Movies are a primary source of entertainment for many. One can view them at theatrical exhibitions, home broadcastings, and off course, download them illegaly (and every Producer’s nightmare). Though there are many mediums, the popularity of a film is usaully gauged with the help of Theatrical Box office revenues, not because of the mass availability of the data available as compared home broadcastings, but because it is a historical metric. In this list, we will talk about the films that were the higgest grossers as of November 2016 without adjustment due to inflation.
Director: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
Cast:Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders (Voice overs)
Release year: 2015
Remember those adorable banana loving creatures, who were willing to be subservient to the “most” evil master ever? Yes, those adorable beings managed to rake in a whooping $1.159 billion worldwide in theatrical release alone. Never knew being cute could help make you so much money.
10. Iron Man 3
Director: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Ben Kingsley
Release Year: 2013
Though a lot of people left the theatre disappointed after watching this edition of a billionaire turned super-hero action movie, the movie managed to do exceptionally well worldwide due to the brand value of this franchise.
Director: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck
Cast:Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana (Voice overs)
Release year: 2103
Disney has had its fair share of profits when it comes to movies, but not even Walt Disney would have imagined that this movie could have done so well at the box office. This movie is also the higgest grosser of any animated film released ever and looks all set to stay there; well at least for the time being.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 7
Cast:Daniel Radcliffe,Rupert Grint,Emma Watson,Helena Bonham Carter,Robbie Coltrane,Warwick Davis,Ralph Fiennes,Michael Gambon,John Hurt,Jason Isaacs,Gary Oldman,Alan Rickman,Maggie Smith,David Thewlis,Julie Walters
Release Year: 2011
What happens when a 17 year old wizard manages to defeat perhaps the most fearsome darklord in the world? Well, a lot! Apart from the flying broom sticks and weird sounding spells(Sorry Pottermores), the penultimate undertaking of the Harry Potter franchise managed to make $1.341 billion in theatrical release worldwide.
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Cast: 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
Release Year: 2015
Produced by Marvel Studio, it is the sequel to the 2012 Avengers movie and the eleventh movie of Marvel Cinematic Universe(Or MCU, as the fans love to call it). The movie revolves Avengers trying to defeat an AI called Ultron, which has its sight set on trying to annihilate human race.
6. Furious 7
Director: James Wan
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham
Release year: 2015
Fast and the Furious &, or Furious 7 is the only Fast and Furious movie to be have been set after the 2006 release Tokyo Drift and marks the last appearance of Paul Walker who died in fatal car crash while the movie was under production. In this movie, Dom and his chummies have returned to the United States securing amnesty for their past, but Deckard Shaw has other plans as he plans to avenge his now comatose younger brother. The movie made the amount mentioned above but failed to meet the analysts expectations.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. Jackson
Prequel to the Avengers:Age of Ultron, and released in 2012 and directed by Joss Whedon, and featuring an ensemble of stars (Largely same as that of its sequel), the movie revolves around Nick Fury forming the Avengers and asking them to stop Loki from annihilating mankind and was endeared by the MCU fans worldwide.
4. Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt,Bryce Dallas Howard,Vincent D’Onofrio,Ty Simpkins,Nick Robinson,Omar Sy,B. D. Wong,Irrfan Khan
This is the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise and is set 22 years after the events of the first film(named Jurassic Park), located on an imaginary island full of cloned dinosaurs but runs into a chaos when the dinosaurs are let loose on the island and cause havoc across the span of the island. The movie managed to made some cool money despite being nowhere near the standards of the Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: JJ Abrams
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow
The movie is set 30 years after the Return of the Jedi, and happens to be the only film in the whole of the Star Wars franchise to be not produced by George Lucas, the creator of the franchise (He sold Lucasfilms to Disney in 2012) and marks a shift in the creative ouvre behind this famous franchise.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio,Kate Winslet,Billy Zane,Kathy Bates,Frances Fisher,Victor Garber,Bernard Hill,Jonathan Hyde,Danny Nucci,David Warner,Bill Paxton,Gloria Stuart
Release Year: 1997 and 2012(3-D version)
The only movie in this list not from the 21st century, this romance-disaster film was envisioned and created under the tutelage of James Cameron and was the most expensive film at that time (it costed somewhere around $200 million to make). Starring the timeless pairing of Leonardo di-Caprio and Kate Winslet in the plebeian-patrician divide, the titular characters fall in love onboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. The movie managed to rake in $1.814 billion back in 1997 and its 3-D version released in 2012 managed to make another $343 million and made it only the second film to cross the $2 billion mark at that time.
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver
Another James Cameron directorial (this time a fantasy thriller) is based in the 22nd Century with humans trying to colonize Pandora (an imaginary planet in a astronomy-savy galaxy) and the stand-off with the local tribe of Na’vi. The movie was originally supposed to go on floors directly after the release of Titanic but the work only began in 2005 when Cameron thought that the technology was adept for an undertaking of this sort. The movie broke a lot of records (primarily those held by Titanic) along the way and managed to make a whooping(with a double ‘o’) $2.787 billion! James Cameron certainly has the Midas touch.