Records are made to be broken, and box-office records are no exception. Since movies emerged as a major moneymaking venture, the eyes of studios and producers have been on the all-time charts, and in that time, the title of highest-grossing movie of all time has changed hands a number of times. The current record-holder - at least on the all-time U.S. domestic list - is the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens.
But it had to face stiff competition on its way to the top, passing former record-holders such as Titanic and Avatar, while holding off subsequent challengers including MCU juggernauts Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Black Panther. It should come as no surprise at this point that the all-time box-office list includes a large number of entries from some of the biggest movie franchises ever.
Are these the best movies of all time? Not necessarily - although some could make that case, at least if your votes have anything to do with it. And let’s not forget that, adjusted for inflation, the list looks significantly different, with 1939’s Gone with the Wind still holding that top spot, and the original Star Wars holding steady in second place.
In recent years, legacy sequel Top Gun: Maverick has charged toward the all-time top 10, while family movies from Disney and Pixar continue to place high on the charts as well. This list will keep changing, but one thing’s for certain: Someday - maybe soon, maybe not - there will be a new all-time box-office champ.
Last update: July 18, 2022