Top Grossing Movies Over the Decades: Part Two

By Brianna Baldwin and Katie Keith

1990’s Top Grossing Movies

Number 3: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace ($1.027 billion)

Another classic movie in the Star Wars saga, directed by George Lucas, there is a full-scale invasion and Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi are to negotiate with Nute Gunray. There is a colossal fight and Obi-Wan Kenobi meets a lot of people to help them along the way. There is a long journey of adventurous battles and escapades. This Star Wars movie had a budget of $115 million and made $1.02 billion in box office. This left them with a $905 million profit.

Number 2: Jurassic Park ($1.029 billion)

Made in 1993, Jurassic Park is based on a novel by Michael Crichton. This movie is about the story of a group of experts in various fields who visit an island filled with live dinosaurs. The bioengineering company InGen has been able to extract enough dinosaur DNA to create live clones (with variation) of the previously extinct species and plan to show the world these ancient animal clones through a zoo-like setup. When the lead programer is paid by a rival company to retrieve a fertilized dinosaur egg for them, he shuts down the security system in order to get to the egg. Because of this security shutdown, the experts along with the grandchildren of the park’s owner end up face to face with multiple live dinosaurs that have been freed of their cages. The group then has to find a way to make it out of the park alive. With a budget of $63 million, they made $1.029 billion. This left them with a $966 million profit.

Number 1: Titanic ($2.187 billion)

In this 1996 film, written by James Cameron, a young woman named Rose was a first-class passenger on the new boat Titanic. She boarded the boat with her fiancé Cal and her mother Ruth. Distraught over the engagement, Rose was considering jumping overboard. Jack Dawson, a struggling artists, stops her. Cal finds the two together, and Rose says Jack saved her from falling. Rose and Jack become quick friends when Rose decides to sneak into a third-class party. Rose starts falling for Jack, and the feelings are shared. The boat hits an iceberg and the boat starts to go down. Rose and Jack face a great decision to be made with love. This movie had a $200 million budget. The movie made $2.187 billion, leaving them with a $1.987 billion profit.

2000’s Top Grossing Movies

Number 3: Shrek 2 ($919.8 million)

After the first Shrek movie, the second one was quite successful. Directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon, the Shrek 2 movie is about the newly weds, Shrek and Fiona, returning from their honeymoon to see invitations to the royal palace. Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona all travel to the kingdom and everything goes crazy from there. From crazy in-laws to an evil fairy godmother, this movie was able to capture quite the audience. The budget for this movie was $150 million and $919.8 million was made in box office. This left a $769.8 million profit.

Number 2: The Dark Knight ($1.005 billion)

Written by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight is a superhero film about the DC character, Batman. Batman is a crime fighter in the city of Gotham. The Joker is a notorious villain that Batman faces. This long-going battle leads to vicious mob fights and supratic events of thrillings. Batman has to face revealing his identity to save hundreds of thousands or to keep his dark secret and risk it all. This movie had a budget of $185 million, and they made $1.005 billion in box office. This left a profit of $820 million.

Number 1: Avatar ($2.788 billion)

The movie Avatar, written by James Cameron, is set in the year 2154. There is mining on Pandora, but the air is poisonous to humans so they have to use things called “Avatars”. Avatars are operated by genetically matched humans. Jake Sully is a paraplegic former Marine replaces his deceased identical brother. The leader of this program denies but allows him to be a bodyguard. After going into the world as an Avatar, Jake goes on crazy adventures and learns a whole new meaning of love, the ability to move, and joy. This movie had a $237 million budget with 9 million added on after the re-release, but they made $2.788 billion in box office. This left a $2.542 billion profit.

2018 Top Grossing Movies

Number 3: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1.31 billion)

Directed by JA Bayona, this movie gained popular after the first Jurassic World movie, based on the Jurassic Park movies. After the Indominus rex disaster, a group of mercenaries travel to the Isla Nublar in order to receive samples of DNA for reasons never explained. With the “normalcy” of live dinosaurs, came dinosaur protective services, much like PETA, or at least the original intentions of PETA, named “The Dinosaur Protection Group.” With this group, several characters from the first movie come back to save the dinosaurs from the old, fallen island. Gunner Eversol captured the dinosaurs, but not for the reason her promised. This leads to new dinosaurs and epic man versus dino fights. This movie had a budget of $170 million, and they received $1.31 billion in box office. This left a $1.14 billion profit.

Number 2: Incredibles 2 ($1.24 billion)

After the first Incredibles movie was so successful, the second one was well intispatied. Written and directed by Brad Bird, this movie is about the Incredibles family fighting between their normal lives and being a superhero. Being a superhero is illegal, but people are avadilly trying to change that. Elastic Girl is invited onto a new mission, while leaving Mr. Incredible home with the kids. The family has to get used to the new family dynamic while facing new villains. This movie had a budget of $200 million and made $1.243 billion in box office. This left them with a $1.109 billion profit.

Number 1: Avengers: Infinity War ($2.04 billion)

Another smashing movie from the Avengers franchise, Infinity War became very popular. Based on Marvel Comics, this movie is about an alien named Thanos gathering one of the six infinity stones, he goes mad with power to gather the infinity stones. Hulk was sent to the Earth to warn the other heros about Thanos’ plans to kill half -if not all- the planet. This movie has almost all of the Marvel Universe in its movie, boasting its popularity. This movie had a $400 million budget and made $2.04 billion in box office. This left a profit of $1.64 billion profit.