10 Highest Grossing Films Made in Vancouver

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From Godzilla to X-Men, Vancouver has seen some big name films. Here are the ones that have racked in the most cash at the box office. 


Vancouver’s 10 Highest Grossing Films

By Vancity Buzz

From Godzilla to X-Men, Vancouver has seen some big name films. Here are the ones that have racked in the most cash at the box office. Numbers are worldwide grosses from boxofficemojo.com.

  • 10. Fantastic Four: $330,579,719

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    Fantastic Four was a huge commercial success, topping the box office rankings on release. Filming locations included notable places such as the Central City building in Surrey & UBC’ downtown campus.

  • 9. I, Robot: $347,234,916

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    If you thought Chicago of 2035 felt oddly familiar, you wouldn’t be wrong; much of I, Robot was filmed and produced in Vancouver. Didn’t notice many landmarks? Most of it’s sneakily covered with VFX.

  • 8. Battle of the Smithsonian: $413,106,170

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    Although this was one of the first times the Smithsonian opened its doors to film crews, many scenes were shot in Vancouver.

  • 7. Godzilla (2014): $440,995,911

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    The highly anticipated release for 2014, Godzilla contains scenes from all over the Lower Mainland. Lt. Ford parachuted down to Thurlow St., Burnaby was SF’s Chinatown & Steveston was rural Japan.

  • 6. X-Men: The Last Stand: $459,359,555

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    Like many other X-Men movies, The Last Stand was shot mostly in Vancouver. Look for St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church, Vancouver Art Gallery, UBC & more. Tsawwassen & Maple Ridge are other nearby locations.

  • 5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes $481,800,873

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    This much-anticipated prequel was filmed almost entirely in Vancouver in recognizable places such as BCIT, the PNE, & Stanley Park. Most of the studio work was done at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby too.

  • 4. Man of Steel: $668,045,518

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    While much of the film was shot in Vancouver, it’s hard to tell in the movie as it was mostly done in studio and on green screen. The helicopter evacuation scene? Lonsdale Quay. Who would’ve guessed!

  • 3. MI IV: Ghost Protocol: $694,713,380

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    While the Burj Khalifa is the setting for the most iconic scenes in the film, Vancouver is certainly the most diverse setting, doubling for Budapest, Dubai, Moscow and more.

  • 2. 2012: $769,679,473

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    2012 is a love-it-or-hate-it movie. Funny enough, people either loved it because it had tons of effects, or hated it, well, because it had tons of effects. Fun fact: 2012 is banned in North Korea.

  • 1. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2: $829,685,377

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    Breaking Dawn Pt. 1, New Moon, and Eclipse are excluded from this list, but would occupy spots 3, 4 & 5 respectively. Unsurprisingly, most forest scenes were filmed in the Vancouver area.

Numbers are worldwide grosses from boxofficemojo.com

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