40. Ghostbusters (1984)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $518,226,082
> Worldwide gross: $631,622,319
> Production budget: $64,186,549
> Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
“Ghostbusters” dominated the domestic box office in 1984, besting such films as “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Gremlins,” and “The Karate Kid.” The movie, about a group of New York City ghost exterminators, has an exceptionally high Rotten Tomatoes Freshness score of 97%.
39. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $521,471,116
> Worldwide gross: $1,313,397,503
> Production budget: $277,171,317
> Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Despite scoring significantly lower ratings than its predecessor from both critics and audiences on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, this second entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the top grossing of the series. “Dead Man’s Chest” was also the top-grossing movie of 2006 and only the third movie to ever gross more than $1 billion (unadjusted) worldwide out of 46 total.
38. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $522,403,948
> Worldwide gross: $1,309,622,766
> Production budget: $165,837,862
> Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Numerous versions of “Beauty and the Beast” have been released over the years, with Disney’s 2017 live action remake the most successful at the domestic box office. For comparison, Disney’s 1991 animated version grossed $630.9 million domestically, adjusted for inflation. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes appreciates the “faithful” retelling of the story.
37. American Graffiti (1973)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $530,748,046
> Worldwide gross: $646,128,056
> Production budget: $4,534,267
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford
George Lucas’s second full-length directorial effort (following “THX 1138”) was a box office smash. The film, which follows a group of high school graduates in the 1960s, was reportedly made for under $1 million. Lucas would, of course, go on to have even greater financial success with his numerous Star Wars movies. The film enjoys a 96% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics.
36. The Lion King (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $543,638,043
> Worldwide gross: $1,656,943,394
> Production budget: $260,000,000
> Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen
Released in July 2019, Disney’s computer-animated remake of “The Lion King” grossed $543.6 million at the domestic box office, becoming the second biggest movie of the year. While the visually impressive movie was popular with audiences, who gave it an 88% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, it was relatively poorly received by critics, who gave it a 52% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
35. Spider-Man (2002)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $548,930,535
> Worldwide gross: $1,117,299,460
> Production budget: $189,002,079
> Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
“Spider-Man,” starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, was both the top grossing film of 2002 and the most successful of the franchise. At the time, the movie was the most successful superhero movie ever, though that’s no longer the case. Director Sam Raimi followed the blockbuster with two Spider-Man sequels that both did well at the box office.
34. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $551,444,492
> Worldwide gross: $897,837,500
> Production budget: $43,981,449
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” introduced audiences to swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. The film has a 95% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 96% approval rating from audiences.
33. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $561,464,174
> Worldwide gross: $1,114,174,350
> Production budget: $211,006,425
> Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a standalone Star Wars film about a group of rebels attempting to steal the plans for the Death Star. The movie, which had a reported production budget of $200 million, grossed $155 million domestically in its opening weekend and remained the country’s top film at the box office for five weeks in a row.
32. Shrek 2 (2004)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $574,204,126
> Worldwide gross: $1,208,673,032
> Production budget: $195,207,378
> Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Of the five Shrek films released to date, including “Puss in Boots,” “Shrek 2” leads with the highest total domestic box office gross. The movie had the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated film, grossing more than $108 million. This record would later be topped by “Shrek the Third.”
31. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $580,749,600
> Worldwide gross: $1,170,426,856
> Production budget: $68,686,926
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
Steven Spielberg’s 1977 flick about a man’s experiences following an alien encounter wowed audiences. It currently has a 95% Freshness rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 85% approval rating from audiences. While nominated for eight Oscars, it only won one for cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.
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