Top 10 Highest-grossing Magic Movies Of All Time
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: PartII (2011)
Box office: $1.3 billion the first movie surely tops this list is a film adaptation from the famous author J.K. Rolling of the same name. The film, which is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series and the second of two cinematic parts, follows Harry Potter's squest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes to stop him once and for all. All the old cast kept reprising their role in this film. Right after release, the last part of the Harry Potter series was so greatly-welcomed and appreciated by both critics and audiences around the world. It gained over $1.3 billion in the box office, which was much more than the figure in revenue of the previous part ($960 million). The film became the third-highest-grossing film at the time, as well as the highest-grossing film of 2011. Plus, the movie won several awards and was nominated for many more, including three nominations at the Academy Awards.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Box office: $1.2 billion After the hugely successful cartoon version of Beauty and the Beast released in 1991, Disney made fans curious about the live-action adaptation that hit the theater in 2017. But surprisingly, when the film released,it completely reached the audience's expectation, bringing to the viewer numerous interesting experiences against the background of an old fairy tale, deeply embedded in people's minds. Directed by Bill Condon, the film’s plot revolves around a young, hard-working girl, Belle who takes his father's place as a prison in the Beast's castle. But, day by day, she begins to befriend the beast and see him for the man he once was. The film was a successful box office when it gained over $1.2 billion in revenue against a $25 million budget after hitting the theater. Also, it was highly praised by critics for its faithfulness to the original animated film, as well as elements from the Broadway musical, performances of the cast, visual style, musical score, songs, costume design, and production values.
Box office: $1 billion It seems that live-action adaptations have a great attraction to the audiences. The next one in this list is the musical fantasy film “Aladdin”, a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name, directed by Guy Ritchie. It is based on the eponymous tale from one thousand and One Nights. The movie starred an ensemble cast Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott as the lead role. Aladdin was released in the United States in 2019 and grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of2019, and the 34th highest-grossing film of all-time. Though the film received mixed reviews from critics, the musical score, costume design, and performances of Smith, Massoud, and Scott were praised.
The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003)
Box office: $1.1 billion third place in this list is The Lord of the Rings: The return of the King. It is a 2003 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and is the third installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Its plot centers on Gandalf and Aragorn who lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. After release, the film was highly acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, who deemed it to be a landmark in filmmaking and the fantasy film genre. It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2003. The Return of the King is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. Thanks to this great figure, the film earned numerous accolades and nominations at the 76th Academy Awards.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Box office: $1 billion The movie “Alice in Wonderland” was directed by Tim Burton. It was inspired by Lewis Carroll's fantasy novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and Walt Disney's1951 animated film of the same name, nineteen-year-old girl, Alice who is called back to "Underland" - the place she used to visit when she was only three years old. She is prophesied that she is the only one who can kill Jabberwocky. The director Burton said the film was the next creation of the plot, not based on the original work. It gained over $1 billion at the box office and received three nominations at the 68th Golden Globe Awards
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 (2012)
It is a film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s2008 novel Breaking Dawn which was one of the best seller books in 2005. Breaking Dawn 2 constituted the second of a two-part adaptation of the novel, and is the fifth and final installment in The twilight saga film series, following the first part of Breaking Dawn in 2011. The movie hit the theater in 2012. It got mixed reviews, however, the reviews were much more favorable than those of its predecessor. The majority of praise from both fans and critics went towards the ending sequence, Michael Sheen and Lee Pace's performance. The film is considered as the box office success with $830 million worldwide on a $136 million budget.
Fantastic beast and where to find them (2016)
Box office: $814 million This is another film adaptation from the famous author J.K. Rolling, inspired by her 2001 "guide book" of the same name. Its plot follows the adventures of writer new Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. The film was released for the first time in2016 and earned generally positive reviews from critics and emerged a commercial success after grossing $814 million worldwide on the $175 million budget, making it the eighth-highest-grossing film. Apart from the great commercial success, the film also earned five BAFTA Awards and two Academy Awards. Following this the first installment, its sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald released in 2018 also gained a huge success with $655 million in the reception. And the unnamed second sequel in on production and set to be released in 2021.
Box office: $759 million Maleficent was directed by Robert Stromberg. Its plot centers on the story from the perspective of the antagonist of the same name, Maleficent, depicting her conflicted relationship with the princess and king of a corrupt kingdom. The film was released officially in 2014 and met mixed reviews from the critics, where it earned praise for its visuals, costumes, musical score, and Jolie's performance. Generally, “Maleficent” is successful in the box office with over $758 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2014. And its sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, hit the theater last year was also deemed as a commercial success with $492 million in reception, though this figure was just over half of the previous one’s revenue.
Box office: $534 million The movie “Cinderella” is based on the folk tale and is a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney's 1950 animated film of the same name, directed by Kenneth Branagh. It remains the original plot with the animated version in 1950. Despite not having a breakthrough in the story development, Cinderella is not just a fairy tale about the love between the prince and princess. The new version also has many good messages about family affection, altruism, kindness, and belief in a good future regardless of the circumstances. The movie was released in 2015 and earned over $534 million in the reception against $100 million budget, becoming Branagh's highest-grossing film to date as a director. It also received a nomination at the 88thAcademy Award, 21st Critics' Choice Awards, and 69th British Academy Film Awards, all for costume design.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Box office: $493 million Oz the Great and Powerful is a spiritual prequel to the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Wizard of Oz, directed by Sam Raimi. The plot revolves around the story of OscarDiggs, a frustrated circus magician from Kansas. He transported to the Land of Oz and encounters three witches: Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. He is then enlisted to restore order in Ozwhile struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself. Famous for making the horror film, so in this movie, the director Sam Raimi also incorporated a few scenes that made the audience startled and scared. However, it was also no lack of humorous elements thanks to the witty of the character Oscar Diggs. Although it received mixed reviews from critics after release, the film grossed over $493 million worldwide, making it the 13th-highest-grossing film of 2013. The film also won the Phoenix Film CriticsSociety Award for Best Live Action Family Film.