Top 10 highest-grossing movies of 2023

Chris Tilly
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It’s been a surprising year at the global box office, with the likes of Barbie and Oppenheimer dominating the box office, so here’s a round up of the highest grosing movies of 2023.

We’re used to seeing Marvel movies dominate the movie charts, alongside DC, Disney animations, and the odd Star Wars movie.

But 2023 has been altogether different, with a toy movie, a video game movie, and a film about the creation of the atomic bomb taking the top three spots during the summer. And looking like they will stay there for the rest of the year.

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While further down the chart, Pixar’s Elemental – initially classed as a flop – has managed to make money for months, firing it into the Top 10.

Top 10 highest-grossing movies of 2023

These are the 10 top grossing movies of 2023, as of October 20…

  • 1. Barbie – $1.4 billion
  • 2. The Super Mario Bros. Movie – $1.3 billion
  • 3. Oppenheimer: $942 million
  • 4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – $845 million
  • 5. Fast X – $704 million
  • 6. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – $690 million
  • 7. The Little Mermaid – $569 million
  • 8. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 – $567 million
  • 9. Elemental – $493 million
  • 10. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – $476 million

We’ll update this list as-and-when new blockbusters release, as well as if-and-when Oppenheimer makes a billion.

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The big flops of 2023

So what’s missing from this list? Well Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Across the Spider-Verse did huge business, and Ant-Man 3 cracked the top 10, but a few superhero titles are notable by their absence.

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The Flash had a reported budget of more than $200 million, but has grossed less than $270 million, making the last of the DCEU movies a full-on disaster. Similarly, Shazam: Fury of the Gods grossed just over its $100 million budget, in the process becoming another DC failure.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny should have been a celebratory farewell for the archaeologist-adventurer. But $375 million grossed from a $300 million budget is the worst box office return in Indy’s history.

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While more recently, Disney’s new celluloid take on the Haunted Mansion ride purportedly cost $150 million – before marketing and advertising – and has grossed just $116 million. Making it one of the year’s biggest flops.

Those are some winners and losers from 2023, but for the most successful movies of all-time, head here.

About The Author

Chris Tilly is the TV and Movies Editor at Dexerto. He has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Newspaper Journalism, and over the last 20 years, he's worked for the likes of Time Out, IGN, and Fandom. Chris loves Star Wars, Marvel, DC, sci-fi, and especially horror, while he knows maybe too much about Alan Partridge. You can email him here: