Top Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time (Part 1)


In 2010, “Toy Story 3” earned more than $ 600 million worldwide. With $ 200 million investment, it became the highest-grossing movie of that year. However, can this film enter the list of the most profitable movies of all time, based on worldwide box office receipts? Here are blockbusters with their astounding performance at the box office.


“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002)

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002) is the most profitable movie of all top profitable moves with unbelievable return of over sixty-one times on its investment. This sleeper hit grossed $ 241.4 million in North America only and went on to earn almost $ 369 million. The comedy was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 75th Academy Awards.

Budget: $ 6 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross revenue: $ 369 million



“Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire” is also one of the most profitable movies of all time in the list, with return on investment of 2520%. Premiered at the 2008 Telluride film festival, the film helped Warner Bros garner eight Academy Awards and almost $ 378 million while its budget was just $ 15 million.

Budget: $ 15 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross revenue: $ 378 million



“Home Alone” (1990)

“Home Alone” (1990) is about an eight-year old boy accidentally left home alone when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. The film remains in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest-grossing live-action comedy of all time in the U.S. It earned nearly almost $ 477 million, almost sixteen times as much as its cost.

Budget: $ 30 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross revenue: $ 477 million


“There’s Something About Mary” (1998)

“There’s Something About Mary” grossed over eleven times what it cost to make it. The movie was genuinely funny. It was ranked 27th in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America’s Funniest Movies. The main actress Cameron Diaz won four awards and a nomination namely a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, a American Comedy Awards for Best Actress, an MTV Movie Award for Best Performance, a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination.

Budget: $ 31 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross revenue: $ 370 million


“Ghost” (1990)

“Ghost” (1990) was made on a modest budget, but the love story grossed over fourteen times what it costs to make it. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Picture, and Best Film Editing.

Budget: $ 35 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross Revenue: $ 506 million


“American Beauty” (1999)

“American Beauty” (1999) is about a miserably unhappy married couple in the full throes of midlife crisis. It was a sleeper hit like other high-grossing movies. Released in 1999 and being the best-reviewed American film of the year, the movie earned more than $ 350 million worldwide, nearly eighteen times as much as its budge. At the 72nd Academy Awards, the movie won multiple Oscars including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography.

Budget: $ 20 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross revenue: $ 356 million


“Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)

“Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), whose biggest laughs come from funny voices, was placed 67th in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America’s Funniest Movies. The movie earned nearly twelve times as much as its budget.

Budget: $ 38 million (inflation-adjusted)

Gross revenue: $ 441 million



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