List of highest-grossing action films

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The following is a list of highest-grossing action films of all time, sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films are not included; see List of highest-grossing science fiction films, List of highest-grossing superhero films and List of highest-grossing fantasy films.

Highest-grossing action films[edit]

The following is a list of highest grossing action films of time,The top 3 are along the highest-grossing films, being 11th, 12th and 33rd. James Bond is the most frequent franchise with 11 films on the list. All of the films have had a theatrical run (including re-releases) since 1991, and films that have not played during this period do not appear on the chart because of ticket-price inflation, population size and ticket purchasing trends not being considered. 2015 is the most frequent year with 5 films on the list.

Rank Film Gross Year Ref
1 Furious 7 $1,515,341,399 2015 [1]
2 Top Gun: Maverick $1,495,696,292 2022 [2]
3 Skyfall $1,108,569,499 2012 [3]
4 Spectre $880,705,312 2015 [4]
5 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $791,657,398 2018 [5]
6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $790,653,942 2008 [6]
7 No Time to Die $774,153,007 2021 [7]
8 Hobbs & Shaw $760,732,926 2019 [8]
9 F9 $726,229,501 2021 [9]
10 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $694,713,380 2011 [10]
11 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation $682,714,267 2015 [11]
12 Fast Five $626,137,675 2011 [12]
13 Casino Royale $616,505,162 2006 [13]
14 Quantum of Solace $589,580,482 2008 [14]
15 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One $567,535,383 2023 [15]
16 American Sniper $547,659,020 2014 [16]
17 Mission: Impossible 2 $546,388,108 2000 [17]
18 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $543,848,418 2011 [18]
19 Sherlock Holmes $524,028,679 2009 [19]
20 Mr. & Mrs. Smith $487,287,646 2005 [20]
21 San Andreas $474,609,154 2015 [21]
22 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $474,171,806 1989 [22]
23 Mission: Impossible $457,696,391 1996 [23]
24 300 $456,068,181 2007 [24]
25 The Bourne Ultimatum $444,100,035 2007 [25]
26 John Wick: Chapter 4 $440,146,694 2023 [26]
27 Die Another Day $431,971,116 2002 [27]
28 Bad Boys for Life $426,505,244 2020 [28]
29 Jason Bourne $415,484,914 2016 [29]
30 Kingsman: The Secret Service $414,351,546 2015 [30]
31 Kingsman: The Golden Circle $410,902,662 2017 [31]
32 Mission: Impossible 3 $398,479,497 2006 [32]
33 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves $390,493,908 1991 [33]
34 Raiders of the Lost Ark $389,925,971 1981 [34]
35 Live Free or Die Hard $388,156,011 2007 [35]
36 Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny $383,963,057 2023 [36]
37 Taken 2 $376,141,306 2012 [37]
38 Die Hard with a Vengeance $366,101,666 1995 [38]
39 The World Is Not Enough $361,832,400 1999 [39]
40 Fast & Furious $360,366,870 2009 [40]
41 Top Gun $357,288,178 1986 [41]
42 GoldenEye $352,194,034 1995 [42]
43 Rush Hour 2 $347,325,802 2001 [43]
44 XXX: Return of Xander Cage $346,118,277 2017 [44]
45 Wanted $342,463,063 2008 [45]
46 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom $333,107,271 1984 [46]
47 Tomorrow Never Dies $333,011,068 1997 [47]
48 22 Jump Street $331,333,876 2014 [48]
49 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum $327,777,335 2019 [49]
50 The Expendables 2 $314,975,955 2012 [50]

Highest-grossing action films by year[edit]

The following is a list of highest grossing action films by year.

  † Background shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 17 May 2024 in theaters around the world.
Year Title Worldwide gross Budget Ref
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets $459,242,249 $130,000,000 [51][52]
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $790,653,942 $185,000,000 [53]
2009 Sherlock Holmes $524,028,679 $90,000,000 [54]
2010 Robin Hood $321,669,741 $200,000,000 [55]
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $694,713,380 $145,000,000 [56]
2012 Skyfall $1,108,561,013 $200,000,000 [57]
2013 Fast & Furious 6 $788,680,968 $160,000,000 [58]
2014 300: Rise of an Empire $337,580,051 $110,000,000 [59]
2015 Furious 7 $1,515,341,399 $190,000,000 [1]
2016 Jason Bourne $415,484,914 $120,000,0000 [60]
2017 The Fate of the Furious $1,236,005,118 $250,000,000 [61]
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $791,657,398 $178,000,000 [62]
2019 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $760,732,926 $200,000,000 [63]
2020 Shock Wave 2 $226,400,000 TBA [a]
2021 No Time to Die $774,153,007 TBA [64]
2022 Top Gun: Maverick $1,495,696,292 $170,000,000-$175,000,000 [65][66][67]
2023 Fast X $704,875,015 $340,000,000 [68][69]
2024 The Beekeeper $152,384,144 TBA [# 1][# 2]

Highest-grossing action film series and franchises[edit]

The following is a list of highest grossing film series and franchises. The top 3 are along the highest-grossing film series and franchises of all time, being, 5th, 7th and 17th. James Bond is the highest-grossing action film series with over $7.8 billion per film, while Top Gun has the best average with $923 million per film.

Highest-grossing franchises and film series[§] (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show".)
Rank Series Total worldwide gross No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

*Canada and U.S. gross only.

RDistributor rental.

Biggest worldwide openings for action films[edit]

This list charts films the biggest worldwide openings for action films. Since many films do not open on Fridays in many markets, the 'opening' is taken to be the gross between the first day of release and the first Sunday following the movie's release. Figures prior to the year 2002 are not available.

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)[70]
1 The Fate of the Furious 2017 $541,937,239
2 Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
3 Fast X 2023 $323,838,710
4 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
5 Hobbs & Shaw 2019 $179,000,000
6 Skyfall 2012 $173,600,000
7 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011 $131,500,000
8 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015 $120,500,000
9 Fast & Furious 6 2013 $110,600,000
10 Jason Bourne 2016 $110,000,000
11 Quantum of Solace 2008 $106,500,000
12 Fast & Furious 2009 $101,700,000
13 Spectre 2015 $101,000,000

Timeline of highest-grossing action films[edit]

Timeline of highest-grossing action films[edit]

The following is a timeline of highest-grossing action films.

Furious 7 has held the record for the longest time holding it for 8 years. The Mission: Impossible and James Bond franchises have held the record the most times doing so on two different occasions.

Title Established Record-setting gross Ref
Mission: Impossible II 2000 $546,388,108 [71]
Casino Royale 2006 $605,999,592 [72]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011 $694,713,380 [56]
Skyfall 2012 $1,108,569,499 [3]
Furious 7 2015 $1,515,341,399 [1]

Timeline for biggest opening weekend for action films[edit]

The following is a timeline for biggest opening weekend for action films. The Fast & Furious franchise has held the record the most of any franchise doing so two times.

Title Established Record-setting gross[73]
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $272,150,927
Furious 7 2015 $397,627,459
The Fate of the Furious 2017 $541,937,239

Action films by box office admissions[edit]

The following is a list of action films by box office admissions. The top 6 sit along the films with the most box office admissions of all time.

Film Year Known ticket sales (est.) Territories with known ticket sales data[b] Notes
Furious 7 2015 199,183,691 Worldwide [c]
Thunderball 1965 122,235,389 UK, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland [d]
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 107,227,185 USA, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Seoul [e]
First Blood 1982 101,187,271 USA, Canada, China, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, South Korea [f]
Goldfinger 1964 100,150,318 UK, USA, Canada, Europe, South Korea [g]
Beverly Hills Cop 1984 80,375,059 USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea [h]
Smokey and the Bandit 1977 60,795,601 [i]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See Shock Wave 2#Box office
  2. ^ Box office territories for which the film's ticket sales data are currently known
  3. ^ Furious 7:
    • Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico – 100,297,901[74]
    • United States and Canada – 41,889,147[75]
    • Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom – 33,601,457[76]
    • India – 12,000,000[74]
    • Bolivia, Lithuania, Paraguay, Peru, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay – 3,872,927[77]
    • South Korea – 3,248,904[78]
    • Italy – 2,697,123[79]
    • United Arab Emirates – 925,000[80]
    • Romania – 651,232[81]
  4. ^ Thunderball:
    • United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany – 102.4 million[82]
    • France and Italy – 19,834,842[83]
    • Denmark and Switzerland (1999–2001) – 547[84]
  5. ^ Raiders of the Lost Ark:
    • United States and Canada – 88,543,400[85]
    • France, Germany, Italy, Spain – 14,060,685[86]
    • Brazil - 3,728,299[87]
    • Denmark – 521,650[88]
    • Seoul City (South Korea) – 348,489[78]
    • Switzerland, Finland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden (1998–2016) – 24,662[89]
  6. ^ First Blood:
    • United States and Canada – 16,058,800[90]
    • China – 76 million
    • France, Spain, Italy – 6,428,836[91]
    • Germany – 2,416,703[92]
    • South Korea – 282,932 [78]
  7. ^ Goldfinger:
    • United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands – 100,148,099[93]
    • Denmark, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland (1999–2017) – 1,490[94]
    • South Korea – 729 [78]
  8. ^ Beverly Hills Cop:
    • United States, Canada, Denmark, Spain – 69,103,402[95]
    • United Kingdom – 2,620,211[96][97]
    • France, Germany, Italy – 7,499,810[98]
    • Japan – 894,454[99][100]
    • South Korea – 257,182 [78]
  9. ^ Smokey and the Bandit:
    • United States, Canada, Spain – 58,614,553[101]
    • France and Germany – 2,181,048[102]

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