What are some of the most profitable films of all time? Numerous factors, ranging from the plot and genre to cinematography and compelling performances, contribute to a film’s success and its ability to attract devoted moviegoers to the theaters to watch the drama unfold on the big screen.
In addition, due to the fervor surrounding some well-known franchises, such as The Avengers or Star Wars, all superhero and sci-fi movie fans flock to the theaters to learn every detail about their fictional heroes, resulting in record-breaking opening weekends.
Taking a cue from this, we have listed some of the highest-grossing films of all time (according to Box Office Mojo), including sci-fi, romance, and action films.
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This science fiction fantasy directed and written by Academy Award winner James Cameron is the highest-grossing film of all time. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed ex-Marine, is sent to Pandora, an alien planet inhabited by exotic and highly evolved Na’vi beings.
During his time as an “avatar,” a human mind in an alien body, he falls in love with Neytiri, a Navi woman (Zoe Saldana). However, Jake is conflicted about obeying his superiors’ orders and protecting Pandora’s indigenous population.
Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang also play prominent roles in Avatar. According to ABC News, Cameron wrote the first draft of the film’s screenplay in 1994. He also co-produced the film with Jon Landau.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame is said to be the conclusion of 22 interconnected films comprising the Infinity Saga (2008-2019).
In the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, the villainous demigod Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) uses his abilities to destroy the earth and the universe. In Avengers: Endgame, even the Avengers unite to undo Thanos’s damage.
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) join forces with Ant Man (Paul Rudd), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (late Chadwick Boseman), and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) to fight Thanos in one (Brie Larson).
The renowned Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, directed this second-highest-grossing film.
Rose DeWitt Bukater, a centenarian, shares her experience of being on board the “unsinkable” R.M.S Titanic on 10 April 1912 with her granddaughter and the crew of the scientific research vessel Keldysh in Titanic, another masterpiece by James Cameron.
When Rose (Kate Winslet), age 19, boards the doomed ship with her mother, fiancé, and other aristocrats, she meets Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), a drifter and artist who wins third-class tickets to the luxury liner and boards with his best friend.
Rose grows closer to Jack and learns to let loose on their journey. They eventually fall in love, but their relationship is tested by the Titanic’s unprecedented collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
In addition to Gloria Stuart as older Rose, the film also features Billy Zane as Cal Hockley (young Rose’s fiancé), Kathy Bates as Molly Brown, and Bernard Hill as Captain Smith.
Intriguingly, it cost approximately USD 200 million to produce the legendary film, which has a place among the greatest films of all time.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Return of the Jedi (2015)
The epic space opera depicts how an unlikely group of heroes band together to stop a new threat posed by Kylo Ren, the grandson of Darth Vader.
To restore peace, desert scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and rogue stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) join forces with members of the Resistance (Daisy Ridley and John Boyega). To accomplish this, they must locate the legendary Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with the aid of a droid that knows his location.
In addition to Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, the film is directed by J.J. Abrams.
Since 1977, when Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope (originally titled Star Wars) was released, a total of 12 films have been released in the franchise.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2018)
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Spider-Man unite in Avengers: Infinity War to defeat their common foe, the mighty Thanos, in yet another Marvel film with massive box office receipts.
Thanos, on the other hand, is determined to collect all six Infinity Stones to achieve his perverse goal. The fate of the world rests in the hands of the Avengers, who must prevent Thanos from carrying out his evil scheme.
The film is directed by the Russo brothers and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and other prominent actors. The film is the nineteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the seventh installment of Phase Three.
Spider-Man: No Return (2021)
Peter Parker (Tom Holland), whose identity as Spider-Man has been revealed, asks Doctor Strange to assist him in regaining his anonymity through an arcane ritual. However, when Peter’s repeated interference causes a spell to malfunction, the multiverse is ripped apart.
Peter then encounters villains from previous Spider-Man films, such as Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx), and Norman Osborn/Green Goblin (William Dafoe), who pose a threat not only to his future but also to the multiverse.
Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprise their roles as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is directed by Jon Watts and features Zendaya as MJ, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
Dinosaur World (2015)
This sci-fi action film is centered on Jurassic World, a dinosaur theme park that is home to numerous genetically engineered hybrid dinosaurs, such as the aggressive and intelligent Indominus Rex.
One day, the dinosaur escapes its enclosure, prompting the other creatures to also break free and join the killing spree. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s operations manager, race to save the tourists from an all-out dinosaur assault.
Irrfan Khan portrays Simon Masrani, and Vincent D’Onofrio plays Vic Hoskins.
The director of Jurassic World is Colin Trevorrow. According to Hollywood Reporter, he stated in 2015 that the T-Rex in the film is identical to the one in the original Jurassic Park (1993).
King Lion (2019)
Global box office earnings: $1,6 billion (approximately)
The Lion King (2019), a remake of the 1994 animated film of the same name, received mixed reviews from audiences, particularly those who had seen the original.
The film follows Simba (voiced by Donald Glover), a young lion prince born to rule in the African Savanna. However, his uncle Scar’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) plot to seize control of the kingdom forces Simba to flee.
In a chance encounter with a grown-up Nala (voiced by Beyoncé), Simba meets new friends Pumbaa (voiced by Seth Rogen) and Timon (voiced by Billy Eichner) and learns about the desolate state of his formerly prosperous kingdom. He then decides to retrieve what is rightfully his.
Jon Favreau’s film also features the voice talents of Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, John Kani, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and James Earl Jones.
The Defenders (2012)
Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow come together for the first time as the Avengers in this film to prevent Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his alien army from invading Earth.
The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, had a phenomenal run at the box office. It earned a record-breaking $200.3 million in its opening weekend, establishing the dominance for which Marvel Cinematic Universe films are now renowned.
Seven furious (2015)
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and the rest of the crew dispersed after defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw in order to return to their normal lives (Luke Evans). Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen’s older brother, vows to settle scores with Dominic and his family in order to avenge Owen.
Facing threats from Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, the gang reunites in order to protect their families. A government agent offers them assistance in exchange for rescuing a kidnapped hacker who developed a powerful surveillance program.
James Wan directs Furious 7, which stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris, among others. The film marked the final appearance of Paul Walker on the big screen before his passing.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which is the most successful film?
“Avatar” (2009) was the most commercially successful film of all time as of November 2021, with nearly 2.85 billion US dollars in global box office revenue. “Avengers: Endgame” (2019) and “Titanic” (1997) came next, with approximately 2.8 billion and 2.2 billion dollars in revenue, respectively.
How much did Sholay make?
The film’s total gross revenue in India was 350 million rupees ($39.15 million). Box Office India estimates that the film sold over 100 million tickets in India. The film was also a hit in the Soviet Union when it was released in 1979.
Who is the highest-paid actor in the world?
Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes’ list of the highest-paid entertainers in 2022, earning $270 million, thanks in part to his earnings from the film “Black Adam”.
Record-breaking opening weekends are also due to the fervor surrounding some well-known franchises like The Avengers or Star Wars, which attracts all fans of superhero and sci-fi films.
According to Box Office Mojo, the list of the top-grossing films in history, including sci-fi and romance films, has been compiled.