15 Highest Earning Harrison Ford Movies
Harrison Ford’s newest movie, The Call of the Wild, impressed at the box office. It made a solid haul for any film, but that doesn’t put the movie even close to the top of the star’s highest-grossing pictures.
While Ford’s big break came in the 1970s when he was cast as Han Solo in George Lucas’ Star Wars movies, the star has become and maintained his reputation as, one of the most bankable actors in all of Hollywood. How has he maintained his status as a box office draw over all this time? Here are the top ten highest-grossing Harrison Ford films of all time.
Updated on November 22nd, 2022 by Colin McCormick: With huge franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, it is no surprise that Harrison Ford is one of the top-grossing actors of all time. He will likely be adding a lot more money to those numbers with news that he is joining the MCU in Captain America: New World Order. But while that movie’s box office numbers are still a long way off, there are even more hits among Ford’s highest-earning movies of his career.
The Expendables 3 (2014) – $214.7 Million
Despite bringing together some of the most iconic action movie stars of all time, The Expendables franchise has always been a bit of a letdown for some fans. Though the third movie added Ford, Mel Gibson, and Wesley Snipes to its ensemble, it still ended up as the lowest-grossing movie in the series.
Still, The Expendables 3 earned a decent amount for an old-school action movie and it seems to have performed well enough to warrant a fourth movie that is on its way.
Presumed Innocent (1990) – $221.3 Million
Available to rent on Apple TV
Though it might not rank among the best courtroom dramas of all time, Presumed Innocent is still a solid thriller. It is yet another movie that finds Ford as a man accused of murder and fighting for his life.
Earning over 200 million in the early 90s is an impressive haul for the lesser-known Ford movie. It shows that this era was still viable for adult dramas to be shown in theaters and still draw a sizable audience.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – $267.8 Million
Available on HBO Max and Tubi
After decades of waiting, fans were treated to a sequel to one of Ford’s most acclaimed movies. Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling as a replicant working as a blade runner who makes a shocking discovery that puts him on the trail of former blade runner Rick Deckard (Ford).
Despite making over $250 million worldwide, Blade Runner 2049 followed in its predecessor’s footsteps in being considered a box-office disappointment. It seems as though it was not a large enough gross to warrant the trilogy fans feel it deserves.
What Lies Beneath (2000) – $291.4 Million
Available on HBO Max and DIRECTV
Ford teamed with fellow Hollywood legend Michelle Pfeiffer for the horror movie, What Lies Beneath. They play husband and wife who move into a new home only for the wife to feel she is being haunted by a spirit.
Coming off the massive success of The Sixth Sense, What Lies Beneath was another hit ghost story movie. The star power of the two main actors likely also helped push it to the top of the box office with an impressive international gross.
Air Force One (1997) – $315.2 Million
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Released in 1997, Air Force One saw Ford’s President James Marshall fight off terrorists (led by Gary Oldman) as they took over the presidential plane. Desperate to protect his family, Marshall remained hidden below deck until he could sneak upstairs to begin dispatching the terrorists one by one.
With quite a bit of action confined to airplane hallways and offices, there’s hardly ever been a more satisfying way to dispatch the bad guy than telling him, “Get off my plane,” before strangling him with his own parachute.
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) – $333.1 Million
When most people think of Harrison Ford they think of Han Solo or Indiana Jones and they would be right to. Those characters define Ford’s career just as their box office takes have highlighted the star’s bankability.
The lowest-earning in either of those franchises is Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom. Perhaps it was due to the extra violence or the MPAA rating system that still lacked a rating between PG and R that hurt the movie’s take, but it’s still hard to complain about earnings over $300 million.
The Fugitive (1993) – $368.9 Million
Like Air Force One, The Fugitive is one of Ford’s standalone films that makes his top earnings list. The movie is based on the television show of the same name and sees Ford’s Dr. Kimbell escape from prison and try to prove his innocence in the murder of his wife.
Matching Ford’s Kimbell against U.S. Marshall, Tommy Lee Jones, was a match made in movie heaven. The movie still holds up some fifteen years after it originally hit theaters.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) – $389.9 Million
The original Indiana Jones movie was released in 1981, right between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The early 80s were the time of Harrison Ford and the box office knew it.
Ford brought the iconic movie hero to life in this wild adventure from Steven Spielberg. It helped to prove that Ford wasn’t going to be simply tied to the Star Wars franchise his entire career.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) – $431.1 Million
Available to rent on Apple TV
After such a long career in Hollywood, it is quite surprising that The Secret Life of Pets 2 marks the first time Ford starred in an animated movie. The family-friendly sequel continues to look at the lives that pets live when their owners aren’t around with Ford voicing the dog Rooster.
The movie was a considerable success with the family-friendly crowd. However, it ended up grossing about half of the earnings of the original.
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989) – $474.2 Million
In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ford pairs up with James Bond himself, Sean Connery, to take on the Nazis one last time. The father and son duo were a winning pair on screen and obviously a major box office draw making the third film the highest-grossing of the original Indiana Jones stories.
With great insight into the character’s childhood and how he became the archeologist, we all know and love fleshed out the story and character at just the right time.
Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983) – $475.1 Million
Once upon a time fans thought that Return of the Jedi would be the last Star Wars movie ever. Obviously, that meant that everyone in the world had to see it. And the final chapter in the original trilogy delivered a crowd-pleasing adventure.
The fact that Harrison Ford’s Han Solo was also, at last, confirmed to be returning (and surviving the carbonite freezing process) in the last film in the trilogy also added to the draw.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – $538.4 Million
Ford returned to his role as Han Solo for the first time in The Empire Strikes Back. The sequel took a darker tone as the heroes were split up and hunted by their enemies. It also introduced iconic new characters like Boba Fett and Lando Calrissian.
Following the success of the first movie, The Empire Strikes Back helped to solidify that Star Wars would be one of the most successful franchises of all time.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) – $775.4 Million
The fact that the original Star Wars is the highest-grossing of the original trilogy proves that A New Hope was the little movie that could. No one seemed to have any faith in the sci-fi epic, and originally the film only opened in forty theaters.
That certainly didn’t stop its success. With now legendary lines wrapping around for blocks the movie soon reached a much wider viewing audience and its success and world-changing status are all a part of cinematic history.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull – $790.7 Million
After a long absence, Ford put on his iconic fedora once more for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The movie found Indy teaming up with some old and new allies to find an extraterrestrial artifact before the Russians.
With lukewarm reactions from critics and fans, there are some that feel like the movie gets unwarranted hate. However, it still managed to be a huge hit and outgross the rest of the franchise.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – $2.07 Billion
With a long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away, fans were certainly excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Introducing a new cast of characters, Ford also took a significant role in the sequel, returning as Han Solo.
The movie helped to kick off the sequel trilogy in a big way, showing there was plenty of enthusiasm for Star Wars still left. While the subsequent movies divided audiences, this was a nostalgic return.
NEXT: 10 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
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