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The Billion-Dollar Film Club: 34 movies to reach $1 billion worldwide

Only 34 films have reached the $1 billion mark, with Avengers: Infinity War crossing the threshold in May. Take a look at the 34 top-grossing movies of all time.

34. The Dark Knight (2008)*

Worldwide Gross: $1,004,558,444

Opening Weekend: $158,411,483

Production Budget: $185 million

Plot: When a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the Caped Crusader (Christian Bale) treads a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

* Indicates the movie made its gross over multiple releases.

33. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Worldwide Gross: $1,021,103,568

Opening Weekend: $84,617,303

Plot: Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) reluctantly sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it, from the dragon Smaug.

32. Zootopia (2016)

Worldwide Gross: $1,023,784,195

Opening Weekend: $75,063,401

Plot: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

31. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Worldwide Gross: $1,025,467,110

Opening Weekend: $116,101,023

Production Budget: $200 million

Plot: Nineteen-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's (Helena Bonham Carter) reign of terror.

30. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)*

Worldwide Gross: $1,027,044,677

Opening Weekend: $64,820,970

Production Budget: $115 million

Plot: Two Jedi knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies. They come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

29. Finding Dory (2016)

Worldwide Gross: $1,028,570,889

Opening Weekend: $135,060,273

Plot: The friendly-but-forgetful blue fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.


28. Jurassic Park (1993)*

Worldwide Gross: $1,029,153,882

Opening Weekend: $47,026,828

Production Budget: $63 million

Plot: During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

* Indicates the movie made its gross over multiple releases.

27. Despicable Me 3 (2017)*

Worldwide Gross: $1,034,799,409

Opening Weekend: $72,434,025

Production Budget: $80 million

Plot: Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother, Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

26. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Worldwide Gross: $1,045,713,802

Opening Weekend: $90,151,958

Production Budget: $250 million

Plot: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his daughter are after it too.

25. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Worldwide Gross: $1,056,057,273

Opening Weekend: $155,081,681

Production Budget: $200 million

Plot: The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

24. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Worldwide Gross: $1,066,179,725

Opening Weekend: $135,634,554

Production Budget: $225 million

Plot: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service.

23. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Worldwide Gross: $1,066,969,703

Opening Weekend: $110,307,189

Production Budget: $200 million

Plot: The toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody (Tom Hanks) to help them return home.

22. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Worldwide Gross: $1,084,939,099

Opening Weekend: $160,887,295

Production Budget: $250 million

Plot: Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy).

21. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Worldwide Gross: $1,104,054,072

Opening Weekend: $100,038,390

Production Budget: $210 million

Plot: A new group of humans, led by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), helps Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise up to meet their most fearsome challenge yet: a worldwide war of good versus evil.

20. Skyfall (2012)

Worldwide Gross: $1,108,561,013

Opening Weekend: $88,364,714

Production Budget: $200 million

Plot: When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

19. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)*

Worldwide Gross: $1,119,929,521

Opening Weekend: $72,629,713

Production Budget: $94 million

Plot: Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

* Indicates the movie made its gross over multiple releases.

18. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Worldwide Gross: $1,123,794,079

Opening Weekend: $97,852,865

Production Budget: $195 million

Plot: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

17. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Worldwide Gross: $1,153,304,495

Opening Weekend: $179,139,142

Production Budget: $250 million

Plot: Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team.

16. Minions (2015)

Worldwide Gross: $1,159,398,397

Opening Weekend: $115,718,405

Production Budget: $74 million

Plot: Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), a supervillain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), hatches a plot to take over the world.

15. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Worldwide Gross: $1,165,409,800

Opening Weekend: $257,698,183

Production Budget: N/A

Plot: The Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality.


14. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Worldwide Gross: $1,214,811,252

Opening Weekend: $174,144,585

Production Budget: $200 million

Plot: When Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

13. The Fate of the Furious (2016)

Worldwide Gross: $1,235,761,498

Opening Weekend: $98,786,705

Production Budget: $250 million

Plot: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

12. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Worldwide Gross: $1,263,521,126

Opening Weekend: $174,750,616

Production Budget: $60 million

Plot: A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.

11. Frozen (2013)

Worldwide Gross: $1,276,480,335

Opening Weekend: $67,391,326

Production Budget: $150 million

Plot: When the newly crowned Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) accidentally turns everything into ice, her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather.

10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Worldwide Gross: $1,332,244,774

Opening Weekend: $220,009,584

Plot: Rey (Daisy Ridley) develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.


9. Black Panther (2018)

Worldwide Gross: $1,338,319,499

Opening Weekend: $202,003,951

Production Budget: N/A

Plot: After the death of his father, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Worldwide Gross: $1,341,511,219

Opening Weekend: $169,189,427

Plot: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Worldwide Gross: $1,405,403,694

Opening Weekend: $191,271,109

Production Budget: $250 million

Plot: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan.


6. Furious 7 (2015)

Worldwide Gross: $1,516,045,911

Opening Weekend: $147,187,040

Production Budget: $190 million

Plot: Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family for his comatose brother.

5. The Avengers (2012)

Worldwide Gross: $1,518,812,988

Opening Weekend: $207,438,708

Production Budget: $220 million

Plot: Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

4. Jurassic World (2015)

Worldwide Gross: $1,671,713,208

Opening Weekend: $208,806,270

Production Budget: $150 million

Plot: A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Worldwide Gross: $2,068,223,624

Opening Weekend: $247,966,675

Production Budget: $245 million

Plot: Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn (John Boyega) and the scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

2. Titanic (1997)*

Worldwide Gross: $2,187,463,944

Opening Weekend: $28,638,131

Production Budget: $200 million

Plot: Rose (Kate Winslet), a young aristocrat, falls in love with Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

* Indicates the movie made its gross over multiple releases.

1. Avatar (2009)*

Worldwide Gross: $2,787,965,087

Opening Weekend: $77,025,481

Production Budget: $237 million

Plot: A paraplegic marine (Sam Worthington) on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels has become his home.

* Indicates the movie made its gross over multiple releases.


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