Welcome to the countdown of the BIGGEST MONEY MAKING FILMS OF ALL TIME -insert booming voice where necessary-. "Of all time?" you might be thinking, "Of all time is an awfully long time". Well then, you better sit down and get comfy, because we are going through over two decades of film to bring you the five biggest earning films EVER. There were several films however that missed out on the top five countdown, with the likes of The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Star Wars and Transformers, so kudos to those who produced these films, but I’m afraid you just didn’t quite make the cut.
So, with no further ado, let's begin with...
Coming in at Number Five is Jurassic Park, which made nearly $400 million in profit. One of Steven Spielberg’s many greats, it is thought to be a landmark in computer-generated imagery and is considered one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. Its success can be largely to do with the two sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III, turning Jurassic Park into a relatively large franchise. Jurassic Park won three Academy Awards, and there is a planned fourth film with no scheduled release date. With its amazing use of CGI to create almost-lifelike dinosaurs in the day an age when that sort of technology was rarely seen, no wonder it made it into the top five.
Side note, Jurassic Park 3D, a 3D re-release of the classic, comes to cinemas next week. If you haven't seen it, this is the perfect opportunity!
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King makes it in at number four. It’s not unusual for the last in a series to do better than the first, and this film is no exception. Released in 2003, The Return of the King has made $477 million in profit, which has risen since the addition of The Hobbit to the franchise. The Return of the King also won an amazing 11 Academy Awards, most notably for Best Picture. With its brilliant use of visual effects and a great story line, this film was a hit with new fans and old fans alike.
At number three is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. A stunning end to an eight-movie long legacy, HP & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made $539 million in profit and left many fans in a state of both happiness and solemn bereavement. Destroying the final Horcruxes and ultimately defeating Lord Voldemort was apparently not the right way to end, and the director, David Yates, decided to included the prologue from the books by JK Rowling, to try and put a happy twist onto the somewhat gloomy end that saw a lot of death and sadness. It was one best-reviewed film of 2011, and was the only Harry Potter film to be released in 3D, marking the end of a great era in style.
The runner up for highest grossing film of all time is... Titanic. Making over $700 million, Titanic was the biggest profitable film of all time for 10 years, until it was overtaken in 2010. It ties with Ben Hur for the most Oscars won by one film, and also won 11 academy awards. Based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the film was followed a fictionalised emotional love story laced with tragedy that left everyone watching in awe and devastation as the story unwound. Considered by many to be the greatest tragic love story of all time (aside from Romeo and Juliet, the film of which (Romeo+Juliet) Leonardo Di Caprio was also a star), people hit the cinema in their droves to see this highly rated film, and today it's still as talked about as the actual historical tragedy itself. Planning to watch this film for the first time? Make sure you take plenty of tissues!
AND THE WINNER IS… AVATAR! Making a whopping $1,154,959,491, Avatar is the most profitable film OF ALL TIME. Fighting (and quite possibly beating) Jurassic Park as the greatest Sci-FI film of all time, Avatar took 15 years to develop due to the lack of technology in 1995, and was directed by the same genius that brought us Titanic; James Cameron. It's considered a breakthrough in cinematic technology due to its use of stereoscopic filmmaking, and also by mixing real life shots with computer created shots, using magnificent visual effects. It became the first film to gross more than $2 billion, won three Academy Awards, one Golden Globe, 10 Saturn Awards, a Critics’ Choice Award and a BAFTA. Set in the mid-22nd century, it follows the story of Jake Sully in his attempt to save the Na’vi on their home planet of Pandora from the humans that are destroying their homeland, using Na’vi human hybrids called ‘Avatars.’ With its groundbreaking CGI and special effects, a great story line and one of the best directors in the world, it is no surprise that Avatar is the biggest, and most profitable film of all time.
Join us later this afternoon for the Top Five flops in Box Office history!