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Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of all time

While it is not necessary that a great movie will be a resounding success at the box office as well, the movies that have done exceedingly well at the box office are usually really good. When it comes to box office numbers, there are only a handful of directors and actors that run the show and pull audiences into the theatres around the world. Back in the day, crossing the mark of even $1 billion was unheard of, however, now we have the list of top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time that have all earned more than a whopping $1.5 billion.

These are the blockbuster behemoths that not only captivate audiences with their storytelling prowess but also shatter box office records, earning a place among the highest-grossing movies of all time.

Avatar – ~$2.9 billion

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ was the most expensive movie ever made at the time of its release, with unprecedented production value and an ambition to take audiences on a visually stunning journey to the alien world of Pandora. The film’s breathtaking landscapes and innovative use of 3D technology make it a cinematic masterpiece. Personally, we were captivated by the cutting-edge visuals of the movie, which were way ahead of its time. The visual effects in this movie were, in fact, so advanced that some of the movies from 2023 can’t even match those standards. On top of this, the movie offers a compelling story that transports audiences to a mesmerising extra-terrestrial realm.

Cast

  • Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
  • Zoe Saldana as Neytiri
  • Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine
  • Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy Chacón
  • Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge
  • Joel David Moore as Norm Spellman
Director James Cameron
Release date December 10, 2009
Running time 2 hours 42 minutes

Avengers: Endgame – ~$2.7 billion

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

‘Avengers: Endgame’ was the epic culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, which included a whopping 23 movies. In my opinion, the film not only delivers on the promise of a massive superhero ensemble but also emotionally resonates with fans who have invested years in the franchise. What stood out to me was the film’s ability to balance intense action sequences with poignant character moments, creating a truly satisfying conclusion. While I initially thought that a storyline as complex as the Infinity Saga might be a bit too much for casual audiences to follow, this movie does a great job of entertaining even fresh viewers.

Cast

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  • Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
  • Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange
Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Release date April 22, 2019
Running time 3 hours 1 minute

Avatar: The Way of Water – ~$2.3 billion

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

The sequel to the original ‘Avatar’, subtitled ‘The Way of Water’, continues the immersive story of the Na’vi and their connection to Pandora’s aquatic environments. The film’s success lies in its ability to expand the rich universe introduced in the first installment. Personally, I was intrigued by the exploration of Pandora’s underwater landscapes, adding new dimensions to the world Cameron first introduced. The technology used by Cameron to shoot underwater sequences was in fact so advanced that it had to be developed just for this movie as it didn’t exist before. I think that Cameron’s commitment to deliver an authentic visual representation of the underwater world in Pandora served a visual delight unlike any before.

Cast

  • Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
  • Zoe Saldana as Neytiri
  • Sigourney Weaver as Kiri
  • Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch
  • Kate Winslet as Ronal
  • Michelle Yeoh as Dr. Karina Mogue
  • Jack Champion as Neteyam
Director James Cameron
Release date December 6, 2022
Running time 3 hours 12 minutes

Titanic – ~$2.2 billion

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

James Cameron’s “Titanic” remains a timeless classic that masterfully blends a tragic love story with the historical backdrop of the ill-fated ship. The film’s attention to detail in recreating the grandeur of the Titanic and the chemistry between its lead characters makes it a cinematic masterpiece. In my opinion, one of this movie’s strongest points is its lovable lead characters and the relatable themes of class divide, aspiration, and escapism.

Cast

  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson
  • Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater
  • Billy Zane as Caledon ‘Cal’ Hockley
  • Kathy Bates as Molly Brown
  • Frances Fisher as Ruth DeWitt Bukater
  • Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett
  • David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy
Director James Cameron
Release date November 18, 1997
Running time 3 hours 14 minutes

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – ~$2.07 billion

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

J.J. Abrams revitalized the “Star Wars” franchise with “The Force Awakens,” successfully capturing the essence of the original trilogy while introducing new and compelling characters. The film’s nostalgic nods to the past, combined with a fresh narrative, create an engaging experience for both long-time fans and a new generation. Personally, witnessing the return of iconic characters and the introduction of Rey added a new and exciting layer to the Star Wars saga for me.

Cast

  • Daisy Ridley as Rey
  • John Boyega as Finn
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
  • Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Director J.J. Abrams
Release date December 14, 2015
Running time 2 hours 18 minutes

Avengers: Infinity War – ~$2.05 billion

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Avengers: Infinity War stands out as a cinematic spectacle that brings together Marvel’s vast array of superheroes in a battle against the formidable Thanos. The film’s high-stakes narrative and the convergence of beloved characters from different franchises make it a thrilling experience. Personally, I appreciated the film’s willingness to subvert expectations and set the stage for the climactic events in “Endgame.”

Cast

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange
  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Release date April 23, 2018
Running time 2 hours 29 minutes

Spider-Man: No Way Home – ~$1.92 billion

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Spider-Man: No Way Home brings together multiple Spider-Man iterations in a multiverse-spanning adventure. The film’s nostalgic callbacks, jaw-dropping surprises, and the emotional journey of its characters create an unforgettable experience for fans. Personally, witnessing the return of familiar faces and the impact it had on the overall Spider-Man narrative made it a standout entry in the franchise. The best aspect of the movie is that not only Spider-Man from different timelines but even villains from past Spider-Man movies make a return and create a sense of nostalgia like very few movies manage to do.

Cast

  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Zendaya as MJ
  • Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds
  • Marisa Tomei as May Parker
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange
  • Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus
  • Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
  • Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon / Electro
Director Jon Watts
Release date December 13, 2021
Running time 2 hours 28 minutes

Jurassic World – ~$1.67 billion

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

“Jurassic World” revitalizes the classic “Jurassic Park” franchise with modern CGI and a thrilling storyline. The film’s combination of awe-inspiring dinosaur sequences and a nod to the original’s legacy captures the essence of the series. Personally, the film’s ability to introduce new elements while paying homage to the iconic moments of the past made it a compelling addition to the Jurassic Park universe. I really didn’t think that so many years after the original trilogy a movie from the Jurassic Park series would manage to do this well in financial terms, but the series’ recognition around the world ensured that this movie was a blockbuster globally.

Cast

  • Chris Pratt as Owen Grady
  • Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing
  • Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani
  • Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins
  • Ty Simpkins as Gray Mitchell
  • Nick Robinson as Zach Mitchell
  • Omar Sy as Barry
  • D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu
Director Colin Trevorrow
Release date May 29, 2015
Running time 2 hours 4 minutes

The Lion King – ~$1.66 billion

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Disney’s animated classic, ‘The Lion King’, was translated to the big screen with stunning CGI in its live-action adaptation. The film’s visual splendour and the narrative of Simba’s journey make it a nostalgic yet fresh experience. Personally, the film’s ability to evoke the same emotions as the original animated version while embracing new technological advancements left a powerful impact. I think that one of the factors that contributed to this movie’s success was that the powerful story that the original movie told, and the themes it covered remain relevant even today.

Cast

  • Donald Glover as Simba
  • Beyoncé as Nala
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar
  • James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising his role from the original 1994 animated film)
  • Alfre Woodard as Sarabi
  • John Oliver as Zazu
  • John Kani as Rafiki
  • Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
  • Billy Eichner as Timon
Director Jon Favreau
Release date July 9, 2019
Running time 1 hour 58 minutes

The Avengers – ~$1.5 billion

IMDb Rating: 8/10

‘The Avengers’ laid the foundation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing together Earth’s mightiest heroes in a team-up that changed the landscape of superhero films. The film’s success lies in its ability to balance individual character arcs with the larger ensemble narrative. Personally, witnessing the birth of the Avengers and the chemistry among the iconic characters made it a groundbreaking and immensely enjoyable cinematic experience.

Cast

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Director Joss Whedon
Release date April 11, 2012
Running time 2 hours 23 minutes

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