The year 2021 came with lots of excitement in the entertainment industry and particularly in the film industry. We were treated to lots of thrilling and exciting films. From Nomadland and Godzila vs Kong in January to Marvel’s “Spider Man: No Way Home” in December, there were blockbusters back to back! However, while there were so many movies to choose from throughout the year 2021, and with filmmakers putting in lots of work to make spectacular films, as expected, not all the films would perform the same way. Some would have a wider audience and are sure to earn massive revenues, others may not.
Here, we take a look at which 2021 movie grossed the highest revenue globally for its makers. Any clues?
Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Home ($1,892,761,122)
This Superhero adventure/fiction film is based on the Marvel Comic character “Spiderman”, and is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 27th film in the franchise. Spider-Man: No Way Home debuted at the Fox Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 13, 2021, before being theatrically released in the United States on December 17. It is by a large margin the highest grossing movie of 2021.
The film was widely anticipated, attracting attention domestically and globally. When the ticket sales began on November 29, ticket websites such as Fandango and AMC Theaters crashed due to a large inflow of individuals wanting to purchase tickets.
In the US alone, Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed $121.9 million on its opening day, and would go on to gross $260 million in its opening weekend, surpassing Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million) to become the second-highest domestic box office opening of all time. So far it has grossed over $1.89 billion.
Released: December 17, 2021 (United States)
Director: Jon Watts
Distributors: Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Box office: $1.89 billion
The Battle at Lake Changjin ($913,100,520)
First released in China on September 30, The Battle at Lake Changjin grossed over $460 million in its first week. The film received positive reviews on several Chinese websites, with Maoyan and Douban giving it a rating of 9.5 and 7.6 respectively. Overall, it has grossed over $913 million globally. The Battle at Lake Changjin is currently the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time and the second highest grossing film of the year 2021 worldwide.
Released: September 30, 2021 (China)
Director: Dante Lam, Tsui Hark, Chen Kaige
Distributor: Polybona Films
Box office: $913.1 million
Hi, Mom ($841,674,419)
This Chinese Comedy grossed $195 million in its opening weekend. It was released on February 12 and was positively received by the Chinese audience who couldn’t help but talk about the film with their friends, thus further popularising it. Hi, Mom has a rating of 8.2 on Douban and 9.5 on Maoyan. It currently holds the all time record for the highest grossing movie by a solo female director. “Hi, Mom” is the third highest grossing film of 2021. So far, it has grossed US$848 million at the box office. “Hi, Mom” is director Jia Ling’s debut film.
Released: February 1, 2021 (China).
Director: Jia Ling
Distributors: China Film Co., Ltd., Tianjin Maoyan Weiying Culture Media, Beijing Jingcai Time Culture Media, Shanghai Ruyi Film & TV Production, Ltd.
Box office: $841.7 million
No Time to Die ($774,153,007)
No Time To Die is actor Daniel Craig’s final film in the James Bond series. It was released on September 30 in the United Kingdom and October 8 in the United States. No Time To Die grossed $119.1 million in its opening weekend. It is the 4th highest grossing movie of 2021.
Released: September 30, 2021 (United Kingdom)
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Distributor: Universal Pictures, United Artists Releasing
Box office: $774.2 million
F9: The Fast Saga was first released in South Korea on May 19 and June 25 in the United States. F9 grossed $30 million on its first day and would reach $70 million in its opening weekend. Overall, F9 has grossed over $726 million and is the 5th highest grossing film of 2021.
Released: May 19, 2021 (South Korea)
Director: Justin Lin
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Box office: $726.2 million
Detective Chinatown 3 ($686,084,069)
Released: February 12, 2021 (China)
Director: Chen Sicheng
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures, Wanda Media
Box office: $686.1 million
Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($506,863,592)
Released: October 1, 2021 (United States)
Director: Andy Serkis
Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
Box office: $506.9 million
Godzilla vs. Kong ($468,216,094)
Released: March 24, 2021 (International)
Director: Adam Wingard
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures, Toho
Box office: $468.2 million
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ($432,243,292)
Released: September 3, 2021 (United States).
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Box office: $432.2 million
Sing 2 ($409,753,307)
Released: December 22, 2021 (US).
Director: Garth Jennings
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Box office: $408.2 million
Highest Grossing Movies of 2021 (#11-20)
- 11 Eternals ($402,064,929)
- 12 Dune ($399,007,157)
- 13 Black Widow ($379,751,655)
- 14 Free Guy ($323,496,495)
- 15 A Quiet Place: Part II ($296,667,589)
- 16 Wo He Wo De Fu Be ($231,838,172)
- 17 Encanto ($230,677,560)
- 18 Cruella ($226,892,470)
- 19 Nou fo ($211,231,310)
- 20 Jungle Cruise ($210,384,144)