Watching movies is one of the best forms of entertainment. If the movie happens to be a high grosser, you enjoy it even more. This is a certificate from the audience that the film is a good one. It is very difficult to please the audience. Hollywood releases hundreds of films every year. Not every film recovers its investment. For every hundred film that flops, you have one that rakes in the moolah.
Usually, Hollywood movies have a big budget. Therefore, it takes time for them to break even. However, the highly successful movies have not only recovered their investment, buy have gone on to beat every record in Hollywood. We shall look at the ten highest Hollywood grosser until date. Naturally, you will find the latest films here. If you account for the inflation factor, maybe an eternal classic like ‘Gone with the wind’ might have topped the charts. We shall make a brief mention of the top 10 highest grossing films adjusted for inflation as well at the end of this article. This can present the facts in a better light.
10. Iron Man 3 (2013): $ 1215.44 million
Directed by Shane Black, this is the third film in the Iron Man series starring Robert Downey Jr. as the quintessential Iron Man. He gets ample support from Don Cheadle and Ben Kingsley. The Iron Man has to fight with his backs to the wall. However, as it happens in every film, the hero has to win. Gwyneth Paltrow provides the romantic quotient to our Iron Man in this film. At No 10 on this list, this film has grossed $1215.44 million.
09. Frozen (2013): $ 1275.77 million
As far as imagination goes, no one can compete with Hollywood. The film at No 9 on this list is Frozen, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The protagonist, Anna, played by Kristen Bell along with the mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer manage to save the city of Arendelle from the icy powers of Anna’s sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel). Grossing over $ 1275.77 million, this film is fit to occupy the spot at No 9.
08. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011) $ 1341.51 million
The second part of the seventh film in the harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows is at No 8 in this exalted list. The core team of the film is the same throughout such as Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione, and Rupert Grint as Ron. There is a slight twist in the film with this Hermione flying on the broom for the first time ever. Directed by David Yates, this film is the fight between the evil, Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and the good, there are no guesses for predicting the winner. Grossing $1341.51 million, this film is the perfect entry at No 8 in this list.
07. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $ 1405.40 million
Avengers, Age of Ultron is superhero film starring Robert Downey Jr. as the Iron Man, and the other usual superheroes, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye teaming up to defeat the evil designs of Ultron. The second part of the superhero series has the same core cast as the first one. Grossing $1405.40 million, this film directed by Joss Whedon is at the No 7 spot.
06. Furious 7 (2015): $ 1516.05 million
Directed by James Wan, Furious 7 has Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in lead roles. This is an adventure film and a sequel to Furious 6. Paul Walker expired during the making of this film and his brothers Caleb and Cody were among the body doubles for Paul. Michelle Rodriguez is the femme fatale in this film. Grossing $1516.05 million, this film stands at No 6 on the list.
05. The Avengers (2012): $ 1518.59 million
The sequel to this superhero film is at No 7 in this same list. Avengers has the same cast, Iron man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Hulk reprising their original roles. Directed by Joss Whedon, this is the first Marvel Comics superhero film to gross more than $ 1 billion. This super adventure film grossed $1518.59 million to rank No 5 on this list of the top 10 Hollywood grosser of all time.
04. Jurassic World (2015): $ 1670.40 million
Jurassic World is the continuation of the earlier Jurassic Park movies where dinosaurs roam around freely in a luxury resort. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio in the lead roles. This film gas some excellent cinematography and graphics. The best part of the film is that the dinosaurs are all computer-generated images. Holding its own at No 4, this film has grossed $1670.40 million.
03. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $ 2028.06 million
This film is a continuation of the Star Wars saga with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill in lead roles. Full of computer graphics and imagery, this film is a classic work worthy of its rank at No 3 in this list. Directed by J J Abrams, this adventure fantasy has grossed $2028.06 million.
02. The Titanic (1997): $ 2186.77 million
The Titanic is the only film made in the twentieth century to grace this list. This is an eternal classic capable of holding its own under all circumstances. This eternal love tragedy culminating in the sinking of the ship, The Titanic stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet in lead roles. Grossing $2186.77 million, this film is the perfect No 2 in this list. This film is director James Cameron’s first major hit.
01. Avatar (2009): $ 2787.97 million
Directed by James Cameron, Avatar is the No 1 grossing Hollywood film ever. An alien-human adventure, this film has some poignant scenes with Sam Worthington playing the protagonist, caught between the human race and the aliens on a new planet, Pandora. The film depicts his travails on the planet and the way he blends beautifully with the aliens. Michelle Rodriguez plays the female interest in this film. Grossing an all time high of $2787.97 million, this film is a worthy No. 1 in this list. You have James Cameron again as the director for Avatar.
You must have noticed that all but one film belong to the twenty first century. Does this mean to say that the films of the yesteryears have not been high grossing films? This is because we have not considered the inflation factor. If you do so, the story would be different. We furnish herein below the list of the top 9 grossing Hollywood movies adjusted for inflation.
09: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937):
Actual: $ 184.92 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 909.06 million
08: The Exorcist (1973):
Actual: 232.90 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 922.39 million
07: Dr. Zhivago (1965)
Actual: $ 111.72 million
Adjusted Gross: 1035.29 million
06: Jaws (1975)
Actual: $ 260.00 million
Adjusted Gross: 1068.17 million
05: The Ten Commandments (1956)
Actual: $ 65.5 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 1092.54 million
04: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Actual: $ 435.11 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 1183.06 million
03: The Sound of Music (1965)
Actual: 158.67 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 1187.74 million
02: Star Wars (1977)
Actual: $ 460.99 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 1485.52 million
01: Gone With the Wind (1939)
Actual: $ 198.67 million
Adjusted Gross: $ 1685.02 million
These figures will give you a correct picture of what adjusting for inflation can do. Anyway, we have given this comparison just to ensure that the old films do not phase out of memory. There are some fantastic classics capable of even running to packed houses even today.