And the winner is? Yes, it is that time of year. The Oscar nominees have been released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and movie lovers from around the world will watch the Academy Awards to see if their favorite movie(s) win a prize. However, winning the Oscar doesn’t necessarily mean success at the box office. There are films though that do cross the critical and popular movie boundaries to score big at the box office, such as the top 10 highest grossing Oscar winning movies listed below.
That doesn’t mean that box office success should lead to Academy consideration and votes. Top grossing movies, while good as proven by their box office success, doesn’t mean they are what Oscar winning Best Picture movies are comprised. However, there are occasions where box office hits do translate into Oscar winning Best Picture moves.
Here is a list of the top 10 highest grossing Oscar winning movies of all time. They are that rare breed where the movie generates box office victory on its way to winning a Best Picture Oscar. The following list is based upon worldwide gross box office receipts and all numbers are adjusted for inflation*. All numbers are from Box Office Mojo.