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The top 10 highest grossing movies of all time
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The top 10 highest grossing movies of all time

The top 10 highest grossing movies of all time
Photo: © ANP

Avatar remains the highest-grossing movie of all time, with box office receipts currently totalling $2,847,397,339.

The science-fiction epic was in production for over 25 years before it finally hit cinemas. James Cameron initially came up with the idea for the movie in 1994, but would later admit that the necessary technology to achieve his vision of the world did not even exist yet.

The plot of Avatar concerns a human colonisation of a fictional planet known as Pandora, which is healthy with a highly valuable mineral, 'unobtanium'.

Pandora's indigenous species are the Na'vi, humanoid creatures who must defend themselves against the onslaught of the humans. Sam Worthington plays a marine who is put into an avatar of one of the Na'vi in order to infiltrate the tribe.

Not only is it the highest-grossing movie of all time, but it is also one of the most expensive to have ever been made.

With Cameron accessing the technology to make his world, including extensive motion capture and computer-generated graphics, the final bill came in at around $300 million.

Avatar overcame Titanic to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, another picture directed by James Cameron.

It was temporarily knocked off the top spot after the release of Avengers: Endgame, but a re-release in China allowed for the necessary gross to reclaim the title as the biggest movie ever.

Interestingly, when adjusted for inflation, the highest-grossing movie of all time is Gone With The Wind.

Which films have made the most money?

          Position                            Movie                           Box Office Returns
               1. Avatar (2009) $2,847,397,339
               2.  Avengers: Endgame (2019) $2,797,501,328
               3.  Titanic (1997) $2,187,425,379
               4.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) $2,068,223,624
               5.  Avengers: Infinity War (218) $2,048,359,754
               6.  Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) $1,911,432,550
               7.  Jurassic World (2015) $1,671,537,444
               8.  The Lion King (2019) $1,656,943,394
               9. The Avengers (2012) $1,518,812,988
              10. Furious 7 (2015) $1,516,045,911

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