... As history shows, Snow White became the first film in history to … When it took over the top spot in 2019, Avengers: Endgame became the first sequel to hold the record of highest-grossing film, and in doing so ended thirty-six years of Spielberg/Cameron dominance. "Toy Story 4" has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, Disney announced on Thursday. Avatar (2009) - $2.782 billion 3. [# 4] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10. You know what’s cool? [# 5] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10. [82][83] As of September 2020[update], fifteen films have grossed over $500 million at the US and Canadian box office. An enduring staple of the franchise model is the concept of the crossover, which can be defined as "a story in which characters or concepts from two or more discrete texts or series of texts meet". Animated family films have performed consistently well, with Disney films enjoying lucrative re-releases prior to the home-video era. The first of the two titles that make James Cameron the undisputed boss of the billion-dollar club, “Avatar” came out in 2009 and broke records worldwide. Warner Bros.’ “Joker” is officially the first R-rated movie in history to earn over $1 billion at the global box office. At least eleven films have held the record of 'highest-grossing film' since The Birth of a Nation assumed the top spot in 1915. The 1970s saw a shift in audience tastes to high concept films, with six such films made by either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg topping the chart during the 1980s. After Walt Disney Animation Studios regained its confidence in the 2010s, the path was cleared for 2016’s Zootopia, which won all of the major awards an animated movie could possibly get (the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Annie, and the Critics’ Choice) and went on to gross $1.023 billion around the world at the box office. Some sources claim that The Big Parade superseded The Birth of a Nation as highest-grossing film, eventually being replaced by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which in turn was quickly usurped by Gone with the Wind. [20], The measuring system for gauging a film's success is based on unadjusted grosses, mainly because historically this is the way it has always been done because of the practices of the film industry: the box-office receipts are compiled by theaters and relayed to the distributor, which in turn releases them to the media. [35] Titanic grossed a further $691,642 during a limited re-release in 2017 for its 20th anniversary, but this figure is not represented in the adjusted total.[36]. The Godfather was re-released in 1973 after its success at the 45th Academy Awards, and Jaws was released again in 1976, and their grosses here most likely include earnings from those releases. All of the films have had a theatrical run (including re-releases) in the 21st century, and films that have not played during this period do not appear on the chart because of ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered. Indonesia has raised $4.3 billion in its first so-called "pandemic bond," which included the longest-dated dollar debt tranche ever issued in Asia, according to a term-sheet seen by Reuters. In order to make the money back, they then attempt to revitalize a failing shopping mall. At the end of 1947 it had earned $2 million, and by 1949, $8 million; by 1956 it had earned $22 million in rentals, representing a gross of $80 million, and would have easily placed in the top ten films in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Jurassic Park (1993) - IMDb. We heard it in a Hollywood movie once: “A million dollars isn’t cool. Avatar, in second place on the nominal chart, is the highest-grossing film that is not a sequel or an adaptation of a pre-existing property. level 2. Computers, software and real estate are already highly competitive markets and even the dominant players do not have trillion dollar valuations. [# 9] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10. It is likely that Birchard's figure is just the North American gross rental, and includes revenue from the 1954 and 1960 reissues. Both The Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind spent twenty-five consecutive years apiece as the highest-grosser, with films directed by Steven Spielberg holding the record on three occasions and James Cameron twice. By Edward Jay Epstein. 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[60] Gone with the Wind is the first film to definitively gross over $50 million in the United States, taking its lifetime total to $58.3 million with its 1954 re-release. There is strong interest in the superhero genre, with nine films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring among the nominal top-earners. May 31, 2005 6:18 AM. Titanic became, on March 1, 1998, the first movie to gross over $1 billion worldwide, in just 74 days of release. Titanic. The total is rounded to $1 million to compensate for the numerical inaccuracy. [102] A consequence of a crossover is that an intellectual property may be utilized by more than one franchise. 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While inflation has eroded away the achievements of most films from the 1960s and 1970s, there are franchises originating from that period that are still active. Which film is Gone with the Wind ' s nearest rival depends on the set of figures used: Guinness had Avatar in second place with $3 billion, while other estimates saw Titanic in the runner-up spot with first-run worldwide earnings of almost $2.9 billion at 2010 prices. The success at the box office is measured in a number of ways, and these look at both the total gross as well as the speed with which that gross is attained. Trade journals would collate the data by either obtaining it from the distributors themselves, who were keen to promote a successful film, or by surveying theaters and constructing an estimate. [69] Despite later retracting the claim, the sum has been widely reported even though it has never been substantiated. Titanic (1997) - IMDb. Estimates for Gone with the Wind's adjusted gross have varied substantially: its owner, Turner Entertainment, estimated its adjusted earnings at $3.3 billion in 2007, a few years earlier than the Guinness estimate;[29] other estimates fall either side of this amount, with one putting its gross just under $3 billion in 2010,[30] while another provided an alternative figure of $3.8 billion in 2006. Transformers: Dark of The Moon – $1,123,794,079 Because of incomplete data it cannot be known for sure how much money some films have made and when they made it, but generally the chart chronicles the films from each year that went on to earn the most. "The Phantom Menace" was the first "Star Wars" movie to earn $1 billion, thanks to its 3D re-release in theaters 13 years after the original debut. Contemporary accounts often list it as earning $32 million in North American rentals and retrospective charts have often duplicated this claim; however, it is likely this was the worldwide rental figure. [67] Gone with the Wind itself may have been briefly overtaken by The Ten Commandments (1956), which closed at the end of 1960 with worldwide rentals of $58–60 million[70][71] compared to Gone with the Wind's $59 million;[72] if it did claim the top spot its tenure there was short-lived, since Gone with the Wind was re-released the following year and increased its earnings to $67 million. [21] Ticket prices have also risen at different rates of inflation around the world, further complicating the process of adjusting worldwide grosses. With Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Robert Loggia, Will Ferrell. Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. UNChopra-Gant stipulates that the figure given for Unconquered is for North American box-office, but as was common at the time, the chart confuses worldwide and North American grosses. [3] After home video income is accounted for, both films have earned over $3 billion each. So if you combine a movie like the first Avengers, with some groundbreaking tech that can by hyped (like, if they filmed Infinity War on another planet or something ridiculous that would obviously make headlines across the globe), I can see that movie making 3 Billion. [78] Roger Ebert has reasoned it possibly did earn as much as $600 million on paper, since mobsters owned most of the adult movie theaters during this period and would launder income from drugs and prostitution through them, so probably inflated the box office receipts for the film.[79]. [8] The list below is restricted to the 10 movies that passed the threshold the fastest, not taking into account early, single-show premieres. Besides the Star Wars and Superman franchises, James Bond and Star Trek films are still being released periodically; all four are among the highest-grossing franchises. How to create a billion-dollar movie franchise. Grosses are not limited to original theatrical runs either, with many older films often being re-released periodically so the figures represent all the business a film has done since its original release; a film's first-run gross is included in brackets after the total if known. On this chart, films are ranked by the revenues from theatrical exhibition at their nominal value, along with the highest positions they attained. Dr. Dre became “hip-hop’s first billionaire” in 2014 when he sold his hip-hop headphone brand, Beats by Dre, to technology powerhouse Apple. [75], Another film purported to have been the highest-grosser is the 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat. TS3Box Office Mojo revised the grosses for Pixar films in August 2016, resulting in the gross for Toy Story 3 being corrected from $1.063 billion to $1.067 billion. [66] In addition to its gross rental earnings through public exhibition, The Birth of a Nation played at a large number of private, club and organizational engagements which figures are unavailable for. Two guys get a billion dollars to make a movie, only to watch their dream run off course. The first movie to pass this threshold was E.T. As a number of people have already answered, it was. [103] The most successful shared universe in the medium of film is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a crossover between multiple superhero properties owned by Marvel Comics. INNo contemporary sources provide figures for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, although The Numbers provides a figure of $8,000,000 for the North American box-office gross. There is some argument about this question but the first movie that is officially recognized as having a production cost of just over one million US dollars is 'A Daughter of the Gods' 1916. Traditionally, war films, musicals, and historical dramas have been the most popular genres, but franchise films have been among the best performers of the 21st century. This is probably the earliest cinematic release to reach $1 billion, but it needed a second cinematic release in 2013, to push it past the $1billion mark. If it were the rental gross then that would have made it not only the highest-grossing film of the year, but one of the highest-grossing films of the silent era, and if that is the case it would be unusual for both International Motion Picture Almanac and Variety to omit it from their lists. Gone with the Wind (1939) - $3.301 billion 2. All charts are ranked first by the number of days they took to reach the milestone, and second by their total gross on the day they exceeded the milestone. The first movie to reach this milestone was Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope with its 1981 reissue. [22] Social and economic factors such as population change[23] and the growth of international markets[24][25][26] also impact on the number of people purchasing theater tickets, along with audience demographics where some films sell a much higher proportion of discounted children's tickets, or perform better in big cities where tickets cost more. Other Marvel Comics adaptations have also had success with the Spider-Man and X-Men properties, while films based on Batman and Superman from DC Comics have generally performed well. By 1980, Star Wars became the first movie to reach a $500 million worldwide gross (not adjusting for inflation). It was able to remain in first place in China with $26.36 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $108.91 million. [77] More than 100 films have grossed over $250 million at the US and Canadian box office, 11 of which did so in the first week. [78][79] As of September 2020[update], 56 films have grossed over $350 million at the US and Canadian box office. [g] More than 300 films have crossed this threshold since,[73] over 50 of which just in their opening 7-days. and Avatar all increased their record grosses with re-releases. the Extra-Terrestrial on April 15, 1983, after 314 days of release. Traditionally, the work has a tautological relationship with the property, but this is not a prerequisite. If a film increased its gross through re-releases while holding the record, the year in which it recorded its highest gross is also noted in italics. [19] The unadjusted list, while commonly found in the press, is therefore largely meaningless for comparing films widely separated in time, as many films from earlier eras will never appear on a modern unadjusted list, despite achieving higher commercial success when adjusted for price increases. "BoxOffice on Twitter: "New worldwide total for MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS: $1,501,800,000. It passed the 50M threshold just from the Thursday night previews ($60 million). CIThe Cinerama figures represent gross amounts. Only seven directors have topped the chart in consecutive years: McCarey (1944 and 1945), Nichols (1966 and 1967), Spielberg (1981 and 1982), Jackson (2002 and 2003), Verbinski (2006 and 2007) and the Russo brothers (2018 and 2019). 3 Movie of All Time", "The Lion King (2019) (2019) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo", "Furious 7 Becomes 4th Film in History To Pass $1.5 Billion at Worldwide Box Office". [27], Despite the inherent difficulties in accounting for inflation, several attempts have been made. [7] As of September 2020[update], 212 films have grossed over $500 million worldwide. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.5 billion dollars a lot of fans were as nervous as they were shocked. [33] The index is uniformly applied to the grosses in the chart published by Guinness World Records in 2014, beginning with the 2014 index. [58] Exact figures are not known for The Birth of a Nation, but contemporary records put its worldwide earnings at $5.2 million as of 1919. The Star Wars films are the highest-grossing series based on a single property, earning over $10 billion at the box office (although the Eon James Bond films have earned over $18 billion in total when adjusted to current prices). Here is the exclusive Top 10 Billion Dollar Box Office Club roster, when inflation is taken into consideration: 1. 3. Other sources put its earnings at $2 million,[50] which may suggest the higher figure is the worldwide rental, given the confusion over international figures during this period.[51]. First, the most important part, is the industry. Box-office figures are reported in the form of gross or, Highest-grossing films adjusted for inflation, Highest-grossing franchises and film series, (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show". A franchise is typically defined to be at least two works derived from a common intellectual property. F8In the case of The Fate of the Furious the gross is from an archived version of Box Office Mojo, after irregularities were discovered in the current figure. Five films in total have grossed in excess of $2 billion worldwide, with Avengers: Endgame ranked in the top position. For a full list of record titles, please use our Record Application Search. [20] To compensate for the devaluation of the currency, some charts make adjustments for inflation, but not even this practice fully addresses the issue, since ticket prices and inflation do not necessarily parallel one another. Disney also enjoyed later success with films such as Frozen I and II, Zootopia, and The Lion King (with its computer-animated remake as the highest-grossing animated film), as well as its Pixar brand, of which Incredibles 2, Toy Story 3 and 4, and Finding Dory have been the best performers. The methodology is based on the concept that films associated with things audiences are already familiar with can be more effectively marketed to them, and as such are known as "pre-sold" films within the industry.[101]. Note that in the case of a tie, the highest-grossing film is listed as the fastest-grossing film. [47] However, it is possible this figure has been mistaken for the gross of the 1954 remake which also earned $8,000,000 in North American rentals.[48]. The following directors have also all directed two films on the chart: Frank Lloyd, King Vidor, Frank Capra, Michael Curtiz, Leo McCarey, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Guy Hamilton, Mike Nichols, William Friedkin, Peter Jackson, Gore Verbinski, and Michael Bay; Mervyn LeRoy, Ken Annakin and Robert Wise are each represented by one solo credit and one shared credit, and John Ford co-directed two films. Once revenue from home entertainment is factored in it is not immediately clear which film is the most successful. Spielberg became the first director to break his own record when Jurassic Park overtook E.T., and Cameron emulated the feat when Avatar broke the record set by Titanic. S7Snow White's $418 million global cume omits earnings outside of North America from 1987 onwards. Disney films are usually co-directed and some directors have served on several winning teams: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, Wolfgang Reitherman and Bill Roberts have all co-directed at least two films on the list. The grosses from their original theatrical runs are included here along with totals from re-releases up to the point that they lost the record; therefore the total for The Birth of a Nation includes income from its reissues up to 1940; the total for Star Wars includes revenue from the late 1970s and early 1980s reissues but not from the 1997 Special Edition; the total for E.T. HarperCollins. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is also the highest-grossing franchise, amassing over $22 billion at the box office. Titanic earned $1.2 billion from video and DVD sales and rentals,[1] in addition to the $2.2 billion it grossed in theaters. Mark Wahlberg may have gotten to a billion on his first try in a Transformers movie, but LaBeouf did it first, and got more money at the end of the experiment. The first movie to reach $150 million at the US and Canadian box office was Gone with the Wind, during 1967 re-release. [18] This means that Despicable Me 2 peaked at #19 at the end of its run, ahead of The Lion King, rather than at #20 as indicated by the source. The charts are not adjusted for inflation, which does erode the achievements of earlier films. Bumblebee remained in first place with $35.6 million in 64 markets for totals of $256.3 million internationally and $365.2 million worldwide. [100] This is partly due to inflation and market growth, but also to Hollywood's adoption of the franchise model: films that have built-in brand recognition, such as being based on a well-known literary source or an established character. The first movie to reach $100 million at the US and Canadian box office was The Sound of Music, during its initial 1965 release. [32][34] This chart incorporates the gross of $343,550,770 from the reissue and adjusts it from the 2014 index. Directed by Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim. [16][17] This means that it peaked at #4 at the end of its run, ahead of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, rather than at #5 as indicated by the source. [7] Merchandising can be extremely lucrative too: The Lion King also sold $3 billion of merchandise,[8] while Pixar's Cars—which earned $462 million in theatrical revenues and was only a modest hit by comparison to other Pixar films[9]—generated global merchandise sales of over $8 billion in the five years after its 2006 release. [64] Although received wisdom holds that it is unlikely The Birth of a Nation was ever overtaken by a silent-era film,[65] the record would fall to 1925's Ben-Hur ($9,386,000) if The Birth of a Nation earned significantly less than its estimated gross. ONThe figure for It Happened One Night is not truly representative of its success: it was distributed as a package deal along with more than two dozen other Columbia films, and the total earnings were averaged out; the true gross would have been much higher. It fell 55%, which is actually quite good for a film in China. SSIt is not clear if the figure for Sunny Side Up is for North America or worldwide. 264 views. Prior to 2000, only seven film series had grossed over $1 billion at the box office: James Bond,[91] Star Wars,[92] Indiana Jones,[93] Rocky,[94][95][96] Batman,[97] Jurassic Park,[98] and Star Trek. Depending on how accurate the estimates are, the 1959 remake of Ben-Hur may also have captured the record from Gone with the Wind: as of the end of 1961 it had earned $47 million worldwide,[73] and by 1963 it was trailing Gone with the Wind by just $2 million with international takings of $65 million,[74] ultimately earning $66 million from its initial release. 7. According to sources, Apple paid an incredible $3 billion for the company which was founded in 2006. This "scene in the middle" is the part where all the mall people are gathered for a pep talk from the masterminds behind DOBIS PR (that would be Tim and Eric). [# 1] The list below is restricted to the biggest 10 during their opening day. The film won eleven Academy Awards, including best picture (the first time a fantasy film took that prize), and managed to make over $1.1 billion in the box offices around the world. Following the outbreak of World War II, many of the foreign markets were unavailable to Hollywood so it became standard practice to just report on North American box-office performance. Films generate income from several revenue streams, including theatrical exhibition, home video, television broadcast rights, and merchandising. Will there ever be a billion dollar grossing horror movie? [19], Another complication is release in multiple formats for which different ticket prices are charged. The genre continued to perform strongly in the 1930s, but the outbreak of World War II saw war-themed films dominate again during this period, starting with Gone with the Wind (American Civil War) in 1939, and finishing with The Best Years of Our Lives (World War II) in 1946. Falling foul of the Motion Picture Production Code, Mom and Dad was prevented from obtaining mainstream distribution and restricted to independent and drive-in theaters. ISBN 9780061778896. [# 6] The list below is restricted to the fastest 10. The initial reaction around the web was mixed at best, with a … The milestones used by trade publications such as Box Office Mojo or The Numbers, are multiples of $50 million. FBox Office Mojo stopped updating its main total for Frozen in August 2014, while it was still in release. [99] Since the turn of the century that number has increased to over fifty (not including one-off hits such as Avatar, Titanic, and Zootopia). The main argument against this figure is that it simply did not have a wide enough release to sustain the sort of sums that would be required for it to ultimately gross this amount. That makes the animated Pixar film the fifth billion dollar release for Disney this year. All grosses on the list are expressed in U.S. dollars at their nominal value, except where stated otherwise. Along with The Lion King, these are also the only franchises to have a series average of over $1 billion per film. 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