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Here are the 100 highest-grossing films of all time in Canada and the United States. The figures in the first list are shown with adjustment for ticket-price inflation, based on total receipts or tickets sold, as of March 2010. This figure is often called the Domestic or North American box office. There is a second list of inflation unadjusted figures, which will favor more recent releases due to inflation.

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Adjusted for ticket-price inflation

This list was compiled based on data from boxofficemojo.com. The adjustment for ticket-price inflation better reflects the popularity of older films,[citation needed] since lists compiled without such adjustment for inflation will consist almost entirely of films released in the last 20 years.

Most adjusted-gross lists, such as this one from Box Office Mojo and on Box Office Report, simply multiply the number of estimated tickets sold with the current average theater ticket price. The average ticket price for 2010 is $7.61, while 2009 was $7.50 and 2008 was $7.18.[1]

Many of the films on this list released prior to the availability of home video have had multiple releases. At number six, Titanic holds the highest position for a film that was released only once.

Rank Title Year Est. tickets[2] Adjusted Gross
1 Gone With The Wind 1939 202,044,600 $1,537,559,600
2 Star Wars 1977 178,119,600 $1,355,490,100
3 The Sound of Music 1965 142,415,400 $1,083,781,000
4 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 141,854,300 $1,079,511,500
5 The Ten Commandments 1956 131,000,000 $996,910,000
6 Titanic 1997 128,210,000 $976,712,200
7 Jaws 1975 128,078,800 $974,679,800
8 Doctor Zhivago 1965 124,135,500 $944,670,800
9 The Exorcist 1973 110,568,700 $841,427,600
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 109,000,000 $829,490,000
11 One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 99,917,300 $760,370,300
12 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980 98,180,600 $747,154,600
13 Ben-Hur 1959 98,000,000 $745,780,000
14 Avatar 2009 96,219,400[nb 1]

62,000,000[4]
60,700,000[3]

$732,229,805
15 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1983 94,059,400 $715,792,100
16 The Sting 1973 89,142,900 $678,377,100
17 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 88,141,900 $670,759,500
18 Jurassic Park 1993 86,361,800 $656,026,500
19 The Graduate 1967 85,571,400 $651,198,300
20 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 1999 84,738,800 $645,524,400
21 Fantasia 1941 83,043,500 $631,960,900
22 The Godfather 1972 78,922,600 $600,600,700
23 Forrest Gump 1994 78,545,600 $597,732,100
24 Mary Poppins 1964 78,181,800 $594,963,600
25 The Lion King 1994 77,231,800 $587,733,900
26 Grease 1978 76,921,800 $585,374,500
27 Thunderball 1965 74,800,000 $569,228,000
28 The Dark Knight 2008 74,282,100 $565,286,600
29 The Jungle Book 1967 73,679,900 $560,704,100
30 Sleeping Beauty 1959 72,676,100 $553,064,800
31 Shrek 2 2004 71,050,900 $540,697,600
32 Ghostbusters 1984 70,730,600 $538,260,000
33 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 70,557,900 $536,945,300
34 Love Story 1970 69,998,100 $532,685,900
35 Spider-Man 2002 69,484,700 $528,778,900
36 Independence Day 1996 69,268,900 $527,136,100
37 Home Alone 1990 67,734,200 $515,457,200
38 Pinocchio 1940 67,403,300 $512,939,400
39 Cleopatra 1963 67,183,500 $511,266,100
40 Beverly Hills Cop 1984 67,150,000 $511,011,600
41 Goldfinger 1964 66,300,000 $504,543,000
42 Airport 1970 66,111,300 $503,106,900
43 American Graffiti 1973 65,714,300 $500,085,700
44 The Robe 1953 65,454,500 $498,109,100
45 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 64,628,400 $491,821,900
46 Around the World in 80 Days 1956 64,615,400 $491,723,100
47 Bambi 1942 63,712,400 $484,851,700
48 Blazing Saddles 1974 63,227,500 $481,161,400
49 Batman 1989 62,954,600 $479,084,600
50 The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 62,745,100 $477,490,200
51 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 61,538,100 $468,304,941
52 The Towering Inferno 1974 61,375,700 $467,068,800
53 Spider-Man 2 2004 60,158,700 $457,808,100
54 My Fair Lady 1964 60,000,000 $456,600,000
54 The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 60,000,000 $456,600,000
56 National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 59,890,300 $455,764,900
57 The Passion of the Christ 2004 59,704,800 $454,353,800
58 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 59,324,600 $451,460,100
59 Back to the Future 1985 59,050,700 $449,375,500
60 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 57,630,400 $438,567,500
61 The Sixth Sense 1999 57,579,100 $438,177,200
62 Superman 1978 57,358,100 $436,495,300
63 Tootsie 1982 56,903,900 $433,039,000
64 Smokey and the Bandit 1977 56,832,900 $432,498,600
65 Finding Nemo 2003 57,337,500 $428,728,200
66 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 56,004,400 $426,193,800
67 West Side Story 1961 55,970,300 $425,933,900
68 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001 55,913,000 $425,497,800
69 Lady and the Tramp 1955 55,734,900 $424,142,500
70 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 55,575,500 $422,929,900
71 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 55,383,600 $421,468,800
72 The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 55,069,400 $419,078,300
73 Rocky 1976 55,040,000 $418,854,200
74 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 55,000,000 $418,550,000
75 The Poseidon Adventure 1972 54,902,000 $417,803,900
76 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 55,703,900 $416,296,800
77 Twister 1996 54,688,100 $416,176,700
78 Men in Black 1997 54,616,700 $415,632,900
79 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 54,400,000 $413,984,000
80 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 53,875,400 $409,991,900
81 Swiss Family Robinson 1960 53,808,000 $409,478,900
82 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 53,685,400 $408,545,600
83 MASH 1970 53,684,200 $408,536,800
84 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 53,532,800 $407,384,700
85 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2002 53,468,500 $406,895,100
86 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 52,684,400 $400,928,200
87 Aladdin 1992 52,442,300 $399,086,300
88 Ghost 1990 51,465,200 $391,650,300
89 Duel in the Sun 1946 51,020,400 $388,265,300
90 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 50,648,900 $385,438,100
91 House of Wax 1953 50,531,900 $384,547,900
92 Rear Window 1954 50,354,700 $383,199,600
93 The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 49,910,000 $379,814,700
94 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 49,416,500 $376,059,500
95 Spider-Man 3 2007 48,914,300 $372,237,700
96 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 48,656,400 $370,275,000
97 Sergeant York 1941 48,123,200 $366,217,500
98 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 48,106,800 $366,092,900
99 Toy Story 2 1999 49,836,500 $364,035,900
100 Top Gun 1986 47,651,400 $362,627,200

Factors in determining “adjusted gross”

No one as of yet has calculated a truly precise and definite referential adjusted gross for a film, 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[5], in relation to general inflation and gross domestic product.[6] Related to that:
  • 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) [5]
  • Population at time of release—to be used to calculate:
  • Per capita ticket purchase number[7]
  • Availability of movies (number of theaters and screens, number of prints)
  • Competition of other media (television, internet, home video, film piracy)[5]
  • the total number of movies in the marketplace at a given time[5]
  • Screen quotas (no influence on U.S. box office)
  • Price differences: matinee and evening tickets[8], roadshow tickets[8], or difference between rural and urban cinemas[6]
  • Length of release (number of weeks)[8]

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

Not adjusted for inflation

This is a list of the highest-grossing movies of all time in the U.S. and Canada, commonly referred to as domestic gross in the two countries, where "gross" is defined as US and Canada box-office revenues in U.S. dollars.[9] For comparison, the figures adjusted for the effects of inflation are also listed, using the U.S. consumer price index for January of the year of release (except for long runners which have had multiple releases).

Rank Title Studio Lifetime Gross Lifetime Gross (Inflation Adjusted) Year
1 Avatar 20th Century Fox $732,229,805 $742,947,588 2009
2 Titanic Paramount Pictures / 20th Century Fox $600,788,188 $814,212,944 1997
3 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $533,345,358 $539,304,524 2008
4 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 20th Century Fox $460,998,007 $1,655,020,944 1977
5 Shrek 2 DreamWorks Animation $441,226,247 $508,225,248 2004
6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Universal Studios $435,110,554 $980,691,930 1982
7 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 20th Century Fox $431,088,301 $562,807,327 1999
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Walt Disney Pictures $423,315,812 $457,054,819 2006
9 Spider-Man Columbia Pictures $403,706,375 $488,223,968 2002
10 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks $402,111,870 $407,997,656 2009
11 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 20th Century Fox $380,270,577 $423,707,777 2005
12 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema $377,027,325 $445,863,893 2003
13 Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures $373,585,825 $430,313,812 2004
14 The Passion of the Christ Newmarket Films $370,782,930 $427,085,305 2004
15 Jurassic Park Universal Studios $357,067,947 $537,706,204 1993
16 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema $341,786,758 $413,341,224 2002
17 Finding Nemo Walt Disney Pictures $339,714,978 $401,739,165 2003
18 Spider-Man 3 Columbia Pictures $336,530,303 $353,283,624 2007
19 Forrest Gump Paramount Pictures $329,694,499 $483,848,954 1994
20 The Lion King Walt Disney Pictures $328,541,776 $482,157,255 1994
21 Shrek the Third Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks Animation $322,719,944 $338,785,751 2007
22 Transformers Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks $319,246,193 $335,139,068 2007
23 Iron Man Paramount Pictures $318,412,101 $321,969,778 2008
24 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Warner Bros. $317,575,550 $390,364,513 2001
25 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount Pictures $317,101,119 $320,644,148 2008
26 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line Cinema $314,776,170 $386,923,509 2001
27 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 20th Century Fox $310,676,740 $375,718,196 2002
28 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Walt Disney Pictures $309,420,425 $324,824,148 2007
29 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 20th Century Fox $309,306,177 $675,415,231 1983
30 Independence Day 20th Century Fox $306,169,268 $424,558,193 1996
31 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Walt Disney Pictures $305,413,918 $361,175,515 2003
32 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. $301,959,197 $306,379,030 2009
33 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Summit Entertainment $296,525,237 $300,865,532 2009
34 The Sixth Sense Hollywood Pictures $293,506,292 $383,187,137 1999
35 Up Walt Disney Pictures $293,004,164 $297,292,920 2009
36 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Warner Bros. $292,004,738 $306,541,465 2007
37 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Walt Disney Pictures $291,710,957 $325,032,250 2005
38 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 20th Century Fox $290,475,067 $766,910,671 1980
39 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Warner Bros. $290,013,036 $323,140,380 2005
40 Home Alone 20th Century Fox $285,761,243 $475,733,331 1990
41 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $281,576,461 $332,985,884 2003
42 Meet the Fockers Universal Studios $279,261,160 $321,666,204 2004
43 The Hangover Warner Bros. $277,322,503 $281,381,724 2009
44 Shrek DreamWorks $267,665,011 $329,014,377 2001
45 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. $261,988,482 $316,836,850 2002
46 The Incredibles Walt Disney Pictures $261,441,092 $301,140,208 2004
47 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Universal Studios $260,044,825 $328,509,515 2000
48 Jaws Universal Studios $260,000,000 $1,050,967,742 1975
49 Star Trek Paramount Pictures $257,730,019 $261,502,461 2009
50 I Am Legend Warner Bros. $256,386,216 $269,149,764 2007
51 Monsters, Inc. Walt Disney Pictures $255,873,250 $314,519,920 2001
52 The Blind Side Warner Bros. $253,231,923 $249,215,137 2009
53 Batman Warner Bros. $251,188,924 $440,815,251 1989
54 Night at the Museum 20th Century Fox $250,863,268 $270,857,507 2006
55 Men in Black Columbia Pictures $250,690,539 $339,746,163 1997
56 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Warner Bros. $249,541,069 $287,433,199 2004
57 Toy Story 2 Walt Disney Pictures $245,852,179 $320,972,310 1999
58 Cars Walt Disney Pictures $244,082,982 $263,536,820 2006
59 Bruce Almighty Universal Studios $242,829,261 $287,164,331 2003
60 Raiders of the Lost Ark Paramount Pictures $242,374,454 $579,776,778 1981
61 Twister Warner Bros. / Universal Studios $241,721,524 $335,189,923 1996
62 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films $241,438,208 $291,984,292 2002
63 Ghostbusters Columbia Pictures $238,632,124 $499,815,789 1984
64 Beverly Hills Cop Paramount Pictures $234,760,478 $491,706,614 1984
65 X-Men: The Last Stand 20th Century Fox $234,362,462 $253,041,558 2006
66 War of the Worlds Paramount Pictures $234,280,354 $261,041,516 2005
67 Cast Away 20th Century Fox / DreamWorks $233,632,142 $295,142,892 2000
68 The Exorcist Warner Bros. $232,671,011 $1,139,056,580 1973
69 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Universal Studios $229,086,679 $310,467,721 1997
70 Signs Touchstone Pictures $227,966,634 $275,692,388 2002
71 Hancock Columbia Pictures $227,946,274 $230,493,160 2008
72 The Bourne Ultimatum Universal Studios $227,471,070 $238,795,149 2007
73 Rush Hour 2 New Line Cinema $226,164,286 $278,001,601 2001
74 Alice in Wonderland Walt Disney Pictures $226,120,535 $NaN 2010
75 WALL-E Walt Disney Pictures $223,808,164 $226,308,814 2008
76 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Walt Disney Pictures $219,964,115 $230,914,479 2007
77 Mrs. Doubtfire 20th Century Fox $219,195,243 $330,084,632 1993
78 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 20th Century Fox $218,192,219 $221,385,939 2009
79 King Kong Universal Studios $218,080,025 $242,990,671 2005
80 Ghost Paramount Pictures $217,631,306 $362,311,086 1990
81 The Da Vinci Code Columbia Pictures $217,536,138 $234,874,147 2006
82 Aladdin Walt Disney Pictures $217,350,219 $336,962,652 1992
83 Alvin and the Chipmunks 20th Century Fox $217,326,974 $228,146,055 2007
84 Saving Private Ryan DreamWorks / Paramount Pictures $216,540,909 $288,957,723 1998
85 Kung Fu Panda Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks Animation $215,434,591 $217,841,681 2008
86 Mission: Impossible II Paramount Pictures $215,409,889 $272,123,078 2000
87 X2: X-Men United 20th Century Fox $214,949,694 $254,194,593 2003
88 Austin Powers in Goldmember New Line Cinema $213,307,889 $257,964,774 2002
89 300 Warner Bros. $210,614,939 $221,099,878 2007
90 Back to the Future Universal Studios $210,609,762 $425,925,887 1985
91 Wedding Crashers New Line Cinema $209,255,921 $233,158,615 2005
92 Sherlock Holmes Warner Bros. $207,472,164 $210,508,972 2009
93 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Warner Bros. $206,459,076 $230,042,295 2005
94 Ratatouille Walt Disney Pictures $206,445,654 $216,723,036 2007
95 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me New Line Cinema $206,040,086 $268,995,632 1999
96 Batman Begins Warner Bros. $205,343,774 $228,799,595 2005
97 Terminator 2: Judgment Day TriStar Pictures $204,843,345 $327,146,872 1991
98 The Mummy Returns Universal Studios $202,019,785 $248,323,131 2001
99 Armageddon Touchstone Pictures $201,578,182 $268,991,078 1998
100 Superman Returns Warner Bros. $200,081,192 $216,028,011 2006
101 Gone with the Wind MGM $198,676,459 $3,111,961,074 1939

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Since box office admissions are not tracked, Box Office Mojo estimates the number of admissions by dividing the gross by the cost of the average ticket. However, in the case of Avatar, ticket prices are dependent on the format (2D/3D/IMAX) so the number of admissions cannot accurately be determined simply by dividing the gross by the average ticket price. On February 3, 2010, Box Office Mojo determined that over 64% of admissions were in 3D at an estimated average price of $10, IMAX screens account for over 16% of the admissions at an average charge of $14.58, while over 19% of admissions were for the 2D format, charged at the standard average rate of $7.61. By taking account of the ticket prices for the different formats Box Office Mojo estimated that Avatar had sold 60.7 million tickets in grossing $600 million.[3]

References

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/about/adjuster.htm
  2. ^ * Adjusted to the estimated number of tickets sold. Inflation-adjustment is mostly done by multiplying estimated admissions by the latest average ticket price. Where admissions are unavailable, adjustment is based on the average ticket price for when each movie was released (taking in to account re-releases where applicable).[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm?adjust_yr=1&p=.htm "All-Time Domestic Grosses Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation"]. Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm?adjust_yr=1&p=.htm. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Gray, Brandon (February 3, 2010). "‘Avatar’ Claims Highest Gross of All Time". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2667&p=l.htm. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ Young, John (February 5, 2010). "'Avatar' vs. 'Gone With the Wind'". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20341730,00.html. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d Box Office Mojo: Adjusting for ticket price inflation
  6. ^ a b How the motion picture industry miscalculates box office receipts
  7. ^ The 20 Most Popular Movies of all Time
  8. ^ a b c $200 Million Adjusted Extra, Daniel Garris
  9. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/domestic.htm

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