It’s not only the end of 2019, but it’s also the end of the decade. In order to celebrate the end of an era, let’s take a look at the biggest blockbusters of the last ten years by dollar count. These were the films that audiences absolutely had to see on opening night, again and again. The ones that were smash hits all across the world.
Of all the movies to have come and gone during the period, the most profitable movies of the 2010s are characterized by grandeur, larger-than-ordinary-life, epic tales. The highest-grossing movies of the last 10 years were no less than huge blockbusters, with the cinemas full of comic book sagas, updated remakes of classic fare, and the end of so many beloved stories that ultimately boil down to the battle of good versus evil.
See which films made the most money worldwide as we discuss the top 14 highest-grossing movies of the 2010s below.
14.) Beauty and the Beast (2017)
One of Disney’s most beloved princess stories of all time, Disney’s new take on Beauty and the Beast was a hit. Is it any shock that the live-action remake starring Harry Potter’s Emma Watson would draw so many viewers to the theater?
The remake made a hefty $1,263,521,126, proving this is indeed a tale as old as time.
13.) Frozen (2013)
No, we can’t let it go. 2013’s Frozen is everything Disney viewers currently want from the Mouse House; a captivating and original tale (and a hit song or two never hurts).
The brand new story stars Idina Menzel as Queen Elsa who, you know, accidentally makes winter last forever in her kingdom. Her sister Anna, played by Kristen Bell, then goes on a musical journey to end Elsa’s curse. Frozen sang its way to the bank to the tune of $1,274,219,009 worldwide.
12.) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may not have done as well in the box office or critically as the previous film, but audiences still paid to see the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. Who doesn’t want to see an island of genetically altered dinosaurs with our favorite leading man, Chris Pratt?
The film made a colossal $1,308,467,944 at the box office, proving this series isn’t extinct- not by a long shot.
11.) Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
The second addition to the latest Star Wars trilogy finds a reclusive Luke Skywalker in hiding when Rey shows up for Jedi training. The premise, that included The Force, classic characters, and emerging new Sith lords, was enough to make this the 10th highest-grossing movie of the 2010s.
The Last Jedi made a whopping $1,332,539,889. The Force was strong with this one.
10.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
Before there was the MCU, there was the Harry Potter franchise. Harry and friends dominated the former decade and so it comes with no surprise that the franchise’s very last installment would make the list for this decade.
Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows made $1,341,932,398 and saw Harry and Voldemort finally duke it out, with only one surviving.
9.) Black Panther (2018)
Only a couple of years ago, the first African superhero was brought to the silver screen. The impact was nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon. Americans and viewers across the world were thrilled to see T’Challa and Wakanda beautifully and heroically displayed in theaters.
So how much did the Wakandan film make? This MCU entry grossed $1,346,913,161. Wakanda Forever, indeed.
8.) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees a reassembly of the classic team and an introduction to newcomers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and villain Ultron.
Marvel understands one superhero is great, two is awesome, and a whole team of Avengers is enough to earn $1,515,047,671 worldwide. It wasn’t the first Avengers movie, nor the finale, so it’s not as high on the list, but this isn’t the only time you’ll see Marvel’s mightiest up on top.
7.) Furious 7 (2015)
Brian O’Conner, played by Paul Walker, and friends return home to discover there is someone out seeking revenge on them in this next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. Sadly, after filming, star Walker passed away and the film reshot certain parts to honor him.
Because of the epic speed chases and touching tribute, the 7th chapter was able to out beat all of the former films in its franchise. It made $1,515,047,671 at the box office.
6.) The Avengers (2012)
After the success of the Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America solo films, Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon gave the world the first live-action film where the Avengers first assembled.
Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye fighting alongside each other was a sight to behold and marked a bold new achievement in the superhero cinematic sphere, easily earning $1,518,812,988.
5.) The Lion King (2019)
No matter what you think of Disney’s numerous remakes, one thing’s for sure; boy, do they sell like hotcakes—especially when you have musical goddess Beyoncé starring and singing original songs.
The live-action remake of The Lion King brought home $1,656,556,149.
4.) Jurassic World (2015)
Audiences were not finished with the dormant dinosaur franchise after the 14-year hiatus from the original movies. Plot? Dinosaurs breaking out and causing extreme havoc in a dino-park. Classic.
The movie made a comfortable $1,670,400,637, showing prehistoric beasts and Chris Pratt would always be cool.
3.) Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Even if you weren’t the biggest Marvel or superhero fan, chances are you and everyone you know watched this one. Avengers: Infinity War gave us the most epic battles, a fully developed villain in Thanos, and an end so crushing we had to see it again and again to believe it.
The heartbreak made a mighty $2,048,359,754.
2.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
No matter what decade Star Wars hyperdrives into, the franchise will always be a force to be reckoned with. The Force Awakens proved that, launching an entirely new trilogy in a galaxy far, far away.
Viewers worldwide lined up to see the Skywalker Saga take to the screen once again. It made an impressive $2,068,223,624.
1.) Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The end of an era, truly. The 2010s were defined by the superhero genre and the MCU was a catalyst in reshaping the views of what that genre could do. So, it is totally expected that the last installment would bring out virtually everyone to the theater.
Fans saw the physical and symbolic ends of Iron Man and Captain America, and a chance for a new beginning. Avengers: Endgame was the highest-grossing film of the decade, grossing an unforgettable $2,797,800,564.
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