As we get ready to welcome in 2020 and say goodbye to another decade, it’s time to look back and start counting down the biggest box office hits of the past ten years. As it turns out, 11 of the top 15 have come from Disney. Here are the top 11 Disney-Owned Box Office Hits to come out of the 2010s as they stand right now:
11) Incredibles 2
Box Office: $1.242 billion ($608.5 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 15/15
Pixar’s superhero family made a smashing return to the screen in this long-anticipated sequel. While JackJack’s super-baby antics stole the spotlight from a story that shows Mrs. Incredible at her best, praises individuality, and warns of the power of media, Incredibles 2 stole the rankings from every other Pixar movie to come out of the 2010s. Yes, that includes Coco, Inside Out, and Toy Story 3.
Box office: $1.263 billion ($504 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 14/15
Just breaking the top 10 (top 15 overall) is the remake of Disney’s iconic 90s classic. With a star-studded cast that featured well-known names in the Disney empire like Ewan McGregor and Josh Gad, moviegoers saw Emma Watson go from witch to Disney Princess. While this remake was given mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, it was the second-highest-grossing movie of 2017.
Box office: $1.274 billion ($400.7 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 13/15
This movie needs no introduction. Disney’s visually-spectacular Nordic epic became an instant favorite with moviegoers. It features an unforgettable soundtrack with a bone-chilling choir and songs like “Let it go.” The movie was so popular that Disney incorporated Frozen into the parks while it was still in theaters. As anticipation continues to build for the upcoming sequel, and after watching Endgame‘s meteoric rise to $1.2 billion in less than a week, it will be interesting to see if two Frozen movies make it onto this list before New Years.
8) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Box office: $1.332 billion ($620.1 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 11/15
The follow up to The Force Awakens doesn’t come close in numbers, but was still able to earn the titles of the highest-grossing film of 2017 and the second-highest December opening weekend of all time. This film continued the story of Rey and Kylo Ren, and we cannot wait to see this trilogy and the entire Skywalker Saga conclude this December with The Rise of Skywalker.
7) Black Panther
Box office: $1.346 billion ($700 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 9/15
Arguably one of the best standalone Marvel movies released to date. Released in February 2018, Black Panther became the biggest movie of the year as well as the first comic book adaptation to earn an Oscar nomination for best picture. Wakanda and her King have given Marvel a whole new country to explore and build upon moving into the next phase of the MCU. This movie also has a highly-anticipated sequel in the works.
6) Avengers: Age of Ultron
Box office: $1.402 billion ($459 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 8/15
This is the movie that proved what The Avengers did wasn’t a fluke. Joss Whedon’s sequel became the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time. Out of the four Avengers movies, this is the lowest-ranked but also faced the biggest challenge. This movie doesn’t only follow The Avengers but is also the proverbial stone thrown into a lake that created the ripples for Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Thor Ragnorok. It gave us Scarlet Witch and Vision, and it foreshadowed the events to come in Endgame. In these ways and more, it was thanks to Age of Ultron the MCU was able to continue to grow.
5) The Avengers
Box office: $1.518 billion ($623.3 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 6/15
The culmination of a rocky Phase 1 brought together Earth’s Mightiest Heros in jaw-dropping fashion. The first installment of one of the most successful anthologies in cinematic history was also the first movie in history to break $200 million during the opening weekend. The Avengers is also the second-oldest movie in the Top 15 (the oldest being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, which was released in 2011). Considering the relatively short build-up to its release compared to pre-established franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars, it is incredible to see this movie still standing well in the top 10.
4) The Lion King
Box office: $1.654 billion ($543.3 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 5/15
Another Disney remake makes the list. While fans criticized it for using CGI techniques that were too photorealistic–and making outright stupid changes LIKE TALKING THROUGH “BE PREPARED”!! WE ALL KNOW YOU CAN SING, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR!–this reimagination rode the wave of glory created by the original masterpiece and was one of five Disney movies to come out in 2019 that broke $1 billion at the box office.
3) Avengers: Infinity War
Box office: $2.048 billion ($678.8 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 3/15
The darkest day for Earth’s Mightiest Heros and the culmination of even more standalone movies, the MCU finally gave moviegoers the showdown with Thanos they had been teasing since 2012. Released in April 2018, Infinity War soared up the all-time charts and truly set the stage for the end of the 20+ movie Infinity Saga.
2) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Box office: $2.068 billion ($936.6 million domestic)
Overall ranking: 2/15
After ten years, Star Wars finally returned to the silver screen after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012. Hype for the return of one of the most followed franchises of all time combined with a holiday weekend release lead to record-smashing results for the start of the Disney-financed renaissance. The Force Awakens still holds the #1 domestic box office record.
1) Avengers: Endgame
Box office: $2.797 billion ($858.3 million domestic)
Overall ranking 1/15
The number one movie of the year. The number one movie of the decade. The number one movie of all time. Endgame grossed $1.2Billion worldwide in the first five days of its release. It was a cinematic masterpiece built on years of arguably the best example of cinematic universe building since Star Trek. It marked a generational event that even dwarfed the release of The Force Awakens. It concluded the Infinity Saga and laid the foundation for the next phase of the MCU.
Non-Disney Movies in the Top 15
Jurrasic World: Fallen Kingdom (12/15)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 (10/15)
Furious 7 (7/15)
Jurrasic World (4/15)