It’s only logical that romantic comedies make good blockbusters: they’re lighthearted, they tend to be on the shorter side, and they’re great for date nights. But we’re not talking about any old romcom, here. We’re talking about ones that broke box office records—and thanks to the data at Box Office Mojo, we can tell you which are the kingpins of their genre. This list covers the top ten most financially successful romantic comedies in Hollywood history, with figures adjusted for inflation (technically it’s the top eleven, but no matter how much it earned Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America seems out of place on this list). Get ready for a lot of posters with white backgrounds and Hollywood stars leaning on/physically pressed to each other.
10 My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997 - $231,253,200
9 Hitch, 2005 - $233,820,200
8 Runaway Bride, 1999 - $250,240,700
7 Sleepless in Seattle, 1993 - $255,503,700
6 As Good as It Gets, 1997 - $264,485,800
5 Arthur, 1981 - $271,716,900
4 What Women Want, 2000 - $276,298,900
3 There’s Something About Mary, 1998 - $312,946,500
2 My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002 - $345,852,600
1 Pretty Woman, 1990 - $352,173,100
The first romcom outing of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Pretty Woman was also helmed by future Runaway Bride director Garry Marshall. Gere plays a corporate raider who enlists the services of a Hollywood prostitute (Roberts) to be his week-long escort so he can make an impression while enacting business deals. As the week progresses, however, their relationship becomes far more than professional. Reviews were mixed, but that didn’t matter to filmgoers: Pretty Woman remained on the box office top ten for 16 weeks, according to Box Office Mojo. For her role as prostitute-turned-escort Vivian, Julia Roberts earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
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