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Hollywood.com’s Highest Grossing Comedy Films of All Time List

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Nov 16, 2005 | 1:57pm EST

"Why make a trillion when we could make... billions?"--Dr. Evil, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Comedies weave their way into American and cinematic culture like no other genre. After all, no one quotes lines from melodramatic tearjerkers. Comedy is simply essential and could never go out of style.

Following last month’s release of Hollywood.com’s 25 Highest Grossing Horror Films of All Time list, we decided to lighten the mood by unveiling the highest grossing domestic comedies of all time.

We have updated all earnings by tallying total domestic box office receipts for all movies in the genre, and then adjusted the performances to current U.S. average ticket prices to determine the final winners. So, to find out who truly got the proverbial “last laugh,” read on.

Rank Title Gross Domestic Box Office Adjusted Gross Domestic Box Office1
1 Beverly Hills Cop (Paramount / 1984) $234,760,478 $433,887,669
2 Home Alone (20th Century Fox / 1990) $281,493,907 $413,257,012
3 Tootsie (Columbia Pictures / 1982) $177,200,000 $409,075,093
4 Blazing Saddles (Warner Brothers / 1974) $119,500,000 $404,656,100
5 National Lampoon's Animal House (Universal Pictures / 1978) $141,600,000 $383,297,700
6 Mrs. Doubtfire (20th Century Fox / 1993) $219,194,773 $321,796,582
7 Three Men and a Baby (Touchstone Pictures / 1987) $167,780,960 $310,095,167
8 Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (New Line Cinema / 1999) $205,444,716 $305,218,107
9 Beverly Hills Cop 2 (Paramount Pictures / 1987) $151,663,265 $280,306,213
10 Meet the Fockers (Universal Pictures / 2004) $279,167,575 $279,167,575
11 Liar Liar (Universal Pictures / 1997) $181,395,380 $269,489,309
12 There's Something About Mary (20th Century Fox / 1998) $176,484,651 $262,193,704
13 My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films / 2002) $241,437,427 $258,059,625
14 Porky's (20th Century Fox / 1982) $111,289,673 $256,917,795
15 Home Alone 2 (20th Century Fox / 1992) $172,676,450 $253,503,724
16 Look Who's Talking (Tristar Pictures / 1989) $136,950,770 $253,114,370
17 Bruce Almighty (Universal Pictures / 2003) $242,589,580 $249,831,060
18 Big Daddy (Columbia Pictures / 1999) $163,479,795 $242,873,093
19 The Waterboy (Touchstone Pictures / 1998) $161,487,252 $239,912,879
20 9 to 5 (20th Century Fox / 1980) $103,290,500 $238,451,303
21 Coming to America (Paramount Pictures / 1988) $128,113,607 $236,781,399
22 Stir Crazy (Columbia Pictures / 1980) $101,300,000 $233,856,134
23 Austin Powers in Goldmember (New Line Cinema / 2002) $213,079,163 $227,748,985
24 Trading Places (Paramount Pictures / 1983) $90,404,800 $208,704,018
25 Stripes (Columbia Pictures / 1981) $85,297,000 $196,912,405
TOTALS $4,287,081,722 $7,169,107,020

Hollywood.com also compiled a list of highest grossing movies that bridged the comedy genre with either action or romance. Below are the top 10 films from this cross-genre group:

Cross Genre
Rank Title Gross Domestic Box Office Adjusted Gross Domestic Box Office1
1 The Sting (Universal Pictures / 1973) $156,000,000 $570,514,300
2 The Graduate (AVCO / 1967) $104,642,560 $547,295,400
3 American Graffiti (Universal Pictures / 1973) $115,000,000 $420,571,400
4 Men In Black (Columbia Pictures / 1997) $250,147,615 $371,630,787
5 Smokey and the Bandit (Universal Pictures / 1977) $126,737,428 $363,730,700
6 M.A.S.H (20th Century Fox / 1970) $81,600,000 $343,578,900
7 Crocodile Dundee (Paramount Pictures / 1986) $169,014,205 $312,374,468
8 Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Live Action) (Universal Pictures / 2000) $260,031,035 $299,590,487
9 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Touchstone Pictures / 1988) $153,452,495 $283,613,093
10 Rush Hour 2 (New Line Cinema / 2001) $226,138,454 $248,113,039
TOTALS $1,642,763,792 $3,761,012,575
1 Adjusted Gross Domestic Box Office figures are derived based on the total domestic gross of the film, divided by average ticket price in the year of release, multiplied by 2004 average ticket price ($6.21). Average annual ticket prices source: MPAA.
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