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Top 5 Grossing Movies Of All-Time [VIDEO]

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As we slowly draw the curtain on 2011, you will be seeing lots of Year End lists; including the Top Movies of 2011.

This year we saw some pretty big box office hits including; Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 1 and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Pt 2. I'm sure that if they keep their momentum that they may show up on the end of the year list.

But, I thought we would take a look at a 'bigger' list – one that takes all  movies into consideration. This Top 5 list is based on world-wide box office receipts. So, let's check out the top 5 grossing movies of all-time.

(reference: The World Almanac and Book of Facts)


1

Avatar (2009) PG-13

$761 Million

 
 

This is one of those movies you either love or hate, but you can't argue with James Cameron's epic that pulled in over $750 Million dollars. Some people claim that it's just a giant CGI statement about how we are destroying the earth, but no matter what you think, it tops the list of box office hits.

 
2

Titanic (1997) PG-13

$601 Million

 
 

This is the 2nd James Cameron film that makes the list. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Billy Zane star in, what some consider, the best movie ever. The movie clocks in at a whopping 194 minutes. Great acting and beautiful special effects makes this one of the most romantic tragedies since Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet.'

 
3

Batman: The Dark Knight (2008) PG-13

$533 Million

 
 

It's the 7th film in the Batman franchise. That's if you count 1966's movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward. It's also the 2nd film by Tim Nolan and starring Christian Bale behind the cape and cowl. I don't want to downplay the script or the stars, but I think that the success and popularity of this movie is owed to the incredible performance of Heath Ledger. He single handedly took the character of The Joker and ran with it.

 
4

Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) PG

$461 Million

 
 

A Long Time Ago, George Lucas had a vision of the young Luke Starkiller, yes that was the original name of the character, and his battle with the evil Galactic Empire. Although there have been 5 other chapters in the Star Wars saga, this space opera was the one that brought Sci-Fi back into the mainstream. Although Lucas has gone back over the years and 'tinkered' with the original and added updated CGI special effects, this is one of the ultimate good vs. evil films, steeped with a greek mythology back story.

 
5

Shrek 2 (2004) PG

$436 Million

 
 

We are 4 movies deep into the Shrek franchise, but it is the 2nd movie from Dreamworks that pulls down the #5 spot on this list. Shrek, Fiona and Donkey along with the addition of Puss In Boots that makes this the most popular in the series. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas star in the film that takes us back to a place far, far way, but this time Shrek has to meet Fiona's Parents.

 

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