The Biggest Box Office Hits and Highest-Grossing Movies of 2023

As we head into the fall movie season, one strike is over, more than a few major releases have been delayed, and the industry is waiting to see if Barbenheimer really meant that the movies are back.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer and Margot Robbie in Barbie
Photo: Universal Pictures / Warner Bros.

Are the movies back? It’s an open question, one that is curiously thorny to unpack right now considering that much of Hollywood remains on pause. Yes, the WGA strike finally ended when studios at last agreed to fairly pay their writers and find common ground on their demands related to artificial intelligence. However, the SAG-AFTRA strike continues on in the background. Hence major studio tentpoles like Dune: Part Two leaving to find greener pastures.

Still, after what seemed like an anemic summer following the failures of old studio standby franchises via DC and Indiana Jones (The Flash, The Dial of Destiny), and others that just massively underperformed Fast X, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One), folks were wondering if audiences were tired of the movies. Then the gift of Barbenheimer occurred. It turns out audiences were incredibly excited… to at least see Barbie and Oppenheimer. However, does this mean they’re excited to see much else? We’ll find out in the coming months. In the meantime, here are the biggest movies of the year so far, through the first weekend of October.

RankTitleGlobal GrossDomestic Gross
2The Super Mario Bros. Movie$1,360,968,281$574,934,330
4Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3$845,555,777$358,995,815
5Fast X$704,709,660$145,960,660
6Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse$689,935,201$381,311,319
7The Little Mermaid$569,626,289$298,172,056
8Mission: Impossible – dead reckoning part one$567,535,383$172,135,383
10Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania$476,071,180$214,504,909
11TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS$438,966,392$157,066,392
12John Wick: Chapter 4$428,471,898$187,131,806
13meg 2: the trench$394,335,741$82,435,741
14indiana jones and the dial of destiny$383,078,455$174,480,468
15Creed III$275,248,615$156,248,615
16The Flash$270,633,313$108,133,313
17the nun ii$231,159,534$76,759,534
18The sound of freedom$217,274,343$183,234,204
19Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves$208,177,026$93,277,026
20insidious: The red door$188,587,682$82,156,962
21teenage mutant ninja turtles: mutant mayhem$176,705,722$117,505,722
22Scream VI$168,961,389$108,161,389
23the equalizer 3$158,327,935$85,927,935
24Evil Dead Rise$146,533,054$67,233,054
25Shazam! Fury of the Gods$133,783,006$57,638,006

You can check out a full schedule of movies still coming out in 2023 here. For Marvel movie and TV series release dates, check out our complete breakdown of the schedule here. You can find a preview of upcoming Star Wars film and TV projects here. More of a horror movie person? We have you covered right here.

For TV release dates, you can check out the schedule here.

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We’ll continue to update this article as new numbers come in. Let us know in the comments if your favorite movie made the list or about the underdog you wish had performed better!