The 10 Most Successful Time Travel Movies of All Time

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | May 28, 2012 |


There was a big time-travel element involved in MIB III, which is excuse enough to take a gander at the ten highest grossing time-travel films of all time adjusted for inflation. With the adjustment, MIB III may have a difficult time breaking the top ten before the end of its run. That said, the top ten is represented by only four franchises, and I didn't realize that -- after adjusting for inflation -- the Star Trek movies were as successful as they were. With the exception of Abrams entry, the actuals do not reflect that.

10. Back to the Future Part III ($164.25 million)

9. Star Trek: First Contact ($164.27 million)

8. Terminator III: Rise of the Machines ($197 million)

7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ($228 million)

6. Back to the Future Part II ($232 million)

5. Star Trek ($273 million)

4. Austin Powers in Goldmember ($290 million)

3. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ($321 million)

2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($385 million)

1. Back to the Future ($467 million)

Terry Gilliam fans will be happy to know that Time Bandits is in at number eleven, with $115 million adjusted.

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Elsewhere at the box-office, Battleship is getting creamed. In its second week, it made only $10 million. Peter Berg is not concerned, though. Despite only a $47 million take stateside so far, the $210 million budgeted film has made $280 million so far once International box office is accounted for. Meanwhile, Chernobyl Diaries, Oren Peli's attempt to break away from the Paranormal Activity franchise, also bombed, putting up only $8 million over the weekend.

However, Moonrise Kingdom set a record this weekend for highest per screen average for a live-action film with $130,000 per screen in four theaters. It looks like a surefire indie hit. Our Wes Anderson guru, Daniel Carlson, will have that review up very soon.


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