All Time Top Ticket Selling Movies

movie ticketStar Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) is now the number one movie when it comes to North America box office grosses.  The box office success of Star Wars 7 has been incredible.  But when you look at the all-time North America ticket sales leaders…..Star Wars: The Force Awakens has not even cracked the Top 10.

So with Star Wars: The Force Awakens now being listed as the biggest box office hit of all-time….we figured it would be interesting to look at the top ticket selling movies of all-time.  The following table shows all the movies in our database that sold more than 40 million tickets in North America.  If you compare our table to Box Office Mojo’s Adjusted For Inflation Leaders you will see some differences.  Box Office Mojo is awesome when looking at movies from 1982 to today.  Easily the best source on the internet.  Movies made before 1980 are not the strength of Box Office Mojo…as they often use box office rentals versus box office grosses.

We did some massive updates on this page today.   The good news is we now have more information on each of these blockbusters.  The bad news is our database is not letting us include our estimated ticket sells in the table….so we had to create a second table with those ticket numbers.   So if you sort the first table by adjusted domestic gross….it will rank the top box office movies from #1 Gone With The Wind to #275 The Aristocats.  To see the estimated ticket sell numbers you have to go to the second table.  Sorry about….but we are efforting getting all the numbers on one table.  2/10/18

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All Time Top Ticket Selling Movies Can Be Sorted 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort All Time Top Ticket Selling movies by movie title and movie trailers
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  • Sort All Time Top Ticket Selling movies by Oscar nominations and Oscar wins
  • Sort All Time Top Ticket Selling movie by UMR Score…..UMR Score combines box office, reviews and awards

USE THE SORT BUTTON TO LINE UP THE MOVIES FROM BIGGEST ALL TIME HIT TO #270.  CURRENTLY THE DEFAULT SETTING IS SET TO UMR SCORE RANK, BUT SORT BUTTON WILL LINE THEM UP RIGHT.

Tickets Sold By Movie

Movie (Year) Tickets Sold
Gone with the Wind (1939) 202,142,864.00
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) 178,475,344.00
The Sound of Music (1965) 142,652,512.00
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 141,735,968.00
Titanic (1997) 135,465,840.00
The Ten Commandments (1956) 130,985,640.00
Jaws (1975) 128,048,784.00
Doctor Zhivago (1965) 124,075,096.00
The Exorcist (1973) 110,621,472.00
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 108,970,088.00
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) 108,026,360.00
101 Dalmatians (1961) 99,861,816.00
Avatar (2009) 99,835,488.00
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 98,182,720.00
Ben-Hur (1959) 98,024,832.00
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 94,065,456.00
Jurassic Park (1993) 92,045,400.00
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) 90,333,656.00
The Lion King (1994) 89,180,288.00
The Sting (1973) 89,046,400.00
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 88,547,528.00
The Graduate (1967) 85,518,032.00
Fantasia (1940) 83,076,032.00
This is the Army (1943) 80,952,384.00
Mary Poppins (1964) 80,395,136.00
Jurassic World (2015) 79,023,800.00
Great Expectations (1916) 78,895,464.00
The Godfather (1972) 78,881,720.00
Forrest Gump (1994) 78,601,592.00
The Avengers (2012) 78,311,296.00
Birth of a Nation (1915) 76,923,080.00
Grease (1978) 76,871,312.00
Thunderball (1965) 75,093,784.00
The Dark Knight (2008) 74,282,080.00
The Jungle Book (1967) 73,653,760.00
The Ten Commandments (1923) 73,000,664.00
Sleeping Beauty (1959) 72,799,672.00
The Big Parade (1925) 72,113,656.00
Ghostbusters (1984) 71,203,272.00
Shrek 2 (2004) 71,050,928.00
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 70,501,008.00
Love Story (1970) 69,990,224.00
Spider-Man (2002) 69,604,544.00
Independence Day (1996) 69,269,032.00
Home Alone (1990) 67,555,848.00
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) 67,518,000.00
Pinocchio (1940) 67,390,136.00
Cleopatra (1963) 67,183,464.00
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) 67,091,444.00
Goldfinger (1964) 66,256,448.00
Airport (1970) 66,045,196.00
Samson and Delilah (1949) 65,891,472.00
The Covered Wagon (1923) 65,651,264.00
American Graffiti (1973) 65,619,332.00
The Robe (1953) 65,378,788.00
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) 64,519,480.00
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) 64,478,724.00
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) 64,348,908.00
Bambi (1942) 63,477,832.00
Blazing Saddles (1974) 63,155,080.00
Batman (1989) 62,944,312.00
Finding Nemo (2003) 61,644,276.00
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 61,530,236.00
The Towering Inferno (1974) 61,416,304.00
Rogue One (2016) 60,367,320.00
Cinderella (1950) 60,267,856.00
My Fair Lady (1964) 60,225,532.00
Spider-Man 2 (2004) 60,158,748.00
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) 59,848,484.00
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) 59,758,784.00
The Passion of the Christ (2004) 59,707,396.00
Billy Jack (1971) 59,687,788.00
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) 59,417,276.00
Back to the Future (1985) 59,045,004.00
White Christmas (1954) 59,006,212.00
The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) 58,006,536.00
The Sixth Sense (1999) 57,609,940.00
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 57,584,464.00
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 57,555,164.00
Superman (1978) 57,393,164.00
Tootsie (1982) 56,870,748.00
Smokey and the Bandit (1977) 56,832,928.00
Beauty and the Beast (2017) 56,746,284.00
Finding Dory (2016) 56,219,140.00
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) 56,031,072.00
The Kid (1921) 55,890,900.00
West Side Story (1961) 55,851,620.00
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 55,782,716.00
Lady and the Tramp (1955) 55,604,252.00
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 55,276,192.00
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 55,212,356.00
Fiddler on the Roof (1971) 55,096,420.00
Rocky (1976) 54,927,300.00
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 54,841,092.00
Men in Black (1997) 54,616,676.00
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 54,577,720.00
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) 54,545,456.00
Twister (1996) 54,507,132.00
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 54,375,000.00
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) 53,832,568.00
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 53,532,820.00
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 53,500,104.00
MASH (1970) 53,483,872.00
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) 53,481,584.00
Going My Way (1944) 53,427,420.00
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) 53,410,300.00
Toy Story 3 (2010) 53,232,556.00
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 53,161,596.00
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) 53,136,424.00
9 to 5 (1980) 52,862,252.00
Mrs. Miniver (1942) 52,788,176.00
A Star Is Born (1976) 52,781,336.00
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) 52,704,164.00
Aladdin (1992) 52,373,548.00
Quo Vadis (1951) 52,245,712.00
The AristoCats (1970) 51,734,116.00
From Here to Eternity (1953) 51,515,152.00
Ghost (1990) 51,449,480.00
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) 51,045,388.00
This is Cinerama (1952) 51,010,100.00
Duel in the Sun (1946) 50,888,572.00
The Hunger Games (2012) 50,755,112.00
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 50,649,076.00
House of Wax (1953) 50,505,052.00
San Francisco (1936) 50,478,240.00
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) 50,476,192.00
Rear Window (1954) 50,424,180.00
The Guns of Navarone (1961) 50,193,052.00
Way Down East (1920) 50,000,000.00
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 49,909,952.00
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) 49,689,440.00
Mom and Dad (1945) 49,647,060.00
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 49,413,552.00
Monsters, Inc. (2001) 49,358,096.00
Giant (1956) 49,350,648.00
Seven Wonders of the World (1956) 49,350,648.00
The Gold Rush (1925) 49,288,832.00
Frozen (2013) 49,205,168.00
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) 49,183,992.00
Spider-Man 3 (2007) 48,914,288.00
Iron Man 3 (2013) 48,840,880.00
Terminator 2 (1991) 48,656,376.00
Peyton Place (1957) 48,469,388.00
Sergeant York (1941) 48,337,640.00
The Outlaw (1943) 48,333,332.00
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 48,245,792.00
How the West Was Won (1962) 48,123,348.00
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 48,046,812.00
The Jolson Story (1946) 47,876,448.00
Toy Story 2 (1999) 47,796,872.00
Top Gun (1986) 47,651,400.00
Shrek (2001) 47,374,340.00
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) 47,107,440.00
City Lights (1931) 46,914,624.00
Shrek the Third (2007) 46,906,968.00
South Pacific (1958) 46,904,760.00
Captain America: Civil War (2016) 46,830,560.00
Boom Town (1940) 46,800,152.00
Despicable Me 2 (2013) 46,748,004.00
The Matrix ReLoaded (2003) 46,695,932.00
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) 46,499,320.00
Transformers (2007) 46,402,064.00
El Cid (1961) 46,332,044.00
Crocodile Dundee (1986) 46,227,360.00
Wonder Woman (2017) 46,105,172.00
Random Harvest (1942) 45,965,528.00
Spartacus (1960) 45,962,732.00
Saving Private Ryan (1998) 45,744,332.00
Young Frankenstein (1974) 45,572,840.00
Peter Pan (1953) 45,532,532.00
Gremlins (1984) 45,437,040.00
Beauty and the Beast (1991) 45,335,716.00
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005) 45,158,288.00
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) 45,111,088.00
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) 44,973,900.00
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002) 44,825,600.00
The Song of Bernadette (1943) 44,761,904.00
Hell’s Angels (1930) 44,615,384.00
Battle Cry (1955) 44,505,496.00
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) 44,444,444.00
The Caine Mutiny (1954) 44,440,992.00
The Fugitive (1993) 44,414,436.00
Operation Petticoat (1959) 44,385,716.00
Iron Man (2008) 44,347,088.00
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) 44,311,544.00
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 44,164,500.00
Meet the Fockers (2004) 44,164,440.00
Cinerama Holiday (1955) 43,956,044.00
Sayonara (1957) 43,877,552.00
Toy Story (1995) 43,861,204.00
Dances with Wolves (1990) 43,737,316.00
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) 43,694,400.00
Since You Went Away (1944) 43,596,332.00
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 43,457,424.00
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 43,450,200.00
Tom Jones (1963) 43,421,928.00
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) 43,388,428.00
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) 43,316,532.00
Rain Man (1988) 43,266,528.00
Inside Out (2015) 43,115,268.00
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) 43,050,212.00
Armageddon (1998) 42,980,424.00
American Sniper (2014) 42,977,524.00
What’s Up Doc? (1972) 42,780,748.00
Superman II (1980) 42,769,232.00
All the President’s Men (1976) 42,680,324.00
Psycho (1960) 42,608,696.00
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 42,500,000.00
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) 42,442,548.00
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) 42,370,544.00
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) 42,334,660.00
Batman Forever (1995) 42,306,004.00
Alien (1979) 42,252,044.00
Rocky III (1982) 42,226,836.00
Deadpool (2016) 42,204,708.00
Pretty Woman (1990) 42,176,424.00
The Dirty Dozen (1967) 42,156,664.00
The Incredibles (2004) 42,100,016.00
Saratoga Trunk (1945) 42,058,824.00
Earthquake (1974) 42,051,520.00
Alice in Wonderland (2010) 41,976,060.00
Boys Town (1938) 41,896,296.00
Cast Away (2000) 41,861,252.00
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) 41,834,104.00
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) 41,827,836.00
The Longest Day (1962) 41,714,284.00
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) 41,707,516.00
3 Men and a Baby (1987) 41,631,960.00
The Jungle Book (2016) 41,618,628.00
Whoopee (1930) 41,538,460.00
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) 41,454,864.00
Bullitt (1968) 41,439,476.00
Valley of the Dolls (1967) 41,322,316.00
Midnight Cowboy (1969) 41,246,040.00
Mister Roberts (1955) 41,208,792.00
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) 41,186,668.00
Furious 7 (2015) 41,044,724.00
The King and I (1956) 41,038,960.00
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 41,025,288.00
Airport 1975 (1974) 41,007,252.00
Mission: Impossible (1996) 40,946,120.00
Casablanca (1942) 40,839,192.00
The Goodbye Girl (1977) 40,807,176.00
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) 40,719,384.00
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) 40,653,108.00
The Omen (1976) 40,608,908.00
On Golden Pond (1981) 40,570,300.00
Auntie Mame (1958) 40,476,192.00
Saturday Night Fever (1977) 40,454,344.00
Minions (2015) 40,337,576.00
Deliverance (1972) 40,285,204.00
Bruce Almighty (2003) 40,270,192.00
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) 40,261,228.00
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 40,183,748.00
The Egg and I (1947) 40,175,312.00
The Yearling (1946) 40,154,440.00
Back to the Future Part II (1989) 40,076,368.00
Modern Times (1936) 40,000,000.00
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) 39,968,536.00
Funny Girl (1968) 39,967,284.00
Mission: Impossible II (2000) 39,964,728.00
Rush Hour 2 (2001) 39,852,088.00
Patton (1970) 39,838,560.00
Apocalypse Now (1979) 39,795,556.00
Apollo 13 (1995) 39,786,508.00
King Kong (1933) 39,751,552.00
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) 39,751,552.00
The Country Girl (1954) 39,751,552.00
Iron Man 2 (2010) 39,598,648.00
Fatal Attraction (1987) 39,551,328.00
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) 39,549,240.00
Liar Liar (1997) 39,523,008.00
To Sir, with Love (1967) 39,462,808.00
Zootopia (2016) 39,452,976.00
Welcome Stranger (1947) 39,444,852.00
I know when to update this page….when ever a current movie reaches the $337.20 domestic mark that means it has reached the mighty 40 million tickets sold mark.  In 2015 5 movies reached that mark….with a 6th movie (Minions) just barely missing.

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53 thoughts on “All Time Top Ticket Selling Movies

  1. That ‘tickets sold’ chart is absolutely fascinating Bruce. The current most successful film in monetary terms, Avatar, isn’t even in the top 10. Star Wars The Force Awakens sold more tickets than Avatar. Titanic remains James Cameron’s most watched film at the cinema.

    Will any movie ever catch up with Gone With the Wind and Star Wars (1977) in ticket sales? I dunno, if Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars VII couldn’t manage it, what can? Star Wars IX? Avatar II?

    Btw it would be interesting to find out which film sold more tickets on it’s initial release – Star Wars or Gone With the Wind? GWTW had many successful rerelases over the decades right up to the 1970s. Star Wars IV had a very successful rerelease in 1997 in a CGI’d special edition (which was hated by fans and some of the people that worked on it).

    1. Hey Steve
      1. My eyes tearing up reading that your are fascinated by a table of stats…..such a proud day for us.
      2. I think tickets sold is the best way to compare the movies…..makes you realize how big movies like Sound of Music, The Exorcist and Ben-Hur.
      3. Back then a movie like that made America stop and seeing it….now …even a block buster only gets a small portion of the population to see it….just too many other entertainment choices.
      4. I would think Star Wars would win the original ticket sales battle with GWTW….it took GWTW decades of re-releases to reach those numbers.
      5. Thanks for such nice words about a stat page.

  2. http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/top-movie-ticket-sellers-of-all-time/ This list features the biggest domestic boxoffice hits ever. It calculates the films by adjusting for inflation, population, so-called ‘per capita perchusing trends’ and first release only. Maybe it’s wrong, because Chris Koch commented that the sound of music ‘only’ sold 85 million tickets. And no offence, but I think this list gives a better indication of most succesful films ever.

    1. Hey Jordie….thinking you attached the wrong link…I would be interested in seeing the list…I have seen some that do it that way….but have to admit I disagree with the logic of the thinking. Butts in seats seems to be the best way to calculate the gross…versus per capita purchasing trends. Back in the 1940s everybody went to the movies…if only to get World War 2 information through newsreels….it was a three to four day a week process. Still seeing another list would be fun to see.

        1. Hey Jordie….when you include a link…it sends the comment to either my spam area or for approval area…..spammers love this website….so have to have that feature…but I have approved all of your comments. Thanks for the link.

    1. Hey jordie…..we do not have that information in our database….but seems we might have something on that in one of movie books…..the problem is not sure which book…and we have 100s of them. Will see what we can come up with.

  3. Cogerson is struggling this weekend with a version of what I had the last two weekends….but he wanted everyone to know that he is seeing the comments and will respond as quickly as possible. From Las Vegas.

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