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The Top Grossing Movies of All Time (Adjusted for Inflation)

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List RulesUS domestic movie grosses only

The top grossing movies of all time, adjusted for inflation, as reported by highest grossing movies ever includes a calculation that converts the domestic box office grosses of all movies into what their dollar equivalent would be in 2013 based on average ticket prices then and now.

It should come as no surprise that some of the movies that have made the most money are also considered to be some of the best movies of all time; perhaps their high quality compelled multiple viewings.

As a note, this list of the highest grossing films does include revenues from re-releases, 3D, and IMAX screenings, so yes, there are some movies from the last decade who sold more expensive tickets as opposed to more tickets overall. Ticket prices aside (and FYI, the average movie ticket price in 2013 is $8.05), this list has all the highest grossing domestic box office takes for films released in the US.
  • Grease26


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Adjusted Gross: $619,602,100. Unadjusted Gross: $188,755,690 (1978)

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  • The Avengers27

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans


    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Adjusted Gross: $617,984,200. Unadjusted Gross: $623,357,910 (2012)

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  • Thunderball28


    Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi


    Directed byTerence Young

    Adjusted Gross: $602,140,000. Unadjusted Gross: $63,595,658 (1965)
  • The Dark Knight29

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Adjusted Gross: $599,365,600. Unadjusted Gross: $534,858,444 (2008)

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  • The Jungle Book30

    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Adjusted Gross: $593,123,300. Unadjusted Gross: $141,843,612 (1967)
  • Sleeping Beauty31

    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa


    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Adjusted Gross: $585,042,300. Unadjusted Gross: $51,600,000 (1959)
  • Shrek 232

    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy


    Directed byKelly Asbury, Andrew Adamson, Conrad Vernon

    Adjusted Gross: $571,960,000. Unadjusted Gross: $441,226,247 (2004)

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  • Ghostbusters33


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver


    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Adjusted Gross: $569,381,400. Unadjusted Gross: $238,632,124 (1984)

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  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid34

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Adjusted Gross: $567,990,700. Unadjusted Gross: $102,308,889 (1969)

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  • Love Story35

    Love Story

    Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland


    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Adjusted Gross: $563,485,100. Unadjusted Gross: $106,397,186 (1970)

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  • Spider-Man36


    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe


    Directed bySam Raimi

    Adjusted Gross: $559,352,200. Unadjusted Gross: $403,706,375 (2002) 

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  • Independence Day37

    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum


    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Adjusted Gross: $557,614,400. Unadjusted Gross: $306,169,268 (1996)
  • Home Alone38

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Adjusted Gross: $545,260,300. Unadjusted Gross: $285,761,243 (1990)

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  • Pinocchio39


    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, T. Hee, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

    Adjusted Gross: $542,596,800. Unadjusted Gross: $84,254,167 (1940)
  • Cleopatra40


    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton


    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

    Adjusted Gross: $540,826,900. Unadjusted Gross: $57,777,778 (1963)

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  • Beverly Hills Cop41

    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans


    Directed byMartin Brest

    Adjusted Gross: $540,557,600. Unadjusted Gross: $234,760,478 (1984)

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  • Goldfinger42


    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Adjusted Gross: $533,715,000. Unadjusted Gross: $51,081,062 (1964)
  • Airport43


    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin


    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Seaton

    Adjusted Gross: $532,195,800. Unadjusted Gross: $100,489,151 (1970)

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  • American Graffiti44

    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard


    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Adjusted Gross: $529,000,000. Unadjusted Gross: $115,000,000 (1973)
  • The Robe45
    Adjusted Gross: $526,909,100. Unadjusted Gross: $36,000,000 (1953)

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest46

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley


    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Adjusted Gross: $520,258,400. Unadjusted Gross: $423,315,812 (2006)
  • Around the World in 80 Days47

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Adjusted Gross: $520,153,800. Unadjusted Gross: $42,000,000 (1956)

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  • Bambi48


    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards


    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

    Adjusted Gross: $512,885,200. Unadjusted Gross: $102,247,150 (1942)

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  • Blazing Saddles49

    Blazing Saddles

    Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder


    Directed byMel Brooks

    Adjusted Gross: $508,981,500. Unadjusted Gross: $119,500,000 (1974)
  • Batman50


    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger


    Directed byTim Burton

    Adjusted Gross: $506,784,700. Unadjusted Gross: $251,188,924 (1989)

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