Thanks to continued international growth, for the first time ever 5 movies made more than $1 billion each worldwide and 4 of them even rank among the all-time 10 highest grossing films.
A total of 9 of the 10 movies on this top 10 were also found in the US one, the only one missing here is Cinderella, which was replaced by Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Another thing, with the exception of 1st and 2nd place (and you can probably guess those titles), none of them occupy the same spot here.
So without further ado here are the top 10 highest grossing movies of 2015, worldwide. Marked with an asterisk (*) are the titles that are still in theaters, making money. In parentheses you will see each film’s international cume and at the end of the post I’ll also have a shorter top 10 for overseas numbers only, which I can already tell you is also quite different than the domestic or worldwide one.
10. The Martian – $598.8 million* ($370.9M)
The Best Picture nominated sci-fi is director Ridley Scott’s highest grossing film yet, worldwide, internationally and in the US. Now for star Matt Damon The Martian is his top film domestically and 2nd biggest internationally and worldwide, behind Interstellar. China was by far The Martian‘s top overseas market with $94.9 million.
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – $651.6 million* ($370.9M)
Mockingjay Part 2 made less than the last two installments internationally, which is not something we often see when it comes to young-adult adaptations. Usually they stay the same or improve overseas (if only slightly), but that obviously wasn’t the case here. Still, the final chapter ended up with a hefty sum and between Part 1 and Part 2 Lionsgate is looking at over $1.4 billion worldwide. Across 4 movies The Hunger Games made $2.966 billion worldwide.
8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $682.3 million ($487.3M)
Rogue Nation was very close to Ghost Protocol‘s $694.7 million worldwide total, but in the end the difference came down to Rogue Nation‘s slightly lower domestic gross. Even so, for a series that’s been going for almost 20 years, the fact that Mission: Impossible can still bring in such numbers is extremely impressive. China with $135.7 million was Rogue Nation‘s top overseas market.
7. Inside Out – $856.8 million ($500.3M)
Inside Out is Pixar’s 2nd highest grossing original film (non-sequel) worldwide and ranks 10th among the biggest animations ever worldwide. Internationally Inside Out performed best in the UK ($59.4 million).
6. Spectre – $877.7 million* ($678.2M)
While it won’t end up anywhere near Skyfall ($1.108 billion), Spectre was still considerably bigger than any other James Bond movie. As you’d expect the UK ($135.6 million) was the 007’s top overseas market, followed by China ($83.5 million) and Germany ($72.4 million). Spectre ranks 41st on the all-time worldwide chart, Skyfall is 14th.
5. Minions – $1,159.1 million ($823M)
Minions greatly improved on Despicable Me 2‘s $970.8 million total. The animation’s biggest international markets were the UK ($72.7 million), China ($68.5 million), Germany ($63.2 million), France ($44 million) and Mexico ($43.9 million). Minions ranks 11th (was 10th for a few months) on the all-time worldwide chart. It’s also the 2nd highest grossing animation ever, behind Frozen ($1.276 billion).
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1,405.4 million ($946.4M)
Avengers: Age of Ultron could not match the $1.519 billion of The Avengers, but the blame for that falls exclusively on the US since the superhero sequel improved overseas versus the $896.2 million of The Avengers. All in all that’s still a very healthy gross and Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently the all-time 7th top releases worldwide. The Avengers ranks 5th. As you can probably guess China was Age of Ultron‘s top overseas market with $240.1 million.
3. Furious 7 – $1,516 million ($1,163M)
Furious 7 ranks so high largely thanks to its incredible $390.9 million Chinese total, the film’s biggest market both overseas and worldwide (the US brought $353 million). Besides having made more money than the last two Fast and Furious films put together, Furious 7 is now also the 6th top movie ever worldwide. I could never have imagined Fast and Furious growing so much in 14 years and I don’t think anyone could have.
2. Jurassic World – $1,670.4 million ($1,018.1M)
Did you know Jurassic World made more than the original 1993 Jurassic Park (plus its 3D re-release), as well as sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park put together? It did, and now you know. I guess people were hungry for more dinos and Jurassic World delivered that, so it’s now the 4th all-time highest grossing movie worldwide. Jurassic World‘s top international market was China with $228.7 million.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $1,983.3 million* ($1,087.8M)
The Force Awakens is on the verge of becoming only the 3rd movie to ever cross the $2 billion mark and that’s mostly thanks to the film’s phenomenal box office run in the US. While Star Wars generally performed strong to very strong across the board internationally, the UK was probably the only big market where the film’s take was on par with the US. Because of that the UK is also The Force Awakens‘ top overseas market with over $176 million (a new record in the country). On the all-time chart Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently 3rd, behind Titanic ($2.186 billion) and Avatar (2.788 billion).