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Highest grossing movie worldwide, annually 1915-2021

International box office figures for the highest grossing movies each year, from 1915 to 2021

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Release date

January 2022



Survey time period

1915 to 2021

Supplementary notes

This data has been compiled using a list from Insider, with further information and updated totals gathered from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Please note that pre-1975 data is based on box-office income, and not rental fees paid by distributors and theaters.

*This data is not confined to gross from the year of release, but also includes box-office income from theatrical re-releases in later years.
**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).
***The source gives figures in 2017 valued U.S. dollars. It is unclear whether the data was calculated using figures relating to 1939 only, or whether the proportional figures from the appropriate years of re-release were also used.

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