Highest grossing movie worldwide, annually 1915-2022

International box office figures for the highest grossing movies each year, from 1915 to 2022

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Release date

January 2023



Survey time period

1915 to 2022

Supplementary notes

This data has been compiled using individual annual entries from boxofficemojo.com for the years 2000-2023. The majority of entries from 1930-1999 come from this page on insider.com, with further information and updated totals gathered from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and the-numbers.com. Note that pre-1975 data is based on box-office income, and not rental fees paid by distributors and theaters. Methodologies vary by source.

Data is not confined to gross from the calendar year of release, but also includes box-office income from releases that remained in cinemas in the following years. For example, Avatar: The Way of Water was released in December 2022, and grossed slightly less than Top Gun: Maverick in that calendar year, but it's additional box office takings in 2023 will likely make it the highest grossing film released in 2022.

*Data for U.S. box office only. (Like several other early entries, this may be due to the fact that these movies were not released outside of the U.S., however this is not clear).

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