I’m a proud movie nerd.
We’ve covered that so it shouldn’t surprise anyone who reads this blog that I follow box office numbers closely. The only place I go for box office information online is Box Office Mojo.
Recently, I was checking the all time domestic numbers and decided to see if I could narrow the top 100 down to 10. Can you?
So here are my 10 favorite box office moneymakers.
Honourable Mention: Avatar, 300, The Sixth Sense, Saving Private Ryan
#4 – $460,998,007
I adore the original trilogy and enjoyed the prequels but A New Hope will always be my favorite. (Followed closely by Empire Strikes Back.)
#9 – $403,706,375
It may not be my favorite superhero movie of all time but it certainly paved the way for some of the most entertaining movies in history.
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Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
#12 – $377,027,325
It’s tough to pick one movie when all three are in the top 100. I look at the series and see one giant incredible movie but I had to pick one so ROTK was the winner.
#22 – $319,246,193
Even though I absolutely hated the sequel, the original is one of the most entertaining popcorn movies I’ve ever seen on the big screen. It had giant fighting robots and some of the best and most complex visual effects ever created.
#30 – $306,169,268
Will Smith is my favorite actor. I’m one of the reasons his movies always make 100 million+ in theaters. Independence Day will always be one of the greats. ID4 is a perfect example of a huge box office blockbuster. Big stars, big FX and big thrills.
#70 – $227,966,634
I talk about Signs a lot on this site. I even thought about leaving it off this list to avoid ‘Signs fatigue’. However, I simply couldn’t bring myself to leave my all time favorite movie off the list.
The Matrix Reloaded
#41 – $281,576,461
It’s ambitious, it’s explosive, it’s cool and it’s confusing. It was once the record holder for most anticipated movie until it was toppled by The Dark Knight years later.
#61 – $241,721,524
Twister may surprise some people but I’ve always loved this movie. When I was a kid, I used to be terrified of tornado warnings. This eventually ignited an interest in weather and this movie came along right in the middle of that childhood obsession. Twister is a fun movie. Plain and Simple.
#15 – $357,067,947
To this day, I’m still fascinated by how well the effects stand up compared to today’s standards. Such a fun movie.
The Dark Knight
#3 – $533,345,358
Try narrowing down your own list of 10 box office favorites. It’s not that easy.