Top Summer Blockbusters
ALL-TIME
Top Summer Blockbusters

Top Summer Blockbusters of All-Time: These are the top 25 Summer Blockbusters, according to their total US domestic gross revenue rankings, to fairly accurately show which films have been the largest blockbusters during the summer months. All of the films in the top 25 earned over $300 million, opened in the summer, and were within the last three decades. The Summer Season was measured from the first Friday in May through Labor Day Weekend.

A short summary description of each film is included. A few other sites post all-time box-office information, including the Internet Movie DataBase, Boxoffice.com, Boxofficemojo.com, and The-numbers.com.

The 100 Greatest Films that have been selected at this site are identified throughout by a yellow star .


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Top 25 Summer Blockbusters of All-Time
(Based Upon Domestic Gross Revenue, Unadjusted for Inflation) (as of end of Summer, 2013)
Rank
Film/Year/Description Release Date Domestic Gross Revenue
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1
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
The highly-anticipated 3-D superhero tale produced by Disney-owned Marvel Studios brought together, under Nick Fury's peace-keeping S.H.I.E.L.D, a team of superhumans (Iron Man/Tony Stark, the Hulk/Bruce Banner, Thor, the Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Hawkeye/Clint Barton and Captain America/Steve Rogers) to save the Earth from Loki and his army.
May 4, 2012 $623.4+ million
2
The Dark Knight (2008)
Christian Bale's brooding Batman and Heath Ledger's scary Joker gave this comic-book movie reboot real emotional depth.
July 18, 2008 $534.8 million
3
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
In the last of director Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman films, the caped superhero Dark Knight battled a masked villain named Bane to save Gotham City.
July 20, 2012 $448.1 million
4
Shrek 2 (2004)
Kids loved the rude, stinky-but-goodhearted green troll (voiced by Mike Myers). Adults identified with his nemesis in-laws.
May 19, 2004 $441.2 million
5
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Fans rushed back to the future, giving Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman a thumbs up and Jar Jar Binks a big thumbs down.
May 19, 1999 $431.1 million
6
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
This sequel added a monster, a ghost ship and the tentacle-bearded Davy Jones to Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow.
July 7, 2006 $423.3 million

7
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys had to face the fact children grow up and put away childish things: Adults wept.
June 18, 2010 $415 million
8
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Another blockbuster sequel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring billionaire industrialist Tony Stark and his alter-ego, Iron Man pitted against a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin.
May 3, 2013 $409+ million
9
Spider-Man (2002)
Director Sam Raimi reinvigorated Marvel's superhero while Tobey Maguire convinced us that high-school nerd Peter Parker could become a superhero after a spider bite, and then battle nemesis The Green Goblin and fight for Kirsten Dunst's heart (with a unique upside-down kiss).
May 3, 2002 $403.7 million
10
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Robots that turned into cars and guns returned in a sequel that outperformed the original. Robots took to new, cooler environments for battle and presented quite a contrast, fighting on the pyramids and the Brooklyn Bridge.
June 24, 2009 $402.1 million
11
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
The eighth and final installment found Harry and his friends finally defeating Lord Voldemort during a dramatic showdown.
July 15, 2011 $381 million
12
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The last of three Star Wars prequels, Revenge of the Sith benefited from being the final link between old and new.
May 19, 2005 $380.3 million
13
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
This sequel with dazzling special effects delivered a great villain Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) that Spidey had to battle.
June 30, 2004 $373.6 million
14
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Three years after the original film, this funny and enjoyable sequel again featured tall and bald retired villain Gru, his yellow oddball minions (turned purple) and his three adopted girls, Margo, Agnes and Edith. Gru was recruited by the Anti-Villain League (AVL) and Lucy Wilde to help deal with a powerful new super criminal named El Macho and recover stolen mutagen serum (PX-41).
July 3, 2013 $367.6 million
15
E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spielberg's classic family entertainment enchanted audiences with its story of friendship between a young boy and a stranded alien, and by showing how suburban kids could help a magical, little alien get back home.
June 11, 1982 $359.2 million
16
Jurassic Park (1993)
Everyone loved Spielberg's summer megahit and its stars, not Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, but those awesome CGI dinosaurs.
June 11, 1993 $357.1 million
17
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
In this second sequel, the interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifted into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime.
June 29, 2011 $352.4 million
18
Finding Nemo (2003)
A sad clownfish stopped at nothing to find his missing son in this Pixar animated feature (also one of the bestselling DVDs ever).
May 30, 2003 $339.7 million
19
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man fans turned out for this second sequel that was star Tobey Maguire's swan song in the franchise.
May 4, 2007 $336.5 million
20
Forrest Gump (1994)
Gump appealed to heart and head thanks to technology that inserted Tom Hanks' simple character into great historic moments.
July 6, 1994 $329.7 million
21
Shrek the Third (2007)
Shrek's inept rule on the throne as King of Far, Far Away after the death of father-in-law King Harold led to a search for another more promising candidate for the role - Fiona's cousin Artie, an underachieving Medieval high school slacker.
May 18, 2007 $322.7 million
22
Transformers (2007)
Director Michael Bay's opening film featured an interstellar battle between the menacing Autobots and Decepticons that brought destruction to planet Earth.
July 3, 2007 $319.2 million
23
Iron Man (2008)
Robert Downey Jr. delivered an ace performance in this fun (and smart) superhero flick that deftly mixed laughs and drama.
May 2, 2008 $318.4 million
24
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The latest chapter of the adventure film series, set in the late 1950s, found Indy in the jungles of South America in a race against Soviet agents to find the mystical Crystal Skull.
May 22, 2008 $317.1 million
25
The Lion King (1994)
Disney reclaimed its reputation for first-rate animated features with this coming of age story and its Elton John score - who would have predicted an animated tale about a fatherless lion would be one of the biggest grossing movies of that year?
June 15, 1994 $312.9 million

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