Do remember the film Avatar? And when Leonardo Di Caprio was still a pretty boy heart throb starring in love stories before he went full throttle bad ass in Blood Diamond? Both these films are 2 decades apart and even a decade back from now, yet they are still numbers 2 and 3 respectively in the highest grossing films list!
The Titanic seems like it was only released yesterday but would you believe this was a pre-millennium film released in 1997. It managed to gross a staggering US$219.4 million which was US$126 million more than 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 4th place.
One thing you have to ask is how does the Titanic beat Star Wars? Well it seems everyone has a connection with the Titanic as it was a history lesson while not everyone is into Star Wars – hard to believe – but that is the reason why.
After the Titanic stood at the top of the charts for more than a decade, the film Avatar came into the limelight. This film knocked the Titanic out of the water with an awe inspiring $279 million gross in earnings.
What’s more amazing is that it was produced a decade ago in 2009. It wasn’t in the number 1 sport for as long as the Titanic as it took 12 years for Avatar to come along and knock good ole Leo off his perch. That said, Avatar did retain that number 1 spot for 10 years before finally Avengers: Endgame came out last year and took top place with $280 million only just beating Avatar.
I bet right now all those VPN torrents are to blame! With no piracy, then maybe Avatar would have had far more in gross earnings because there were few online copyright laws in place at that time, and given an additional 10 years earnings converting pirate views into earnings and Avatar would still be on top. This is not to mention inflation as in 10 years the cost of movie tickets has increased!
On the other hand, you have to hand it to the Avengers series of films. It had 3 movies in the top 10 right now which is impressive, and if we count 11th place, there is another Avengers movie, and then if we start to count Avenger spin off movies and this movie niche is smashing the charts right now with several films!
Top 12 Highest Earning Movies to Date
1. $280 million – Avengers: Endgame (2019)
2. $279 million – Avatar (2009)
3. $219 million – Titanic (1997)
4. $207 million – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
5. $205 million – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
6. $167 million – Jurassic World (2015)
7. $166 million – The Lion King (2019)
8. $152 million – The Avengers (2012)
9. $151 million – Furious 7 (2015)
10. $145 million – Frozen II (2019)
11. $140 million – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
12. $135 million – Black Panther (2018)