Film: The Top 10 Money Making Movies of All Time

Published in Cinemarolling by RJ Chamberlain, on January 22, 2009
There are thousands of movies that have made their mark on mainstream culture. Most of these movies cost millions of dollars to produce, however surpassed that figure at the box office. These films often starred some of the biggest names in Hollywood or launched some of the biggest name’s careers. So what are the biggest grossing films of all time and how much did they make at the box office?


10. Jurassic Park, 1993, $920,100,000
At the time Jurassic Park was a movie unlike any other before it. The special effects and cinematography used had never been seen before and Sam Neill’s performance made sitting in the front row watching it on the big screen an experience unlike any other. Stephen Spielberg had the honour of adapting and directing the novel written by Michael Crichton. The name Spielberg alone increased the mad rush to the box office.

9. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999, $924,288,297
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The first Star Wars film since the early 80’s built massive anticipation and ultimately exhilaration amongst sci fi movie buffs in the lead up to the opening of the prequel Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Despite poor reviews from numerous magazines and newspapers, especially with regard to some of the acting, The Phantom Menace managed to draw the crowds and bring the cash and re-launch writer and producer George Lucas’ name as one of the greats.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002, $926,284,377
New Line Cinema will be extremely relieved that they decided to take a punt on Kiwi director/producer Peter Jackson and JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga. As will Elijah Wood whose career was catapulted as a result of the trilogy. The second installment in the movie trifecta bought the fans in there droves to view the highly anticipated The Two Towers which delivered on its promise of more action and even better special effects than The Fellowship of the Ring.

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007, $938,468,864
From shy British teenager to superstar, Daniel Radcliffe went from unknown to every teenage girls dream when he was cast as the boy wizard Harry Potter for the first movie Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. However it was the fourth film adaptation of JK Rowling’s boy wizard novels that proved to be the big money winner at the box office netting over 9 hundred million dollars.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, 2007, $952,420,425
Johnny Depp and the rest of the all star cast returned to film the final Pirates of the Caribbean movie, At Worlds End. Walt Disney Pictures and its staff made mega bucks out of this film and it predecessor as you will soon find out. Most critics however believed it was far to hype as the film was extremely long and at times boring.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, 2001, $976,457,891
The movie that made history by launching the careers of child actors Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). In the first installment of the Harry Potter adaptations expectations were high and the movie didn’t disappoint bringing in a staggering $114.8 million at the box office in its first weekend.

4. The Dark Knight, 2008, $997,037,655
Heath Ledger immortalized this dark version of the Batman series playing a particularly disturbing Joker taking over from an already creepy Jack Nicholson as the best Joker of all time. His death sent the punters banging at the box office doors to see the part that killed of a budding actor in his prime. Oh, there were other draw cards to the movie including Christian Bale and a fantastically, all enveloping plot.

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest, 2006, $1,065,659,812
The first film ever to crack the billion dollar mark was Dead Man’s Chest due in part to the wonderful success of the first and best of the trilogy, The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2004.

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003, $1,133,027,325
The final film in the amazingly successful Lords of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson and his crew saved the best until last with this film gaining 11 Academy Awards and tying the record for awards with the number 1 grossing film of all time.

1. Titanic, 1997, $1,848,813,795
James Cameron’s epic story of the greatest ship ever built and its ill fated maiden voyage launched the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and to date is the highest grossing film worldwide of all time. It reached a mind blowing $1.8 billion, 19 million on its first day and 28 million in its opening weekend.

There you have it; the top 10 grossing films worldwide. It will be interesting to see if anything can surpass 1997’s Titanic and move into the top spot not to mention cracking the 2 billion dollar mark.

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