Throughout the past 10 years, since 1995, films of the Sci-Fi genre have dominated the box office and many have become the highest grossing films of all time, including Star Wars, Back To The Future and, the highest of all time, Avatar, grossing $2.788 Million on the worldwide box office. Despite having some of the highest grossing films on the worldwide box office, the genre does not appear on the list of the highest grossing genres of all time when compared to the sales of other movie genres, with Comedy, Adventure, Action, Drama and Thriller/Suspense films taking the top 5 highest grossing genres of all time.
The highest grossing Sci-Fi films between 1977 and 2009 showed that Star Wars were the frequently popular films, with the newest saga taking up spots 10, 9 and 6, and the original saga taking up spots 5,4 and for the first film, 1. This clearly shows that Star Wars is one of the most popular Sci-Fi films that has ever been created. The 8th spot shows that Independence day from 1996 was more popular than Star Wars episode two and three. The 7th spot shows that the first Back To The Future from 1985 grossed over the bottom three films.
In terms of the highest grossing films of all time and all genres, a large amount of these come under the Sci-Fi header. Star wars, E.T, Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers films all rated high on the all time rankings, bringing in between $500 to $2000 million dollars at the global box office after having a budget between $10 ans $300 million dollars. The top grossing film overall was taken by Avatar, which made $2,788 million at the global box office and had only a budget of $237 million dollars, making it the top selling film of all time and all genres.
Despite having the most films at the top of the grossing lists, the genre as a whole doesn’t show on the highest grossing genres in film. Comedy films prove to be the most popular of all genres, bringing in a total box office earning of $40,745,631,721 over 2,149 films in the genre.Sci-Fi films do not rank on this list as being one of the most popular genre’s despite having a large selection of films in the highest grossing films of all time.