The Highest Grossing Hollywood Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s chest (2006), $1,066,179,725
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has always entertained audiences of every kind, with the success of the first part, the Curse of the Black Pearl, fans all over the world didn’t waste time to rush to the nearest theaters and watch the adventures of Jack Sparrow and his friends once again. It was reported that Johnny Depp was paid £15 Million for this movie.
The movie however rated slightly above average and didn’t turn out to be the success many hoped for. But the revenue received from the day of its release did more than enough to cover the expenses.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012), $1,084,439,099
Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is a sequel to the Dark Knight which had also crossed the $1 billion barrier. The Dark Knight Rises did not fail to impress its batman fans and received positive response from many movie critics. Rotten tomatoes had given it an 88% from 305 reviews.
The entire budget spent to make this movie amounted to $230 million. Calculate that against the revenue and you wil get your answer.
Skyfall (2012), $1,108,561,013
Daniel Craig plays the flamboyant, yet dangerous British agent once again in this 23rd James Bond franchise. This was also the last movie that Judy Dench played as M, thus ending her 6 movie run as playing the boss.
Skyfall had won the award for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Music in the BAFTAS and won the best original song and the best sound editing in the Academy Awards.
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003), $1,119,929,521
Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, as soon as the first Lord of the Rings movie, The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) was released, a whole new genre of middle earth fans came into being. This movie pushed the limits of visual effects and also had a great cast of talented actors.
The Return of the King marks the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Fans world over surely didn’t waste the opportunity to watch the epic conclusion, and made this movie a $ billion success.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), $1,123,746,996
The war between the autobots and the decepticons escalated as they fight for the pillars in this third installment of the Transformers movies.
Transformers already had many budding fans world over even before the first movie was out. From comics to cartoon to reel life the transformer franchise has always glued its audiences and never bored them for a second.
Directed by Micheal Bay and Co- produced by Steven Spielberg, the Dark of the Moon excelled in every aspect be it action, Visual Effects and everything else
Iron Man 3 (2013), $1,182,023,29
The success of the Iron Man franchise was already evident since the release of its first movie back in 2008. No one could have befitted the role of a cocky super genius and brave hero other than Robert Downey Jr. His role as the Iron Man made him a success and a popular face which most of his movies in the past failed to.
Just like the previous two movies, Iron Man 3 was also packed with more action, more suspense and more Iron Man. The trailers itself delivered the message and was enough to lure audiences all over the world to make this a must watch movie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), $1,341,511,219
Harry, Hermione and Ron are at it again, but this time it ends once and for all. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is the final chapter of the Harry Potter series after a span of 10 years.
J.K Rowling’s inspired work; Harry Potter has been a popular name all over the world. Many Harry Potter fans actually grew up watching it.
As this was the last Harry Potter movie, very few wasted the opportunity to watch the reign and terror of Lord Voldemort finally come to an end once and for all.
But the biggest suspense this movie haunted the minds of Harry Potter fans was will Harry Potter live or die fighting.
The Avengers (2012), $1,511,757,910
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk all join forces to fight the army set up by Loki, now who would want to miss that? Marvel comics has been entertaining its fans ever since the dawn of the comics to the cutting edge visual effect movies.
Never have any of these characters come together this way before let alone even pair up. A new threat clouds over the world and its in the hands of these few to face the enemy and save the world.
Each of these characters already had their own version of movies made and they all rocked the box office. So it was not surprising to know when this movie grossed more than $1 billion.
Titanic (1997), $2,185,372,302
If there is one romance-disaster movie that has captured the attention of the world, then by hands down it is Titanic.
No other movie can boast of the perfect cast, the perfect crew and the perfect music.
As compared to the list of the other movies on this list, Titanic is the only movie which does not continue with a sequel or a prequel. It is also the only movie on this list that was made in the last of the 20th century.
The efforts put on by James Cameron and his team did not go in vain as Titanic went on to bag 11 oscars in the Academies, tying for first place of the most Oscars won with Ben Hur.
Critics also claim that the year around which Titanic was released (1997), the whole world was still recovering from the 1989-1990 recession, which might have had a slight effect on the gross revenue it received, even though it collected a whopping $2,185,372,302.
Avatar (2009), $2,787,965,087
This was another work of masterpiece by the master himself. James Cameron proved to the world once again that he knows the elements required to grab the attention of the world through art.
Avatar till now is the highest grossing Hollywood movie ever. Surpassing Titanic with a difference of more than $500 million.
James Cameron on 2010 said that he would make two more new sequels after seeing the success Avatar received.
$230 million was the overall cost of the movie and an additional $9 million during its re-release.
With the latest technologies of motion capture stage and the use of several super computers to enable viewers to sit back and enjoy the world Pandora, Avatar completely deserves the reward for what it had sowed.