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All 46 Movies That Made Over A Billion Dollars, Ranked by Tomatometer
We heard it in a Hollywood movie once: “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.”
And in this town, it’s true. A movie making that minimum seven figures isn’t cool, it’s a box office bomb. But 10 figures? Now we’re talking. Cracking a billion dollars globally requires a mighty recipe of the hottest stars, the shiniest filmmaking technology, and an engaging plot with twists and turns that never becomes super-duper complicated. And, of course, you’ll need an audience willing to turn out in droves the world over, from America to Lebanon to Zambia.
Now we’ve compiled all of the movies that have achieved just that and ranked them by Tomatometer. It’s a compelling window into our era of blockbusters and inflation. The Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean series each have multiple entries, in the years before the franchises were run into the ground. Alice in Wonderland showed the way for Disney and these newfangled live-action remakes. The last Lord of the Rings was rewarded by fans with the highest gross of the trilogy, goodwill that transferred into The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and then evaporated after that. The presence of the Jurassic and Star Wars movies, along with Skyfall, shows you can still wring plenty of money out of long-in-the-tooth franchise.
Then there’s the superheroes. The Dark Knight movies officially ushered in the era of big business for those who take their comic-book moviemaking seriously. Marvel took a lighter step, focusing on interconnected stories that create serious FOMO for those who skip the multiplex line, in movies like Avengers, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther.
And now as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker forces itself into the mix, we’re ranking every movie that reached $1 billion by Tomatometer ! And if you want to go more in-depth, check out our article on The 50 Highest-Grossing Movies Ever, which includes some of those lesser specimens that couldn’t quite break a billion.
Adjusted Score: 27237%
Critics Consensus: With the fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster Transformers franchise, nothing is in disguise: Fans of loud, effects-driven action will find satisfaction, and all others need not apply.
As humanity picks up the pieces after an epic battle, a shadowy group emerges to gain control of history. Meanwhile,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42862%
Critics Consensus: It's shorter and leaner than the previous sequel, but this Pirates runs aground on a disjointed plot and a non-stop barrage of noisy action sequences.
Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) encounters a woman (PenÃ©lope Cruz) from his past, who forces him to go aboard Blackbeard's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44222%
Critics Consensus: Its special effects -- and 3D shots -- are undeniably impressive, but they aren't enough to fill up its loud, bloated running time, or mask its thin, indifferent script.
Again, Earth is caught in the middle when the resurrection of an ancient Transformer appears to turn the tide against... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70270%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom adds another set piece-packed entry to the blockbuster franchise, although genuinely thrilling moments are in increasingly short supply.
Owen and Claire return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that's about... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61137%
Critics Consensus: Tim Burton's Alice sacrifices the book's minimal narrative coherence -- and much of its heart -- but it's an undeniable visual treat.
Now a teenager, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland, where she must find her destiny and put an end to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61061%
Critics Consensus: Gone is Depp's unpredictability and much of the humor and originality of the first movie.
Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid the clutches of ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63343%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
As an enemy threatens the peaceful Galactic Republic, 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker comes under the tutelage of young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74833%
Critics Consensus: While it can take pride in its visual achievements,The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.
Betrayed and exiled from his kingdom, lion cub Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79424%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.
Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order's plans to form a new Empire,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64261%
Critics Consensus: The Minions' brightly colored brand of gibberish-fueled insanity stretches to feature length in their self-titled Despicable Me spinoff, with uneven but often hilarious results.
On a mission to find a new master to serve, three Minions meet Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) the world's first... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76986%
Critics Consensus: Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine and a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. After quickly becoming friends,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67412%
Critics Consensus: Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany -- albeit somewhat scattershot -- humor.
Fired from the Anti-Villain League, Gru travels to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78279%
Critics Consensus: Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth is an earnest, visually resplendent trip, but the film's deliberate pace robs the material of some of its majesty.
At the urging of the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), unassuming hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) joins 13 dwarves on a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87085%
Critics Consensus: Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.
Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan to save the underwater city of Atlantis -- and the surface world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81406%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Members of the globe-trotting crew face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100837%
Critics Consensus: Joker gives its infamous central character a chillingly plausible origin story that serves as a brilliant showcase for its star -- and a dark evolution for comics-inspired cinema.
Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, failed comedian Arthur Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89034%
Critics Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.
In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father's place as prisoner in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86956%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic World can't match the original for sheer inventiveness and impact, but it works in its own right as an entertaining -- and visually dazzling -- popcorn thriller.
An ex-military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) must use his special skills to save tourists at the Jurassic World... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92925%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
When Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstart of a dormant peacekeeping program goes awry, the Avengers must reassemble to battle... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95232%
Critics Consensus: Frozen II can't quite recapture the showstopping feel of its predecessor, but it remains a dazzling adventure into the unknown.
After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa the Snow Queen travels to the enchanted forests and dark... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108367%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Captain Marvel is an alien Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of a battle between her people... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94914%
Critics Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.
After a malevolent enemy reduces his world to rubble, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must rely on instinct and ingenuity... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94054%
Critics Consensus: Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one.
A smooth-talking government agent offers to help Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang eliminate a dangerous enemy in exchange... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93169%
Critics Consensus: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar reaffirms James Cameron's singular gift for imaginative, absorbing filmmaking.
On an alien planet, a former Marine (Sam Worthington) falls in love with a blue-skinned warrior (Zoe Saldana) and sides... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106548%
Critics Consensus: Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
Recruited by the Rebel Alliance, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) joins forces with a spy (Diego Luna) and other resistance fighters... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110374%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle the evil Thanos -- an intergalactic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104636%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
Eight years after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and vanished into the night, Batman (Christian Bale) is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102786%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
A society girl (Kate Winslet) abandons her haughty fiance (Billy Zane) for a penniless artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the ill-fated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101892%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated, smartly written, and stocked with singalong songs, Frozen adds another worthy entry to the Disney canon.
A fearless young princess (Kristen Bell) sets out with a mountaineer (Jonathan Groff) to find her sister (Idina Menzel), whose... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104675%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
An entrepreneur invites scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern), a mathematics theorist (Jeff Goldblum) and others to his jungle theme-park featuring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107135%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110895%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side when a feud between Captain America (Chris Evans)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115042%
Critics Consensus: A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.
Spider-Man teams up with Nick Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio to stop four massive elemental creatures -- each representing Earth,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114345%
Critics Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists -- and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.
Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109086%
Critics Consensus: Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.
When M's (Judi Dench) past comes back to haunt her, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must track down and destroy the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102595%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam march toward Mount Doom to destroy the ring, while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and warriors prepare... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113471%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his young allies face a new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110352%
Critics Consensus: Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Finding Dory delivers a beautifully animated adventure that adds another entertaining chapter to its predecessor's classic story.
With help from Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks), Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) the forgetful fish embarks on an epic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108485%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Batman (Christian Bale) has to keep a balance between heroism and vigilantism to fight a vile criminal known as the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113843%
Critics Consensus: Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.
Elastigirl springs into action to battle a cybercriminal who plans to hypnotize the world through computer screens. That leaves Mr.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 123598%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
The remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109128%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, powerfully acted, and visually dazzling, Deathly Hallows Part II brings the Harry Potter franchise to a satisfying -- and suitably magical -- conclusion.
As his showdown with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) nears, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 121158%
Critics Consensus: Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending -- and perhaps concluding -- a practically perfect animated saga.
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 124632%
Critics Consensus: Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
Black Panther's mettle as king gets tested when an old enemy draws him into a conflict that puts his nation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 109335%
Critics Consensus: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.
Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of the toys find themselves dumped in a day-care center after... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111338%
Critics Consensus: The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that's as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation -- all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.
Rookie police rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) works with a wily fox (Jason Bateman) to solve a mysterious case in... [More]
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