The Ultimate Top-Grossing Movies Quiz

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There are big movies, and then there are BIG movies. Take our quiz and test your knowledge of the top-grossing films of all-time.

Adjusting for inflation (and the fact that ticket prices have outpaced inflation) makes a big difference when you're looking at movie grosses over 100 years. According to the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records, what's the top-grossing movie of all time (adjusted for inflation)?

"Gone With the Wind" has made almost $3.5 billion in today's dollars.

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What's the top-grossing movie of all time, not adjusted for inflation?

The unadjusted list skews very heavily to recent films. As of early 2016, "Avatar" (2009) has made $2.7 billion worldwide.

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What's the only movie besides "Avatar" and "Titanic" in the unadjusted top 30 that isn't part of a franchise?

"Frozen" stands at No. 9, "Finding Nemo" is No. 33 and "Inside Out" is No. 45.

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How long did it take "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" to overtake "Avatar" for the No. 1 movie of all time in North America?

"The Force Awakens" needed only 20 days to make $764 million and surpass "Avatar."

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How long did it take "Avatar" to make the same amount of money?

"Avatar" was in theaters for seven months before it made $750 million.

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How much money did "The Force Awakens" make in its first 24 hours of release?

A cool $100 million went into the bank on the first day.

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After "Gone With the Wind," what's the highest-grossing Best Picture Award winner?

It isn't often that the most popular movie of the year also wins the Best Picture Oscar. "The Sound of Music" was the second-highest-grossing Best Picture (adjusted for inflation).

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What's the top-grossing movie franchise of all time?

The 12 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ("The Avengers," "Iron Man," "Guardians of the Galaxy," etc.) have grossed $9 billion worldwide.

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How many movies have grossed more than $1 billion?

Twenty-four films have made more than $1 billion worldwide.

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How many have made more than $2 billion?

The big three are "Avatar," "The Force Awakens" and "Titanic."

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What was the first Alfred Hitchcock film to be the biggest movie of the year?

"Rear Window" was the most popular movie of 1954.

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How many times has a Steven Spielberg film been the top-grossing film of the year?

Spielberg had the top movies of 1975, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1989 and 1993.

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How many times has a Steven Spielberg movie been at the top of the all-time list?

"Jaws," "E.T." and "Jurassic Park" have all spent time at the top of the all-time list.

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Spielberg is also the only director to have one of his own movies replace another for top-grossing film ever. Which Spielberg film passed another?

In 1993, "Jurassic Park" surpassed "E.T.," which had been No. 1 for 10 years.

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What's the top-grossing animated film of all time?

"Frozen" stole the crown from "Toy Story 3" in 2014.

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Which film made almost $2 billion worldwide and three times that with its live-action theatrical version?

"The Lion King" has been a musical-theater juggernaut since 1997.

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Three Harry Potter films have been the top-grossing film of the year: the first, last and this one.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film in the franchise, was the top movie of 2005.

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What's the top-grossing musical film ever (adjusted for inflation)?

"The Sound of Music" still rakes it in.

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Which movie did "The Sound of Music" overtake for No. 1 of all time?

"Gone With the Wind" had been hanging out at the top of the all-time list for years.

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How long had "Gone With the Wind" been the biggest movie ever?

"GWTW" was the top movie ever from 1939 to 1964.

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What's the only other movie that sat at No. 1 longer?

"The Birth of a Nation" was No. 1 from 1915 (the first year such things were counted) until "GWTW" came along in 1939.

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What was the first Disney animated film to be the top-grossing movie of the year?

"Snow White" was also the first Disney animated film, in 1937.

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"Jungle Book" was the biggest movie of 1967. It was 25 years before another animated film could claim that honor. What was that movie?

There was a long dry spell for animated movies until "Aladdin" took the top spot in 1992.

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What's the top-grossing war movie (besides "Gone With the Wind")?

Not adjusted for inflation, the winner is "American Sniper."

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After "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," which movie had the biggest opening day in North America?

The final Harry Potter film made $91 million on its first day in 2011.

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What's the highest-grossing Pixar movie?

"Toy Story 3" takes the cake for Pixar.

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In the 21st century, only two directors have had the top-grossing movie in two consecutive years. Name one.

Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" were the top movies of 2002 and 2003.

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Now name the other.

Two of Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies -- "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" were the most popular movies of 2006 and 2007.

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"Ben-Hur" was the top-grossing movie of two different years. The silent version was released in 1925. When was the next "Ben-Hur?"

The second "Ben-Hur" was the top-grossing movie of 1959 and also won the Best Picture Academy Award.

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Tom Cruise has been in three movies that have been the top-grossing films of the year. Which was NOT one of them?

The original "Mission: Impossible" was beaten out by "Independence Day" in 1996.

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