Comedy films are one of the most popular films in society. The film that invites laughter is felt as the right medicine to get rid of sadness, fatigue and other worries. Through the humor that is displayed, the audience will be entertained and forget the problem even for a moment.
Comedies are mostly lower budget when compared to action films. However, many films of this type are able to penetrate the boxoffice and earn big coffers when they are shown in theaters.
The following are the five highest-grossing comedy films of all time in the world, according to a report by The Numbers.
The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II is an R-rated comedy film that premiered in 2011. Produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, this film is a sequel to 2009’s The Hangover.
The second in the trilogy, directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the script with Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong, it stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha and Paul Giamatti.
The film follows Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug as they travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After a bachelor party in Las Vegas, they don’t accidentally get drunk and do unwanted things.
The film met audience expectations and generated ticket sales of US$586.76 million globally.
Ted is a 2012 comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane in his directorial debut and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
The film was released in theaters in the United States on June 29, 2012, and was a box office hit, grossing US$218.66 million from the US market, despite an estimated production budget of ‘only’ US$50 million-65 million. Globally it became the second highest-grossing comedy film of all time (unconverted) with a gross of US$556.01 million.
The R-rated film stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, with Joel McHale and Giovanni Ribisi in supporting roles, and MacFarlane voices and performs captured moves for the puppet character Ted.
This film tells the story of John Bennett, a single Boston resident who had a childhood desire to bring his teddy bear friend Ted back to life. That wish came true when John Bennet grew up but Ted instead prevented John and his girlfriend Lori Collins from moving on with their lives.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and a sequel was released in 2015. Unfortunately, the sequel was not as successful as the first film.
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Fockers is a 2004 comedy film directed by Jay Roach and is a sequel to the 2000 film Meet the Parents.
The film stars Robert De Niro (who is also a co-producer of the film), Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo.
This comedy-drama is still about Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and his future in-laws’ family. After successfully getting the blessing of his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) to marry Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), Greg plans to reunite his parents with Pam’s parents.
Greg’s parents, Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Rozalin Focker (Barbra Streisand), finally come to the Byrnes house to spend time before their son’s wedding. Unfortunately, the meeting doesn’t go according to Greg’s plans and instead makes everything fall apart.
Financially, this film was able to become the third globally successful film with US $ 516.56 million and was finally followed up again with a third film entitled Little Fockers which aired in 2010.
Les Intouchables or The Intouchables is a French comedy-drama film written and directed by Olivier Nakache & ric Toledano. The film stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy.
This film became the highest-grossing film in France after nine weeks and only lost to the 2008 film Welcome to the Sticks. This film also became the most-watched French film in the world with ticket sales of 51.5 million, until finally being rushed by the film. Lucy, which was released in 2014. Globally Intouchables grossed $484.63 million from ticket sales.
At home, the film won the César Award for Best Actor for Sy and earned a further seven nominations for the César Award, including the César Award for Best Actor.
The film is inspired by the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his nanny Abdel Sellou who was discovered by the film’s director in a documentary called A La Vie, A La Mort.
Bruce Almighty is a 2003 fantasy comedy film directed by Tom Shadyac and written by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe and Steve Oedekerk.
The film stars comedian Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a television reporter who always feels unlucky and constantly complains to God (played by Morgan Freeman). Eventually he was offered the opportunity to try being God for a week. .
Shadyac and Carrey’s third collaboration after 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and 1997’s Liar Liar also stars Jennifer Aniston, Philip Baker Hall and Steve Carell.
The film, when it premiered in the United States, received tremendous acclaim by grossing US$242.70 million only from the US market. Globally, Bruce Almighty has grossed US$484.46 million.
This success prompted a spin-off sequel, Evan Almighty, which was released in 2007. The film is no longer starring Carrey, who was replaced by Steve Carell, with Shadyac and Oedekerk returning to direct and write the screenplay, and Freeman also reprising his role.