The biggest movies of 2021 by box office

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Photo credit: Getty Images

While we haven't had a billion-dollar hit in 2021, we might soon be seeing one as Spider-Man: No Way Home has swung to a record-breaking opening weekend.

The MCU threequel already stands at $600 million after one weekend in play, so unless it's been heavily frontloaded, we can expect it to cross the $1 billion mark. It might not happen over Christmas (although it could), but it probably will definitely have by early 2022.

We've had a mix of eagerly-awaited delayed blockbusters from 2020 and brand-new movies to get us back into the cinema. And the fun isn't over yet as December will also see the release of The Matrix Resurrections.

So with Spider-Man racing up the charts, we thought we'd take a look back at the year to date to reveal the top 20 highest-grossing movies of 2021.

(The data refers to worldwide box-office takings, and is from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers, accurate as to December 20.)

20. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Horror threequel.

US: $65,565,074

International: $136,400,000

Overall: $201,965,074

19. Chinese Doctors

Photo credit: Huaxia Film Distribution
Photo credit: Huaxia Film Distribution

Drama set during early days of COVID-19 pandemic.

US: N/A

International: $206,113,514

Overall: $206,113,514

18. Raging Fire

Photo credit: Well Go USA Entertainment/Quist Tsang
Photo credit: Well Go USA Entertainment/Quist Tsang

Action movie that marked filmmaker Benny Chan's final movie.

US: $385,305

International: $210,835,088

Overall: $211,220,393

17. Jungle Cruise

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

Disney adventure based on the theme park ride.

US: $116,987,516

International: $103,901,930

Overall: $220,889,164

16. My Country, My Parents

Photo credit: CMC Pictures
Photo credit: CMC Pictures

Anthology drama set across four time periods.

US: $166,807

International: $231,525,245

Overall: $231,692,052

15. Cruella

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

Live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel.

US: $86,103,234

International: $147,171,578

Overall: $233,274,812

14. A Quiet Place Part II

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

Horror sequel.

US: $160,072,261

International: $137,697,963

Overall: $297,770,224

13. Free Guy

Photo credit: 20th Century Studios
Photo credit: 20th Century Studios

Action-comedy set in a video game world.

US: $121,625,883

International: $209,870,070

Overall: $331,495,953

12. Black Widow

Photo credit: Marvel Studios - Disney
Photo credit: Marvel Studios - Disney

Long-awaited prequel story for one of the OG Avengers.

US: $183,651,655

International: $195,979,696

Overall: $379,631,351

11. Dune

Photo credit: Chiabella James - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Chiabella James - Warner Bros.

Part One of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel.

US: $106,877,357

International: $286,600,000

Overall: $393,477,357

10. Eternals

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Millennia-spanning MCU epic.

US: $163,613,147

International: $236,181,075

Overall: $399,794,222

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

Photo credit: Marvel Studios - Disney
Photo credit: Marvel Studios - Disney

Origin story for the new MCU hero.

US: $224,543,292

International: $207,686,762

Overall: $432,230,054

8. Godzilla vs Kong

Photo credit: Warner Bros
Photo credit: Warner Bros

A titanic tussle between the two icons.

US: $100,563,133

International: $367,300,000

Overall: $467,863,133

7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Super(anti)hero sequel.

US: $212,418,307

International: $285,700,000

Overall: $498,118,307

6. Spider-Man: No Way Home

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Multiverse-spanning Spider-Man threequel.

US: $260,138,569 (still on release)

International: $340,367,472 (still on release)

Overall: $600,506,041 (still on release)

5. Detective Chinatown 3

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Mystery-comedy threequel.

US: N/A

International: $699,084,069

Overall: $699,084,069

4. Fast & Furious 9

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

Latest mission for Dom's familia.

US: $173,005,945

International: $553,223,556

Overall: $726,229,501

3. No Time to Die

Photo credit: MGM/Nicola Dove
Photo credit: MGM/Nicola Dove

Daniel Craig's final James Bond movie.

US: $160,772,007 (still on release)

International: $613,262,000 (still on release)

Overall: $774,034,007 (still on release)

2. Hi, Mom

Photo credit: Tiger Pictures Entertainment
Photo credit: Tiger Pictures Entertainment

Time-travel comedy.

US: N/A

International: $841,674,419

Overall: $841,674,419

1. The Battle At Lake Changjin

Photo credit: Distribution Workshop
Photo credit: Distribution Workshop

Record-breaking Chinese war movie.

US: $341,742

International: $904,326,398

Overall: $904,668,140

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