The 50 Top Grossing Movies of All Time

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20. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $686,552,273
> Worldwide gross: $1,271,621,976
> Production budget: $72,162,297
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

The concluding chapter of George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy sold an estimated 94.1 million tickets since its release. The movie grossed over $200 million in 1983, about $100 million more than that year’s second-biggest earner, “Tootsie.”

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19. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $688,925,059
> Worldwide gross: $2,078,865,911
> Production budget: $325,780,643
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

The superhero blockbuster pits the Avengers and their allies in an epic battle against Thanos, who is set on destruction of the universe. The movie, which cost an estimated $325 million to make, grossed more than a quarter billion dollars over its opening weekend. The movie is the 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

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18. Jurassic World (2015)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $695,365,822
> Worldwide gross: $1,780,763,180
> Production budget: $159,910,426
> Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins

“Jurassic World” was released 14 years after the previous film in the franchise, “Jurassic Park III.” The movie covered its nearly $160 million production budget already in its opening weekend, when it grossed more than $208 million. With a 70% Freshness rating, “Jurassic World” is the second best rated film in the franchise by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, behind the original “Jurassic Park.”

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17. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $699,855,359
> Worldwide gross: $700,722,922
> Production budget: $00
> Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin

Director David Lean followed up his immensely successful “Lawrence of Arabia” with the epic romance film “Doctor Zhivago” about the life of a Russian poet and doctor during and after the Russian Revolution. The movie, which stars Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, was nominated for 10 Oscars and won five. Eighty-eight percent of audience members on Rotten Tomatoes like the epic.

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16. Black Panther (2018)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $710,485,531
> Worldwide gross: $1,366,972,696
> Production budget: $202,978,594
> Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

“Black Panther” led the domestic box office in 2018, outgrossing blockbusters such as “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2.” The movie was the first from Marvel to feature a black superhero as the title character. It received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won three. The film holds a 96% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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15. The Sting (1973)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $736,661,337
> Worldwide gross: $736,661,337
> Production budget: $32,095,844
> Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Paul Newman and Robert Redford — who had earlier collaborated on the successful “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) — star in this comedy-drama about two con men out to score big. In addition to its box office success, the movie won seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

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14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $772,785,252
> Worldwide gross: $1,422,115,360
> Production budget: $47,921,041
> Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

The second film in the Star Wars saga has the highest rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes of all the movies in the saga, at 94%. The movie’s intricate plot and fleshed out characters made it a massive blockbuster and helped develop the Star Wars universe. The film won one Oscar for Best Sound and was also given a Special Achievement Award for its advanced special effects.

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13. The Jungle Book (1967)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $845,401,519
> Worldwide gross: $845,401,519
> Production budget: $23,840,486
> Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima

Based on the writings of English author Rudyard Kipling, “The Jungle Book” tells the story of a feral boy living among animals in nature. The movie’s adjusted total domestic box office gross is the result of three theatrical releases: the original release in 1967, a re-release in 1984, and another release in 1990. The Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes lauds the movie for its “expressive animation, fun characters, and catchy songs.”

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12. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $858,373,000
> Worldwide gross: $2,797,800,564
> Production budget: $356,000,000
> Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

“Avengers: Endgame” is the top grossing film in the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. The movie, which runs for more than three hours, once again finds the Avengers teaming up to restore order to the universe in the wake of Thanos’s destructive actions. The film was widely enjoyed by critics, who gave it a 94% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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11. Avatar (2009)
> Domestic gross in 2019 dollars: $887,862,384
> Worldwide gross: $3,249,567,787
> Production budget: $276,688,067
> Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

Filmmaker James Cameron’s movie about a Marine on a mission in a beautiful alien world is notable in part thanks to its cutting-edge visuals, for which it won an Oscar. The movie cost more than $276 million to produce, and it grossed more than triple that at the domestic box office.