From Titanic To Mission Impossible II, Here Are The Most Successful Movie In The World For Every Year Since 1990

Each year, one movie turns out to be the most successful movie of the year, beating other movies at the global box office. We have compiled a list of most successful movies each year since 1990 using year-end worldwide box office totals from Box Office Mojo.

1990- Ghost

Worldwide Box Office Total: $505.7
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
Critic Reviews: A wonderful movie, sincere and inspired, with four terrific performances and a story that doesn’t let up. The picture has the gentle, nourishing quality of a fairy tale that you want to believe, and the unsoftened impact of gut-level entertainment. -Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle


1991: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Worldwide Box Office Total: $519.8
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Critic Reviews: A great movie… A pop epiphany, marking that commercially creative point where the power of Hollywood meets the purity of myth.- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail (Toronto)


1992: Aladdin

Worldwide Box Office Total: $504.1
IMDB Rating:8/10
Critic Reviews: Floridly beautiful, shamelessly derivative and infused with an irreverent, sophisticated comic flair thanks to Robin Williams’ vocal calisthenics, Aladdin probably won’t equal its beastly predecessor but should still enjoy a magic carpet ride through the holiday season- Brian Lowry, Variety


1993: Jurassic Park

Worldwide Box Office Total: $983.8 million
IMDB Rating:8.1/10
Critic Reviews: The movie delivers all too well on its promise to show us dinosaurs. We see them early and often, and they are indeed a triumph of special effects artistry, but the movie is lacking other qualities that it needs even more, such as a sense of awe and wonderment and strong human story values.- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


1994: The Lion King

Worldwide Box Office Total: $858.6 million
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Critic Reviews: This is the Mickey Mouse factory at its finest, with inventive animation, stirring music and a pride of inspired, almost-human animals-.Desson Thomson, Washington Post




1995: Toy Story

Worldwide Box Office Total: $373.6 million
IMDB Rating:8.3/10
Critic Reviews: There’s a giddy, absurd charm to the story, in which the strange setting only enhances the comfortable familiarity of the narrative and characters-. -Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)




1996: Independence Day

Worldwide Box Office Total: $817.4 million
IMDB Rating:7/10
Critic Reviews:Two reasons it’s impossible to resist “Independence Day”: because of its pitch-perfect cartoonish dialogue (“Now you’re never gonna get to fly the space shuttle if you marry a stripper!”) and because the Captain, like Indiana Jones, is so unflappably tough-Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times




1997: Titanic

Worldwide Box Office Total: $2,128.9 million
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Critic Reviews: With the ship, with its totality of people, Cameron is wizardly, creating an entire society threading through the various strata of a world that has been set afloat from the rest of the world.- Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic




1998: Armageddon

Worldwide Box Office Total: $553.7 million
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Critic Reviews: It looks like a TV ad, or 200 of them strung together, with the same kind of gaudy virtuosity, lavish technique and expensive self-mockery tinging every shot.-Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune




1999: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Worldwide Box Office Total:$983.6 million
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Critic Reviews: It does the job just fine. That job, as director George Lucas freely admits, is quite simply to thrill the beating hearts and the inquiring minds of 12-year-old boys.-Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)




2000: Mission: Impossible II

Worldwide Box Office Total:$546.4 million
IMDB Rating:6.1/10
Critic Reviews: Dispenses so many rubber masks to allow the characters to swap identities that no hero or villain winds up carrying any moral weight at all.- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader



2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Worldwide Box Office Total:$974.8 million
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
Critic Reviews: If the movie doesn’t ultimately transport us to places The Wizard of Oz once took us, that may be partly because “The Sorcerer’s Stone” is just the first chapter, with more magic waiting to be parceled out in the coming years.- Jami Bernard, New York Daily News




2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Worldwide Box Office Total: $923.3 million
IMDB Rating:8.7/10
Critic Reviews: “The battle for Gollum’s mind also provides a fitting teaser conclusion to the second act of a story I’m beginning to wish would never end.” – Jack Matthew, New York Daily News



2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Worldwide Box Office Total:$1,119.1 million
IMDB Rating:8.9/10
Critic Reviews: The real hero of the fourth Harry Potter film isn’t the teenage wizard but screenwriter Steve Kloves, who has magically transformed J.K. Rowling’s bloated, 734-page novel into a more swiftly paced, entertaining script.” – Connie Ogle, Miami Herald.




2004: Shrek 2

Worldwide Box Office Total: $919.8 million
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Critic Reviews: The plot is not only hard to follow, there seems to be nothing real at stake. Half the characters are already dead, and half the movie seems to involve swordfights with dead people who can’t be killed with swords.” – David Ansen, Newsweek.



2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Worldwide Box Office Total:$896.9 million
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Critic Reviews: The uncontestable triumph of Goblet of Fire, however, is Brendan Gleeson’s Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody, the grizzled new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.-David Ansen, Newsweek




2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Worldwide Box Office Total:$1,066.2 million
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Critic Reviews: Complications arose, ensued, were overcome,’ Jack says at one point. Not entirely, but ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ is worth weighing anchor for, regardless – Peter Howell, Toronto Star.



2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Worldwide Box Office Total:$963.4 million
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Critic Reviews: The plot is not only hard to follow, there seems to be nothing real at stake. Half the characters are already dead, and half the movie seems to involve swordfights with dead people who can’t be killed with swords.” – David Ansen, Newsweek




2008: The Dark Knight

Worldwide Box Office Total:$1,003.0 million
IMDB Rating:9/10
Critic Reviews: This sequel to ‘Batman Begins’ is mesmerizing and thought-provoking. But it shouldn’t have been named after the good guy. This is the Joker’s court, and he’s not looking for a laugh-Paul Asay, Plugged In




2009: Avatar

Worldwide Box Office Total:$2,777.2 million
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Critic Reviews: Worth watching for fans, completists and anyone who missed it on the big screen first time around – but it won’t win over any haters-Nick de Semlyen, Empire



2010: Toy Story 3

Worldwide Box Office Total: $1,067.0 million
IMDB Rating:8.3/10
Critic Reviews: A kids’ movie for grown-ups. A grown-up movie for kids. Exactly what you’d expect — and hope for — from the latest, and we’re guessing final, Woody and Buzz adventure- Dan Jolin, Empire



2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Worldwide Box Office Total: $1,341.5 million
IMDB Rating:8.1/10
Critic Reviews:”Harry Potter. The boy who lived, come to die.” Those chilling words from Lord Voldemort bear the truth of the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter franchise. But they also hint at a lie- Adam R. Holz, Plugged In


2012: The Avengers

Worldwide Box Office Total:$1,518.8 million
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Critic Reviews:The few drawbacks and criticisms aren’t enough to stop The Avengers from delivering a fun and satisfying time at the movies-Kofi Outlaw, Screen Rant



2013: Frozen

Worldwide Box Office Total:$1,276.5 million
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Critic Reviews:The plot’s all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way-Helen O’Hara, Empire


2014:Transformers: Age of Extinction

Worldwide Box Office Total: $1,104.1 million
IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Critic Reviews:It’s three years after the evil Decepticons demolished Chicago and the Autobots fearlessly fought them off. High time for yet another big ol’ robot rumble! Or maybe not-Bob Hoose, Plugged In



2015:Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Worldwide Box Office Total: $2,068.2 million
IMDB Rating:8/10
Critic Reviews:It packs a planet-sized punch, launching a new generation of characters who – by the end – take a place next to Han, Leia and the rest. Star Wars is back, and this is just the beginning-Helen O’Hara, Empire



2016: Captain America: Civil War

Worldwide Box Office Total: $1,153.3 million
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Critic Reviews:A decisively superior hero-vs.-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe- Justin Chang, Variety



2017: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Worldwide Box Office Total: $1,332.5 million
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews:It’s as if Johnson’s assignment was to extend the franchise without changing anything fundamental, which is closer to the way classic television and vintage James Bond movies operate- Peter Debruge



2018: Avengers: Infinity War

Worldwide Box Office Total: $2,048.7 million
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Critic Reviews:It can’t be judged as a stand-alone work since it doesn’t stand alone and isn’t — objectively speaking — even a very good piece of storytelling. As an exercise of studio might, it has no peer. -David Edelstein, Vulture

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