All-Time Summer Films at the Box-Office (1975 - 2019)by crx_brett | created - 17 Nov 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
This is a ranked list of each summer season's films (ranked by U.S. box-office ticket sales) from 1975-2019. The list will help give the reader an idea of which summer movies were true blockbusters, which ones were big hits as well as which ones were under-performers, duds or total bombs and failures.
In order for a movie to be included on this list, a movie had to accumulate at least 33% of it's gross during the months of May-July or the first 3 weeks of August for the summer it was originally released in.
Also, only the film's original theatrical run is taken into account. So any subsequent re-releases or re-expanded openings are not included as part of these totals.
***Side Note*** From 1975-1979, only 25 films are listed since not as many films were released in summer before 1980. From 1980-2019, 40 films are listed.
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1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,173,937 | Gross: $322.74M
137.78 million tickets sold ($307.3M) #1 in 1977
2. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Votes: 523,456 | Gross: $260.00M
126.82 million tickets sold ($260.0M) #1 in 1975
3. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 351,576 | Gross: $435.11M
106.73 million tickets sold ($313.8M) #1 in 1982
4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.
Votes: 672,903 | Gross: $858.37M
92.08 million tickets sold ($836.1 M) #1 in 2019
PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.
Votes: 693,085 | Gross: $474.54M
84.19 million tickets sold ($427.7M) #1 in 1999
6. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.
Votes: 815,479 | Gross: $402.45M
83.62 million tickets sold ($346.2M) #1 in 1993
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 903,479 | Gross: $309.13M
80.19 million tickets sold ($252.6M) #1 in 1983
8. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Votes: 1,219,032 | Gross: $623.28M
78.32 million tickets sold ($623.4M) #1 in 2012
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.
Votes: 1,101,837 | Gross: $290.48M
77.84 million tickets sold ($209.4M) #1 in 1980
10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Votes: 842,082 | Gross: $248.16M
76.33 million tickets sold ($212.2M) #1 in 1981
11. Jurassic World (2015)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Votes: 556,754 | Gross: $652.27M
75.92 million tickets sold ($640.0M) #1 in 2015
12. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Votes: 749,621 | Gross: $678.82M
74.51 million tickets sold ($678.8M) #1 in 2018
13. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 2,176,739 | Gross: $534.86M
73.96 million tickets sold ($531.0M) #1 in 2008
14. Shrek 2 (2004)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Princess Fiona's (Cameron Diaz's) parents invite her and Shrek (Mike Myers) to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.
Votes: 398,807 | Gross: $436.47M
70.47 million tickets sold ($437.6M) #1 in 2004
15. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.
Votes: 1,693,205 | Gross: $330.25M
69.74 million tickets sold ($291.5M) #1 in 1994
16. Spider-Man (2002)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Votes: 660,503 | Gross: $403.71M
69.48 million tickets sold ($403.7) #1 in 2002
17. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 509,173 | Gross: $306.17M
69.28 million tickets sold ($306.2M) #1 in 1996
18. Grease (1978)
PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Votes: 222,209 | Gross: $188.76M
68.38 million tickets sold ($160.0M) #1 in 1978
19. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 338,150 | Gross: $238.63M
68.21 million tickets sold ($229.2M) #1 in 1984
20. Incredibles 2 (2018)
PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.
Votes: 226,177 | Gross: $608.58M
65.63 million tickets sold ($597.9M) #2 in 2018
21. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.
Votes: 630,279 | Gross: $423.32M
64.63 million tickets sold ($423.3M) #1 in 2006
22. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.
Votes: 887,588 | Gross: $422.78M
63.97 million tickets sold ($267.4M) #2 in 1994
23. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 324,360 | Gross: $251.19M
63.27 million tickets sold ($251.2) #1 in 1989
24. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.
Votes: 519,211 | Gross: $373.59M
60.16 million tickets sold ($373.6M) #2 in 2004
25. The Lion King (2019)
PG | 118 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
Votes: 168,858 | Gross: $540.08M
59.80 million tickets sold ($543.0M) #2 in 2019
26. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
Votes: 675,215 | Gross: $380.26M
59.33 million tickets sold ($380.3M) #1 in 2005
27. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 982,483 | Gross: $210.61M
59.32 million tickets sold ($210.6M) #1 in 1985
28. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.
Votes: 42,529 | Gross: $126.74M
56.82 million tickets sold ($126.7M) #2 in 1977
29. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Votes: 903,086 | Gross: $380.84M
56.34 million tickets sold ($339.7M) #1 in 2003
30. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Adventure
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,441,530 | Gross: $448.14M
56.29 million tickets sold ($448.1M) #2 in 2012
31. Finding Dory (2016)
PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Votes: 224,986 | Gross: $486.30M
55.79 million tickets sold ($482.6M) #1 in 2016
32. Twister (I) (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Votes: 166,756 | Gross: $241.72M
54.68 million tickets sold ($241.7M) #2 in 1996
33. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 494,647 | Gross: $250.69M
54.62 million tickets sold ($250.7M) #1 in 1997
34. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan.
Votes: 700,858 | Gross: $459.01M
54.27 million tickets sold ($457.5M) #2 in 2015
35. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 872,191 | Gross: $293.51M
54.13 million tickets sold ($275.0M) #2 in 1999
36. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.
Votes: 373,294 | Gross: $402.11M
53.61 million tickets sold ($402.1M) #1 in 2009
37. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure