Here Are The 15 Highest-Grossing Films At The Worldwide Box Office In 2021

Here Are The 15 Highest-Grossing Films At The Worldwide Box Office In 2021

There has been a 68 percent increase since the 2020 pandemic decelerated earnings. Here are the highest-grossing films this year.

There have been many smash-hit films that came out this year. After the whole world went under lockdown last year, streaming movies became the norm. Theatrical releases have only recently started again, and the box office has been recovering finally. As per Deadline, box office earnings for 2021 are projected at $20.2 billion. This is 52 percent down from the record-breaking 2019 but also 68 percent above the 2020 earnings. 

Here are the highest-grossing films this year, with two Chinese movies at the top of the list.

15. My Country, My Parents

My Country, My Parents, is the third installment of the four-part anthology drama Chinese film. It has four segments directed by four directors, Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi, Xu Zheng, and Shen Teng, who also star in their own stories. The film is set in different periods ranging from the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1942 to a futuristic world in 2050. The film was released in China on September 30, 2021, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China. It was preceded by My People, My Country (2019) and My People, My Homeland (2020).

Global box office earnings: $221,675,153


14. Cruella

This film is about the origin story of one of the most notorious Disney villains, Cruella de Vil. It follows young Estella's (Emma Stone) early days during the 1970s London punk rock revolution. She is a young grifter who transforms herself into the raucous, revenge-bent Cruella de Vil, along with a pair of thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief.

Global box office earnings: $233,274,812


13. Eternals

Marvel's Eternals features a new team of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Eternals are ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind's most ancient enemy, the Deviants.

Global box office earnings: $281,365,255


12. A Quiet Place Part II

This is the sequel to the hit 2018 horror film A Quiet Place. Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Global box office earnings: $297,713,818


11. Free Guy

A bank teller (Ryan Reynolds) discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game. He then decides to become the hero of his own story. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way before it's too late.

Global box office earnings: $331,369,018


10. Dune

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding. He must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people while facing malevolent forces that lead to a conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence. This commodity is capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential, for only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Global box office earnings: $351,226,283


9. Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, must confront her dark past when a dangerous conspiracy arises. She has to now deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships long before she became an Avenger as she is pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down.


Global box office earnings: $379,631,351

8. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi, (Simu Liu), a martial arts master, must confront the past he thought he had left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.

Global box office earnings: $430,523,828


7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), an investigative journalist, attempts to reignite his career by interviewing serial killer Cletus Kasady (Woody Harrelson). Kasady becomes the host of the symbiote Carnage, who escapes prison after a failed execution. Brock must make peace with the shape-shifting extraterrestrial Venom to stop Carnage's reign of terror.

Global box office earnings: $441,507,190


6. Godzilla vs. Kong

Worlds collide in Godzilla vs. Kong as they face off in this film. These mythical adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia (Kaylee Hottle), a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.

Global box office earnings: $467,863,133


5. Detective Chinatown 3

In the third installment of the hit comedy detective series, we follow detectives Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang) and Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) as they head to Tokyo to join Japanese investigator Noda Hiroshi (Satoshi Tsumabuki) on a high-profile case involving the murder of a powerful businessman… and the prime suspect is the president of the lethal Black Dragon Gang.

Global box office earnings: $686,257,563


4. No Time to Die

In No Time To Die, which happens to be Bond 25 and Daniel Craig's last outing as the secret 007 agent, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Global box office earnings: $708,663,875


3. F9: The Fast Saga

F9 is the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious saga. Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he's going to save those he loves most with his trusted crew. 

Global box office earnings: $721,077,945


2. Hi, Mom

In 2001, university student Jia Xiaoling hears that her mother has passed away. In the midst of suffering an emotional breakdown, Xiaoling is suddenly transported back to 1981, where she meets her young mother, Li Huanying. She decides to help improve her mother's life soon finds that making changes could prove costly.

Global box office earnings: $822,009,764


1. The Battle at Lake Changjin

The Battle at Lake Changjin tells an epic historical tale set 71 years ago, during the Second Phase Offensive of the Korean War, as the People's Volunteer Army (PVA) entered North Korea for battle. Under extreme freezing conditions, the troops on the Eastern Front pursued and fought the enemy at Lake Changjin (also known as Chosin Reservoir). The battle was a turning point in the Korean War and demonstrated the courage and resolve of the PVA, who defeated American troops against great odds.

Global box office earnings: $874,100,000


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