Everyone loves to go to the movies, and some love it more than others. There’s just something about the way it feels to be in a dark room, surrounded by people that you don’t know, watching two hours’ worth of entertainment that you’ve been waiting months to see. Oh, and the movie snacks are obviously a big plus.
Unlike the inflated cost of a large popcorn and coke at the movies, we’ve made up a list of the top ten highest grossing films, without inflation. Over the years, money and its worth have changed drastically, so incorporating inflation would just make for a confusing list that may come later. For now, you can just sit back and re-live some of your favorite movies by seeing just how much they earned, and how much of an influence they made in the movie industry.
10) Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The live-action remake of Walt Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast”captured movie lovers all over the world, and in all different age groups. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens starred in the film that had a $160-million-dollar budget and was directed by Bill Condon. Despite some controversy that even caused the film to be banned by a theatre in Alabama, “Beauty and the Beast” still grossed over $1.25 billion dollars.
9) Frozen (2013)
With its very traditional Disney fairy tale plot, “Frozen” has earned over $1.28 billion from movie sales and an astonishing $108 billion in merchandise sales. The blockbuster film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and was the first non-Pixar Disney film to win the award, though others had been nominated.
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, “Frozen” has an enticing story, along with some guilty pleasure songs that are sure to make their way onto your playlist.
8) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The day that the final movie of the Harry Potter phenomenon was released was a bittersweet day for everyone. Movie theatres around the world were sold out weeks in advance so muggles (and maybe some secret Wizards) could gather around to see Harry, Ron, and Hermione one last time.
Directed by David Yates, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” was expected to do better than the others, but the numbers that exceeded $1.34 billion dollars went past what anyone had expected to see. Many other films that were released around the same time took a major hit due to a loss of screen counts. Or maybe it was an invisibility spell.
7) The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Said to have the most visual effects of any other Marvel movie made thus far, “Age of Ultron” blew up the box office and pulled in an amazing $156 million dollars during its first week of release in China.
In the sequel to “The Avengers,” director JossWhedon shot tirelessly to make the blockbuster the best superhero film to ever hit the big screen. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” grossed an impressive $1.45 billion dollars, and made it safe to say that Whedon accomplished his goal.
6) Furious 7 (2015)
The very unfortunate, sad, and untimely death of “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker halted the production of “Furious 7,” and the hearts of people all over the world. Said to have completed about half of his scenes, director James Wan met with Universal executives to decide what they should do.
While there was talk about pulling the film completely, they ultimately decided that Paul would have wanted to see the film finished. The right decision was made and the movie grossed over $1.5 billion dollars.
In a heartfelt act, Paul Walker’s brother filled in for the remaining scenes and CGI was used to blend their already extremely familiar faces. In a tear-jerking send-off that was fit for Walker, the movie ended with Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Connor driving alongside each other one last time.
5) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
With Joss Whedon’s second entry on this list, Marvel’s “The Avengers” takes the fifth place by earning over $1.5 billion dollars. The blockbuster was the first Marvel film to earn over $1 billion dollars and starred A-list celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey, Jr.
The film showcases planet earth’s strongest heroes and watches as they learn to work and fight as a team in order to stop an alien army from destroying humanity.
4) Jurassic World (2015)
“Jurassic World” pulled in astonishing numbers at the box office like it was expected to do. The film directed by Colin Trevorrow raked in over $1.67 billion dollars and seemed to blow the audience away.
While movie lovers everywhere seemed to salivate over the latest installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, movie critics judged the film for having a lack of plot, and even bad character chemistry.
3) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was appropriately titled and did exactly that. The spectacular film drew in “Star Wars” fanatics from all over the world and reignited a love for the force that some people thought was gone forever.
Director J.J. Abrams’ installment of a film that was meant to show tribute to the original “Star Wars” trilogy earned over $2 billion dollars at the box office and even more when taking into account merchandising sales. May the force be with you.
2) Titanic (1997)
The production value of “Titanic” was estimated at over $200 million dollars and included extensive research that had director James Cameron leagues under the sea. Literally. In order to pull in as much reality to the film as he could, Camera visited the actual Titanic wreckage multiple times.
Blockbuster hit “Titanic” earned over $2.1 billion dollars in theatres, remained at the top of the box office for 15 weeks, and was the first film to ever be released on DVD and VHS while it was still in theatres. It’s been said that Paramount had to send out multiple reels to movie theatres due to them wearing their copies out.
1) Avatar (2009)
As James Cameron took the second spot with “Titanic,” it’s only fitting that he took the number one spot, too. Said to be the highest grossing film ever, James Cameron created an insane space fantasy that included 3D revolution that hadn’t been seen.
The film grossed over $2.78 billion dollars and created a phenomenon that has had many movies follow in its path, and studios scrambling to make something that would come out just as good.
Of course, classic movies such as “Gone with the Wind,”“Jaws,” and the original “Star Wars” wasn’t included in this list, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t some of the most influential movies of all time. As said, the list of grossing movies didn’t include inflation, but it’s enough to see that the movie industry isn’t going anywhere. Regardless of how high ticket prices get, or if you have to take out a loan to order yourself a popcorn, people are always going to love the movies. Films allow people to escape their reality to live in a world full of different culture that maybe wasn’t understood before.
What do you think of the movies on this list? Do you think they were worth what they earner, or just a lot of Hollywood hype?