The films that cracked the billion-dollar mark
28. The Dark Knight (2008) - $1,004,600,000
27. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - $1,021,000,000
The first of the Hobbit films was also the most successful; neither of the other two broke the $1bn barrier.
26. Zootopia (2016) - $1,023,800,000
This was a big one for Disney. And the first of many Disney-owned franchises on this list.
25. Alice In Wonderland (2010) - $1,025,500,000
Tim Burton’s take on the classic did well at the Box Office despite differing opinions on the actual quality of the film. The sequel didn’t get anywhere near those numbers, though.
24. Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace (1999) - $1,027,000,000
Yes, the much-maligned prequel made a billion, but only thanks to the 3D re-release a few years ago. Which means people still went back to this cinema to watch this again!
23. Finding Dory (2016) - $1,027,900,000
Kids and parents alike loved this one. They loved it so much it became the fifth-highest grossing animated film of all time.
22. Jurassic Park (1993) - $1,029,200,000
Another film that broke the billion thanks to its 3D re-release.
21. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) - $1,034,000,000
Disney has their fingers in a fair few billion-dollar pies at the moment, and Star Wars is one of them. The success of this prequel/spin-off has opened the door for a lot more standalone films in the Star Wars universe. A Han Solo movie is next in the pipeline.
20. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) - $1,045,700,000
Yep, this one really raked in the cash at the Box Office.
19. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)- $1,066,200,000
And so did the second film in the franchise. Will this year’s fifth instalment also make the list?
18. Toy Story 3 (2010) - $1,067,000,000
Fans waited a long time for this one, and they weren’t disappointed. Neither was Pixar. This one became their highest-grossing film ever.
17. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - $1,084,900,000
The third film in the Nolan trilogy may have failed to top The Dark Knight in excitement, but it did at the Box Office.
16. Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) - $1,104,000,000
Some love them, some hate them, but there’s no doubting the numbers. Transformers is a Box Office success.
15. Skyfall (2012) - $1,108,600,000
The moment Bond went big. This is the first of the series to join the billion-dollar club, and the biggest hit ever for Sony.
14. Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003) - $1,119,900,000
Back in 2003 this one became only the second movie ever to make more than a billion. Titanic was the first.
13. Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon (2011) - $1,119,900,000
More proof that those big-ass bots bring in the bucks. How will Transformers: The Last Knight do?
12. Captain America: Civil War (2016) - $1,153,300,000
Another Disney-owned franchise. It was the first Captain America film to join the billion-dollar club, although for many this was just The Avengers 2.5.
11. Minions (2015) - $1,159,400,000
The little yellow critters just miss out on making the top ten.
10. Iron Man 3 (2013) - $1,214,800,000
This film reached the magic mark in impressive fashion. It took just 23 days for the third film in the series to hit $1bn.
9. Frozen (2013) - $1,276,500,000
This is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and it won a couple of Oscars. Well done Elsa.
8. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2011) - $1,341,500,000
Surprisingly, this is the only Potter film to break the billion.
7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) - $1,405,400,000
After the success of the first film, it was no real surprise that this one took the Box Office by storm.
6. Furious 7 (2015) - $1,516,000,000
Another polarising franchise, and it’s truly astounding that the seventh film in the series took just 17 days to hit the $1bn mark.
And here they are – drum roll please: the top five biggest earners in film history!
5. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) - $1,518,800,000
The big-screen team-up was a global sensation and has since made other studios want to get on the extended universe train. Here are some of the franchises, studios and toy companies looking to join the fun.
4. Jurassic World (2015) - $1,670,400,000
Fans waited a long time for this one, and they headed to the cinema in droves to watch it. The dino-thriller broke a number of records, becoming the fastest movie to make $1bn, needing just 13 days.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - $2,068,200,000
Jurassic World didn’t hold that record for very long, though, as the seventh Star Wars film needed a day less to join the billion-dollar club – and went on to the break the $2bn barrier.
2. Titanic (1997) - $2,186,800,000
Probably the real champion on this list. Cameron’s Titanic made $1.8bn in 1997, which would be about $2.7bn now. The re-release a few years ago sent it over the $2bn mark to give it second place in this exclusive club.
Avatar (2009) - $2,788,000,000
Avatar takes the top spot with almost $2.8bn dollars at the Box Office. Clever marketing and the use of 3D saw fans running to the big screen to see this one. Avatar gave 3D a full-on shot in the arm at a time when most were doubting the prospects of 3D cinema, and it doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. The film also cements James Cameron’s place as a Box Office big gun. Will Avatar 2 knock this one off the number one spot when it – eventually – comes out?