Now there are 15 films that joined the 1-billion club.


Crossing 1-billion dollar in grossing of a film is the dream of every filmmakers. It means that the movie did successful in box office eventhough might not performed well among critics. The first film to reach that particular amazing achievement is none other than the epic film ‘Titanic’, directed by James Cameron. This is one great film that took my heart away. And it’s the only film before year 2000 that broke that record, hence becoming the highest grossing film of all time in worldwide from then on (since 1998). Then, it topped the list until 2010, when another masterpiece directed by Cameron grossed over 2 billion. That’s ‘Avatar’ which is released in 2009.

Both remains as the top two highest grossing films of all time until these days and are the only two that grossed over amazingly 2 billion respectively. Well, ‘Titanic’ did that too after gaining an extra few hundred million last year during its theatrical re-release in 3D to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that ill-fated ship. Besides than these two epic production, there are twelve other films that made it to the prestigious 1-billion club. And one of it had just joined in few days ago. Here’s below is the list of the world’s highest grossing films in order (I only include the top 15 that managed to cross that 1-billion mark).

1. Avatar (2009) – 2.782 billion. 

(Note: The first film that grossed over 2-billion.)

2. Titanic (1997) – 2.185 billion. 

(Note: The first film that grossed over 1-billion.)

3. The Avengers (2012) – 1.511 billion. 

(Note: The highest grossing film based on superhero theme.)

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) – 1.328 billion. 

(Note: It’s the last film of Harry Potter’s franchise and the highest grossing of its 8 films.)

5. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (2011) – 1.123 billion. 

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – 1.119 billion. 

(Note: Second film that grossed over 1-billion. Highest grossing of its successful franchise.)

7. Skyfall (2012) – 1.108 billion. 

(Note: Highest grossing James Bond film.)

8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – 1.081 billion. 

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – 1.066 billion. 

10. Toy Story 3 (2010) – 1.063 billion. 

(Note: Highest grossing animated film.)

11. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – 1.043 billion. 

12. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999) – 1.027 billion. 

(Note: Grossed over 1-billion after re-release in 3D last year.)

13. Alice in Wonderland (2010) – 1.024 billion. 

14. The Dark Knight (2008) – 1.004 billion. 

15. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – 1.001 billion.

(Note: This movie is still widely on run in cinemas. And so, its figure would goes up. Latest addition to the 1-billion club)

Last year was the year with most films grossing over 1 billion respectively (with 4). Would there be more films released this years that would gross over 1 billion each? Probably. Nowadays, I find that films are now much easier to achieve that goal due to several reasons: wider appeal and exposure to international market, higher price of movie ticket now, and extra availability to watch in 3D that costs much more, and heavy marketing and advertising works. Still, there are not many that can do that, and as of current, only 15 motion pictures managed to do so.

There must be some sort of ‘substance’ found within each 15 films above that granted them excellent box office performance. Great casts, big-budget, impressive visual effects, decent acting, amazing script or story, massive hype of a film would only allows to the film grossing over that much amount of money. Congratulations to these current 15 films that made it.

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