Top 10 Highest Grossing Hollywood Movies
With a variety of Hollywood movies releasing every year and a number of new studios & producers joining in, the movie business has become competitive and lucrative. In 2016 itself, the total revenue from box office in movie business was $11,250,646,490. The success of a film depends more on a films star-driven power and marketing gimmicks than scripts and views of critics. The audience base is increasing day by day with widening global viewership of Hollywood movies and the simplicity appeals more. The demand for superheroes and computer graphics is on the rise and those franchise are doing extremely well in the business.
Let’s take a look at the highest grossing Hollywood films of all-time.
1. Avatar – $2,787,965,087
With a whooping amount of $2,787,965,087 ‘Avatar’ is the highest grossing film ever worldwide. The American epic science fiction film, written and directed by James Cameron, stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi and Sigourney Weaver in main roles. The film is set in the mid-22nd century. The plot is based on a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were the studio’s first choices to play Jake Sully, but James Cameron decided to cast the unknown Sam Worthington in the lead role. Director James Cameron originally planned to have the film completed for release in 1999. But the film’s special effects only demanded a budget of $400 million. No studio was ready to fund the film and it was shelved for eight years. For the studio 20th Century-Fox this film was a huge gamble and they had a harrowing experience making ‘Titanic’.So James Cameron promised to forgo his director’s fee if Avatar flopped.From pre-production to release the movie took four years to make. The cigarette that Sigourney Weaver’s character “smokes” is computer-generated.
2. Titanic – $2,186,772,302
The film ‘Titanic’ is the second highest grossing films ever after ‘Avatar’ with a whooping earning of $2,186,772,302. Written and directed by James Camaron the movie is a tale of a seventeen-year-old aristocrat who falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. Titanic became the costliest movie at $200 million, more than the making of the ship Titanic itself. The cost to construct the ship in 1910-1912 was £1.5 million, equivalent to $7.5 million at the time and about $120 to $150 million in 1997 dollars. The film was initially budgeted at $135,000,000, but going two months over schedule required asking Paramount Pictures to contribute an additional $65,000,000 in exchange for U.S. distribution rights. The most expensive first-class suite on the Titanic cost $4,350, the equivalent of about $75,000 today. The film went on to set a record sd the first Best Picture Academy Award winner to be produced, directed, written, and edited by the same person, James Cameron. Titanic was #1 at the U.S. box office for a record fifteen consecutive weeks, from 19 December 1997 to 2 April 1998. Paramount had to send out replacement reels to theaters who had literally worn out their copies. It became the first movie to gross a billion dollars.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2,068,178,225
The narrative goes like this – three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Written by J J Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Amdt and directed by J J Abrams, this movie had a budget of $245 million, which was the highest of a Star Wars film upon release. This film takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). The film itself was released 32 years and 7 months after that film. Pre-sale movie ticket selling websites reportedly crashed after starting ticket sales. The British government committed £25 million ($37 million) to the film because of the boost it brought to the British film industry.
4. Jurassic world – $1,670,400,637
Written by Derek Connolly. Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and directed by Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World is a science-fiction adventure film and the fourth installment of originally Steven Spielberg’s the Jurassic Park series. The production companies were Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, also responsible for the rest of the Jurassic Park franchise, and Thomas Tull‘s Legendary Pictures. The movie is based on a new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. The story idea for this film was created by Steven Spielberg and Mark Protosevich. The movie released 22 years after the original one. Just like the events of Jurassic Park, Jurassic World takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica,The movie’s set was at the NASA Michoud assembly facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was filmed in New Orleans due to tax incentives. Predictions for the opening of Jurassic World in the U.S.A. and Canada were continuously revised upwards, starting from $125 million to $200 million. It opened on Friday, June 12, 2015 in 4,274 theaters and earned $81.9 million on its opening day, marking the fifth-biggest opening day and fifth-biggest single-day gross.
5. The Avengers – $1,519,557,910
written and directed by Joss Whedon, produced by Kevin Feige, The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movie has an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, and Samuel L. Jackson. In the film, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor’s brother Loki from subjugating Earth. For the development of the movie, Marvel Studios received a loan from Merrill Lynch in April 2005.The movie grossed $623.4 million in North America and $895.5 million in other countries. It became the third-highest-grossing film worldwide of that time as well as highest-grossing 2012 film. It is the highest-grossing comic-book adaptation, the highest-grossing superhero film and the second-highest-grossing film ever released by Walt Disney Studios. The film’s worldwide opening of $392.5 million is the fourth largest. The Avengers also became the fifth film distributed by Disney and the twelfth film overall to earn more than $1 billion. Its grosses exceeded its estimated $220 million production cost 12 days after its release. It was the first Marvel production to generate $1 billion in ticket sales.
6. Furious 7 – $1,516,045,911
Directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan, Furious 7 stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker (in his final film role), Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham. The previous movie in the series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift had released in 2006. The film also marks the final film appearance of Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013, with filming only half-completed. Following Walker’s death, filming was delayed for script rewrites, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, were used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes. Furious 7 made $353 million in the United States and Canada and $1.16 billion in other countries, for a worldwide total of $1.515 billion, against its $190 million production budget. Even though it is the sixth highest grossing film of all time, it was the third highest grossing film of 2015. Top 2 positions for 2015 were taken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1,405,413,868
The next episode of Avengers makes a come back in this list. While the original Avengers remains the fifth highest grossing movie of all time, the sequel occupies number seven. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, like the original, the movie retains most of the original cast of Avengers with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s written and directed by Joss Whedon. The movie $459 million in North America and $946 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.405 billion. It’s the e fourth highest-grossing 2015 film. It’s worldwide opening of $392.5 million is the seventh-largest ever. The film set a worldwide IMAX opening-weekend record with $25.2 million (previously held by The Dark Knight Rises) and also broke the record for the fastest movie to make over $40 million in IMAX theaters, doing so in 12 days. It also became the twenty-first film in cinematic history, the third Marvel Studios film and the eighth film distributed by Disney to cross the $1 billion threshold at the box office.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $1,341,511,219
Directed by David Yates, written by Steve Kloves, based on a novel by J. K. Rowling, produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. The story continues to follow Harry Potter’s quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes in order to stop him once and for all. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, grossed $381,011,219 in the United States and Canada, along with $960,500,000 in other markets, for a worldwide total of $1,341,511,219. It is also the highest-grossing 2011 film, the highest grossing film of the Harry Potter franchise and the highest-grossing children’s book adaptation. The film also set a worldwide opening-weekend record with $483.2 million. It set a worldwide IMAX opening-weekend record with $23.2 million. In worldwide earnings, it is the fastest film to reach $400 million (5 days), $500 million (6 days), $600 million (8 days), $700 million (10 days), $800 million (12 days), $900 million (15 days), and $1 billion (19 days, tied with Avatar and Marvel’s The Avengers).
9. Frozen – $1,287,000,000
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, screen play by Jennifer Lee and produced by Peter Del Vecho, Frozen is a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal pet reindeer, and a naïve snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. The movie earned $400.7 million in North America, and an estimated $873.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $1.274 billion. Calculating in all expenses, Deadline.com estimated that the film made a profit of over $400 million. The movie also is the the highest-grossing animated film of all time, the highest-grossing 2013 film, the highest-grossing Walt Disney Pictures release, and the fourth-highest-grossing film distributed by Disney. The film earned $110.6 million worldwide in its opening weekend. It also became the eighteenth film ever to cross the 1 billion mark.
10. Iron Man 3 – $1,215,439,994
Directed by Shane Black, produced by Kevin Feige, Iron Man is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008’s Iron Man and 2010’s Iron Man 2, and the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The screenplay was co-writtn by Shane Black and Drew Pearce. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley. The movie grossed $409 million in North America and $805.8 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.2 billion. It also became the second highest-grossing film of 2013, the third-highest-grossing film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (behind Marvel’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron). It achieved the sixth-largest worldwide opening weekend with $372.5 million. On the weekend of May 3–5, 2013, the film set a record for the largest worldwide weekend in IMAX with $28.6 million. Iron Man 3 became the sixth Disney film and the 16th film overall to reach $1 billion. It is the first Iron Man film to gross over $1 billion, the second Marvel film to do so after The Avengers, and the fourth-fastest film to reach the milestone. As part of the earlier distribution agreement made with Disney in 2010, Paramount Pictures received 9% of the box office gross generated by Iron Man 3. Deadline.com calculated the net profit of the film to be $391.8 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film.
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