List of the top 15 grossing movies.
I don't know what it is about lists, but sometimes they are full of surprises. That being the case, I came across courtesy of Box Office Mojo the list of movies who have earned the most money ever in world wide release. There are some surprises, so I present to you the list.
No. 1 is – breathe deeply – AVATAR- which came out in 2010 for Fox. It has earned a whopping $2,782.3 billion dollars. This movie has earned most of its billions outside of the United States. I have yet to see this movie. How about you?
No. 2 is Titanic from Paramount in 1997. It has earned $1,843.2 billion. As you can see, it has quite a ways to go to catch Avatar. Again, this movie earned most of its income overseas. I remember when this movie came out,it was said that no period movies from Titianic's era would be able to be made for years since this movie had destroyed all the costumes for this era in the whole movie industry. I meant to track this, but I guess I got busy. If you tracked this, please let me know. I saw this movie years after it came out. Adolescent soap opera.
No. 3 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Earned 1382.1 billion. Part 1 was not too loved, but this movie was seen by many. So many, in fact, that it is the third highest grossing movie ever. Harry did quite well for himself. However, personally, I felt this movie a bit rushed.
No. 4 - Transformers: Dark of the Moon - The third transformer movie was also quite popular, beyond the first two. Not exactly sure it was that good, but at least in this one you can tell the bad transformers from the good ones. I think. Earned 1123.2 billion.
No. 5 is The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King from New Line from 2003. This one has taken in $1,191.1 billion. All in all, I think this is a great No. 3, although it did make me wonder why I sat through one and two. Oh well. Adolescent fantasy movie.
No. 6 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at $1,066.2 from Disney from 2006. The King had better watch out. The pirates are gaining on them. This is why Disney is making a fourth movie, in case you were wondering. This movie still made most of its money overseas. I will let you know when that evens out. Adolescent soap opera.
No. 7 is Toy Story 3. Starting off slowly, this movie really picked up steam. It also provided a nice solution for one of the more difficult problems in life. No I can't tell you want the solution is. Do you really want me to? Of course not. Earned 1063.2. Come on! You can beat that No. 5 movie.
No. 8 is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Seems that every time a pirate movie comes out, the old ones earn more money because we want to see them again. Isn't great for Disney that it works out this way? Almost makes you want to buy stock in Disney. Earned 1043.9 billion.
No. 9 is – ta da – Alice in Wonderland from 2010 at $1,024.3. I have not seen this one. I have read Alice (hard). I have tried to watch Alice movies. I just can't. They just remind me of being lost in a fun house. I guess I should have skipped Alice Through the Looking Glass, or maybe being advanced in reading is not good for your age. (Hey, even Mark Twain wrote scarey books.) I think another adolescent movie.
Arriving at No. 10 stealthily is The Dark Night from Warner Brothers from 2003. This movie took in $1,001.0 billion, still mostly from overseas. I saw this one. Another adolescent movie. Alice is beating out the Dark Night. Sigh.
Landing at No. 11 is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone from 2001. You knew Harry had to be in here more than once. This movie is from Warner Brothers and took in $974.7 million. This is still my favorite of the series for some reason. Adolescent fantasy.
At No. 12 is Pirates of the Caribbean: At Land's End with $963.4 from Disney. Can you believe that pirates are Disney's best money makers ever? Admit it, you have seen this one. Adolescent pirate movie.
Okay, it's a soap opera in the dark.
No. 13 is another Potter movie - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Don't really know why they split this book up. I thought they should have split up the sixth book. But, no one listens to me.
No. 14 is familiar – The Lion King. Boy, did folks enjoy that re-release. Little lost boy stories are always popular. Intake is now 945.6 million.
No. 15 is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Okay, wow what a movie. Actually, I don't really understand this one. I think that is why so many people saw it twice. Earned a mere 939.9.
So, there you have the top 15. This is list represents money earned; there is no adjustment for inflation, which changes things immensely but that is another list. This list will probably change soon, as some of the movies above have new sequels due out, and folks will probably buy the movies again. Right now, though, this is the list. Feel free to check it out at boxofficemojo.com yourself . This list is very good if you are Disney or Warner Bros. For reading this, I will give you a hint. No. 100 is a Tom Cruise movie.