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The Top 20 Grossing Sci-Fi Movies of All-Time

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Science fiction films have been capturing our imaginations for decades. Although originally for entertainment purposes only, we've seen that some of them have had a prophetic message and many of the things that we once believed were futuristic and even unbelievable have evolved into modern conveniences through the advancement of technology. In some cases, science fiction has become science fact. We flock to these new fantastical films because they're stimulating and intriguing and they fill our minds with wonder. Science fiction isn't just attractive to nerds anymore. These movies draw in crowds from all backgrounds. Here are the top 20 highest-grossing science fiction films of all-time and their gross profit earnings.

Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace

20. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - $1,027,044,677

The Phantom Menace is the installment in the franchise series that follows the story of young Annikin Skywalker from the time that he was just 8 years old, and it shows how he came to unite with Qui Gon Jinn and his Paduan Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi ultimately becomes his mentor until the time that Skywalker leaves the Jedi to join the dark side. The film was released in 1999.

Jurassic Park

19. Jurassic Park -$1,029,528,120

Jurassic Park stars Sam Neil, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. The curator of the park brings dinosaur experts to his island to verify that the park is safe to be opened to the public as a curiosity venue. Things go terribly wrong as security systems fail and the dinosaurs are loosed on the island, putting everyone in danger. The film was released in 1993 and remains one of the world's highest-grossing science-fiction films.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story

18. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - $1,056,057,273

Rogue One was released in 2016 in a continuation of the space drama and the fight of the Rebel Alliance against the forces of evil which are building the weapon of ultimate destruction known as the Death Star. This segment stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.

Transformers Age of Extinction

17. Transformers: Age of Extinction $1,104,054,072

This was the fourth installment in the ongoing Transformers film series. Michael Bay directed the film which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Bay. Stars in this film include Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, and Nicola Peltz. Although the critics gave the film a negative review, the box office earnings were sky-high. The film was released in 2014 and made over a billion in gross profits worldwide. Although in the top 20 list, the release failed to keep up with the Dark of the Moon installment.

Transformers Dark Moon

16. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $1,123,794,079

This film was released in 2011, starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malkovich. It was the third installment in the film series drawing in crowds upon opening at theaters on June 29th, 2011. It closed on October 13th of the same year.

SpiderMan Far From Home

15. Spider-Man: Far From Home -$1,127,611,196

Spider-Man: Far From Home was released in July of 2019. It features actors Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon Favreau and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was ranked high on several genre lists including 3D, Comic Book Adaptation, IMAX Feature Length, and Superhero.

Captain Marvel

14. Captain Marvel - $1,128,274,794

Captain Marvel opened on March 8, 2019, and closed on July 4, 2019. The actors involved in this sci-fi hero film are Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg, Lude Law, and Annette Bening. It takes the fourteenth position in our list of the twenty highest-grossing science fiction movies worldwide.


13. Aquaman $1,147,761,807

Aquaman was released into theaters on December 21, 2018. It ran for 105 days, closing April 4, 2019. Seventy percent of the worldwide gross profit came from non-domestic viewers. It ranked high in the Underwater genre as well as Superhero Origin, Superhero, IMAX Feature-length, Comic Book Adaptation, and 3D categories. Aquaman starred Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, and Patrick Wilson.

Captain America Civil War

12. Captain America: Civil War - $1,153,304,495

Captain America made its debut in theaters on May 6, 2016. The movie ran in theaters for 140 days and closed on September 22, 2016. Stars of the film include Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Machie, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Bruhl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Tom Holland, and Marisa Tomei.

Iron Man 3

11. Iron Man 3 - $1,214,811,252

Iron Man 3 was released in theaters on May 3, 2013, and it was shown for 133 days closing September 12, 2013. This was the 11th highest-grossing science fiction film worldwide, so far. The movie stars Fan Bingbing, Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, the voice of Paul Bettany and a cameo appearance by Mark Ruffalo.

Jurassic World

10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - $1,209,484,461

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom kicks off the ten highest-grossing science fiction movies worldwide, of all time. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opened June 22nd of 2018 in its widest release of 4.485 theaters and the film closed on October 4 of 2018. The film was a continuation of the installments of the Jurassic Park franchise. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin, and Toby Jones. Fallen Kingdom is the tenth best moneymaker at the box office, however, it failed to live up to the high revenues made by its predecessor.

Star Wars last jedi

9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - $2,796,274,401

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released in theaters on December 15, 2017. The film had a run of 126 days and closed on April 19, 2018. It made history as the second best box office success of the Star Wars Franchise so far. The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John BOyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Black Panther

8. Black Panther - $1,346,913,161

Black Panther was released in theaters on February 2, 2019. It was shown for 175 days adn closed on August 9, 2018. This was the 8th worldwide highest-grossing science fiction film ever. The movie stars Winston Duke, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Sterling K. Brown, and Letitia Wright.

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron - $1,405,403,694

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the fourth-best box office performer in the Avengers franchise, so far. The movie was released on May 1, 2015, and was shown for 161 days, closing on October 8 ,2015. The film stars Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, a cameo appearance by Andy Serkis and the voices of James Spader and Josh Brolin.


6. The Avengers - $1,518,821,988

The Avengers placed number six in our top 20 science fiction movies. It was released on May 3, 2012, in theaters and it ran for 154 days, closing on October 4, 2012. Stars in The Avengers include Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow and the voice of Paul Bettany. Although the first in the series, there were two of its sequels which would rank even higher in box office sales.

Jurassic World fallen kingdom

5. Jurassic World - $1,671,713,208

Jurassic World is the predecessor of our number 10 film, Fallen Kingdom. It beat the second installment of the Jurassic World continuum by five spots to come in as the fifth most successful at the box-office worldwide. The movie was released into theaters on June 12, 2015. It closed on November 19, 2015. This film is among the five best producing films of all time at the box office. Jurassic World followed the hit original Jurassic Park and it even exceeded the high revenues brought in by the film that kicked off the franchise. Jurassic World stars Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irfan Khan, and Judy Greer. It beat the sequel by five places with regards to revenue generated worldwide during its initial showing to the public.

Avengers Infinity War

4. Avengers: Infinity War -$2,048,359,754

Avengers: Infinity War is the second-highest-grossing installment of the Avengers franchise. It was first released in theaters on April 27, 2018. The film was shown for 140 days and it closed on September 13, 2018. Infinity Wars stars Winston Duke, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage, Chris Pratt, William Hurt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Letitia Wright, Benecio Del Toro, the voices of Bradley Coope and Vin Diesel and a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson.

star wars force awakens

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $2,068,223,624

The Force Awakens is the highest-worldwide-grossing film in the Star Wars Franchise. It was released in theaters on December 18, 2015, and it was shown for 168 days. It closed on June 2, 2016, completing a 24-week run which resulted in more than two billion dollars in gross profits. This would be Harrison Ford's final appearance as Han Solo, before being murdered by his son who had turned to evil and joined forces with the dark side. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Warwick Davis, Lupita Nyong'o, Simon Pegg and Iko Uwais.


2. Avatar - $2,789,679,794

As we're counting down the twenty most successful science fiction films at the box office of all-time, the second is Avatar, coming in just shy of $2.8 billion in gross profits worldwide. This film was released in theaters on December 18, 2009. It ran for an amazing 238 days or 34 weeks, and it closed on August 12th of 2010. Avatar stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, and Joel David Moore.

Avengers Endgame

1. Avengers: Endgame - $2,796,274,401

We've finally come to the highest-grossing science fiction film of all time, worldwide. The gross profits from the Avengers: Endgame were so close to Avatar that there was only a little over a three million dollar difference. When you've gone into the billions, these figures are pretty darned close, but it still brought in more and is, therefore, the number one of all-time. There were hopes that it would exceed the $3 billion mark and break all records, setting a high bar for others to follow, but it fell short of some $200 million and change, but who's counting right? Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters on April 26, 2019, and it closed on September 12, 2019, after running 140 days. The all-star cast blew the doors off with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lilly, Letitia Wright, Chadwick Boseman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Winston Duke, Tessa Thompson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Zoe Zaldana, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Tom Hiddleston, Rene Russo, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, John Slattery, Tilda Swinton, Jon Favreau, Hayley Atwell, Natalie Portman, Marisa Tomei, Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, William Hurt, Cobie Smulders, Linda Cardellini, Frank Grillo, James D'Arcy, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, adn the coices of Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Taika Waititi.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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