Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

10 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Gross: $1,091,405,097 Director Michael Bay was set against making a 4th Transformers movie, until he saw fans queuing for 3 blocks to go on the Transformers ride at Universal Studios

Changing his mind, he got a 165 million dollar budget and made a 165 minute-long film He also decided against traveling to Hong Kong to film scenes set there, instead a gigantic Hong Kong set was constructed in downtown Detroit It was so big that Detroit’s huge monorail system, the Detroit People Mover, ended up becoming part of the set Shooting had to be adjusted to accommodate the train traveling through the set 9

Skyfall (2012) Gross: $1,108,561,013 Skyfall is the highest grossing out of the Bond films, and has received the most Oscar nominations Just 40 days after its release, Skyfall became the highest grossing film in UK box office history The 23rd Bond film was almost called ‘Once upon a Spy’ Producers had run out of titles they could take from Ian Fleming’s novels, and ‘Once upon a Spy’ was a contender along with ‘Silver Bullet’, and ‘A Killing Moon’ before they settled on Skyfall 8

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Gross: $1,119,929,521 In the 1960s, The Beatles asked director Stanley Kubrick to make the ‘Lord of the Rings’, starring the band as the main characters John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, and Paul McCartney would have played Frodo But Kubrick declined, claiming that the story of Lord of the Rings was too immense, and ‘unfilmable’ But when it was finally made, 40 years later, ‘Return of the King’ made movie history with 11 Oscar wins out of 11 nominations—and it’s the only fantasy film to win Best Picture Oh, and if you want to watch all 3 Lord of the Rings films in a row, then set aside about 12 hours of quality couch time

7 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Gross: $1,123,794,079 If there was an award for product placement in a movie, then ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ would probably win There are an estimated 69 brands in the film Watch out for NASA, Fox News, Audi, Mercedes, CNN, Cisco, and Budweiser, to name a few Although they probably helped pay towards the monumental CGI work that went into the film

The visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic had to use its entire rendering machinery for Dark of the Moon’s post-production This amounts to a total of over 200,000 rendering hours per day And it’s no wonder, when The Driller is made up of 70,051 separate parts In contrast, Optimus Prime only consists of 10,108 parts 6

Iron Man 3 (2013) Gross: $1,215,439,994 Iron Man 3 was the first in the franchise to gross over $1billion Its success was in part down to the Chinese version of the film being changed dramatically to make it more appealing to a Chinese audience Some locations were switched with places in China, and an extra 4 minutes of footage was included, which featured Chinese actors that aren’t seen in the Western version Iron Man might not be fictional for too long though, the studio that designed the Iron Man suit was hired by the US

Military to develop an actual prototype $80 million has already gone into creating the ‘Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit’ for the Army 5 Frozen (2013) Gross: $1,274,219,000 Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time It originally started out as an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’ in the 2000s, but Disney kept scrapping the project because they couldn't make it work

Eventually though, the story developed into ‘Frozen’, which took 600 people and 25 years to complete – but it was worth the effort In 2014, Disney sold $1billion in merchandise in the United States alone, including enough Frozen dresses for every 4-year-old girl in North America 4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) Gross: $1,341,511,219 Daniel Radcliffe got through 160 pairs of prop glasses across all 8 Harry Potter films

But that’s nothing compared to what happened at the end of the final film The elaborate pyrotechnics shoot for the Battle of Hogwarts went horribly wrong when explosives burned the wizarding castle to a crisp No one was hurt, but it took 6 fire engines and 40 minutes to put out the flames, and cost over £100,000 to replace The on-screen kiss between Ron and Hermione took 6 takes to get right, and Emma Watson said that it was ‘absolutely horrible’, likening the experience to kissing her brother Despite being one of the most-loved movie franchises of all time, it has gone down in history for never winning an Oscar

3 Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) Gross: $1,518,594,910 ‘The Avengers’ is the highest-grossing comic book film of all time, and broke records when it made $200 million in just 3 days Even The trailer for the second Avengers film got a record breaking 344 million views worldwide in just 24 hours The ocean scene of the helicarrier was actually filmed on a runway in the Albuquerque desert

And it was so hot that director Joss Whedon’s shoes melted onto the tarmac There may be 6 in the movie’s superhero fighting team, but there have been 86 Avenger characters in total since the comic book’s inception in 1963 2 Titanic (1997) Gross: $2,186,772,302 It cost more to make the Titanic movie than it did to build the actual ‘Titanic’ ship The film’s budget was $200 million, but the ship cost about $150 million to make

All of the scenes set in 1912, which is basically the whole movie minus the present-day scenes and credits, have a total length of 2 hours and 40 minutes – that’s the exact time it took for the Titanic to sink And in the movie, exactly 37 seconds pass between the Iceberg warning and the collision, which is the exact amount of time that passed before the ship hit the iceberg in real life Now that’s attention to detail 1 Avatar (2009) Gross: $2,787,965,087 Even though Avatar cost over $237 million to make, and the sequel has an estimated budget of $250 million, it earned enough money to make the film 10 times over—and still turn a profit

But even though it did well, James Cameron’s storyline has been criticized for plagiarism, especially from Disney’s “Pocahontas” – which debuted the same year he originally conceived the film The Na’vi language is definitely original though, and was created from scratch by linguist Paul Frommer Frommer began work on creating the language 4 years before the film was released, taking influence from the Ethiopian Amharic, Persian, and Chinese languages Fans have taken it on themselves to keep developing the language, and there are now over 2000 words in the Na’vi vocabulary

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