Top 10 highest grossing R rated movies ever made

- 5/25/2018
"Come on fellows let's go see that new movie. But it's an R rated film though." "R! Thanks buddy but we'll pass."

For years now, this rating has almost spelt doom for movies that fall into that category. As a matter of fact, since the start of the R rating in the 1980s, it’s been a more limited stamp on a film’s box office prospects. But today I'm going to show you the 10 highest grossing R rated movies ever.
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Let me explain the way this works. There’s a much lower box office ceiling on R-rated movies than there is for those of the PG-13 films.  Not surprisingly, because of this, Hollywood doesn’t usually back R-rated projects with the normally huge budgets that accompany the PG-13 ventures.

But the great news is that some very special R-rated films still manage to break out in a big way, smashing the box office, and even out-performing many PG-13s, regardless of budget. They prove that the fans are still king, as they manage to strike a chord with audiences. That in turn spurs repeat business, and strong word of mouth. They build powerful trends, and in many cases a cult following results, triggering a franchise.  Welcome to show business!

One recent film that turned out to be an apt example of the above description is the superhero movie Deadpool. This surprise blockbuster now stands as the first R-rated superhero movie programmed against the glut of Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Cinematic Universe efforts, which regularly aim to cross the $1 billion mark.

No pun, Deadpool’s success caught everyone by surprise, going on to gross over $780 million worldwide. It was a success story, full stop, but it’s far from the only R-rated success story. No, there have been a few show stoppers to emerge from the dens of the low budget flicks over the years.

You are probably familiar with some of the name on this list. Below, we’ve assembled a list of the top 10 highest earning R-rated movies in history. Each have been ranked according to  their domestic box office. It’s a neat overview of the kinds of films that really hit big with audiences, and the diversity of content here is a testament to how hard it is to make an R-rated movie that makes huge amounts of money.

lets begin with number ten shall we!

10.  Logan. 2017. Domestic: $226,277,068         Worldwide: $619,021,436

9.  The Exorcist. 1973.  Domestic: $232,906,145       Worldwide: $441,306,145
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These are the 10 highest grossing R rated Hollywood movies ever

8. Beverly Hills Cop. 1984. Domestic: $234,760,478      Worldwide $316,360,478

7. The Hangover 2. 2011. Domestic Total: $254,464,305     Worldwide Total: $586,764,305

6.  The Hangover. 2009. Domestic: $277,322,503      Worldwide: $467,483,912

5.  The Martix Reloaded. 2003. Domestic gross: $281,576,461       Worldwide gross: $742,128,461

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These top R rated movies are surprise box office hits

4.   It. 2017. Domestic Total: $327,481,748      Worldwide Total: $700,381,748

3.  American Sniper. 2014. Domestic Total: $350,126,372      Worldwide Total: $547,426,372

 2. Deadpool. 2016. Domestic gross: $363,070,709
    Worldwide gross: $783,112,979
1. The Passion of the Christ. 2004. Domestic Total: $370,782,930
  Worldwide Total:    $611,899,420

Of course there are more than 10 Hollywood movies to make the cut but the top 10 are the king of of the pack.

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