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The 25 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time Worldwide

Alvin Ward
Tom Holland stars in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
Tom Holland stars in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). / Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures/MARVEL
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When Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters in April 2019, box office insiders had no doubt it would be a hit—but few people had predicted just how big a dent the superhero movie would make in its opening weekend alone. The epic MCU team-up demolished all previous box office records by making a cool $1.2 billion in just its first few days in theaters. And within just a few months, it officially unseated James Cameron's Avatar—which had held the number one spot for 10 years—to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. But Avatar wasn't done yet.

In March 2021, Avatar made a triumphant return to theaters in China, where it ended up grossing an impressive $3.5 million, bringing its total haul to just over $2.8 billion. It was a big enough number to catapult Avatar back to the top of the list, though it now looks as if Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) is trying to climb its way to the top of the list of the 25 biggest movies of all-time

  1. Avatar (2009) // $2,847,246,203
  2. Avengers: Endgame (2019) // $2,797,501,328
  3. Titanic (1997) // $2,201,647,264
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) // $2,069,521,700
  5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) // $2,048,359,754
  6. Jurassic World (2015) // $1,670,516,444
  7. The Lion King (2019) // $1,657,870,986
  8. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) // $1,536,253,195
  9. Marvel's The Avengers (2012) // $1,518,815,515
  10. Furious 7 (2015) // $1,515,341,399
  11. Frozen II (2019) // $1,450,026,933
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) // $1,402,809,540
  13. Black Panther (2018) // $1,347,597,973
  14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) // $1,342,321,665
  15. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) // $1,332,698,830
  16. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) // $1,310,466,296
  17. Frozen (2017) // $1,281,508,100
  18. Beauty and the Beast (2017) // $1,273,576,220
  19. Incredibles 2 (2017) // $1,243,089,244
  20. The Fate of the Furious (2017) // $1,236,005,118
  21. Iron Man 3 (2013) // $1,214,811,252
  22. Minions (2015) // $1,159,444,662
  23. Captain America: Civil War (2016) // $1,153,337,496
  24. Aquaman (2018) // $1,148,485,886
  25. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) // $1,142,456,987

Box office totals courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

A version of this story ran in 2019; it has been updated for 2022.

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