Here Are The 5 Most Successful Movies In The World Right Now

After several years of fewer theatrical releases, the box office is gradually recovering, so here are the five biggest films in the world right now. Avatar: The Way of Water and the re-release of Titanic have already shattered box office records in 2023, leading the highest-grossing films of all time to continually change.

In recent years, movies with smaller budgets have been surprisingly popular, with horror shattering stereotypes and attracting audiences. This weekend, several movies have been performing consistently well at the box office.

1. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Unsurprisingly, the most popular film on the globe right now is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mayhem was only released on February 17; nonetheless, its opening weekend pushed it to the top of the box office and it has already surpassed its $200 million budget.

Scott and Hope enter the Quantum world in the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, where they encounter Kang, who is slated to become the next Thanos.

Here Are The 5 Most Successful Movies In The World Right Now

This weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania grossed $357,300,000 worldwide and a staggering $120,000,000 domestically.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania is the first film in Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a pivotal component of the upcoming story, which will see the formation of new teams like The Thunderbolts and The Marvels.

The box office success of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania is expected to continue, and it is currently among the top five largest films on the globe.

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2. Pathaan

Pathaan is the only non-American film in the top five highest-grossing films of this weekend, and it placed second. The Indian-Hindi film directed by Siddharth Anand is an action thriller about a spy facing a gang leader who has an evil plan for his country.

Pathaan was released internationally on January 25 and has performed consistently since its debut, continuing the pattern of foreign film popularity in the United States since 2019.

Here Are The 5 Most Successful Movies In The World Right Now

Pathaan’s worldwide box office nearly tripled that of Titanic, significantly separating the weekend’s top two films from the next three.

In The World Right Now Pathaan has earned $95,938,107 globally and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes for its outstanding critical reception. Pathaan, despite its success, is still a long way from the top slot, which is not surprising given the most recent MCU release.

3. Titanic 25th Anniversary

Titanic has been re-released in theatres to commemorate its 25th anniversary, and it is currently the third-highest-grossing film in the world due to its immense popularity.

Titanic 25th Anniversary’s global box office has reached $48,443,135, even though it only earned $2,900,000 domestically this weekend, which pales in comparison to its competition.

Titanic is one of the rare films to surpass the $2 billion mark, thus it comes as no surprise that Titanic’s 25th Anniversary placed so highly over the weekend.

Here Are The 5 Most Successful Movies In The World Right Now

Titanic’s successful re-release prevented Avatar: The Way of Water from surpassing it as the third highest-grossing film of all time. Avatar: The Way of Water is currently ranked third, however, Titanic’s re-release success caused its records to be momentarily held and increased.

Yet, both films are produced by James Cameron, therefore regardless of whether the film is in the lead, Cameron is occupying the top position.

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4. Plane

Barely edging out Knock at the Door for fourth place is Plane, the latest action film from Gerard Butler, in which he teams up with suspected killer Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter) to rescue a group of captives on a war-torn island.

The plane has grossed $47,887,022 globally to date, but only $450,000 this weekend at the American box office, indicating that it has plummeted significantly more than Knock at the Cabin, despite having been released a week earlier. Nonetheless, Plane maintains its position as the fourth largest film worldwide and has exceeded its $25 million budget.

Here Are The 5 Most Successful Movies In The World Right Now

The plane has earned a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of the highest-rated action films starring Gerard Butler. The ship, a sequel to the critically acclaimed film Plane, is now under development.

The ship will follow fugitive Louis Gaspare, who remained on the island to avoid extradition to Canada, and verify that Butler’s Brodie Torrence and his passengers successfully escaped the island and the rebels who held them, prisoner.

5. Knock At The Cabin

The adaptation of The Cabin at the End of the World by M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin, has become the fifth-highest-grossing film in the world following this weekend. In the horror film Knock at the Cabin, a girl and her vacationing parents are taken captive by four strangers.

The strangers push them to make an impossible decision to prevent the catastrophe. Beginning its fourth week in theatres, Knock at the Cabin has performed well with critics and moviegoers, with some calling it Shyamalan’s career comeback.

Here Are The 5 Most Successful Movies In The World Right Now

Knock at the Cabin has grossed $47,879,270 globally (according to Box Office Mojo), and garnered $4,590,000 this weekend alone in the United States.

Knock at the Cabin has some star power, with Dave Bautista as Leonard leading the four strangers, and its success has kept it in a top box office position; yet, it is not expected to be made available on streaming services any time soon. Nonetheless, it will likely transition to streaming once its theatrical run concludes, but not before increasing its box office gross.

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Summing Up

The early months of the year are typically reserved for low-budget films that are overshadowed throughout the summer months, but this year several 2023 films have broken that trend. Nonetheless, the top five films in the globe are a diverse group of films.