Aquaman Joins 36 Other Movies To Make Over $1 Billion At The Box Office | 22 Words

Ever wondered which movies have been the most successful? That is, if we're measuring success in money.

If you think that Star Wars is the number one, you couldn't be more wrong. And it's not Harry Potter, unfortunately.

I was surprised when I found out the winner, but it deserves the title. Especially when you consider the commotion it caused at the time of release. INSIDER has compiled a list of 37 highest-grossing movies of the past 25 years. What's the main criteria to join this elite club? Earning more than $1 billion worldwide. Aquaman is the latest film to make it in. Barely.

The ranks were determined based on data from Box Office Mojo.

It might seem like the ultimate list of vanity. But, believe it or not, top-grossing movies say a lot about what 21st century society and culture and  are like. This is how we're going to be remembered.

37. The Dark Knight (2008), starring Heath Ledger. Total gross revenue: $1,004,600,000.

36. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). It was the only one out of the three hobbit movies to make it to the list. Total gross revenue: $1,021,100,000. 35. Aquaman (2018) was the first DC superhero movie to make one billion dollars at the box office. $1,023,000,000 (and counting). 34. Zootopia (2016) was Disney Animation's biggest opening of $75 million. $1,023,800,000.

33. Alice In Wonderland (2010). $1,025,500,000

32. Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace (1999) It was the first Star Wars movie to earn $1 billion, all because of its 3D re-release 13 years after the original debut. $1,027,000,000. 31. Finding Dory (2016) became the fifth highest-grossing animated movie of all time. $1,028,600,000. 30. Jurassic Park (1993) also made it to the list all because of its 3D re-release. $1,029,200,000.

29. Despicable Me 3 (2017). $1,033,500,000.

28. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). $1,045,700,000.

27. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). $1,056,100,000,

The world is, clearly, crazy about stars and wars. Or maybe just strong female characters.

26. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). $1,066,200,000.

No one can, nor should get enough of Captain Jack Sparrow. At that time, it was the third ever film to hit the $1 billion mark.

25. Toy Story 3 (2010). $1,067,000,000.

The movie was released in 2010 and later turned out to be Pixar's highest-grossing film of all time.

24. The Dark Knight Rises (2012). $1,084,900,000.

Its success is even more amazing when you consider the fact that  "the Aurora theater shooting took place during a midnight screening of the film," says INSIDER.

23. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). $1,104,000,000.

The movie was, supposedly, "made specifically with international audiences in mind— and it paid off. Almost a third of the total box-office revenue came from China alone."

22. Skyfall (2012). $1,108,600,000.

This was the only James Bond movie ever to reach $1 billion in revenues.

21. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). $1,119,900,000.

The movie broke another record when it received Academy Awards for all 11 categories it had been nominated for.

20. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). $1,123,800,000.

"Just like with Age of Extinction, the boost in ticket sales came largely from international movie audiences," INSIDER says.

19. Captain America: Civil War (2016). $1,153,300,000.

That's one more sign that Marvel is slowly taking over the movie universe.

18. Minions (2015). $1,159,400,000.

"People clearly appreciated the yellow henchman's standalone film, since neither of the two Despicable Me movies have breached $1 billion, " INSIDER reports.

17. Iron Man 3 (2013). $1,214,800,000.

It only took the film 23 days in the box office to hit $1 billion.

16. The Fate of the Furious (2017). $1,235,800,000.

"Clearly Vin Diesel's creative control of these action-packed movies is paying off."

15. Incredibles 2 (2018). $1,242,800,000.

Incredibles 2 became the fastest animated film to earn $1 billion dollars.

14. Beauty and the Beast (2017). $1,263,500,000.

Its total revenue makes Beauty and the Beast the highest grossing film of 2017.

13. Frozen (2013). $1,276,500,000.

It's currently the #1 highest-grossing animated feature of all time.

12. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). $1,309,500,000.

Once again, Jurassic Park trilogy had a strong opening weekend and in just two weeks made one billion dollars.

11. Star Wars: The Last Jedi(2017). $1,332,500,000.

This one made half a million dollars during just its first weekend in theaters.

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2011). $1,341,500,000.

Everybody gathered around to see the ending of a phenomenon. The only other Harry Potter movie that had got close to this one was The Sorcerer's Stone, which made $975 million.

9. Black Panther (2018), $1,346,900,000.

Black Panther became the 16th Disney film to make one billion dollars.

8. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). $1,405,400,000.

"The 2015 follow-up ensemble movie added James Spader as the terrifying new villain, and (surprising no one) Age of Ultron opened in the number one spot around the world," INSIDER says.

7. Furious 7 (2015). $1,516,000,000.

The movie broke a record when it hit the $1 billion mark in just 17 days.

6. Marvel's The Avengers (2012). $1,518,800,000.

This first Avengers movie "brought together an all-star cast of comic book heroes."

5. Jurassic World (2015). $1,670,400,000.

Furious 7 didn't get to enjoy its new record for long because Jurassic World happened, breaking the record in just 13 days.

4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018). $2,002,100,000 (and counting).

During its opening weekend it made record-breaking $630 million in revenue. Then it became the fourth movie ever to pass two-billion dollars.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). $2,068,200,000.

This one pushed Jurassic World out when it made $1 billion in just 12 days.

2. Titanic (1997). $2,187,500,000.

During its first release in 1997 it already made an incredible $1.8 billion. But then Titanic reached $2 million after its re-release "in 3D in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the iconic ship's sinking."

1. Avatar (2009). $2,788,000,000.

Yes, Avatar is number one and it's unlikely it will soon get defeated. As INSIDER said, "it's miles ahead of other films on the list."