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The top 10 HIGHEST GROSSING movies of the 2000s
Photo: © ANP

The top 10 HIGHEST GROSSING movies of the 2000s

The top 10 HIGHEST GROSSING movies of the 2000s
Photo: © ANP

The 2000s was the decade in which the $2 billion mark at the box office was surpassed for the first time.

That honour went to Avatar, which grossed an astonishing $2,713,395,000. James Cameron's fantasy epic remains the highest-grossing movie of all time, even with the recent dominance of the box office from superhero movies.

The noughties were the era in which franchise features started dominating, as every single movie in the top 10 highest-earners came from a series of movies.

We can perhaps give exceptions to Avatar and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as these were movies that kicked off the franchises, though Potter did use an existing intellectual property.

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In addition to The Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter is represented in the top 10 by The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince.

The second highest-grossing movie of the noughties is an Oscar winner - Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King which won numerous Academy Awards including Best Picture. That earned $1,119,110,941 and is joined in the top 10 by The Two Towers, which earned $925,282,504.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End earned $1,066,179,725 and $960,996,492 respectively.

The only wholly animated movie in the top 10 is Shrek 2.

Biggest movies of the 2000s

Movie Year of Release Worldwide Gross
Avatar 2009 $2,713,395,000
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $1,119,110,941
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $1,066,179,725
The Dark Knight 2008 $1,001,921,825
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001 $974,733,550
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 $960,996,492
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 $938,212,738
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 $929,359,401
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 $925,282,504
Shrek 2 2004 $919,838,758

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