What makes some of the highest-grossing movies of all time? From plot and genre to powerful cinematography and performance, there are many factors that contribute to making a movie a success and attracting serious moviegoers to theaters to watch the action unfold on the big screen.
Moreover, such is the craze around certain renowned franchises, such as The Avengers or star warsthat all superhero and sci-fi movie fans flock to cinemas to get every little detail about their fictional heroes, resulting in record-breaking opening weekends.
Inspired by this, we’ve profiled some of the best box office winners of all time (according to box office mojo), including films from various genres such as science fiction, romance, and action.
Here are 10 highest-grossing movies you need to watch
Worldwide box office gross: 2.85 billion USD (approximately)
Directed and written by Academy Award-winning James Cameron, this sci-fi fantasy is the highest-grossing film of all time. The story follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic ex-Marine, who is deployed to Pandora, an alien planet filled with exotic and evolved Na’vi beings.
During his tenure as an “avatar,” a human spirit in an alien body, he falls in love with one of the Na’vi women, Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). However, Jake is conflicted over the orders given to him by his elders and the protection of Pandora and her native people.
Avatar also stars Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang in leading roles. Cameron, who also co-produced the film with Jon Landau, wrote the first draft of the film’s script in 1994, according to ABC News.
The sequel to the film, titled Avatar: The Way of the Waterwill be released on December 15, 2022 and recently released its first trailer.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Worldwide box office gross: 2.80 billion USD (approximately)
Avengers: Endgame would be the finale of 22 interconnected Infinity Saga films (2008-2019) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In its previous installment, Avengers: Infinity War, the evil demigod Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) abuses his powers to ruin the earth and the universe. The repercussions of the sinking continue in Avengers: Endgamewhere even the Avengers come together to undo the damage done by Thanos.
To fight one of the greatest battles of all time against Thanos, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) join forces with allies like Ant Man (Paul Rudd), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (late Chadwick Boseman), and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).
This second highest-grossing film is directed by the famous Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe.
Worldwide box office gross: 2.20 billion USD (approximately)
Another Cameron masterpiece, Titanic follows centenarian Rose DeWitt Bukater as she shares her experience of being aboard the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic on April 10, 1912, with her granddaughter and the crew of the scientific research vessel Keldysh.
When nineteen-year-old Rose (Kate Winslet) boards the ill-fated ship with her mother, fiancé, and other aristocrats, she meets a drifter and entertainer named Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), who wins third-grade tickets. class for the luxury liner. and boards with his best friend.
During their journey, Rose grows closer to Jack and learns to let go. They eventually fall in love, but their feelings for each other are tested by the Titanic’s unprecedented collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
The romance film also stars Gloria Stuart as the older Rose, Billy Zane as Cal Hockley (young Rose’s fiancé), Kathy Bates as Molly Brown and Bernard Hill as Captain Smith, among others.
Interestingly, it took around $200 million to make the classic film, which etched its name among the greatest films of all time.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Worldwide box office gross: 2.07 billion USD (approximately)
The epic space opera film depicts how a group of unlikely heroes come together to prevent a new threat from Kylo Ren, Darth Vader’s grandson.
Rey (Daisy Ridley), a desert scavenger, and Finn (John Boyega), a rogue stormtrooper, team up with members of the Resistance to restore peace. To do this, they must find the legendary Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), with the help of a droid, which carries the whereabouts of his location.
Directed by JJ Abrams, the film’s cast also includes Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren.
Since the first film released in 1977, Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (later modified from its original title star wars), there have been 12 films released in the franchise.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Worldwide box office gross: 2.05 billion USD (approximately)
Another Marvel movie that amassed huge box office receipts, Avengers: Infinity War brings together superheroes Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Spider-Man to defeat their common enemy, the mighty Thanos.
On the other hand, Thanos is determined to collect all six Infinity Stones to achieve his twisted goal. The fate of the planet is in the hands of the Avengers, who must stop Thanos from enacting his evil plan.
Directed by the Russo Brothers, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and other actors in prominent roles. It is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the seventh installment of Phase Three.
Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021)
Worldwide box office gross: US$1.89 billion (approx.)
With his identity revealed as Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) asks Doctor Strange to help him restore his secret with an arcane ritual. However, when a spell goes awry due to Peter’s repeated interference, it results in the Multiverse being torn apart.
Peter then encounters villains from other Spider-Man movies like Dr. Otto Octavius/Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Norman Osborn/Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), who are not only a threat to its future but also the multiverse.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Coming Home stars Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their versions of the Spidey, with Zendaya as MJ, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.
Jurassic World (2015)
Worldwide box office gross: 1.67 billion USD (approximately)
This thrilling sci-fi action movie revolves around Jurassic World, a dinosaur theme park, home to many genetically modified hybrid dinosaurs, such as the fierce but intelligent Indominus Rex.
One day, the dinosaur escapes its confinement, causing the other creatures to break loose and join in the killing. What follows is how dinosaur trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) race to save tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.
The cast also includes Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani and Vincent D’Onofrio as Vic Hoskins.
jurassic world is directed by Colin Trevorrow. According to Hollywood journalistin 2015 he said the T-Rex featured in the film is the same one that appeared in the original jurassic park (1993).
The Lion King (2019)
Worldwide box office gross: 1.66 billion USD (approximately)
The remake of the original 1994 film of the same name, The Lion King (2019) received mixed reviews from audiences, especially those who had seen the previous animated film.
The film follows Simba (voiced by Donald Glover), a young lion prince from the African savannah, born to rule. But a plot planned by his uncle Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) to take over the kingdom forces Simba to flee.
Simba finds new friends Pumbaa (voiced by Seth Rogen) and Timon (voiced by Billy Eichner) and discovers the desolate state of his once-thriving kingdom during a chance encounter with an adult Nala (voiced by Beyoncé). He then decides to take back what is rightfully his.
Alfre Woodard, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, John Kani, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and James Earl Jones also lent their voices to various characters in the film directed by Jon Favreau.
The Avengers (2012)
Worldwide box office gross: 1.519 billion USD (approximately)
This film brings together Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow for the first time as Avengers to stop the famous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his alien army from invading the earth.
Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers had a phenomenal run at the Box Office. It grossed a record $200.3 million in its opening weekend, sparking the dominance that Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are now widely known for.
Furious 7 (2015)
Worldwide box office gross: 1.515 billion USD (approximately)
Hoping to return to normal life, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have scattered after defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Meanwhile, Owen’s older brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), vows to settle scores with Dominic and his family in order to avenge his brother.
Facing threats from faraway Abu Dhabi and their home in Los Angeles, the gang comes together to protect their families. They are offered the help of a government agent in exchange for rescuing a kidnapped pirate who has developed a powerful surveillance program.
With Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, among others, Furious 7 is directed by James Wan. The film was the last time fans saw Paul Walker on the big screen before his death.
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