By Laurie Trotta Science fiction, fantasy and family fare dominate the list of movies that are the Top 50 all-time box office champs, as...

By Laurie Trotta

Science fiction, fantasy and family fare dominate the list of movies that are the Top 50 all-time box office champs, as it relates to domestic grosses, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. In an effort to offer readers a glimpse at various aspects of entertainment beyond concerts, theater and sports, TicketNews is taking a look at movie ticket sales for the first time.

Like concert promoters and theater producers, Hollywood executives often base their projects around what will sell the best to the widest audience, hence the predominance of G, PG and PG-13 rated films in the Top 50. This fact would appear to fly in the face of conventional wisdom about how Hollywood likes to push the envelop as it relates to more mature content based on gratuitous sex, violence and gore, but in fact family friendly films, such as “Shrek 2,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” among others, often lend themselves to repeat viewing by children and their parents.

* Source: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/domestic.htm
^ Indicates movie made its gross over multiple releases, e.g., E.T. was re-released in 1985 and a special edition was released in 2002.


ALL TIME TOP 50 DOMESTIC FILM GROSSES*


#1–50

 

 
 


Rank

Title

Studio


Lifetime Gross

Year

1



Titanic



Par.


$600,788,188

1997

2



Star Wars



Fox


$460,998,007

1977^

3



Shrek 2



DW


$441,226,247

2004

4



E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial



Uni.


$435,110,554

1982^

5



Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace



Fox


$431,088,301

1999

6



Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest



BV


$423,315,812

2006

7



Spider-Man



Sony


$403,706,375

2002

8



Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith



Fox


$380,270,577

2005

9



The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King



NL


$377,027,325

2003

10



Spider-Man 2



Sony


$373,585,825

2004

11



The Passion of the Christ



NM


$370,782,930

2004^

12



Jurassic Park



Uni.


$357,067,947

1993

13



The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers



NL


$341,786,758

2002^

14



Finding Nemo



BV


$339,714,978

2003

15



Spider-Man 3



Sony


$336,530,303

2007

16



Forrest Gump



Par.


$329,694,499

1994

17



The Lion King



BV


$328,541,776

1994^

18



Shrek the Third



P/DW


$321,012,359

2007

19



Transformers



P/DW


$319,071,806

2007

20



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone



WB


$317,575,550

2001

21



The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring



NL


$314,776,170

2001^

22



Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones



Fox


$310,676,740

2002^

23



Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End



BV


$309,420,425

2007

24



Return of the Jedi



Fox


$309,306,177

1983^

25



Independence Day



Fox


$306,169,268

1996

26



Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl



BV


$305,413,918

2003

27



The Sixth Sense



BV


$293,506,292

1999

28



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



WB


$292,004,738

2007

29



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe



BV


$291,710,957

2005

30



The Empire Strikes Back



Fox


$290,475,067

1980^

31



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



WB


$290,013,036

2005

32



Home Alone



Fox


$285,761,243

1990

33



The Matrix Reloaded



WB


$281,576,461

2003

34



Meet the Fockers



Uni.


$279,261,160

2004

35



Shrek



DW


$267,665,011

2001

36



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets



WB


$261,988,482

2002

37



The Incredibles



BV


$261,441,092

2004

38



How the Grinch Stole Christmas



Uni.


$260,044,825

2000

39



Jaws



Uni.


$260,000,000

1975

40



Monsters, Inc.



BV


$255,873,250

2001

41



Batman



WB


$251,188,924

1989

42



Night at the Museum



Fox


$250,863,268

2006

43



Men in Black



Sony


$250,690,539

1997

44



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



WB


$249,541,069

2004

45



Toy Story 2



BV


$245,852,179

1999

46



Cars



BV


$244,082,982

2006

47



Bruce Almighty



Uni.


$242,829,261

2003

48



Raiders of the Lost Ark



Par.


$242,374,454

1981^

49



Twister



WB


$241,721,524

1996

50



My Big Fat Greek Wedding



IFC


$241,438,208

2002