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The Highest-Grossing R-Rated Movies Of All Time

Kirsten Acuna

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October 7 marks the date the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) adopted the film-rating system they still refer to today.  

Back then, movies were rated G, M, R, or X. Of course, the M later became the PG we're used to seeing today.  

Over the past 45 years, the ratings system also came to include the PG-13 rating in 1984.    

In honor of the anniversary of the film-rating system, we've compiled the highest-grossing R-rated movies.  

Because they play to a smaller audience, R-rated movies usually don't earn anywhere near as much as PG-13 films do.   

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"Ted" became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy last year after its theatrical release. A sequel has been announced for 2015.

It's rare that you'll find an R-rated movie make the list of highest-grossing movies at the end of the year. 

Last year, 187 R-rated films brought in $2.9 billion at theaters. Compare that to the $5.6 billion 124 PG-13 films made in ticket sales. 

"Ted" snuck onto the list last year earning an impressive $549 million worldwide.  

What other R-rated movies have soared at the box office?  

Here are the highest-grossing R-rated movies worldwide:  

Note: the following numbers do not account for inflation.  

1. "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003): $742 million
2. " The Passion of the Christ " (2004): $611.9 million 
3. " The Hangover: Part II " (2011): $586.8 million worldwide
4. " Ted " (2012): $549.4 million
5. " Terminator 2: Judgment Day " (1991): $519 million
6. " Saving Private Ryan " (1998): $481.8 million 
7. " The Hangover " (2009): 467.5 million
8. " The Matrix " (1999): $463.5 million
9. " Pretty Woman " (1990): $463.4 million
10. " Gladiator " (2000): $457.6 million 
11. " 300 " (2007) : $456 million
12. " The Exorcist " (1973) : $441.3 million
13. " Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines " (2003): $433.4 million
14. " The Matrix Revolutions " (2003): $427.3 million
15. " Django Unchained " (2012): $425 million

And here are the top ten domestic releases:

1. "The Passion of the Christ" (2004): $379.8 million
2. " The Matrix Reloaded " (2003): $281.6 million
3. " The Hangover " (2009): $277.3 million
4. " The Hangover: Part II " (2011): $254.5 million
5. " Beverly Hills Cop " (1984): $234.8 million
6. " The Exorcist " (1973): $232.9 million
7. " Ted " (2012): $218.8 million
8. " Saving Private Ryan " (1998): $216.5 million
9. " 300 " (2007): $210.6 million
10. "Wedding Crashers" (2005) $209.3 million



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