As Avengers: Endgame continues to break commercial movie records – most recently the fastest-selling digital download – we take a look at the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time after the Marvel behemoth recently took top spot.
There are hundreds of films released onto our screens each year, all with similar objectives – to be a hit with the public and make money. Some have soared into success whilst others have flopped into failure. In this article, we take a look at the top 10 highest-grossing films at the box office, those that hit the jackpot and made billions. If making movies is not in your skillset, head over to Paddy Power and see if you can win your own jackpot: https://games.paddypower.com/c/jackpot-king.
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Another Marvel hit was the second Avengers film Avengers: Age of Ultron which saw $1.41 billion at the box office. The film is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) whose storylines are based on the original Marvel comics. In the MCU, it gets a little confusing as to where this particular title sits in the sequence, it all depends if you’re looking at the chronological order or release order.
The film sees the superhero crew back together, this time to prevent a creation of their own. After discovering an infinity stone (the Mind Stone) in the first Avengers film alongside with an intergalactic threat, Tony Stark decides to create Ultron. A similar set up to Stark’s computer hand Jarvis, Ultron was designed as an entity to help protect Earth, but the power of the infinity stone was too much. Ultron continued to learn and deduce his own theories about how to best protect the human race – by getting rid of them completely.
The film sparked further interest for fans. Now the majority of superheroes had been introduced, predictions for the future were flying about trying to anticipate who would appear next on the screens and how that character would fit the storyline.
9. Lion King (2019)
Recently we saw the release of the new Lion King movie. The original made in 1994 was an animation containing characters Simba, Timone and Pumba. The lion pack of Pride Rock would watch over the grasslands in Africa and other wildlife, protecting them from the evil creatures who lurk in the shadow lands.
In recent years we have seen these classic Disney animations re-made into photorealistic computer animations making them seem more realistic. Although the storyline is the same, the Lion King (2019) has pushed a whopping $1.43 billion at the box office so far but when you take into consideration the inflation rates, it still doesn’t beat the popularity of its original.
8. Furious 7
Raking in $1.52 billion was the end of an era for many Fast and Furious fans as tragically actor Paul Walker who played Brian O’Conner died before filming could be completed. The film is like every other in the Fast & Furious series, with high-speed chasing, dream cars and thrilling action. The gang continue on their escapades with yet another heist but this movie has a little more sentiment than the others.
There are many nods to Walker during the film with talk of family and friendship, one of the most heart-breaking is his final scene where we see Brian drive off into the sunset. An emotional end to a great character but one that does justice to the actor who played him.
7. The Avengers
That’s right, Marvel have done it again. The first Avengers film saw $1.52 billion at the box office. The first Avengers film is the moment where we see all of our current heroes come together to beat the intergalactic threat of the Chitauri and Thor’s brother Loki.
Loki promised to give the Chitauri the Tesseract in exchange for their help in destroying Earth. A wormhole opened in the sky of New York and down poured the army of the Chitauri, at this point the Avengers had no choice but to assemble. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Hawk-Eye and Black Widow all had to cooperate in order to save the planet, but this was only the beginning.
6. Jurassic World
The films of Jurassic Park are legendary and have been loved by fans for years. In 2015 we saw another, Jurassic World which saw $1.67 billion at the box office. Director Colin Trevorrow had quite the challenge, it had been a long time since the Jurassic films had been released and to ruin the success of the franchise could have had a big impact on his career.
Starring Chris Pratt, the storyline of this paleontological adventure is based more about the attraction of dinosaurs rather than their creation. The dinosaur theme park now has hundreds of visitors and people flock to it, Pratt even trains some – but what happens when it all becomes too much and things start to go wrong? You’ll have to watch to find out.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
This film led thousands of Marvel fans into despair and anticipation for months, making a whopping $2.05 billion at the box office, thousands of fans went to the cinemas to watch this more than once.
Our characters and their entire way of life are under threat from Thanos, who is trying to claim all infinity stones in order to wipe out half of the universe’s population. After seeing his planet overrun by poverty and death, he decides by killing half of all species, no matter colour or creed, he can bring balance back to the universe. In the Marvel films, our heroes have always prevailed with either great margins or by the skin of their teeth, but not this time – at the end tears are shed and hearts are broken as we see Peter Parker, Doctor Strange, Falcon, Star-Lord, Drax, Groot and more fade into pieces.
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It had been a long time since Star Wars fans were graced with a new film, but in 2015, with the help of Disney, The Force Awakens was released. There was a lot of anticipation for this film, where could the storyline possibly go? Darth Vader had been defeated and the Sith was no more, but now we find ourselves upon another storyline in the future.
We see new main character Rey begin her story alone and barely able to survive until she stumbles upon her quest – to become a Jedi. To become a Jedi she needs to find Luke Skywalker as he is the only person who can train her. In the film, we see familiar faces such as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and of course, Chewie. With new dark forces at large, it is no easy task but with the help of her ex-Storm Trooper friend Finn, she manages to find the last Jedi.
Of all the films on this list, this one is based on a true story. The tragic sinking of the Titanic that set sail in 1912 was a story that devastated thousands of families for decades. The film which made $2.19 billion was released in 1997 and is the oldest film on this list.
The film propelled the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into the spotlight with their tragic love story. Although these days there are plenty of questions about the storyline such as ‘there was room for Jack on the door’ there is no denying this film reached the hearts of everyone. In memory of the thousands of crewmen and passengers who died in the tragedy, this film is incredibly touching.
Possibly one of the most unique storylines in a long time, Avatar reached $2.78 billion at the box office. If you’re a lover of mythical and fantasy worlds and beings, Avatar is a great film for you. In the year 2154, the human race has wiped out planet Earth of its resources and is struggling to survive, they are in search of another home but cannot find one which they can adapt to. The alien world of Pandora gives a home to the Na’vi who are highly evolved using unobtanium. The environment is poisonous for humans so they send in Avatars to study the natives and ultimately try and harness the unobtanium for themselves.
1. Avengers: Endgame
Topping the list with a huge $2.79 billion is Avengers: Endgame. This film was possibly one of the most anticipated in recent history with cinema screens selling out around the globe weeks before release dates.
In this Marvel film, we see Thanos’ previous actions devastate Earth. The team are lost, heartbroken and desperate to find him to reverse the damage. Tony Stark is the man who began all of this back in 2008 with Iron Man and is central to this storyline. Using the Pym particles in the Ant-Man films, Stark creates a time-travelling device – which is not time travel as we commonly know it. Without ruining the storyline, this film will leave you elated but also devastated. The end of an era for many of the characters, be prepared to cry multiple times.