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Box Office 2024: Top 10 Movies of the Year

Here are the top 10 highest-grossing movies released in 2024 at the domestic box office, with Despicable Me 4 opening in the middle of the pack (above Me 3 and the original) with $75 million. Adding its midweek release haul, it jumps into the top 10 with $122.6 million. Movies in bold are playing in theaters.

1. Inside Out 2: $533.8m
2. Dune: Part Two: $282.1 million
3. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire: $195.8m
4. Kung Fu Panda 4: $193.5m
5. Bad Boys: Ride or Die: $177.3m
6. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes: $169.6m
7. Despicable Me 4: $122.6m – NEW
8. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire: $113.1m
9. IF: $110.7m
10. Bob Marley: One Love: $96.8m

Okay, it turned people really didn’t want to see Furiosa in theaters. With June, theaters got a much-needed emotional rescue when Inside Out 2 opened to $154 million weekend. And just before that, Bad Boys: Ride or Die gave a preview of tidings to come with its $56 million debut. And more hits to come: A Quiet Place: Day One had a franchise-best open with $52 million.

If we’ve been seeing cracks in box office performances of this strike-affected year, May is when a half-full Kool-Aid Man broke right through the crumbling wall. Calendar shifts led to The Fall Guy being the summer season opener, and while it eventually fell into the top 10, it’s $28 million opening weekend was a far cry from the days of peak MCU and Fast & Furious. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes fared better the week after, and IF found some footing in the family space, but then movies like Furiosa and Garfield are pulling in September-like numbers in what is normally the hottest time at theaters.

With April, the heated Civil War gave A24 its first #1 box office debut, opening to $25.5 million and holding on to the spot for its second weekend, fending off the likes of Abigail, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, and Spy x Family Code: White. Its ascension into the top 10 overall for the year knocks out Night Swim.

March saw sequels open to theater- revitalizing numbers. Dune: Part Two kicked off the month with $82.5m and will be the movie to beat until at least the summer season starts. Kung Fu Panda 4 had DreamWorks rolling in Po with a $58m opening, with a franchise 2nd-best opening. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire‘s opening ($45m) just about matched that of Afterlife‘s, before collapsing the following week. And Godzilla x Kong overperformed ($80m opening) to close out the past 31 days.

February saw a total gross of $361 million at the box office. That extra leap-year day sure did help. The studios positioned Madame Web and Bob Marley: One Love for Valentine’s Day programming, and while the former bombed (enough to even make an appearance on our worst superhero movies list), Marley overperformed to briefly become the new highest-grossing movie of the year over Mean Girls.

In January, movies overall grossed $495 million at the box office. Mean Girls was the top movie of the month, though it’s lagging behind the 2004 original‘s $86 million tally, unadjusted. The Beekeeper also showed tenacity, and is Jason Statham’s highest-grossing starring original since 2018’s The Meg.

Thanks to Box Office Mojo and The Numbers for reference. See below for an expanded guide to the top 10 box office-grossing 2024 movies.


Inside Out 2 (2024)

Adjusted Score: 110565%
Critics Consensus: Spicing things up with the wrinkle of teenage angst, Inside Out 2 clears the head and warms the heart by living up to its predecessor's emotional intelligence.
Synopsis: The little voices inside Riley's head know her inside and out--but next summer, everything changes when Disney and Pixar's Inside... [More]
Directed By: Kelsey Mann


Dune: Part Two (2024)

Adjusted Score: 123532%
Critics Consensus: Visually thrilling and narratively epic, Dune: Part Two continues Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the beloved sci-fi series in spectacular form.
Synopsis: "Dune: Part Two" will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while... [More]
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

Adjusted Score: 71180%
Critics Consensus: Come to Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire for the sheer monster-mashing spectacle -- and stay for that too, because the movie doesn't have much else to offer.
Synopsis: This latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic... [More]
Directed By: Adam Wingard


Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024)

Adjusted Score: 81703%
Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Panda 4 offers enough eye-catching entertainment to sustain the franchise's young fans, although it's starting to feel like this series is running out of steam.
Synopsis: After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell

Adjusted Score: 81517%
Critics Consensus: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence remain good company even when Bad Boys strains to up the ante, proving there's still life left in this high-octane franchise.
Synopsis: This Summer, the world's favorite Bad Boys are back with their iconic mix of edge-of-your seat action and outrageous comedy... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101670%
Critics Consensus: Carving out a new era for The Planet of the Apes with lovable characters and rich visuals, Kingdom doesn't take the crown as best of the franchise but handily justifies its continued reign.
Synopsis: Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar's reign,... [More]
Directed By: Wes Ball


Despicable Me 4 (2024)

Adjusted Score: 63452%
Critics Consensus: Fast paced and teeming with slapstick gags, Despicable Me 4 is as overstuffed as a piñata but full of enough candy to give audiences an enjoyable sugar rush.
Synopsis: In the first Despicable Me movie in seven years, Gru, the world's favorite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent, returns for an exciting, bold... [More]
Directed By: Chris Renaud

Adjusted Score: 62934%
Critics Consensus: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire offers a certain amount of nostalgia-fueled fun for fans of the original, but a crowded cast and surprisingly serious tone prevent this sequel from truly sparking.
Synopsis: In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started -- the iconic New York City firehouse... [More]
Directed By: Gil Kenan


IF (2024)

Adjusted Score: 62500%
Critics Consensus: A sweet ode to rediscovering one's inner child, IF largely works as old-fashioned family entertainment despite an occasionally unfocused and unnecessarily complicated plot.
Synopsis: From writer and director John Krasinski, IF is about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone's imaginary friends... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

Adjusted Score: 57352%
Critics Consensus: Kingsley Ben-Adir does an admirable job in the central role, but Bob Marley: One Love is ultimately a standard biopic that doesn't do justice to its brilliant subject.
Synopsis: BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love... [More]
Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green