What were some of the highest grossing movies that came out back in 2005? 2005 was not a good year for the box office. The movie industry made $600,000,000 less in 2005 than in 2004. Experts would fear a stock market crash by this large a percentage. At the same time, many films suffered financial losses, such as The Island, but plenty of movies still earned high at the box office. Every week, we present the top ten-weekend cash earners. It’s the end of 2005, and it’s time to look at the top-grossing movies.

2005 Highest Grossing Movies #1 – Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge Of the Sith

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Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film directed and written by George Lucas. Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Hayden Christensen star in the movie. It also stars Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Hayden Christensen, and Frank Oz. The sequel to Attack of the Clones (1999) and The Phantom Menace (2002) is the sixth Star Wars film, the last installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and the third chronological chapter. Of the “Skywalker Saga.”

Three years after the Clone Wars began, what established revenge of the Sith in Attack of the Clones. The Jedi are everywhere across the galaxy and lead a large-scale battle against the Separatists. The Jedi Council sends Obi-Wan Kenobi to destroy General Grievous, the leader of the Separatist army. This mission is to end the war. After seeing Padme Amidala’s death in childbirth, Anakin Skywalker, the Council’s Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, has the task of spying on Palpatine. Palpatine tricks Anakin into becoming Darth Vader’s apprentice and turning to the dark side. This has wide-reaching consequences for the galaxy.

Before they finished Attack of the Clones, Lucas started writing the script. He wanted the ending to be similar to a romantic tragedy, as to allow Darth Vader to build into his state at the start of the next film. Filming for Revenge of the Sith began in September 2003. what added additional locations in Australia, Thailand, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

#2 – Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a fantasy film directed and produced by Mike Newell and distributed in 2005 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the 2000 novel of the name. It was produced by David Heyman and written and directed by Steve Kloves. This film is the sequel to Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and the fourth installment in the Harry Potter film franchise. Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe play Harry Potter. The story is about Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts when he is selected by the Goblet of Fire for the Triwizard Tournament.

The film’s principal photography began in 2004, and it premiered worldwide on November 18, 2005. It had grossed more than US$102 million in North America within five days of its release. This was the third-highest first-weekend total for a Harry Potter film, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. Goblet of Fire enjoyed an immensely successful run at the box office, grossing $896 million worldwide, the highest-grossing film of 2005 and the sixth-highest-grossing film in the series.

The film won the BAFTA Award in Best Production Design and also had the nomination for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction. Goblet of Fire, the second film in this series, was released in IMAX. Critics and viewers praised the movie for its maturity and sophistication and the plotline and tone. It is also a highly-reviewed installment. In 2007, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix followed it.

2005 Highest Grossing Movies #3 – War of the Worlds

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War of the Worlds, a 2005 American science-fiction action film, is directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Josh Friedman (Josh Friedman) and David Koepp (David Koepp), it’s based on the 1898 novel H. G. Wells. Amblin Entertainment and Cruise and Wagner Productions jointly produced the movie. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures released the film. The film stars Tom Cruise as the lead role, alongside Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, as well as Tim Robbins playing supporting roles. Morgan Freeman’s narration is provided. The story follows an American dock worker forced to care for his children.

Filming the film took 73 days. Who shot it on five sound stages and locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. It was protected by a secret campaign to ensure that no details were leaked before its release. Many companies were involved in tie-in promotions, including Hitachi.

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures released War of the Worlds in North America on June 29, 2005. It also came out in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2005. Although the film received mostly positive reviews from critics, with many praising Cruise and Fanning’s performances and Spielberg’s screenwriting and direction, some critics were critical of the ending. The film was the fourth most successful of 2005, with a worldwide gross of more than $603 million. It received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing.

#4 – Chronicles of Narnia

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The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels written by C. S. Lewis, is a collection of seven stories. Pauline Baynes illustrated the Chronicles of Narnia. It was initially published from 1950 to 1956. what can adapt the Chronicles of Narnia for television, radio, stage, film, and video games? The series takes place in Narnia, a fictional world full of mythical beasts, magic, and talking animals. The series focuses on the adventures of several children who play critical roles in the history of the Narnian world. 

Except for The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world who magically transport into Narnia. There, they often have to defend Narnia against evil by Aslan. The books cover the entire history and destruction of Narnia from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew until its final defeat in The Last Battle.

Lewis’s classic children’s book, The Chronicles of Narnia, is a best-seller, and it has sold more than 100 million copies in 47 languages.

2005 Highest Grossing Movies #5 – Wedding Crashers

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Wedding Crashers, a comedy film from 2005 in America, was directed by David Dobkin and written by Steve Faber Bob Fisher, and stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Christopher Walken. It also stars Isla Fisher and Bradley Cooper. The film is about two divorce mediators (Wilson & Vaughn) who crash weddings to try and seduce women.

The film was released by New Line Cinema on July 15, 2005, to great critical and commercial success. It grossed $288.5 million worldwide and had a budget of $40 million. It also helped revive adult-oriented, R-rated comedies. 

#6 – Batman Begins

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Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero movie by the famous Christopher Nolan. Nolan wrote it along with David S. Goyer. It is based on Batman Comics’ character. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/ Batman, with Liam Neeson and Katie Holmes playing supporting roles. This film is a reboot of the Batman film series. It tells Bruce Wayne’s origin story, from his death to his quest to become Batman to stop Ra’s al Ghul (and the Scarecrow) from causing Gotham City to be in chaos.

Nolan and Goyer developed the film in 2003, and their vision sought to create a darker and more realistic tone than in previous films. Filming took place in Chicago, Iceland, and the United Kingdom and used computer-generated imagery sparingly compared to other action movies. Inspiration came from comic book stories like Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Year One, and The Man Who Falls.

Batman Begins came out in Tokyo on May 31, 2005. [4] The film opened in America on June 15, 2005, in 3,858 theatres. It grossed over $48 million in its opening weekend in North America, eventually grossing over $371.9 million worldwide and becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2005. It received mostly positive reviews. 

They praised Bale’s performance as Batman, the action sequences, score, direction, and the film’s emotional weight. Batman Begins won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It is undeniably one of the most influential films of the 2000s. The Dark Knight (2008) followed, and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) were the following two films in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

2005 Highest Grossing Movies #7 – Madagascar

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DreamWorks Animation produced Madagascar in 2005, and DreamWorks Pictures distributed it. Eric Darnell directed the film, while Tom McGrath directed it (in McGrath’s feature directorial debut). Mark Burton and Billy Frolick wrote the script. The film stars Ben Stiller and Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Cedric, the Entertainer, Andy Richter. The film is about a group from Central Park Zoo that finds themselves on Madagascar’s island.

On May 27, 2005, Madagascar received mixed reviews from critics, but it was a massive success at the box office and became the sixth highest-grossing movie of 2005. It was the beginning of the Madagascar franchise, which includes Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012), and the spin-off film Penguins of Madagascar (2014). There were also several short films, television series, and specials, a variety of video games, attractions at theme parks, and live stage performances.

#8 – Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a romantic American action film, was directed by Doug Liman and written by Simon Kinberg. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play a bored, upper-middle-class couple who discover that they are assassins from competing agencies who have to murder each other. The film was a huge box office success and established Pitt’s relationship with Mrs. Smith. 

On June 10, 2005, the film came out in America. The film received mixed reviews from critics, and it grossed $487million worldwide.

2005 Highest Grossing Movies #9 – Hitch

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Hitch, also known as Hitch and Hitch, is an American romantic comedy film by Andy Tennant that came out in 2005. It stars Will Smith, Eva Mendes, and Kevin James. Kevin Bisch wrote the film. Smith plays Alex “Hitch,” a professional “date physician” who earns living teaching women how to win over women.

 While helping his client win the woman of her dreams, Smith discovers that the game doesn’t work with the gossip columnist with whom she’s fallen in love. Columbia Pictures released Hitch in 2005 on February 11. It was a huge box office success, grossing $371.6 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics.

#10 – King Kong

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King Kong, a 2005 epic adventure movie about a monster-hunting expedition, was co-written by Peter Jackson. It was produced and directed jointly by Peter Jackson. This is the eighth installment in the King Kong series and the second remake after the 1976 film. Adrien Brody, Jack Black, and Naomi Watts star in the movie. The story happens in 1933 and tells the story of an ambitious filmmaker who convinces his crew members to travel to Skull Island. 

They encounter prehistoric animals, and Kong, a legendary giant gorilla, captures him and brings him to New York City. From September 2004 to March 2005, King Kong was filmed in New Zealand. The budget for the project grew from $150 million at its inception to a record-breaking $207 million by March 2005.

The film was released in Germany on December 14, 2005, and in the United States on December 14. It grossed $50.1 million at its opening. While it performed somewhat lower than expected, King Kong made domestic and worldwide grosses that eventually added up to $562 million, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film in Universal Pictures history at the time and the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2005. After its home video release, the film also made $100 million in DVD sales.

King Kong received primarily positive reviews from critics and was also on many top ten lists in 2005. Although the film received praise for its special effects and performances and its sense of spectacle, in comparison to 1933 original, some critics focused on its 3-hour running time. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Sound Editing, Best Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. The film also has a tie-in videogame, which became a critical and commercial success.


These are the highest grossing movies of 2005. You have probably watched most of them but there might have been something new. What’s your favorite movie that came out in 2005? Did it manage to make the list of highest grossing movies of the year? Let us know in the comments.

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