15 Highest Grossing Comedy Movies Of All Time
Comedy movies have traditionally been a box office draw if they have the right star power and story, which these films definitely have. This list of the highest grossing movies of all time excludes animation, as Pixar and Disney offerings outdraw many of the entries and we've only included domestic box office results, meaning North American audiences. That said, here are the 15 highest grossing domestic comedies of all time.
Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar made $181,410,615 at the box office, making it Carrey’s second highest-grossing comedy film. Stick around to see what beat it out. (Hint: It's not Jim and Andy.)
Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2 took in $184,296,230 at the box office sporting reviews like, “It's basically the ‘Hangover 2’ of a cappella movies.” Oh boy, reviewer, if that’s how you feel, you might want to stop reading the list here.
22 Jump Street
The sequel to 21 Jump Street brought in $191,719,337 domestically making it the first movie starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube to pass the $191,719,336 mark. New Statesmen remarked, “22 Jump Street goes further than any other mainstream Hollywood comedy in normalizing the emotional transactions between men.” We couldn't agree more New Statesmen.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Apparently, the box office DOES love a sequel, as Austin Powers 2 The Spy Who Shagged Me also makes the list with its $206,040,085 box office return. Nothing gets butts in seats like a Fat B*stard.
The Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers swept the nation in theaters, cranking out $209,218,368 at the box office. This is the second highest-grossing film starring members of the “Frat Pack,” the comedy gods of the 2000’s consisting of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, and Vince Vaughn.
Austin Powers in Goldmember
That’s right, Austin Powers Goldmember made even more money than its predecessors! With a box office take of $213,117,789, Austin Powers Goldmember proved that Fat B*stard truly is the key to box office success.
Seth Macfarlane’s feature film Ted about a teddy bear that can also say the F word made a whopping $218,665,740 at the box office. Sources say that they think they could have made it to the 300 million point if they had chosen to include Fat B*stard.
The Robin Williams classic family comedy Mrs. Doubtfire raked in $219,195,051 at the box office. How can you not have a box office smash when you combine the talents of Chris Columbus and Robin Williams?
Beverly Hills Cop
Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy made $234,760,478 in theaters, with The New York Times saying, “Beverly Hills Cop finds Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: playing the shrewdest, hippest, fastest-talking underdog in a rich man's world.”
It's obviously one of the most popular comedies in all of film history, so is it any surprise that it made $242,604,185 domestically?
Bruce Almighty made $242,704,995 at the box office. Although, it doesn’t seem very fair considering God was one of the cast members.
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The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II is the fourth highest-grossing comedy film of all time (domestically)! This film is most likely the reason Ed Helms owns a gold-plated jetpack. The film made $254,464,305 at the box office.
The Hangover made $277,322,503 domestically launching the careers of Zach Galifinakis and Ken Jeong into the stratosphere. These films made so much money no wonder they made three of them, and hopefully no more.
Meet The Fockers
Meet The Fockers is the second highest-grossing comedy film domestically, really let that sink in. The cast is stacked with Frat Pack member Ben Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Robert De Niro, and Dustin Hoffman, resulting in a $279,167,575 run at the box office.
Chris Columbus’s Christmas classic Home Alone is the highest-grossing comedy ever to grace American and Canadian screens. The slapstick yet heartwarming tale raked in $285,761,243 at the box office solidifying its spot as the king of the hill.
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