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The highest-grossing movies ever

The 2017 box office is off to a promising start, with films like “Logan” and “Beauty and the Beast” bringing in big bucks. As of April 4, total domestic box office revenue stands at a whopping $2.14 billion. That number is sure to get a hefty boost with the release of “The Fate of the Furious” on April 14.

Even so, the heaviest hitters are likely to come toward the end of the year. “Justice League” is scheduled for a Nov. 17 release, and the highly-anticipated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be released on Dec. 15. Both of those films are poised to dominate the 2017 box office. But will they become some of the top-grossing films ever?

To help answer that question, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, found the highest-grossing movies of all time, using data from Box Office Mojo. Box office figures are inflation-adjusted to the average 2017 price of a ticket ($8.65). Also included is each movie’s Smart Rating. This is a score of 100 that takes into account a film’s IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. In the event of a tie, the film with the better Smart Rating was ranked higher.

Only eight movies have grossed more than $1 billion (inflation-adjusted) at the domestic office, all of which were released before the 21st century. As expected, the ranking is riddled with franchises, sequels and big-budget blockbusters — perhaps none as successful as the Star Wars franchise.

Note: Many of the older films on this list have had multiple releases, contributing to their high box office totals. PrettyFamous only included the initial release year on each slide. Movie descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.

Compiled by Alex Greer,

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