justin_memer: James Cameron has *two* $2+ *BILLION* grossing movies.
EmperorTauntaun: I think the Star Wars series has the most top grossing movie of the year with 5 and I’m certainly they’ll have 6 once VIII comes out. Although the MCU will probably quickly catch up.
Edit: It’s sort of crazy that Disney now owns both of these major properties and now almost has a guarantee that they’ll be the top grossing movie of the year from here on out.
ArticArny: That’s a lot of pictures of Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise
Jitszu: Spoilers for 2017: It’s *The Last Jedi*.
Edit: I meant 2017, not 2018 :p
TheHeyHeyMan: 1995 must have been a super low grossing year in general. I love Die Hard With A Vengeance but was surprised to see it at number one.
merry722: Wow . ET made 793million way back when . That’s insane. It’s a classic in my head but I forget Spielberg’s effect.
keving691: Seeing Age of Extinction on this list makes me sick. Such an awful movie.
JimJimmyJimJimJimJim: A poster illustrating the highest grossing movies, by year, every year **before** Jaws would be just as interesting!
EmperorTauntaun: Originally source and creator of this poster can be found here: https://www.titleproloans.com/discovery-center/home-and-family/summer-blockbusters-since-jaws/
TheDudeNeverBowls: That’s the thing about Micheal Bay. He makes shitty movies that nonetheless make all the money. The two lowest RT scores are both Bay films.
pauldraino: Huh, was there a recession in 1979? Moonraker surprised me and even then, it made very little comparably.
girafa: Wow. Had no idea *Fatal Attraction* made that kind of money.
YaBoyStevieJay: The stark contrast between US and International for Transformers 4 is incredible.
KWright84: I’m not a big John Williams fan, but he did the original score for THIRTEEN out of these 42 movies. That’s hardcore.
jimmyrhall: I like that Harry had its first movie, middle and final top grossing of their respective year.
syrstorm: *”Why do we only get sequels, these days? Hollywood has run out of ideas!!”*
TWO of the last 18 movies on that list were original movies (Avatar and Frozen). THAT’s why we get sequels, folks!
ZelpherXeis: Mind blown note: Harrison Ford is in quite a few of these movies
andy282828: Harrison ford sure did kill it in the 80’s
Duval43: Harrison Ford is in a lot of these movies.
zmose: Basically if your name was either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg between 1977 and 1990, you were very happy.
thinkingwithhportals: Can we all just take a moment to appreciate just how god damn good Shrek 2 is
THEONEBLUE: I’m sensing some patterns here.
atthem77: 15 of the last 18 were reboot, remake, or sequel.
Only 7 of the 24 before those were reboot, remake, or sequel.
Is Hollywood out of ideas, or do they just know where the money is?
ajustice83: Die Hard 3 is a splat? I feel like hurting people after seeing that.
MAGAtheCENTIPEDE: what kind of savage down votes TopGun
CowNchicken12: Fucking hell The Force Awakens has a 93% score on RT?
RoninSnowe: This made me realize that WB made so much money ifrom 2000 to 2008.
mostredditisawful: This would be better if it didn’t include grosses from re-releases and just included totals from the first theatrical runs. It would give a better sense of things since Star Wars, for example, has several theatrical re-releases while others do not.
Or if it separately listed grosses from subsequent releases.
paskanaddict: Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Disney, book adaptions and couple originals.
FastX2: Quick, someone count the movies with John Williams soundtracks!
TJNuge: So pretty much Spielberg
Cephas4: It hilarious how Star Wars Episode 1 is on this list but 2 and 3 are know where to be found.
samshoe242: And people wonder why Hollywood puts out so many sequels.
cannondave: * First 21 years: 14 original concepts/movies, and 7 repetitive movies (sequels/franchise etc).
* Last 21 years: only 6 original movies. and 15 repetitive movies.
* Since ’98, only 2 movies were original.
sinbad_the_genie: My god, Speilberg totally dominated the 80’s.
Phoenix_P04: Wow, not much going on in 1995 was there?
c24w: Be interesting to see the figures relative to one another, i.e. factoring currency value.
HoosierProud: Notice how starting in 1999 there are only two original movies that aren’t a franchise, prequel, or sequel that are number 1. Frozen and Avatar. Says a lot.
PoorEdgarDerby: And yet people still try to say sci fi/fantasy is for kids/losers.
mong0038: Toy Story 3 😓
_skywlkr: Shrek 2
madeyegroovy: Weird how Goblet of Fire is there when it was arguably one of the worst.
justastudent89: Kind of depressing how many of them are parts of series, not enough standalone films
gr1mace02: It’s crazy how The Force Awakens came out in December and was ***still*** the highest grossing film of the year. Glad to say I helped on that front
wambam_intheclam: This just makes me re-ask the question of why Michael Bay is still making movies.
hilyou: Disney is absolutely destroying the 2010s, 5 of the 7 films listed from 2010 onward are distributed all by Disney.
If you count 2017, it’s 6 out of 8 because of Beauty and the Beast. Only movie that seems likely to beat B&B is Episode VII which is Disney also.
For 2018, it’ll be most likely Infinity War so 7 out of 9 movies. For 2019, either Episode IX or Avengers 4. Holy Shit.
hpstrprgmr: I thought Stand By Me out grossed Top Gun…was on a River Phoenix documentary recently.
ZynoT: Rain Man deserved so much more money.
MrHabadasher: What happened in 1996 that made us all idiots?
Maverick721: Can you imagine a movie like Rain Man being the blockbuster of the year today? Hell, most studios probably wouldn’t touch it
uranimuesbahd: Seeing the first Harry Potter in the list reminds me how old the film really is. In a few years it will be twenty-years old!
pooch516: The Frozen poster really stands out in the last few rows. Needs more gritty grimdark!
EdgarFriendly: Theyre either terrible or great
Free_Ponda_Baba: What happened at the turn of the century? Before then, pretty much every highest grossing movie was good. Then it’s just a hit or miss in the 2000s
Cloudy_mood: And don’t forget- when A New Hope came out in 1977, movie houses didn’t want to show it. So some of that gross is from a time when the film was in *less* theaters. Eventually of course the rest picked it up.
mega-blep: Armageddon. O’rly? Oo
acrucifiedclown: Moonraker was a true surprise on this list. That was a botched abortion of a movie.
wyvernwy: Seen 31 of these movies, would only watch 12 of them again if I had the chance.
kclarke6: Seriously transformers age of extinction. Wtf
Bojanghal: An interesting and great compilation until about the mid 2000s….jeez there are some stinkers in their lol
HarryJohnstone: Looks to me like people don’t flock to original ideas anymore…
7sle: I’ve never even heard of Moonraker from 1979. Was 79 a bad year for movies?
Edit: WHAT that’s a 007 movie I’ve never heard of. Is it just one people would rather forget?
WokeLeo: This is really cool! Great work OP!
SuperCashBrother: Rain Man. Oh how times have changed.