List of highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada

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The following is a list of the highest-grossing films in the United States and Canada, a market known in the film industry as the North American box office and the domestic box office,[1][2] and where "gross" is defined in US dollars.

Not adjusted for inflation[edit]

This is a list of the highest-grossing films in the U.S. and Canada,[3] a market known in the film industry as the North American box office, or as the domestic box office within the U.S. itself.[1][2] The chart is ranked by lifetime gross, and for comparison, the figures adjusted for the effects of inflation are also listed, using the U.S. consumer price index;[4] a film's earnings from its initial release are also included to provide a basis for comparison between films released around the same time.

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Rank Title Initial gross
(unadjusted)
Lifetime gross Year
Unadjusted Adjusted
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $936,662,225 $936,662,225 $1,010,301,260 2015
2 Avengers: Endgame $858,373,000 $858,373,000 $858,373,000 2019
3 Avatar $749,766,139 $760,507,625 $906,102,861 2009
4 Black Panther $700,059,566 $700,059,566 $712,769,367 2018
5 Avengers: Infinity War $678,815,482 $678,815,482 $691,139,590 2018
6 Titanic $600,788,188 $659,363,944 $1,022,035,784 1997
7 Jurassic World $652,270,625 $652,270,625 $703,551,202 2015
8 The Avengers $623,357,910 $623,357,910 $694,196,090 2012
9 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $620,181,382 $620,181,382 $646,871,241 2017
10 Incredibles 2 $608,581,744 $608,581,744 $619,630,737 2018
11 The Lion King $543,638,043 $543,638,043 $543,638,043 2019
12 The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $534,858,444 $635,022,341 2008
13 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $532,177,324 $532,177,324 $566,932,665 2016
14 Beauty and the Beast $504,014,165 $504,014,165 $525,704,701 2017
15 Finding Dory $486,295,561 $486,295,561 $518,054,464 2016
16 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film currently playing $485,623,801 $485,623,801 $485,623,801 2019
17 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace $431,088,301 $474,544,677 $710,011,094 1999
18 Frozen II film currently playing $461,925,690 $461,925,690 $461,925,690 2019
19 Star Wars $221,280,994* $460,998,007 $1,494,341,018 1977
20 Avengers: Age of Ultron $459,005,868 $459,005,868 $495,092,248 2015
21 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099 $448,139,099 $499,065,473 2012
22 Shrek 2 $441,226,247 $441,226,247 $597,241,236 2004
23 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial $359,197,037 $435,110,554 $1,098,322,804 1982
24 Toy Story 4 $434,038,008 $434,038,008 $434,038,008 2019
25 Captain Marvel $426,829,839 $426,829,839 $426,829,839 2019
26 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047 $424,668,047 $466,103,515 2013
27 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,315,812 $423,315,812 $536,866,191 2006
28 The Lion King $312,855,561 $422,783,777 $669,072,318 1994
29 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $417,719,760 $417,719,760 $425,303,593 2018
30 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880 $415,004,880 $486,568,365 2010
31 Wonder Woman $412,563,408 $412,563,408 $430,318,309 2017
32 Iron Man 3 $409,013,999 $409,013,994 $448,922,074 2013
33 Captain America: Civil War $408,084,349 $408,084,349 $434,735,448 2016
34 The Hunger Games $408,010,692 $408,010,692 $454,376,887 2012
35 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404,515,480 $404,515,480 $421,924,034 2017
36 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $403,706,375 $573,853,114 2002
37 Jurassic Park $357,067,947 $402,453,882 $681,777,687 1993
38 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402,111,870 $402,111,870 $479,203,583 2009
39 Frozen $400,738,009 $400,738,009 $439,838,589 2013
40 Spider-Man: Far From Home $390,532,085 $390,532,085 $390,532,085 2019
41 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389,813,101 $389,813,101 $406,588,930 2017
42 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381,011,219 $381,193,157 $433,219,146 2011
43 Finding Nemo $339,714,978 $380,843,261 $517,949,369 2003
44 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith $380,270,577 $380,270,577 $497,805,221 2005
45 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377,027,325 $377,845,905 $524,935,583 2003
46 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $373,585,825 $505,683,561 2004
47 The Passion of the Christ $370,274,604 $370,782,930 $501,866,952 2004
48 The Secret Life of Pets $368,384,330 $368,384,330 $392,442,708 2016
49 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265 $368,061,265 $403,973,528 2013
50 The Jungle Book $364,001,123 $364,001,123 $387,773,243 2016
51 Deadpool $363,070,709 $363,070,709 $386,782,066 2016
52 Inside Out $356,461,711 $356,461,711 $384,486,217 2015
53 Aladdin $355,559,216 $355,559,216 $355,559,216 2019
54 Furious 7 $353,007,020 $353,007,020 $380,759,923 2015
55 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543 $352,390,543 $400,505,406 2011
56 American Sniper $350,126,372 $350,126,372 $378,130,576 2014
57 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $339,789,881 $342,551,365 $486,642,603 2002
58 Zootopia $341,268,248 $341,268,248 $363,555,733 2016
59 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $337,135,885 $337,135,885 $364,101,069 2014
60 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $336,530,303 $414,951,423 2007
61 Minions $336,045,770 $336,045,770 $362,465,204 2015
62 Aquaman $335,061,807 $335,061,807 $341,144,959 2018
63 Spider-Man: Homecoming $334,201,140 $334,201,140 $348,583,676 2017
64 Alice in Wonderland $334,191,110 $334,191,110 $391,819,060 2010
65 Joker film currently playing $334,147,201 $334,147,201 $334,147,201 2019
66 Guardians of the Galaxy $333,176,600 $333,176,600 $359,825,108 2014
67 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330,360,194 $330,360,194 $351,935,298 2016
68 Forrest Gump $329,694,499 $330,252,182 $569,314,195 1994
69 It $327,481,748 $327,481,748 $341,575,111 2017
70 Suicide Squad $325,100,054 $325,100,054 $346,331,630 2016
71 Deadpool 2 $324,591,735 $324,591,735 $330,484,800 2018
72 Shrek the Third $322,719,944 $322,719,944 $397,922,858 2007
73 Transformers $319,246,193 $319,246,193 $393,639,625 2007
74 Iron Man $318,412,101 $318,412,101 $378,108,218 2008
75 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $317,575,550 $317,871,467 $458,849,109 2001
76 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317,101,119 $317,101,119 $376,551,452 2008
77 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $313,364,114 $315,544,750 $455,302,965 2001
78 Thor: Ragnarok $315,058,289 $315,058,289 $328,617,002 2017
79 Iron Man 2 $312,128,345 $312,128,345 $365,951,789 2010
80 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones $302,191,252 $310,676,740 $441,615,059 2002
81 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $309,420,425 $309,420,425 $381,524,174 2007
82 Return of the Jedi $252,583,617* $309,306,177 $747,546,714 1983
83 Independence Day $306,169,268 $306,169,268 $499,108,527 1996
84 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl $305,413,918 $305,413,918 $424,474,517 2003
85 Skyfall $304,360,277 $304,360,277 $338,947,675 2012
86 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568 $303,003,568 $337,436,790 2012
87 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $301,959,197 $302,089,278 $359,982,375 2009
88 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751 $300,531,751 $352,355,477 2010
89 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $296,607,170 $296,607,170 $353,471,830 2009
90 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 $295,983,305 $296,131,568 $347,173,652 2010
91 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 $293,506,292 $450,461,215 1999
92 Up $293,004,164 $293,004,164 $349,178,066 2009
93 Inception $292,576,195 $292,576,195 $343,028,064 2010
94 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 $292,324,737 $292,324,737 $325,544,420 2012
95 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $292,004,738 $292,137,260 $360,185,065 2007
96 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $291,710,957 $291,710,957 $381,873,451 2005
97 Man of Steel $291,045,518 $291,045,518 $319,443,245 2013
98 The Empire Strikes Back $181,379,640* $290,475,067 $788,875,387 1980
99 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire $290,013,036 $290,201,752 $379,842,876 2005
100 Monsters, Inc. $255,873,250* $289,916,256 $407,367,417 2001

* These films fall outside the top 100 when considering only initial gross, and would be replaced by Home Alone ($285.76m), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ($281.72m), The Matrix Reloaded ($281.57m), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 ($281.28m).

Adjusted for ticket-price inflation[edit]

This chart ranks films by gross adjusted for ticket price inflation, based on data from Box Office Mojo. It was compiled by multiplying the average ticket price in the current year by an estimate of the total number of admissions. Where the number of admissions in unknown, they are estimated by dividing the nominal gross by the average ticket price in the year of release to provide an estimate (taking re-releases into account).[5] Admissions better reflect the popularity of older films, since they are less susceptible to the effects of inflation.

Many of the films on this list were released prior to the availability of home video and have had multiple releases.

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Rank Title Year Est. tickets[6] Adjusted gross
1 Gone with the Wind 1939 202,286,100 $1,822,597,761
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,604,857,596
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,485,200 $1,283,791,652
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,278,107,243
5 Titanic 1997 135,549,800 $1,221,303,698
6 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $1,180,310,000
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $1,153,989,988
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $1,118,460,855
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,599,200 $996,498,792
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $982,090,000
11 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 108,115,100 $974,117,051
12 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $900,254,873
13 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $884,607,206
14 Ben-Hur 1959 98,046,900 $883,402,569
15 Avatar 2009 [nb 1] 97,309,600 $876,759,496
16 Avengers: Endgame 2019 95,268,900 $858,372,789
17 Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $847,475,194
18 Jurassic Park 1993 91,664,200 $825,894,442
19 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999 90,312,700 $813,717,427
20 The Lion King 1994 89,146,400 $803,209,064
21 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $803,177,529
22 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,543,400 $797,776,034
23 The Graduate 1967 85,576,800 $771,046,067
24 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $748,221,935
25 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $711,092,626
26 Forrest Gump 1994 78,614,600 $708,317,546
27 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $704,418,018
28 Grease 1978 77,098,600 $694,658,386
29 The Avengers 2012 76,881,200 $692,699,612
30 Jurassic World 2015 76,789,600 $691,874,296
31 Black Panther 2018 76,272,300 $687,213,423
32 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $673,948,000
33 The Dark Knight 2008 74,506,000 $671,299,060
34 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $663,855,899
35 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $654,811,661
36 Avengers: Infinity War 2018 72,419,700 $652,501,497
37 Ghostbusters 1984 71,173,700 $641,275,037
38 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $640,168,609
39 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $635,726,679
40 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $630,682,881
41 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $626,057,147
42 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $624,112,789
43 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $610,285,142
44 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017 67,594,900 $609,030,049
45 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $607,303,733
46 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $605,323,335
47 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $605,021,500
48 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $597,363,000
49 Incredibles 2 2018 66,299,200 $597,355,792
50 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $595,662,813
51 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $592,085,843
52 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $589,745,045
53 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $582,301,884
54 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $582,184,754
55 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $574,048,724
56 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,239,600 $569,788,796
57 Batman 1989 62,972,300 $567,380,423
58 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $565,333,351
59 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,639,700 $555,373,697
60 Finding Nemo 2003 61,586,500 $554,894,365
61 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $552,995,057
62 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 60,441,600 $544,578,816
63 The Lion King 2019 60,340,600 $543,668,806
64 Cinderella 1950 60,301,400 $543,315,614
65 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $542,029,887
66 My Fair Lady 1964 60,062,200 $541,160,422
67 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $540,600,000
68 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $539,611,603
69 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $537,940,248
70 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $534,514,646
71 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $532,046,807
72 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,725,300 $520,104,953
73 The Dark Knight Rises 2012 57,581,800 $518,812,018
74 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $518,787,691
75 Superman 1978 57,384,000 $517,029,840
76 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $512,704,139
77 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $512,064,429
78 Beauty and the Beast 2017 56,798,200 $511,751,782
79 Finding Dory 2016 56,158,100 $505,984,481
80 West Side Story 1961 56,012,800 $504,675,328
81 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 55,946,500 $504,077,965
82 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,922,700 $503,863,527
83 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $502,171,449
84 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $499,006,236
85 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $496,175,294
86 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $495,910,400
87 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $495,550,000
88 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $494,667,020
89 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 54,799,300 $493,741,693
90 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $492,739,781
91 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $492,096,467
92 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $490,144,000
93 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 53,900,900 $485,647,109
94 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $485,417,354
95 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $484,810,080
96 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $483,705,454
97 M*A*S*H 1970 53,684,200 $483,694,642
98 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $482,330,528
99 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 53,526,900 $482,277,369
100 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $481,751,185

Factors in determining "adjusted gross"[edit]

No one yet has calculated a truly precise and definite referential adjusted gross for a film,[original research?] since doing so would have to take into account most (or all) of the following:

  • Box office gross on initial release
  • Ticket price at time of release, or its relative price to other commodities in a given year,[8] in relation to general inflation and gross domestic product.[9]
  • economic conditions that may help or hurt the entertainment industry as a whole (theaters in 2008 lowered ticket prices to attract more viewers though the average ticket cost $7.00)[8]
  • Population at time of release—to be used to calculate:
  • Availability of films (number of theaters and screens, number of prints)
  • Competition of other media (television, internet, home video, film piracy)[8]
  • Total number of films in the marketplace at a given time[8]
  • Screen quotas (no influence on U.S. box office)
  • Price differences: matinee and evening tickets,[10] roadshow tickets,[10] or difference between rural and urban cinemas[9]
  • Length of release (number of weeks)[10]

Further explanation of issues with calculating an adjusted gross can be found in the article for List of highest-grossing films.

Franchises and film series not adjusted for inflation[edit]

This is a list of highest-grossing franchises and film series in the U.S. and Canada.[11]

  film currently playing Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 17 January 2020 in theaters around the world.
(The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total box office No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

Franchises and film series adjusted for inflation[edit]

This chart was compiled based on data from Box Office Mojo, by dividing the gross by the average ticket price to calculate an estimate of the total number of admissions.

  film currently playing Background shading indicates that at least one film in the series is playing in the week commencing 17 January 2020 in theaters around the world.
Highest-grossing franchises and film series [§] (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total adjusted for inflation No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The figure of 97,309,600 is an average value based on Box Office Mojo estimating the number of admissions by dividing gross revenue by the cost of an average ticket. However in the case of Avatar, ticket sales are a combination of the three formats of standard projection, 3D and IMAX used during its theatrical run. Since box office admissions are not tracked, the total number of admissions cannot therefore be accurately determined simply by dividing the gross receipts by the average ticket price. Box Office Mojo revised estimate - by taking account of the ticket prices for all three different formats - is that Avatar sold 75 million tickets by April 21, 2010, by which time it had grossed $745 million of its $760 million total.[7] An extra $15 million of sales would be equivalent to about 2 million more ticket sales, at the average 2D ticket price of $7.50 in 2009; using this revision, Avatar probably sold closer to 77,000,000 tickets.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Genre and International Box office" (PDF). Film Victoria / Government of Australia. p. 10. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012. North American box office statistics includes figures from both the United States and Canada as industry standard.
  2. ^ a b Richwine, Lisa (April 30, 2012). "Think Like a Man tops North American box office". Reuters via Canada.com. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012. ...easily beat four new films to win the U.S. and Canadian box office race.... Think Like a Man led domestic charts with...
  3. ^ "Top Lifetime Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "How are grosses adjusted for ticket price inflation?". IMDb. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Top Lifetime Adjusted Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  7. ^ Subers, Ray (April 21, 2010). "'Avatar' Strikes DVD". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Adjusting for Ticket Price Inflation". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Anderson, S. Eric; Albertson, Stewart; Shavlik, David. "2004 Proceedings of the Midwest Business Economics Association March 17 – March 19, Chicago, Illinois: How the Motion Picture Industry Miscalculates Box Office Receipts". Loma Linda University. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Garris, Daniel (September 7, 2007). "$200 Million Adjusted Extra". BoxOfficeReport.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009.
  11. ^ "Franchise Index". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
§ Franchise and series sources

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