Brad Pitt’s Blockbuster Hits: His Highest-Grossing Movies

Living legend and multiple award-winner Brad Pitt has starred in 48 movies. But his highest-grossing film might come as a surprise.

Brad Pitt is an all-American living legend who has won multiple awards due to his charisma and versatility on set.

He landed his first leading role in a big-budget film (A River Runs Through It) way back in 1992, following with Legends Of The Fall in 1994.

Brad Pitt has starred in 48 movies, including Bullet Train, Babylon, War Machine, World War Z, and Ocean’s Thirteen.

This legend has been nothing short of outstanding (and consistent) in his steady rise to stardom. Pitt grew into fame, and became one of the wealthiest and most in-demand actors in Hollywood.

These are Pitt’s highest-grossing films of all time – starting with …

10. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

$321.4 Million

Inglourious Basterds is a rollicking film set during World War II, where Pitt portrayed the high-octane Allied soldier Lieutenant Aldo Raine – the hardened leader of a group known as the “Basterds,” who were notoriously and justly brutal in their fight against the Nazis.

Raine burst into the film as a charismatic leader motivated by his hatred for the Nazis, and fiercely loyal to his fellow soldiers in the European theater of the second World War.

Beneath all his bravado, however, Aldo Raine was compassionate, and Pitt played this surprisingly nuanced character to perfection.

Pitt’s frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino helmed the film.

Inglourious Basterds had a budget of $70 million; it grossed $120.5 million in Canada and the United States and $200.9 million, clocking a grand total of $321.4 million worldwide.

9. Megamind (2010)

$321.9 Million

Brad Pitt voiced the character “Metro Man” in the animated superhero comedy film Megamind, produced by DreamWorks and directed by Tom McGrath.

This superhero story follows the characters Megamind and Metro Man, who have engaged in several fights and finally defeated Metro Man. Even with Megamind’s victory, he loses his focus in life, and decides to create a hero called Titan to restore his raison d’être.

Brad’s performance as Metro Man was hilarious, serving as one of the movie’s highlights, and Megamind grossed $321.9 million worldwide.

8. Se7en (1995)

$327.3 Million

An early entry in Pitt’s filmography, Se7en was a jarring crime thriller, following the nearly retired detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), and his newly transferred young partner David Mills (a young, impatient, and short-tempered rookie, portrayed by Pitt).

Over the course of Se7en, Freeman and Pitt’s characters hunt for a dangerous serial killer, on a spree inspired by the “seven deadly sins,” a concept with roots in Roman Catholic theology.

According to, the seven deadly sins are: “(1) vainglory, or pride, (2) greed, or covetousness, (3) lust, or inordinate or illicit sexual desire, (4) envy, (5) gluttony, which is usually understood to include drunkenness, (6) wrath, or anger, and (7) sloth.

“Each of these can be overcome with the seven heavenly virtues of (1) humility, (2) charity, (3) chastity, (4) gratitude, (5) temperance, (6) patience, and (7) diligence.”

Se7en grossed $100 million domestically, $227 million outside the United States, and had a global box office gross exceeding $327.3 million.

7. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

$335.8 Million

This fantasy romance drama stars Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button, the main character and the protagonist; The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button was nominated for thirteen Oscars, winning three.

In the film, Benjamin Button ages in reverse. He was abandoned by his father and was raised by a kind nurse, struggling with his unusual condition as he pursues love and happiness.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button had a budget of $167 million. It pulled in $127 million domestically, $208 million internationally, and $335.8 million worldwide.

6. Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

$362.9 Million

Ocean’s Twelve was the second installment in the Ocean’s trilogy, and a sequel to Ocean’s Eleven. This heist comedy franchise features Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan, a proficient thief.

In this installment, Ryan and his colleagues find themselves in a situation where they must successfully pull off an impossible heist, as compensation to a dangerous man. Brad’s charisma, professionalism, and the energy of the character energized an oft-visited (and parodied) premise and genre.

Ocean’s Twelve was the tenth most profitable film in 2004, raking in $125 million at home, $237 million outside North America, and $362.7 million globally.

5. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019)

$377.6 Million

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood is both a comedy-drama and love letter to mid-century Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt as Cliff, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton.

Pitt’s Cliff is the stunt double and best friend of DiCaprio’s Rick, a fading actor struggling to make ends meet at the end of his waning career; once again, Quentin Tarantino was behind the project.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood spoke to the ugly side of the industry, while illustrating one of the era’s most chaotic periods.

With a budget of $90 million, the movie received praise from critics and was nominated for ten awards at the 92nd Academy Awards, winning two.

The National Board of Review named Once Upon A Time In Hollywood one of the top ten films of 2019.

This film had a domestic gross of $142.5 million, and an international gross of $234.9 million.

4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

$450.7 Million

Ocean’s Eleven is the first installment of the trilogy, and Brad Pitt debuts the character of Rusty Ryan in this film.

It tells the story of a recently released convict who wants to rob three casinos in Las Vegas simultaneously, and who puts together a team of eleven professionals, including Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt).

This film opened to good reviews from critics and was a box office hit. Ocean’s Eleven was the fifth highest-grossing movie in 2001.

Brad’s role as Rusty Ryan was among the high points of the film. It grossed $183 million domestically, $267 million outside the United States, and $450 million worldwide.

3. Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005)

$487.2 Million

Mr. And Mrs. Smith film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as John and Jane Smith, a couple who discovered they were both assassins working for competing agencies to kill each other; they are torn between their love for each other, and their loyalty to their work.

On the film’s release, it received mixed reviews from critics, but it was praised for its humor, action, and chemistry between Pitt and Jolie.

It was the seventh highest-grossing film of 2005, and brought in $487 million globally against a $110 million budget.

2. Troy (2004)

$497.4 Million

Troy is an epic Greek film that tells the story of the Trojan War and stars Brad Pitt as Grecian warrior Achilles, who fought alongside the army of Greece to invade the city of Troy.

Upon its release, the film garnered mixed reviews from critics, and praise for Brad Pitt’s stunts and peformance in general. Troy was also nominated for “Best Costume Design” at the 77th Academy Awards.

1. World War Z (2013)

$540.4 Million

World War Z is a post-apocalyptic action thriller, and Brad Pitt plays the role of Gerry Lane in a script based on a novel by Max Brooks.

A zombie pandemic film, World War Z faced setbacks, as David Lindelof was employed to rewrite the third act, and Drew Goddard came in to complete it.

World War Z was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million against a budget of $190 million. It is also Brad Pitt’s highest grossing film of all time, bagging several awards in addition to its box office dominance.

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