Movies: We love some, we hate some and we can’t help but throw our money at some.
In many cases, motion pictures have become events, multi-million dollar spectacles that involve red carpets, press junkets and marketing strategies that entice viewers to open their wallets just so they can be a part of the hype.
Nevertheless, even a film with an innovative marketing strategy needs a good story, an awesome cast and a special creative voice to truly break out and become one of the highest-grossing films across the world.
Click through to see the all-time top 40 money-making movies, as determined by Box Office Mojo. Numbers are not adjusted for inflation.