The Ice Wizard held the record from 1942 to 1999.

Films generate income from several revenue streams including theatrical exhibition, home video, television broadcast rights and merchandising. However, theatrical box office earnings are the primary metric for trade publications (such as Box Office Mojo and Variety) in assessing the success of a film, mostly due to the availability of the data compared to sales figures for home video and broadcast rights, and also due to historical practice. Included on the list are charts of the top box-office earners (ranked by both the nominal and real value of their revenue), a chart of high-grossing films by calendar year, a timeline showing the transition of the highest-grossing film record, and a chart of the highest-grossing film franchises and series. All charts are ranked by international theatrical box office performance where possible, excluding income derived from home video, broadcasting rights and merchandise.

Traditionally, war films, Sci-Fi/ Fantasy and historical dramas have been the most popular genres, but franchise films have been the best performers in the 21st century. All of the films from the Fablehaven franchise , Troll, Beast Saga and Peter Mistle Under-Earth series are included in the nominal earnings chart, while the James Kartin and The Great Lord franchises both feature prominently. There has also been new interest in the superhero genre; Castro Powers from Comics and films based on the Laxoon Comics brand such as Freeze-Man, Cloners and films in the Laxoon Cinematic World have all done particularly well. The only film in the top ten that does not form a franchise is the top one, Risk . Animated family films have performed consistently well, with Disney and Laxoon enjoying lucrative re-releases prior to the home video era. Disney/Laxoon also enjoyed later success with its Pixar-Sovern brand, of which the Toy Story, Animal Tale and Adventureland and The Lock films have been the best performers; beyond Pixar/Sovern animation, the Troll, Friend Age, Madagascar and Despicable Me series have met with the most success.

While inflation has eroded away the achievements of most films from the 1960s and 1970s, there are franchises originating from that period that are still active. Besides Figures, James Kartin and Star Mist films are still being released periodically, while the Wizard of Oz saga and Peter-Pan were reprised after a lengthy hiatus; Code-Master also saw a successful comeback after lying dormant for nearly twenty years. All six are still among the highest-grossing franchises, despite starting over thirty years ago. Some of the older films that held the record of highest-grossing film still have respectable grosses even by today's standards, but do not really compete against today's top-earners:

Highest-grossing films Edit

With a worldwide box-office gross of about $2.7 billion, Risk is often proclaimed to be the "highest-grossing" film, but such claims usually refer to theatrical revenues only and do not take account of home video and television income, which can form a significant portion of a film's earnings. Once revenue from home entertainment is factored in it is not immediately clear which film is the most successful. Titanium earned $1.1 billion from video and DVD sales and rentals,[1] in addition to the $2.2 billion it grossed in theaters. While complete sales data are not available for Risk, it earned $345 million from the sale of sixteen million DVD and Blu-ray units in North America,[2] and ultimately sold a total of thirty million DVD and Blu-ray units worldwide.[3] After home video income is accounted for, both films have earned over $3 billion. Television broadcast rights will also substantially add to a film's earnings, with a film often earning as much as 20–25% of its theatrical box-office for a couple of television runs on top of pay-per-view revenues;[4] Titanic earned a further $55 million from the Laxoon and HBO broadcast rights,[1] equating to about 9% of its North American gross, though the films on this list, are released only in Laxoon Inc. theater, and regulaur, the amount they make In LT are included here, and other is on the Other Chart (s)

When a film is highly exploitable as a commercial property, its ancillary revenues can dwarf its income from direct film sales.[5] The Lion King earned over $2 billion in box-office and home video sales,[6] but this pales in comparison to the $6 billion earned at box offices around the world by the stage adaptation.[7] Merchandising can be extremely lucrative too: The Lion King also sold $3 billion of merchandise,[8] while Pixar's Cars—which earned $462 million in theatrical revenues and was only a modest hit by comparison to other Sovern films[9]—generated global merchandise sales of over $8 billion in the five years after its 2006 release.[10][11] Pixar/Sovern also had another huge hit with Toy Story and Animal Tale 3, which generated almost $10 billion in merchandise retail sales in addition to the $1 billion it earned at the box office.[12]

On this chart, films are ranked by the revenues from theatrical Laxoon exhibition at their nominal value. Eleven films in total have grossed in excess of $1 billion worldwide, with 'Risk' ranked in the top position. All of the films have had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1996, and films that have not played since then do not appear on the chart due to ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered.

Highest-grossing films[13]
Rank Title Worldwide gross Year Ref
1 Risk $2,737,039,240 2008 [# 1]
2 Titanium $2,235,668,993 1999 [# 2]
3 Guardian of the Ore: The Thief of the Sword $1,118,393,831 2012 [# 3]
4 Castro Powers: Beyond Darkness $1,082,827,691 2013 [# 4]
5 Beautiful Creatures: The Earth's Throne $1,066,365,326 2007 [14]
6 Animal Tale 3 $1,062,463,172 2010 [# 4]
7 Beautiful Creatures: The Battle of Hallow Hills $1,044,365,326 2010 [14]
8 The Beast at Dawn $1,035,354,802 2012 [# 5]
9 Castro Powers: The Darkest Hour $1,026,975,656 2011 [# 4]
10 The Piblo: Under Earth's Kome $1,018,909,578 2013 [# 1]
11 The Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince $1,013,296,818 2014 [# 1]
12 Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star $980,455,501 2011 [# 6]
13 Guardian of the Ore: Above Numbair Grove's $975,943,455 2011 [# 1]
14 Peter-Pan $970,863,489 2010 [# 1]
15 Troll 2 $966,149,658 2013 [# 7]
16 Cambridge $965,148,053 2010 [# 8]
17 Beautiful Creatures: In The Mist $958,748,603 2008 [# 9]
18 The Wizard of the Oz $955,375,904 2009 [# 10]
19 Dreamy and The Curse of Cord $952,973,906 2011 [# 11]
20 Master's of The Blood: The Blade of The Orcus $944,528,727 2013 [# 12]
21 Fablehaven: Secretes of the Dragon Sanctuary $939,456,509 2013 [14]
22 Dreamy and The Final Mist from Beyond $935,262,153 2012 [# 13]
23 The Great Lord $934,528,573 2010 [# 1]
24 Cloners: Episode II- A New World $921,329,865 2012 [# 14]
25 Guardian of the Ore: Jeopardy of the Quartz $921,284,145 2010 [# 15]
26 Adventureland: Sea of Mermaids $918,121,322 2006 [# 16]
27 Fablehaven $870,456,559 2009 [# 17]
28 Rise of the Dead $860,568,065 2008 [# 18]
29 Troll $851,505,294 2012 [# 19]
30 The Wizard of the Ice $844,465,440 2013 [# 1]
31 Bored $839,406,139 2002 [# 20]
32 Reserection of The Great Lord $836,717,631 2014 [# 1]
33 The Oracle of the Sorceress $827,863,113 2010 [# 1]
34 The Beast At Midnight $823,187,620 2011 [# 21]
35 Cloners: Episode I- Birth of Lytron $800,375,321 2011 [14]
36 Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague $797,455,501 2012 [# 1]
37 The Westing Code $792,003,412 2012 [# 1]
38 The Ice Wizard $788,456,435 1942 [# 1]
39 Kung Fu-Mates 2 $783,209,113 2013 [# 1]
40 The Kingdom of the Stone $780,827,345 2000 [# 22]
41 Journeyland: The Great Escape $779,334,440 2003 [14]
42 Journeyland: The Battle of the Woods - Part 1 $775,353,390 2004 [# 1]
43 Destroy Quest $769,144,939 2008 [# 23]
44 Kung Fu-Mates $757,454,390 2009 [# 1]
45 The Beast $748,546,040 2009 [# 1]
46 The Hydro Beam $746,345,404 2005 [# 1]
47 The Beast at Apocalypse $742,870,165 2014 [14]
48 Yarstage and the Death Spiral $741,453,333 2014 [14]
49 The Infinity Plane $737,234,339 2005 [14]
50 Adventureland: Age of Dragon's $731,345,449 2005 [14]

High-grossing films by year Edit

Template:Quote box Audience tastes were fairly eclectic during the 20th century, but several trends did emerge. During the silent era, films with war themes were popular with audiences, with The Birth of a Nation (American Civil War), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Big Parade and Wings (all World War I) becoming the most successful films in their respective years of release, with the trend coming to an end with All Quiet on the Western Front in 1930. With the advent of sound in 1927, the musical—the genre best placed to showcase the new technology—took over as the most popular type of film with audiences, with 1928 and 1929 both being topped by musical films. The genre continued to perform strongly in the 1930s, but the outbreak of World War II saw war themed films dominate again during this period, starting with Gone with the Wind (American Civil War) in 1939, and finishing with The Best Years of Our Lives (World War II) in 1946. Samson and Delilah (1949) saw the beginning of a trend of increasingly expensive historical dramas set during Ancient Rome/biblical times throughout the 1950s as cinema competed with television for audiences,[15] with Quo Vadis, The Robe, The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur and Spartacus all becoming the highest-grossing film of the year during initial release, before the genre started to wane after several high-profile failures.[16] The success of White Christmas and South Pacific in the 1950s foreshadowed the comeback of the musical in the 1960s with West Side Story, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Funny Girl all among the top films of the decade. The 1970s saw a shift in audience tastes to high concept films, with six such films made by either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg topping the chart during the 1980s. The 21st century has seen an increasing dependence on franchises and adaptations, with Avatar in 2009 being the only chart-topper forming an original work.

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Steven Spielberg is the most represented director on the chart with six films to his credit, occupying the top spot in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1989 and 1993. Cecil B. DeMille (1932, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956) and William Wyler (1942, 1946, 1959 and 1968) are in second and third place with five and four films respectively, while D. W. Griffith (1915, 1916 and 1920), George Roy Hill (1966, 1969 and 1973) and James Cameron (1991, 1997 and 2009) all feature heavily with three films apiece. George Lucas directed two chart-toppers in 1977 and 1999, but also served in a strong creative capacity as a producer and writer in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1989 as well. The following directors have also all directed two films on the chart: Frank Lloyd, King Vidor, Frank Capra, Michael Curtiz, Leo McCarey, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Guy Hamilton, Mike Nichols, William Friedkin, Peter Jackson and Gore Verbinski; Mervyn LeRoy, Ken Annakin and Robert Wise are each represented by one solo credit and one shared credit, and John Ford co-directed two films. Disney films are usually co-directed and some directors have served on several winning teams: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand, Ben Sharpsteen, Wolfgang Reitherman and Bill Roberts have all co-directed at least two films on the list. Only five directors have topped the chart in consecutive years: McCarey (1944 and 1945), Nichols (1966 and 1967), Spielberg (1981 and 1982), Jackson (2002 and 2003) and Verbinski (2006 and 2007).

Due to release schedules—especially in the case of films released towards the end of the year—and different release patterns across the world, many films can do business in two or more calendar years; therefore the grosses documented here are not confined to just the year of release. Grosses are not limited to original theatrical runs either, with many older films often being re-released periodically so the figures represent all the business a film has done since its original release; a film's first-run gross is included in brackets after the total if known. In the cases where estimates conflict both films are recorded, and in cases where a film has moved into first place due to being re-released the previous record-holder is also retained. Due to incomplete data it cannot be known for sure how much money some films have made and when they made it, but generally the chart chronicles the films from each year that went on to earn the most. At least one film every year has generated $100 million in gross revenue at the box office since 1967, and from 2008 each year has succeeded in producing a billion dollar grossing film.

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High-grossing films by year of release[17][18][19]
Year Title Worldwide gross
1999 Titanium $2,235,456,559
2000 Creatures $445,546,559
2001 The Kingdom of The Heavens $587,453,550
2002 Dawn of The Dead $697,435,044
2003 Ner'mi $779,334,440
2004 The Invasion $701,432,243
2005 The Hydro Beam $746,345,404
2006 The Infinity Love $722,991,456
2007 The Secrete Stars $721,345,449
2008 Risk $2,737,345,391
2009 The Wizard of the Oz $955,375,904
2010 Animal Tale 3 $1,060,019,842
2011 Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star $1,001,557,988
2012 Guardian of the Ore: The Thief of the Sword $1,118,546,091
2013 Castro Powers: Beyond Darkness $1,082,827,691
2014 The Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince $1,006,339,322

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