The Highest Grossing Movies By Month

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted on December 18, 2015 and has basically broken every record it could. On opening day, it pulled in over $119 million dollars, which set not only the December record for highest daily gross, but also set the mark for the highest single day gross ever. But what about the rest of the months of the year?

January - American Sniper
Release date: January 17, 2015 (World wide, limited release was December 25, 2014)
1-Day Gross: $24,546,284

This Bradley Cooper film, based on the book of the same name about sniper Chris Kyle, did amazing or a January film and due to word of mouth and critics approval, it continued to grow after it's release. Previous to American Sniper, the biggest film released in January was Lone Survivor from 2014.
February - Deadpool
Release date: February 12, 2016
1-Day Gross: $47,500,000

The movie adaptation of the "Merc with a Mouth" was in development hell for over a decade. After a disastrous appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds fought to make a Deadpool film that was more true to the comics. In 2016, Deadpool set the single day February record and became the first R-rated film to break $100 million in its opening weekend.
March - The Hunger Games
Release date: March 23, 2012
1-Day Gross: $67,263,650

It's no surprise that the first film in The Hunger Games franchise killed it at the March box office! Before this, Alice In Wonderland (2010) held this March record.
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April - Furious 7
Release date: April 3, 2015
1-Day gross: $67,407,340

Who knew that the seventh movie in The Fast and Furious franchise would break a handful of records and hold the April top spot? Before that, Captain American: The Winter Solider (2014) held this record.
May - Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Release date: May 1, 2015
1-Day gross: $84,424,532

May is the month to beat in most cases. Every "big blockbuster" is released in either May or June, and so it's pretty easy to predict that Avengers: Age of Ultron would hold this title. Before that, the first Avengers film from 2012 held that spot.
June - Jurassic World
Release date: June 12, 2015
1-Day gross: $81,953,950

We knew that Jurassic World was going to be big, we just had no idea it would be this big. Before dinosaurs ruled June, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) held this record.
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July - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Release date: July 15, 2011
1-Day gross: $91,071,119

Obviously the final Harry Potter film slayed the box office in the month of July. Before that, another franchise was kicking butt, The Dark Knight (2008) was the box office king.
August - Guardians of the Galaxy
Release date: August 1, 2014
1-Day gross: $37,845,336

August is at the end of the blockbuster summer boom, but Guardians of the Galaxy made sure that summer went out with a bang in 2014. That last movie to hold this title was The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
September - Hotel Transylvania 2
Release date: September 26, 2015
1-Day gross: $20,751,428

Any movie savvy person knows that September is not a big movie month. Surprisingly enough, this Hotel Transylvania sequel took the record away from Insidious Chapter 2 (2013), also a sequel.
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October - Paranormal Activity 3
Release date: October 21, 2011
1-Day gross: $26,305,745

Like September, October is part of the movie off season. Before Paranormal Activity 3 scared it's way to the top, Jackass 3D (2010) held that spot...but before that? Shark Tale (2004). Box office ratings are weird.
November - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Release date: November 20, 2009
1-Day gross: $72,703,754

After a boring beginning to fall for movies, November comes back in and steals the show. In November, there's too much franchise competition for the top spot: Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games all fought for 1 and kicked each other out of the spots numerous times. However, New Moon still holds the spot from 2009, but before that it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
December - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release date: December 18, 2015
1-Day gross: $119,119,282

If you've been using the internet since late November, then you already knew what movie ruled the top spot for the month of December. Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in like a wrecking ball and took down every single existing record that it could. Typically, December isn't too big a month for multiple releases, but before Star Wars, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) held this spot.

All numbers reported are from The Numbers.