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Hollywood's 23 Billion Dollar Movies - Ranked

They call these days “The Golden Age of Television.” With the red-hot popularity of shows like Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and many others, cinematic TV p

They call these days “The Golden Age of Television.” With the red-hot popularity of shows like Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and many others, cinematic TV programs are what’s selling. The phenomenon is a take on the “Golden Age” of cinema, which refers to the movies that came out roughly between 1927 and 1963 (the exact limits are fluid), when some of the most formative pictures came out.

But if you take the term “Golden” to mean lucrative, it seems like we’re still living in the Golden Age of Cinema. Of the twenty-three billionaire movies, 15 have come out in the past 5 years. Movie tickets and concessions are almost prohibitively expensive and online piracy is cresting, somehow blockbusters are still attracting people to the movie theatre. Certainly, seeing Avatar on the big screen is much sexier than watching it on your MacBook, James Horner’s majestic soundtrack rendered tinny by rinky-dink speakers. And many movies like Avatar have come out in the past few years.

However let’s not kid ourselves that this has everything to do with the quality of movies. Inflation has also played a role, having been more or less steadily increasing for the past decade. In other words, a dollar is still a dollar, but a dollar now is much less valuable than a dollar in the mysterious then.

23 The Dark Knight (2008) – Total Gross $1,004,558,444

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22 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Total Gross $1,021,103,568

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21 Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Total Gross $1,025, 467,110

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20 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) – Total Gross $1,027,044,677

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19 Jurassic Park (1993) – Total Gross $1,029,939,903

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18 Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – Total Gross $1,045,713,802

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17 Toy Story 3 (2010) – Total Gross $ 1,063,171,911

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16 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – Total Gross $ 1,066,179,725

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15 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Total Gross $1,084,439,099

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14 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Total Gross $1,104,039,076

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13 Skyfall (2012) – Total Gross $1,108,561,013

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12 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Total Gross $1,119,929,521

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11 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – Total Gross $ 1,123,794,079

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10 Minions (2015) – Total Gross $ 1,145,310,540

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9 Iron Man 3 (2013) – Total Gross $ 1,215,439,994

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8 Frozen (2013) – Total Gross $ 1,279,852,693

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7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) – Total Gross $ 1,341,511,219

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6 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Total Gross $1,402,724,272

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5 Furious 7 (2015) – Total Gross $1,511,726,205

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4 The Avengers (2012) – Total Gross $ 1,519,557,910

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3 Jurassic World (2015) – Total Gross $ 1,663,820,751

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2 Titanic (1997) – Total Gross $ 2,186,772,302

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1 Avatar (2009) – Total Gross $ 2,787,965,087

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The only other movie to eclipse Titanic was Avatar, which at 2.78 billion dollars almost reaches a triple bil. Since a billion is a thousand million, that means that Avatar has made 780,000,000 dollars ON TOP of 2,000,000,000, a number itself entirely impressive for a big movie (Guardians of the Galaxy, one of 2014’s biggest blockbusters, made a much-celebrated $500,000,000, which seems paltry compared to Avatar’s effective ‘poussières.’) The odd thing? Sam Worthington, who played the film’s handsome protagonist, hasn’t been seen much since, the exception to the rule that if your movie makes big money, you’ll get big roles.

 

Sources: IMDb, Wikipedia, Forbes

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