A profitable movie doesn’t just do well at the box office.
Toy Story 3, for example, is the highest-grossing movie of 2010 so far, with a worldwide take of over $600 million. However, its budget was $200 million, meaning that it has only made three times its investment. Even the mighty Titanic, the second highest grossing film of all time, could only realize a 900% return on its budget.
What follows is a list of the 15 most profitable movies of all time, based on worldwide box office receipts. These movies made back their money over and over again, and while there are some acknowledged blockbusters here, there are also those that came out of nowhere and surprised everyone with their performance at the box office.
So click ahead to see which movies, in order, are the most profitable of all time.
By Daniel BukszpanPosted 10 Sept 2010
Note: Inflation adjusted budgets are calculated as of 2010.