The Top 10 Grossing Movies of 2022

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Last year, James Cameron once again reigned supreme, at least in terms of box office revenue. Although Avatar: Way of the Water didn’t quite match the success of its predecessor, it nevertheless managed to earn enough money to become the fourth-highest-earning movie of all time and the top movie of 2022. Tom Cruise’s return as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell won the domestic box office with $718 million in domestic ticket sales, but it placed second globally.

The top nine movies on this list were all sequels or reboots, with the exception of the Chinese sci-fi comedy Moon Man. Those weren’t the only sequels to draw viewers to the theatre, as reported by Paste Magazine.

10. Moon Man

Box office: $627 million

Director: Zhang Chiyu

Stars: Shen Teng, Ma Li

9. Water Gate Bridge (The Battle at Lake Changin II)

Box office: $627 million

Director: Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark, Dante Lam

Stars: Wu Jing, Jackson Yee, Duan Yihong, Zhang Hanyu

8. Thor: Love and Thunder

Box office: $761 million

Director: Taika Waititi

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman

Rating: PG-13

7. The Batman

Box office: $771 million

Director: Matt Reeves

Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell

Rating: PG-13

6. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Box office: $843 million

Director: Ryan Coogler

Stars: Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett

Rating: PG-13

5. Minions: The Rise of Gru

Box office: $940 million

Director: Kyle Balda

Stars: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Alan Arkin

Rating: PG

4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Box office: $956 million

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams

Genre: Action, Adventure

Rating: PG-13

3. Jurassic World: Dominion

Box office: $1 billion

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith

Rating: PG-13

2. Top Gun: Maverick

Box office: $1.49 billion

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jenifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Danny Ramirez, Greg “Tarzan” Davis

Rating: PG-13

1. Avatar: The Way of Water

Box office: $2.21 billion

Director: James Cameron

Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, Trinity Bliss, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Jack Champion, Jemaine Clement, Joel David Moore, Brendan Cowell, CCH Pounder

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Source: Paste Magazine


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