The Ultimate Top-Grossing Movies Quiz


Adjusting for inflation (and the fact that ticket prices have outpaced inflation) makes a big difference when you're looking at movie grosses over 100 years. According to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records, what's the top-grossing movie of all time (adjusted for inflation)?

"Gone With the Wind" has made almost $3.5 billion in today's dollars.

What's the top-grossing movie of all time, not adjusted for inflation?

The unadjusted list skews very heavily to recent films. As of early 2016, "Avatar" (2009) has made $2.7 billion worldwide.

What's the only movie besides "Avatar" and "Titanic" in the unadjusted top 30 that isn't part of a franchise?

"Frozen" stands at No. 9, "Finding Nemo" is No. 33 and "Inside Out" is No. 45.

How long did it take "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" to overtake "Avatar" for the No. 1 movie of all time in North America?

"The Force Awakens" needed only 20 days to make $764 million and surpass "Avatar."

How long did it take "Avatar" to make the same amount of money?

"Avatar" was in theaters for seven months before it made $750 million.

How much money did "The Force Awakens" make in its first 24 hours of release?

A cool $100 million went into the bank on the first day.

After "Gone With the Wind," what's the highest-grossing Best Picture Award winner?

It isn't often that the most popular movie of the year also wins the Best Picture Oscar. "The Sound of Music" was the second-highest-grossing Best Picture (adjusted for inflation).

What's the top-grossing movie franchise of all time?

The 12 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ("The Avengers," "Iron Man," "Guardians of the Galaxy," etc.) have grossed $9 billion worldwide.

How many movies have grossed more than $1 billion?

Twenty-four films have made more than $1 billion worldwide.

How many have made more than $2 billion?

The big three are "Avatar," "The Force Awakens" and "Titanic."

What was the first Alfred Hitchcock film to be the biggest movie of the year?

"Rear Window" was the most popular movie of 1954.

How many times has a Steven Spielberg film been the top-grossing film of the year?

Spielberg had the top movies of 1975, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1989 and 1993.

How many times has a Steven Spielberg movie been at the top of the all-time list?

"Jaws," "E.T." and "Jurassic Park" have all spent time at the top of the all-time list.

Spielberg is also the only director to have one of his own movies replace another for top-grossing film ever. Which Spielberg film passed another?

In 1993, "Jurassic Park" surpassed "E.T.," which had been No. 1 for 10 years.

What's the top-grossing animated film of all time?

"Frozen" stole the crown from "Toy Story 3" in 2014.

Which film made almost $2 billion worldwide and three times that with its live-action theatrical version?

"The Lion King" has been a musical-theater juggernaut since 1997.

Three Harry Potter films have been the top-grossing film of the year: the first, last and this one.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film in the franchise, was the top movie of 2005.

What's the top-grossing musical film ever (adjusted for inflation)?

"The Sound of Music" still rakes it in.

Which movie did "The Sound of Music" overtake for No. 1 of all time?

"Gone With the Wind" had been hanging out at the top of the all-time list for years.

How long had "Gone With the Wind" been the biggest movie ever?

"GWTW" was the top movie ever from 1939 to 1964.

What's the only other movie that sat at No. 1 longer?

"The Birth of a Nation" was No. 1 from 1915 (the first year such things were counted) until "GWTW" came along in 1939.

What was the first Disney animated film to be the top-grossing movie of the year?

"Snow White" was also the first Disney animated film, in 1937.

"Jungle Book" was the biggest movie of 1967. It was 25 years before another animated film could claim that honor. What was that movie?

There was a long dry spell for animated movies until "Aladdin" took the top spot in 1992.

What's the top-grossing war movie (besides "Gone With the Wind")?

Not adjusted for inflation, the winner is "American Sniper."

After "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," which movie had the biggest opening day in North America?

The final Harry Potter film made $91 million on its first day in 2011.

What's the highest-grossing Pixar movie?

"Toy Story 3" takes the cake for Pixar.

In the 21st century, only two directors have had the top-grossing movie in two consecutive years. Name one.

Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" were the top movies of 2002 and 2003.

Now name the other.

Two of Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies -- "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" were the most popular movies of 2006 and 2007.

"Ben-Hur" was the top-grossing movie of two different years. The silent version was released in 1925. When was the next "Ben-Hur?"

The second "Ben-Hur" was the top-grossing movie of 1959 and also won the Best Picture Academy Award.

Tom Cruise has been in three movies that have been the top-grossing films of the year. Which was NOT one of them?

The original "Mission: Impossible" was beaten out by "Independence Day" in 1996.

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