The Coveted 2 Billion Dollar Club is reserved for movies that are absolute giants. These box office beats did not just conquer the theaters, they pillaged and devastated the pillars and foundations of Box Office Records set by Hollywood movies that came before it. Here are the ones that made it and the ones that came very close.
Made It: Avengers: Infinity War – $2.04 Billion
The culmination of a decade of world/universe building, Infinity War was a wet dream come true for all the nerds out there. If you love superheroes, there is no way you would not like Infinity War. Infinity War was also the first movie that brought to us the visual eye candy that is Thanos. For the first time in history, all the Marvel Heroes were sharing a single screen. It was epic. It was legendary. It was timeless.
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Almost Made It: Frozen II – $1.45 Billion
No, Disney will not let it go! The first Frozen movie was epic. The second movie may be lack luster compared to the first but it was still better than any generic crap Disney threw our way *cough cough* Artemis Fowl, Wrinkle in Time *cough cough*. Frozen II brought back all the previous characters from the predecessor and then some more. It deserves a spot on this list because for the first time, Disney did a genuine attempt at creating a sequel than does not rely on the legacy set by the first installment but create its own.
Made It: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – $2.06 Billion
Star Wars had remained dormant for almost two decades. The official Skywalker centric movies never made it to the theaters after the disastrous prequel trilogy. LucasFilm came up with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the year 2015. It had a domino effect on the entire Star Wars saga. The Force Awakens saw the return of characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa. The Force Awakens was like watching history in the making. Despite the obvious ‘Rey knows it all’ tropes, the movie did pretty well and made it to the elite 2 Billion Club in a few weeks since the movie’s premiere.
Almost Made It: Furious 7 – $1.51 Billion
The Fast and Furious franchise is a multi-billion dollar series having multiple movies that have easily crossed the 500 Million mark. But it was the seventh installment – Furious 7 that held a special place in our heart. The reason was pretty simple – it was the last and final movie of Paul Walker who played Brian O’Conner, a primary character. Walker died in a car crash prior to the end of production of the movie. Fans flocked in thousands to pay tribute to Walker’s legacy. Furious 7 also had a decent enough story line. We would go so far as to say it had the best (and frankly most believable) plot in the entire movie series.
Made it: Titanic – $2.19 Billion
There is beauty in ignorance. We all knew the fate of the Titanic. It was a ship destined to kiss the sea bed. That is what made the movie even more magical. James Cameron may have turned into a hateful and spiteful bloke now but back then, he was a wizard who cast spells on the audience with his amazing talent. Titanic is a movie of how two people fated to meet but never come together traversed all odds for one of them to finally be gifted with a life of her choosing. Rose and Jack will forever be couple goals. They were the benchmark. Even though Rose not allowing Jack to board the plank is unforgivable, she still remembered him and in the end, the Heart of the Ocean went to where it belonged and her Heart and Soul joined Jack in the afterlife.
Almost Made It: The Avengers – $1.52 Billion
Before there were Infinity War and Endgame, the first movie that brought us all the six founding members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers was the 2012 Avengers movie. Loki leads his Chitauri army to invade New York and it is up to the Avengers to stop the Norse God of Mischief’s….well mischiefs. The Avengers laid the stone for Marvel’s superhero onslaught that was about to come in the then near future.
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Made It: Avatar – $2.79 Billion
The entire 2 Billion Dollar club is dominated by two names – Disney and James Cameron. Cameron’s second project to make it to the coveted club was Avatar. What makes Cameron’s movies even more impressive is that the two not only belong to different franchises but also different genres. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Avatar and Titanic are completely unrelated projects. Avatar took a lot of time and effort and Cameron him-self said it was his “most exhaustive” project of all time. Even though the movie lacked a good plot as a core, it had amazing visuals, a powerfully studded ensemble cast, and was a master piece of 3D Cinema.
Almost Made It: Lion King – $1.65 Billion
When Disney announced they were making a Lion King live action remake, there was a lot of hatred spewed at the Mouse House. The last thing we needed was another live action remake desecrating the legacy of a cult-classic animated movie. The Lion King, back when it was released years ago, is something we still hold very close to our hearts. It is a piece of history that is cherished. The live action remake knew that they cannot dare to encroach upon that legacy. What they did was instead build upon the already established foundation and tell the same story with gorgeous animation and gripping voice-overs. If you ask us, The Lion King deserves to be in the 2 Billion Dollar Club. It’s a travesty it is not up there and probably never will be.
Made it: Avengers: Endgame – $2.80 Billion
Avengers: Endgame is the direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. Like its predecessor, Endgame was universally acclaimed for being a milestone in the cinematic industry. Rightfully so, Avengers: Endgame broke multiple records in national and international cinema. The greatest feather on its cap is that it remains the world’s highest grossing movie of all time, beating Infinity War and James Cameron’s Avatar for the first spot. The MCU has the entire 1 Billion Dollar club dominated with half a dozen entries including Black Panther, Age of Ultron, and Captain Marvel. Endgame is the king of the game with more than 2.8 Billion US Dollars in Box Office Sales.
Almost Made It: Jurassic World – $1.67 Billion
The re-imagining of the classic Jurassic Park trilogy from Steven Spielberg made more than 1.5 Billion US dollars. The first Jurassic World managed to entice the audiences that were fans of the classic trilogy. When it first came into the theaters, there were several controversies regarding Spielberg being not happy with the cut and introduction of new elements the original creators of the franchise never were happy with. It still created quite a splash in the international box office. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World, also made around 1.31 Billion US Dollars. The third installment to the Jurassic World Franchise is about to hit the screens pretty soon.