10. It (2017)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $334,783,459
> Genre: Horror
> Director: Andy Muschietti
“It” is based on a Stephen King novel about a group of bullied kids who band together over the summer to battle a shape-shifting monster that disguises itself as a clown known as Pennywise and preys on the children of a small town in Maine every 27 years. Critics hailed the quality of the action and the authentically frightening tale.
9. The Hangover (2009)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $339,072,983
> Genre: Comedy
> Director: Todd Phillips
Three friends wake up hung over after a bachelor party in Las Vegas. However, the groom is missing. The friends set out to find him and encounter Las Vegas-style zaniness along the way. The film stars Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, and Bradley Cooper, with memorable appearances by Ken Jeong and Mike Tyson. The film was a critical and commercial success and inspired two sequels.
8. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $344,800,904
> Genre: Romantic comedy
> Director: Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
The humor in Robert and Peter Farrelly’s film is sometimes sophomoric, but the rom-com exerts a real sweetness, due to the casting of Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, and Ben Stiller, who helped make it box-office gold.
7. Air Force One (1997)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $345,515,715
> Genre: Action
> Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Box-office sure thing Harrison Ford plays an American president whose jet is hijacked by terrorists. He falls back on his soldier’s instincts to try and subdue the terrorists and rescue his family. The movie is helmed by German director Wolfgang Petersen, whose noteworthy credits include “Das Boot.” and “In the Line of Fire.”
6. American Sniper (2014)
> Domestic ticket sales, inflation-adjusted: $380,938,233
> Genre: Drama
> Director: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood directed this story of prolific American sniper Chris Kyle, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, but whose experiences in the war zone left an indelible mark on his psyche and affected his family life in the U.S. It is the highest-grossing movie in Eastwood’s storied career as a director and actor.
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