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A top-grossing movie is a motion picture that has received the most total revenue either in a particular year or when compared to all other movies ever made. Sources of these revenues include; ticket sales, merchandise and video rentals.

Here are the top 25 grossing movies of all time, based only on total worldwide box office receipts to June 10, 2003.

Note that 70% of these movies are in the genres of science fiction or fantasy.

Source: Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/Charts/worldtopmovies

1 Titanic (1997) $1,835,300,000
2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) $968,600,000
3 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $922,300,000
4 Jurassic Park (1993) $919,700,000
5 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $906,200,000
6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) $866,300,000
7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $860,200,000
8 Independence Day (1996) $811,200,000
9 Spider-Man (2002) $806,700,000
10 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) $797,900,000
11 The Lion King (1994) $783,400,000
12 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $756,700,000
13 Forrest Gump (1994) $679,400,000
14 The Sixth Sense (1999) $661,500,000
15 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $647,300,000
16 The Lost World: Jurassic Park[?] (1997) $614,300,000
17 Men in Black (1997) $587,200,000
18 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $572,700,000
19 Armageddon (1998) $554,600,000
20 The Matrix Reloaded (2003) $548,300,000
21 Mission: Impossible II[?] (2000) $545,300,000
22 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $533,800,000
23 Home Alone (1990) $533,700,000
24 Monsters, Inc. (1998) $522,800,000
25 Ghost (1990) $517,600,000

  • Amounts are in United States dollars, include ticket sales only, and are not adjusted for inflation. Movies such as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope may well have earned more than more recent films such as Independence Day when adjusted for inflation. Given population growth as well as inflation, these numbers are not a very good indicator of the popularity of movies over time.

See Also: List of highest-grossing films for a list adjusted for inflation.



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