List of highest-grossing comedy films

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This is a list of the highest-grossing comedy films.

Highest-grossing comedy films[edit]

As of March 2021, the top six films, and 28 of the top 50 films, are animated films, marked with "A" in the Type column. "LA" indicates live-action films. Click the column header to sort them separately. The top four films are among the highest-grossing films of all time.

When adjusted for inflation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would appear at the top of the chart with an adjusted gross of $1,977,000,000.[1][nb 1]

Rank Film Type Gross Year Ref
1 Incredibles 2 A $1,242,805,359 2018 [2]
2 Minions A $1,159,398,397 2015 [3]
3 Despicable Me 3 A $1,035,799,409 2017 [4]
4 Despicable Me 2 A $970,761,885 2013 [5]
5 Shrek 2 A $919,800,000 2004 [6]
6 The Secret Life of Pets A $875,457,937 2016 [7]
7 Hi, Mom LA $807,710,000 2021 [8]
8 Shrek the Third A $798,958,162 2007 [9]
9 Deadpool 2 LA $785,046,920 2018 [10]
10 Deadpool LA $783,112,979 2016 [11]
11 Shrek Forever After A $752,600,867 2010 [12]
12 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted A $746,921,274 2012 [13]
13 The Incredibles A $633,019,734 2004 [14]
14 Men in Black 3 LA $624,026,776 2012 [15]
15 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa A $603,900,354 2008 [16]
16 Tangled A $593,171,580 2010 [17]
17 Men in Black LA $589,390,539 1997 [18]
18 The Hangover Part II LA $586,764,305 2011 [19]
19 Cars 2 A $562,110,557 2011 [20]
20 Puss in Boots A $554,987,477 2011 [21]
21 Ted H $549,368,315 2012 [22]
22 Despicable Me A $543,113,985 2010 [23]
23 Madagascar A $532,680,671 2005 [24]
24 Ralph Breaks the Internet A $529,323,962 2018 [25]
25 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation A $528,583,774 2018 [26]
26 The Simpsons Movie A $527,071,022 2007 [27]
27 Meet the Fockers LA $522,657,936 2004 [28]
28 The Intouchables LA $484,873,045 2011 [29]
29 Bruce Almighty LA $484,592,874 2004 [30]
30 Shrek A $484,409,218 2001 [31]
31 Home Alone LA $477,063,114 1990 [32]
32 Hotel Transylvania 2 A $474,800,000 2015 [33]
33 Wreck-It Ralph A $471,222,889 2012 [34]
34 The Hangover LA $469,310,836 2009 [35]
35 The Lego Movie A $468,060,692 2014 [36]
36 Cars A $461,983,149 2006 [37]
37 Men in Black II LA $441,818,803 2002 [38]
38 Mrs. Doubtfire LA $441,286,195 1993 [39]
39 The Secret Life of Pets 2 A $430,051,293 2019 [40]
40 Sex and the City LA $418,765,321 2008 [41]
41 Back to the Future LA $389,053,797 1985 [42]
42 Cars 3 A $383,930,656 2017 [43]
43 Penguins of Madagascar A $373,515,621 2015 [44]
44 My Big Fat Greek Wedding LA $368,744,044 2002 [45]
45 Shazam! LA $365,971,656 2019 [46]
46 The Hangover Part III LA $362,000,072 2013 [47]
47 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York LA $358,994,850 1992 [48]
48 Hotel Transylvania A $358,375,603 2012 [49]
49 Rain Man LA $354,825,435 1988 [50]
50 The Mask LA $351,583,407 1994 [51]

A: Animated film.   LA: Live action film.   H: Live-action animated film (hybrid).

Highest-grossing comedy film by year[edit]

Year Film Worldwide gross Budget Ref.
2021 Hi, Mom $807,710,000 $59,000,000 [52]
2020 Bad Boys for Life $426,505,244 $90,000,000 [53]
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 $430,051,293 $80,000,000 [40]
2018 Incredibles 2 $1,242,805,359 $250,000,000 [2]
2017 Despicable Me 3 $1,034,799,409 $80,000,000 [54]
2016 The Secret Life of Pets $875,457,937 $75,000,000 [55]
2009 The Hangover $469,310,836 $35,000,000 [35]
2008 Mamma Mia! $609,841,637 $52,000,000 [56]
2003 Bruce Almighty $484,592,874 $81,000,000 [57]
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding $368,744,044 $5,000,000
2000 What Women Want $374,111,707 $70,000,000 [58]
1999 Notting Hill $363,889,678 $42,000,000 [59]
1998 There's Something About Mary $369,884,651 $23,000,000
1997 As Good as It Gets $314,178,011 $50,000,000
1995 The Nutty Professor $273,961,019 $54,000,000
1994 The Mask $351,583,407 $23,000,000 [51]
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire $441,286,195 $25,000,000 [39]
1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York $358,994,850 $28,000,000 [48]
1990 Home Alone $477,063,114 $18,000,000 [32]
1989 Look Who's Talking $296,999,813 $7,500,000
1988 Rain Man $354,825,435 $25,000,000 [50]
1987 Three Men and a Baby $167,780,960 $25,000,000 [60]
1986 Crocodile Dundee $328,203,506 $8,800,000
1985 Back to the Future $389,053,797 $19,000,000 [61]
1980 9 to 5 $103,290,500 $10,000,000 [62]

Timeline of highest-grossing comedy film[edit]

Title Established Record-setting gross Ref
Shrek 2 2004 $919,800,000 [63]
Despicable Me 2 2013 $970,761,885 [64]
Minions 2015 $1,159,398,397 [65]
Incredibles 2 2018 $1,242,805,359 [66]

Comedy films by box office admissions[edit]

The following is a list of comedy films by estimated tickets sold worldwide.

Film Year Ticket sales (est.) Notes
Shaolin Temple 1982 304,920,000 [a]
Sholay (Embers) 1975 250,000,000 [72]
Awaara (The Vagabond) 1951 217,000,000 [b]
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 214,900,000 [77]
One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 199,800,000 [77]
Frozen 2013 138,415,845 [c]
The Jungle Book 1967 137,915,958 [d]
Disco Dancer 1982 135,000,000 [e]
Finding Nemo 2003 124,728,882 [f]
Shrek 2 2004 123,023,527 [g]
Incredibles 2 2018 113,261,772 [h]
Back to the Future 1985 90,184,478 [i]
Ghostbusters 1984 82,375,218 [j]
Beverly Hills Cop 1984 81,716,713 [k]
Home Alone 1990 81,491,808 [l]

Highest-grossing comedy film series and franchises[edit]

Highest-grossing comedy film franchises and film series[§] (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show".)
Rank Series Total worldwide gross No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

Biggest worldwide openings on record for comedy films[edit]

This list charts films the biggest worldwide openings for comedy films. Since films do not open on Fridays in many markets, the 'opening' is taken to be the gross between the first day of release and the first Sunday following the movie's release. Figures prior to the year 2002 are not available. Country-by-country variations in release dates are not taken into account.

Rank Film Year Opening (USD)[107]
1 Deadpool 2 2018 $300,386,357
2 Deadpool 2016 $264,711,361
3 Incredibles 2 2018 $235,826,976
4 Men In Black 3 2012 $189,884,945

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Shaolin Temple admissions:
  2. ^ Awaara admissions:
  3. ^ Frozen admissions:
    • United States and Canada – 49,041,000[78]
    • Japan – 20.03 million[79]
    • Russia – 4,916,598[80]
    • Other territories – 64,428,247[81]
  4. ^ The Jungle Book (1967) admissions:
    • Germany – 27.3 million[82]
    • Other territories – 110,615,958[83]
  5. ^ Disco Dancer admissions:
    • India – 15 million[84][74]
    • Soviet Union – 120 million[85]
  6. ^ Finding Nemo:
    • United States and Canada – 61,586,500[86]
    • Other territories – 63,142,382[87]
  7. ^ Shrek 2 admissions:
    • United States and Canada – 71,050,900[86]
    • Europe (excluding Russia) – 44,617,071[88]
    • Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Russia, South Korea – 7,355,556[89]
  8. ^ Incredibles 2 admissions:
    • United States and Canada – 66,299,200[86]
    • Europe (excluding Russia) – 29,876,015[90]
    • China – 9,193,452[91]
    • Russia – 4.86 million[92]
    • South Korea – 3,033,105[71]
  9. ^ Back to the Future admissions:
    • United States, Canada, Denmark – 59,434,344[93]
    • France, Germany, Italy, Spain – 12,592,872[94]
    • United Kingdom – 9,719,533[95]
    • Japan – 8,078,180[96]
    • South Korea (Seoul City) – 343,292[71]
    • Other European territories (2011–2018) – 16,257[97]
  10. ^ Ghostbusters admissions:
    • United States and Canada – 71,173,700[86]
    • France, Germany, Italy – 8,046,600[98]
    • Denmark and Spain – 2,763,555[99]
    • South Korea (Seoul City) – 344,420[71]
    • United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden (2002–2018) – 46,943[100]
  11. ^ Beverly Hills Cop admissions:
    • United States, Canada, Denmark, Spain – 69,103,402[101]
    • France, Germany, Italy – 7,499,810[102]
    • United Kingdom – 2,620,211[103]
    • Japan – 2,236,108[96]
    • South Korea (Seoul City) – 257,182[71]
  12. ^ Home Alone admissions:
    • United States, Canada, Spain – 70,521,419[104]
    • France, Germany, Italy – 10,032,435[105]
    • South Korea (Seoul City) – 869,820[71]
    • United Kingdom, Belgium, Romania, Switzerland (1996–2018) – 68,134[106]

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