The annual highest-grossing movies worldwide are a reflection of the film industry’s success in captivating audiences and generating revenue. These movies are typically big-budget blockbusters with major stars and strong marketing campaigns.

In recent years, the highest-grossing films have been dominated by superhero movies and sequels to popular franchises. Similarly, 2022’s highest-grossing movies are of the same categories, which include Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, Jurassic World: Dominion, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, Water Gate Bridge, and Moon Man.

The film industry’s culture is constantly evolving and changing, so it’s always exciting to see which movies will come out on top each year.

Real Research, an online survey app, attempted to gather opinions about this through a survey on 2022’s highest-grossing movies worldwide.

Here are the highlights of the survey:

  • The majority’s (13.53%) favorite is Avatar: The Way of Water from the list of top-grossing movies of 2022
  • 26.7% had faith that the Avatar franchise in 2022 would be a success
  • 32.85% think movie audiences are easily attracted to simple and less-original films

The frequency at which individuals go to the theater can vary greatly. Among the survey respondents, 51.95% saw 1-2 movies in 2022. Some (18.18%) have watched more than 5 in a year, while others viewed at least one (15.48%) to two movies (5%) every month in 2022. However, the rest (9.39%) haven’t watched any movie in 2022.

Fans’ Favorites

Among the top 10 highest-grossing movies of 2022, Avatar: The Way of Water is the favorite of the majority (13.53%). Next to it are Water Gate Bridge (11.2%), Moon Man (10.39%), and Top Gun: Maverick (9.67%). 17.3%, however, do not have any favorites from the list of 2022’s highest-grossing movies.

Top Gun: Maverick vs. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Top Gun: Maverick has the highest spot in 2022’s highest-grossing movies. 48.84% expected so, while 32.4% were surprised. 9.47% disliked the film, and 5.77% did not expect it to be the highest-grossing movie.

Figure 1: Top Gun: Maverick vs. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Aside from being the highest-grossing film of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick dethroned Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) as Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing film of all time.

26.56% say Top Gun: Maverick deserves the spot, while 25.54% say it is better than Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) but is not his best film.

Meanwhile, 26.9% say Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) is the superior film, and 21% say Top Gun: Maverick is Tom Cruise’s worst film.

Jurassic World: Dominion

Jurassic World: Dominion is the final installment of the Jurassic World saga and is one of 2022’s highest-grossing movies. 26.75% say it deserves the spot, while 25.81% were surprised.

However, 24.99% did not expect Jurassic World: Dominion to be part of the list, and a distinct 22.46% say it’s the worst in the saga.

Avatar: Way of Water

Despite being only released in the last month of the year, Avatar: Way of Water got the second spot in 2022’s highest-grossing movies.

Survey respondents expected this since 26.7% had faith that the Avatar franchise would be a success, while 25.73% had faith in James Cameron’s films in general.

However, 26.35% expected the film would generate more earnings, and 21.22% expected it would fail.

Too Many Tentpoles on the List

Interestingly, 9 out of 10 of the top-grossing movies of 2022 are sequels and tentpole films. Tentpole films are big-budget movies whose earnings are expected to compensate the studio for its less profitable movies.

In conclusion, most survey respondents (32.85%) think movie audiences are easily attracted to simple, less-original films. Others (17.5%) believe there’s nothing wrong with tentpole films or sequels being the highest-grossing films and that studios are simply being practical by knowing what sells (17.43%).

Figure 2: Respondents’ opinions on tentpole films on 2022’s highest-grossing movies

Correlation of Movie Quality to Box Office Performance

Regarding the correlation between movie quality and box office performance, most (25.59%) believe good box office performance often correlates to poor movie quality, while 19.47% say it correlates to average movie quality. 19.31% say box office performance is the only appropriate way to measure a movie’s quality.

Figure 3: Correlation of movie quality to box office performance

Box office sales have dwindled since the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, most respondents (47.62%) are optimistic about its return to normalcy by 2023. 26.27% think it will be by 2024, 16.16% say in 3 years, and 5.49% say it will be in 5 years. Only 4.46% think box office sales will never reach pre-pandemic sales volume again.

Also Read: People Still Love Going to The Movies!


Survey TitleSurvey on 2022’s Highest Grossing Movies Worldwide
DurationJanuary 06 – January 13, 2023
Number of Participants20,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.