10: THE DARK KNIGHT - Christopher Nolan's dark Batman film, his second, was released in July 2008 and grossed $1,001,921,825 worldwide. Here, Heath Ledger stars as the Joker. Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary/DC Comics/Syncopy/Newscom
9: ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Tim Burton's adaptation of the classic novel by Lewis Caroll, possibly the 12th such film, grossed $1,024,299,904 worldwide. Here, Johnny Depp appears as the Mad Hatter. Disney/AP
8: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES - The forth installment of the successful franchise, released in 2011, proved moviegoers are not tired of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow yet, and grossed $1,039,571,802 worldwide. Peter Mountain/Disney/AP
7: TOY STORY 3 - Pixar's 2010 animated feature's box office gross was helped by a 3D release, like several other films on this list. The film grossed $1,063,171,911. Disney/Pixar
6: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - The second Pirates of the Caribbean film, directed by Gore Verbinski, was released in June 2006 and grossed $1,066,179,725 worldwide. Johnny Depp, as Captain Jack Sparrow, sits on a jungle throne in this scene. Disney/Newscom
5: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING - Peter Jackson's third Lord of the Rings film was released in December 2003 and grossed $1,119,110,941 worldwide. New Line Cinema/The Saul Zaentz Co./Wingnut Films/Newscom
4: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON - Michael Bay's toy-inspired juggernaut marched on as the third installment grossed $1,119,241,043 worldwide, a record for the franchise. Robotic do-gooder Optimus Prime is shown here. Paramount Pictures/AP
3: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 - The final film in the Harry Potter saga grossed $1,327,050,852 worldwide, a high for the series. Here Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, r.), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson, c.), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) are seen in a still from the film. AP
2: TITANIC - James Cameron's disaster/romantic drama film, released in December 1997, grossed $1,843,201,268 worldwide and is the oldest film in the top 10. Here Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet (l.), and Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, talk on the deck of the ship. Paramount/20th Century Fox/Newscom
1: AVATAR - James Cameron, who holds both the number one and two spots on this list, released Avatar in December 2009. The film, which is still in theaters, has grossed $2,684,440,529 worldwide so far. In this scene, Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana, is seen by a cliff. Newscom
The surprise hit from Paramount Pictures debuted well above industry expectations as horror fans crowded theaters for the low-budget tale about exorcists trying to free a woman possessed by evil spirits.
David Germain, Associated Press /
January 9, 2012
The fright film "The Devil Inside" scared up a monstrous $34.5 million opening weekend to help Hollywood exorcise its recent box-office demons, according to studio estimates Sunday.