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What are the most profitable films of all time? This list includes the top 20 most profitable movies ever made. Some of these movies that have made the most money are Skyfall, Iron Man 3, and multiple films from the Harry Potter and Twilight series. Whether a pop culture phenomenon or summer blockbuster hit, these movies have all brought in huge profits worldwide.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. When a film is truly great and entertaining, viewers may see it in theaters multiple times. Movies that have a built in draw are often the ones that draw the biggest crowds and see anxious viewers line dup for midnight screenings. Movies that have been books, familiar TV shows we grew up with, or Disneyland rides are often the most popular.

These most profitable films provide the kind of escapism that people seek in entertainment. It the reason why people flock in large numbers to theaters despite ever increasing ticket prices. Profits are equal to the money made, less the cost of production. Many of these movies are blockbusters with large budgets, but in return, they drew enormous crowds. These movies vary in their genre but they all equally fascinating.

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Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez - $1,739,899,354 - $516,262,000 = $1,223,637,354 profit

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The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr. - $970,476,373 - $300,290,000 = $ 670,186,373 profit

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman - $814,603,067 - $177,306,000 = $637,297,067 profit

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom - $854,594,109 - $293,790,000 = $560,804,109 profit

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Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig - $678,390,341 - $143,056,000 = $535,334,341 profit

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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman - $798,630,259 - $263,340,000 = $535,290,259 profit

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Toy Story 3 Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton - $779,264,001 - $267,398,000 = $511,866,001 profit

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe - $700,355,700 - $202,594,000 = $497,761,700 profit

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe - $672,155,834 - $208,064,000 = $464,091,834 profit

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick - $561,922,047 - $103,444,000 = $458,478,047 profit

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Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable - $653,619,842 - $202,632,000 = $450,987,842 profit

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter - $626,950,531 - $180,774,000 = $446,176,531 profit

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Eclipse Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick - $553,506,214 - $117,520,000 = $435,986,214 profit

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Keith Richards - $782,724,328 - $353,222,000 = $429,502,328 profit

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Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley - $680,303,797 - $252,176,000 = $428,127,797 profit

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Profitable Movies of All Time
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich - $667,154,225 - $241,684,000 = $425,470,225 profit

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Hugo Weaving - $692,234,753 - $267,372,000 = $424,862,753 profit

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch - $555,257,341 - $138,280,000 = $416,977,341 profit

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Profitable Movies of All Time
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick - $611,177,667 - $197,724,000 = $413,453,667 profit

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Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem - $649,979,332 - $257,660,000 = $392,319,332 profit