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The 20 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time

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Hundreds of movies come out every year, but very few are hits. We've written about some of the lowest-grossing movies of all time; here are America's highest-grossing ones, adjusted for inflation, according to Box Office Mojo.

1. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

 Released in 1939, Victor Fleming’s adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War epic is one of the world’s first genuine blockbusters—and still holds the top spot for box office dollars, with a grand total of $1,786,074,500.

2. STAR WARS (1977)

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The George Lucas space opera that launched a thousand action figures (and almost as many sequels and prequels) still reigns supreme in the Star Wars universe, with a total take of $1,574,577,200.

3. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

The hills are alive … with the sound of $1,258,951,900 in domestic ticket sales

4. E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

The biggest movie of 1982 is also the fourth biggest movie of all time, with a grand total of $1,253,992,300. That’s a lot of Reese’s Pieces.

5. TITANIC (1997)

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James Cameron may have gotten some flak after declaring himself “King of the World” when he scooped up the award for Best Director at the 1998 Oscars, but he wasn’t too far off. Between Avatar (more on that later) and Titanic, which took in $1,197,594,300 during its theatrical run, Cameron holds the top two spots on the highest-grossing films worldwide.

6. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)

Cecil B. DeMille’s Biblical epic managed to conjure up $1,158,040,000 at the box office, even with a near-four-hour running time.

7. JAWS (1975)

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The film that made Steven Spielberg a household name may have scared audiences away from the water, but it brought them to the cinema in droves, as evidenced by its $1,132,216,800 in ticket sales.

8. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

Despite being banned in Russia—the country in which it is set—until 1994, David Lean’s epic drama-romance still managed to drum up more than a billion dollars ($1,097,357,400) from U.S. audiences.

9. THE EXORCIST (1973)

William Friedkin’s groundbreaking horror film is the genre’s first to score a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Though it ultimately lost to The Sting, it won as far as the box office was concerned, with a grand total of $977,696,600.

10. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

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Rounding out the top 10 is the oldest film on this list; the Walt Disney classic generated $963,560,000 at the box office.

11. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)

The newest film on this list, perhaps unsurprisingly, is yet another entry in the Star Wars saga. The Force Awakens managed to ring up $955,737,500 in box office receipts.

12. 101 DALMATIANS (1961)

Yet another Disney classic, the original 101 Dalmatians barked up $883,268,500 between its original 1961 release and four re-releases (in 1969, 1979, 1985, and 1991).

13. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)


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The second film released in the Star Wars franchise is its third highest grossing, with $867,916,800 in adjusted domestic ticket sales.

14. BEN-HUR (1959)

William Wyler’s sword and sandal spectacular was a hit with audiences, generating $866,320,000 in ticket sales.

15. AVATAR (2009)

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James Cameron's eco-minded sci-fi film is the director's second in the top 20 highest-grossing films, with $859,736,600.

16. RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)

Another Star Wars movie, another entry on this list. The franchise’s third release made an impressive $831,485,200.

17. JURASSIC PARK (1993)

While Jurassic World, the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series, currently holds the 24th spot on the all-time highest grossing movies list with $698,794,900, it’s got a long way to go before matching the original’s $812,590,100 in box office grosses.

18. STAR WARS: EPISODE I — THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999)

George Lucas. Again. This time with The Phantom Menace, which took in $798,358,700. Despite the presence of Jar Jar Binks.

19. THE LION KING (1994)

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The beloved animated classic roared its way into the all-time top 20 with $788,054,400.

20. THE STING (1973)

The Best Picture of 1973 was also a big winner at the box office, generating $788,022,900 in ticket sales.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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10 People Who Have Misplaced Their Oscars
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Winning an Oscar is, for most, a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Unless you’re Walt Disney, who won 22. Nevertheless, owning a little gold guy is such a rarity that you’d think their owners would be a little more careful with them. Now, not all of these losses are the winners' fault—but some of them certainly are, Colin Firth.

1. ANGELINA JOLIE

After Angelina Jolie planted a kiss on her brother and made the world wrinkle their noses, she went onstage and collected a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Lisa in Girl, Interrupted. She later presented the trophy to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. The statuette may have been boxed up and put into storage with the rest of Marcheline’s belongings when she died in 2007, but it hasn’t yet surfaced. “I didn’t actually lose it,” Jolie said, “but nobody knows where it is at the moment.”

2. WHOOPI GOLDBERG

In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg sent her Ghost Best Supporting Actress Oscar back to the Academy to have it cleaned and detailed, because apparently you can do that. The Academy then sent the Oscar on to R.S. Owens Co. of Chicago, the company that manufactures the trophies. When it arrived in the Windy City, however, the package was empty. It appeared that someone had opened the UPS package, removed the Oscar, then neatly sealed it all back up and sent it on its way. It was later found in a trash can at an airport in Ontario, California. The Oscar was returned to the Academy, who returned it to Whoopi without cleaning it. “Oscar will never leave my house again,” Goldberg said.

3. OLYMPIA DUKAKIS

When Olympia Dukakis’s Moonstruck Oscar was stolen from her home in 1989, she called the Academy to see if it could be replaced. “For $78,” they said, and she agreed that it seemed like a fair price. It was the only thing taken from the house.

4. MARLON BRANDO

“I don’t know what happened to the Oscar they gave me for On the Waterfront,” Marlon Brando wrote in his autobiography. “Somewhere in the passage of time it disappeared.” He also didn't know what happened to the Oscar that he had Sacheen Littlefeather accept for him in 1973. “The Motion Picture Academy may have sent it to me, but if it did, I don’t know where it is now.”

5. JEFF BRIDGES

Jeff Bridges had just won his Oscar in 2010 for his portrayal of alcoholic country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart, but it was already missing by the next year’s ceremony, where he was up for another one. He lost to Colin Firth for The King’s Speech. “It’s been in a few places since last year but I haven’t seen it for a while now,” the actor admitted. “I’m hoping it will turn up, especially now that I haven’t won a spare! But Colin deserves it. I just hope he looks after it better.” Which brings us to ...

6. COLIN FIRTH

Perhaps Jeff Bridges secretly cursed the British actor as he said those words, because Firth nearly left his new trophy on a toilet tank the very night he received it. After a night of cocktails at the Oscar after-parties in 2011, Firth allegedly had to be chased down by a bathroom attendant, who had found the eight-pound statuette in the bathroom stall. Notice we said allegedly: Shortly after those reports surfaced, Firth's rep issued a statement saying the "story is completely untrue. Though it did give us a good laugh."

7. MATT DAMON

When newbie writers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck took home Oscars for writing Good Will Hunting in 1998, it was one of those amazing Academy Award moments. Now, though, Damon isn’t sure where his award went. “I know it ended up at my apartment in New York, but unfortunately, we had a flood when one of the sprinklers went off when my wife and I were out of town and that was the last I saw of it,” Damon said in 2007.

8. MARGARET O'BRIEN

In 1945, seven-year-old Margaret O’Brien was presented with a Juvenile Academy Award for being the outstanding child actress of the year. About 10 years later, the O’Briens’ maid took the award home to polish, as she had done before, but never came back to work. The missing Oscar was forgotten about when O’Brien’s mother died shortly thereafter, and when Margaret finally remembered to call the maid, the number had been disconnected. She ended up receiving a replacement from the Academy.

There’s a happy ending to this story, though. In 1995, a couple of guys were picking their way through a flea market when they happened upon the Oscar. They put it up for auction, which is when word got back to the Academy that the missing trophy had resurfaced. The guys who found the Oscar pulled it from auction and presented it, in person, to Margaret O’Brien. “I’ll never give it to anyone to polish again,” she said.

9. BING CROSBY

For years, Bing Crosby's Oscar for 1944’s Going My Way had been on display at his alma mater, Gonzaga University. In 1972, students walked into the school’s library to find that the 13-inch statuette had been replaced with a three-inch Mickey Mouse figurine instead. A week later, the award was found, unharmed, in the university chapel. “I wanted to make people laugh,” the anonymous thief later told the school newspaper.

10. HATTIE MCDANIEL

Hattie McDaniel, famous for her Supporting Actress win as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, donated her Best Actress Oscar to Howard University. It was displayed in the fine arts complex for a time, but went missing sometime in the 1960s. No one seems to know exactly when or how, but there are rumors that the Oscar was unceremoniously dumped into the Potomac by students angered by racial stereotypes such as the one she portrayed in the film.

An earlier version of this post ran in 2013.

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