2 (2018)
> Domestic box office: $608.6 million
> Worldwide box office: $1.2 billion
> Tomatometer score: 93% (382 critic votes)
> IMDb rating: 7.6/10 (256,034 audience votes)

This superhero sequel to 2004’s “The Incredibles” and the second film in the franchise Pixar Animation Studios created brings back the voice talents of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson. Its story revolves around the Incredibles’ efforts to restore the public’s trust in superheroes. But that’s a tough goal after the Incredibles battle the Underminer and save City Hall but are unable to stop the villain from robbing a bank and escaping. The government has had enough: It shuts down the Superhero Relocation Program, removing financial assistance to those battling corruption and crime.

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1. Jurassic World (2015)
> Domestic box office: $652.3 million
> Worldwide box office: $1.7 billion
> Tomatometer score: 71% (351 critic votes)
> IMDb rating: 7.0/10 (585,222 audience votes)

In this film, Jurassic World is now a functioning dinosaur theme park built on the ruins of the original park destroyed years ago. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), from the earlier films, is manager of the new park, where she welcomes her two nephews’ visit. But the nephews are delinquent, entering a restricted area and encountering the Indominus rex, a dinosaur made by a gene-altering procedure, and a highly lethal one.