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THE 10 BIGGEST SUMMER
BLOCKBUSTERS OF ALL TIME
Classic summer movies that brought in the dough.
A NOTE ON METHODOLOGY
Movies were considered that had opening weekends
between Labor Day and Memorial Day
All figures re...
 Sales: $653 million
 Year Released: 1994
 Company: Paramount
This book-turned-movie did far
better than expected, as i...
9) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
 Sales: $682 million
 Year released: 1981
 Company: Lucasfilm
The first installment of the
I...
 Sales: $733 million
 Year Released: 1999
 Company: Lucasfilm
This was the first Star Wars film
in nearly 15 years. Tho...
7) JURASSIC PARK
 Sales: $733 million
 Year released: 1993
 Company: Amblin
Entertainment
While a newer version is in
t...
 Sales: $734 million
 Year Released: 1994
 Company: Walt Disney
The movie became an instant hit
during the golden age f...
5) STAR WARS: EPISODE VI
 Sales: $755 million
 Year released: 1983
 Company: Lucasfilm
This was the last in the first s...
 Sales: $784 million
 Year Released: 1980.
 Company: Lucasfilm
The second installment in the first
Star Wars trilogy, f...
3) E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTIAL
 Sales: $1.10 billion
 Year released: 1982
 Company: Amblin
Entertainment
The story of an...
 Sales: $1.15 billion
 Year Released: 1975
 Company: Universal
The earliest release on this list,
the success of Jaws c...
1) STAR WARS: EPISODE IV
 Sales: $1.32 billion
 Year released: 1977
 Company: Lucasfilm
When the first-ever “Star Wars”...
THEN CHECK OUT…
3 Companies Poised to
Explode When Cable Dies
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Summer movies are big business. After adjusting for inflation, these ten were the highest grossing summer hits of all time.

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The 10 Biggest Summer Blockbusters of All Time

  1. 1. THE 10 BIGGEST SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS OF ALL TIME Classic summer movies that brought in the dough.
  2. 2. A NOTE ON METHODOLOGY Movies were considered that had opening weekends between Labor Day and Memorial Day All figures represent domestic ticket sales only, and are given in inflation-adjusted (2015) dollars. These figures include ticket sales if a movie was re- released at some later time.
  3. 3.  Sales: $653 million  Year Released: 1994  Company: Paramount This book-turned-movie did far better than expected, as it took viewers through tumultuous times via the unique lens of the title character. 10) FORREST GUMP Photo: Toby Jamohan, via Flickr
  4. 4. 9) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK  Sales: $682 million  Year released: 1981  Company: Lucasfilm The first installment of the Indiana Jones series was the only one with a summer release. Photo: Micky Aldridge, via Flickr
  5. 5.  Sales: $733 million  Year Released: 1999  Company: Lucasfilm This was the first Star Wars film in nearly 15 years. Though it was met with mixed reviews, fans turned out in droves. 8) STAR WARS: EPISODE I Photo:Beekeeper, via Flickr
  6. 6. 7) JURASSIC PARK  Sales: $733 million  Year released: 1993  Company: Amblin Entertainment While a newer version is in theaters now, the original “Jurassic Park” stunned viewers with its special effects. Photo: Jeremy Thompson
  7. 7.  Sales: $734 million  Year Released: 1994  Company: Walt Disney The movie became an instant hit during the golden age for Disney’s cartoon movie unit. 6) THE LION KING Photo: Post Memes, via Flickr
  8. 8. 5) STAR WARS: EPISODE VI  Sales: $755 million  Year released: 1983  Company: Lucasfilm This was the last in the first set of Star Wars films, where we see Darth Vader sacrifice himself for Luke at the movie’s end.
  9. 9.  Sales: $784 million  Year Released: 1980.  Company: Lucasfilm The second installment in the first Star Wars trilogy, fans had to wait three years for “The Empire Strikes Back” to come to theaters. 4) STAR WARS: EPISODE V Photo: Brett Jordan, via Flickr
  10. 10. 3) E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTIAL  Sales: $1.10 billion  Year released: 1982  Company: Amblin Entertainment The story of an alien left behind and a 10-year old boy named Elliot became an instant classic.
  11. 11.  Sales: $1.15 billion  Year Released: 1975  Company: Universal The earliest release on this list, the success of Jaws convinced studio executives that summer thrillers could be huge hits. 2) JAWS Photo: 7th Street Theatre, via Flickr
  12. 12. 1) STAR WARS: EPISODE IV  Sales: $1.32 billion  Year released: 1977  Company: Lucasfilm When the first-ever “Star Wars” came out, it broke every record in the book. Audiences couldn’t (and still can’t) get enough of the movie.
  13. 13. THEN CHECK OUT… 3 Companies Poised to Explode When Cable Dies

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