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Highest Grossing 1990s Movies

We have a list of the top 20 box office hits of the 1990s. How many can you name?
Domestic gross - not adjusted for inflation
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First submittedDecember 23, 2012
Last updatedJanuary 5, 2018
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Movie
$601 m
Transatlantic passenger ship hits an iceberg and sinks
Titanic
$431 m
A young boy may be the Jedi "chosen one"
Star Wars: Episode I
$357 m
Dinosaurs are brought to life in a new theme park
Jurassic Park
$329 m
Man with a low IQ goes to Vietnam, plays ping pong, and catches shrimp
Forrest Gump
$312 m
Young cub must defeat his evil uncle to become leader of the Pridelands
The Lion King
$306 m
Space aliens easily destroy most of Earth's major cities, but may
be vulnerable to computer hacking
Independence Day
$294 m
Therapist tries to help a boy who can see dead people
The Sixth Sense
$285 m
Boy uses booby traps to defend his house from burglars
Home Alone
$251 m
Top-secret agents protect the Earth from intergalactic threats
Men in Black
$246 m
Cowboy toy must be rescued from a greedy toy collector
Toy Story 2
$242 m
Tornado scientists get too close to the action
Twister
$229 m
People try to capture dinosaurs that are living free on an island near Costa Rica
The Lost World:
Jurassic Park
$220 m
Man pretends to be a British nanny so that he can reconnect
with his estranged children
Mrs. Doubtfire
$218 m
Pottery-making woman communicates with her dead husband
Ghost
$217 m
Genie helps a poor thief marry a Princess
Aladdin
$217 m
Squad must rescue a G.I. whose three brothers have
all been killed in WWII combat
Saving Private Ryan
$206 m
Shagadelic super spy must defeat his evil nemesis
Austin Powers: The Spy
Who Shagged Me
$204 m
Liquid metal robot from the future is sent to the present time to kill a boy
Terminator 2:
Judgment Day
$201 m
Oil drillers are sent to space to destroy a killer asteroid
Armageddon
$192 m
Cowboy toy is threatened by new astronaut toy
Toy Story
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level 76
Nov 16, 2015
It's in need of an update and a couple minor corrections but this is a fun little quiz I made on the subject:
Highest Grossing Films by Genre

and by "fun little" I mean ambitious and perhaps overlong. But still good, imo
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level 76
Feb 6, 2019
Getting progressively more and more out of date... I'll get around to it some day.
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level 49
Jun 16, 2017
Highest grossing results are always skewed, because the cost of movie tickets is constantly increasing. One day, maybe someone will figure out revenue in terms of how many movie tickets were sold. Highest amount of tickets sold seems like a better indicator.
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level 68
Sep 1, 2017
Agreed. That would also make comparisons between different countries meaningful.
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level 58
Sep 1, 2017
If you visit the website Box Office Mojo, they do have charts that account for ticket price inflation.
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level 60
Sep 1, 2017
I think, adjusting for inflation, Gone with the Wind is the best-selling first-run movie of all-time, followed by the original Star Wars movie. Rocky Horror has sold a ton too, but people don't generally count that one because it relies on the ticket sales of the midnight screenings that have been playing regularly around the country for several decades.
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level 75
Sep 2, 2017
You can check out my quiz here for the top ten grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/97423/top-ten-highest-grossing-films-adjusted-for-inflation
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level 56
Aug 20, 2017
is it asking too much to accept "Phantom Menace?"
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level 58
Sep 1, 2017
That should definitely be accepted, as that's the title of the movie!
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level 55
Sep 1, 2017
Could you accept "Star Wars" for Star Wars: Episode 1? Seems a little silly that you don't since you can get Toy Story 2 from simply typing in "Toy Story".
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level 58
Sep 1, 2017
"Star Wars" is generally understood to refer to "Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope", aka the very first Star Wars movie from 1979. It's weird that typing "Toy Story" gets you both answers and I think the Quizmaster should fix that.
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level 46
Sep 15, 2017
I know I'm being pedantic but Star Wars (which was just called Star Wars back then) came out in 1977.
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level 68
Sep 1, 2017
Likewise, "Jurassic Park" for both the original and the sequel, as with Toy Story?
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level 63
Sep 1, 2017
Wow, it's the first time I do a movie quiz on this site and realize I've seen all the movies listed.
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level 46
Sep 15, 2017
I'm so sorry you had to undergo "Ghost."
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level 44
Sep 4, 2017
So mad I didn't get Lion King, HOW DID I MISS IT?
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level 14
Sep 21, 2017
Excuse me, but...... Where exactly is Hunt For Red October
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level 45
Oct 31, 2017
hunt for red October only made 200 million world wide and seeing as this is a list for juts USA and the lowest on the list made 192 million in US alone its safe to say hunt for red October doesn't belong on this list
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level 76
Nov 3, 2017
Thanks for taking MIB and T2. Can we also accept ID4 so I can stop typing in Independence Day?
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level 76
Feb 6, 2019
Thank you!
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level 39
Jan 4, 2018
"Star wars the phantom menace" doesn't work... I felt like I wasted my time typing that whole thing then went back and just did "the phantom menace" and it took it.
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level 57
Dec 15, 2018
What about 'The Matrix' ?
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level 76
Feb 6, 2019
The Matrix was a pretty huge surprise cult hit, but it only made $174 million in the US. It made twice as much money overseas and also cleaned up in DVD sales. The Matrix Reloaded made significantly more but that didn't come out until 2003.
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level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Unless I'm mistaken, I think Tom Hanks wins here with four starring roles.