The ten years between 1990 and 2000 were flooded with films. war of stars made the first of many spin-offs set in the popular galaxy far, far away. Science fiction continued to explode with new stories, and Disney produced left and right animated features.
If you were a ’90s kid, you might even remember seeing some of those now-classic movies. Box Office Mojo data shows how much money many of these timeless 1990s movies have made. Whether it was a sci-fi adventure, a Disney fairy tale, or a doomed love story, there’s a movie from every year of the decade that dominated the box office.
Spirit (1990): Life after death
Patrick Swazyes Sam Wheat has the perfect life. Until he is murdered. But his story does not end with his death. Lingering in the world as a ghost, Sam sets out to uncover the truth behind his untimely death. But if he can’t learn to control his supernatural form, he could lose his lover to the same evil that killed him.
SpiritThe fiercest competitor of 1990 was the first Home alone Movie. Although the latter outshined Spirit Domestically, the paranormal story earned more in the long run. Sam Wheat’s adventures after his death grossed around $505 billion and the film now has a spot on the ‘classic’ list.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): The future returns
Years ago Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her unborn child have been targeted by Skynet, the evil artificial intelligence from the future. They fled, but now their eleven-year-old son is being threatened again. A new Terminator was sent to kill John (Edward Furlong), the future leader of the resistance. With the help of an old foe-turned-friend, John and Sarah fight to save their lives and save the future.
Terminator 2: Judgment Dayhas beaten many other popular films this year, including silence of the Lambs and the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Grossing around $520 million, the second installment in the sci-fi action series was a huge hit that would lead to future sequels.
Aladdin (1992): Pure Fairy Tale Magic
In 1992, Disney’s newest love interest is Aladdin, a kind-hearted street urchin whose biggest concern is finding his next meal. But when the Grand Vizier tricks Aladdin into stealing a genie lamp, the hero finds himself in a whole new world of trouble. Faced with the threat of an all-powerful Jafar, Aladdin must rely on his friends and pure heart if he hopes to defeat the sorcerer.
Although some films made more money in 1992 than Aladdin, Time considered it the highest-grossing film of that year, earning just over $500 million. 30 years after its release, the eponymous thief is still a Disney fan favorite to this day.
Jurassic Park (1993): History in the present
Scientists have achieved the impossible; They brought back dinosaurs to walk the earth. A small civilian group is selected to be given a tour of the developing dinosaur theme park. When a power outage occurs, the dangerous creatures are freed and go in search. Trapped with predators in the wild, the group must find a way to survive the ancient threats that come to life.
The blockbuster grossed over $400 million domestically and has surpassed $1 billion worldwide in the years since. Its popularity secured two more films to complete the trilogy. Jurassic Park also inspired them Jurassic world Series that would appear a little over twenty years later.
The Lion King (1994): Disney’s Pride
Young Simba is next in line to rule the animal kingdom. But while enjoying the freedom of youth, his outcast Uncle Scar plots to become king. Scar, a Disney character everyone hates, orchestrates his brother’s death and takes over the pride. After years in hiding, Simba returns home to defeat his villainous uncle and reclaim his throne.
The animated Disney film grossed over $1 billion today. Not only did it beat other popular movies of the year, such as Forrest Gumpbut The Lion King has made more money than any Disney animated film that has come before it. The film remains a classic and a favorite over 15 years later.
toy story (1995): A brand new series of adventures
What happens to your toys when you’re not playing with them? The Answer became one of Pixar’s best films. Andy, the toy owner, adds Buzz Lightyear to his collection, and Woody struggles with the new dynamic. But when Woody and Buzz risk being left behind when Andy moves, they must work together to find their way back to their friends.
Even though Batman forever made more money than toy story in this first year of publication, toy story eventually defeated the hero of Gotham. The idea of bringing toys to life led to a successful series from Pixar. With light year Along the way, rest assured that there are plenty more toy stories to tell.
independence Day (1996): People vs. Foreigners
A massive alien invasion has descended on Earth in this action-packed sci-fi film. After decimating the largest cities around the world, the survivors struggle to devise a plan of attack. With little to rely on but their wits and will, humanity must fight the invaders for their freedom.
Release through the USindependence DayOver the weekend, the film became a summer blockbuster. It was one of many apocalyptic stories told as science fiction rose in popularity. Independence Day’s success can be gauged from its revenues, which raked in more than $817 million.
titanic (1997): The famous tragic love story
On a luxury liner traveling across the Atlantic, wealthy young Rose falls in love with the charming but poor Jack. The two spend their time on the huge ship rebelling against the upper class and falling in love. But their playful, romantic story turns into a horror story when the Titanic hits an iceberg. As the ship begins to sink, Rose and Jack struggle to survive and stick together.
You will be surprised to find out titanic didn’t top the box office in 1997, the year of its release. However, time has made it one of the most successful films in cinema history. The film grossed $2.2 billion making it an iconic film that has stood the test of time.
Armageddon (1998): The end is near
A massive asteroid is heading towards Earth and the only way to stop it is to plant a bomb beneath the rocky surface. Harry (Bruce Willis), an experienced oil driller, volunteers himself and his crew to drill into the asteroid and get the job done right. But time is running out fast and meteorites from the asteroid start crashing on the earth’s surface. If the crew cannot destroy the asteroid, life on Earth will cease to exist.
With a release date at the very end of 1997, titanic rode a very high wave of success in the following year as well. However, Armageddon was the highest-grossing film released in 1998. This doomsday film grossed $553.7 million.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999): The hero came before the villain
Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) Race for Queen Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) when their planet Naboo is attacked. They escape and end up on Tatooine, where they meet young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd). The group devises a plan to rally the people of Naboo and stand up to the evil Trade Federation. But heroes must be careful, for a Sith Lord lurks in the shadows and uses them for his own conspiracy.
The fourth (but really first) war of stars The film was eagerly awaited by fans. The first film in the trilogy, which tells of Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader, was still incredibly successful. bring in just over a billion dollars, The Phantom Menace paved the way for many more war of stars upcoming movies.
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