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The number of moviegoers have continued to decline in recent years, but huge blockbusters draw them in… in record numbers.

Among the highest grossing movies of all time, almost all of them have been in the last decade and all of them broke the $1 billion mark at the global box office.

One of the main studios doing this is Marvel. Following the massive success of Black Panther, which surpassed Titanic’s numbers in the domestic box office to become the third highest-earning movie in the country, the delivered Avengers: Infinity War and it hit $1 billion in a matter of days (11), becoming the fastest movie ever to hit the mark.

The highest-grossing movie ever is still James Cameron’s Avatar, which earned $2.78 billion worldwide. The hype surrounding this film was insane. It had fans worldwide wishing they could visit the fictional planet Pandora.

Below is the top 20 list, via Box Office Mojo.

1. Avatar (2009)

Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver
Worldwide Box Office: $2.78 billion

Synopsis: On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na’vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet’s environment is poisonous, human/Na’vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $20 USD

2. Titanic (1997)

Director: James Cameron
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher
Worldwide Box Office: $2.2 billion

Synopsis: James Cameron’s “Titanic” is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era — the “ship of dreams” — which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $10 USD

3. Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Worldwide Box Office: $2.05 billion

Synopsis: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $25

4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Worldwide Box Office: $2.03 billion

Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of 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. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

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5. Jurassic World (2015)

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan
Worldwide Box Office: $1.67 billion

Synopsis: Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.

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6. The Avengers (2012)

Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Worldwide Box Office: $1.51 billion

Synopsis: When Thor’s evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $29 USD

7. Furious 7 (2015)

Director: James Wan
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Stratham, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson
Worldwide Box Office: $1.51 billion

Synopsis: After defeating international terrorist Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen’s older brother, is thirsty for revenge. A slick government agent offers to help Dom and company take care of Shaw in exchange for their help in rescuing a kidnapped computer hacker who has developed a powerful surveillance program.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $15 USD

8. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Worldwide Box Office: $1.40 billion

Synopsis: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $20 USD

9. Black Panther (2018)

Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira
Worldwide Box Office: $1.34 billion

Synopsis: After the death of his father, T’Challa 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. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $23 USD

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

Director: David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman
Worldwide Box Office: $1.34 billion

Synopsis: A clash between good and evil awaits as young Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) prepare for a final battle against Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Harry has grown into a steely lad on a mission to rid the world of evil. The friends must search for the Horcruxes that keep the dastardly wizard immortal. Harry and Voldemort meet at Hogwarts Castle for an epic showdown where the forces of darkness may finally meet their match.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $13 USD

11. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Bodega
Worldwide Box Office: $1.33 billion

Synopsis: Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $20 USD

12. Frozen (2013)

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana
Worldwide Box Office: $1.27 billion

Synopsis: When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter’s cold grip.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $20 USD

13. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad
Worldwide Box Office: $1.26 billion

Synopsis: An arrogant prince is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. Strangely, his chance comes when he captures an unwary clockmaker, whose place is then taken by his bold and beautiful daughter Belle. Helped by the Beast’s similarly enchanted servants – including a clock, a teapot and a candelabra – Belle begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade. But as time runs out, it soon becomes obvious that Belle’s cocky suitor Gaston is the real beast of the piece.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $19 USD

14. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Stratham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson
Worldwide Box Office: $1.23 billion

Synopsis: With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life. They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them all. Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $10 USD

15. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall
Worldwide Box Office: $1.21 billion

Synopsis: Plagued with worry and insomnia since saving New York from destruction, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), now, is more dependent on the suits that give him his Iron Man persona — so much so that every aspect of his life is affected, including his relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow). After a malevolent enemy known as the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) reduces his personal world to rubble, Tony must rely solely on instinct and ingenuity to avenge his losses and protect the people he loves.

BUY IT ON BLU-RAY | $22.95 USD

16. Minions (2015)

Director: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan
Worldwide Box Office: $1.15 billion

Synopsis: Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $15 USD

17. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie
Worldwide Box Office: $1.15 billion

Synopsis: 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. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $20 USD

18. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson
Worldwide Box Office: $1.12 billion

Synopsis: Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), join the fray when the evil Decepticons renew their longstanding war against the Autobots. Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) believes that resurrecting ancient Transformer Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy), once the leader of the Autobots, may lead to victory. That decision, however, has devastating consequences; the war appears to tip in favor of the Decepticons, leading to a climactic battle in Chicago.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $20 USD

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

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett
Worldwide Box Office: $1.19 billion

Synopsis: NCM Fathom and Warner Home Video present “The Return of the King: Extended Edition” on June 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. (local time). The event will include a personal introduction from director Peter Jackson captured from the set of his current film and “The Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit,” immediately followed by the feature presentation including nearly an hour of additional feature footage carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson. Don’t miss your chance to see this historic series as it was meant to be seen!

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $10 USD

20. Skyfall (2012)

Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw
Worldwide Box Office: $1.1 billion

Synopsis: When James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events: Undercover agents around the world are exposed, and MI6 is attacked, forcing M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. With MI6 now compromised inside and out, M turns to the one man she can trust: Bond. Aided only by a field agent (Naomie Harris), Bond takes to the shadows and follows a trail to Silva (Javier Bardem), a man from M’s past who wants to settle an old score.

BUY ON BLU-RAY | $12 USD