The highest-grossing movie at the US box office every summer since 2000

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The summer movie season is home to some of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Every year, audiences can expect theaters to be packed with superhero movies, animated adventures, and other franchise favorites. 

Many summer releases are among the highest-grossing movies of any year. We’ve looked back at the biggest movie of every summer since 2000, based on how much it made in the US (per numbers from Box Office Mojo), adjusted for inflation. We counted movies that came out May through August.

We’ve also provided the movie’s original domestic gross, its worldwide gross, and its Rotten Tomatoes critic score for comparison. Some movies that raked in the big bucks performed terribly with critics.

Superheroes, animated movies, and Disney have ruled most summers in this timeframe. Six of the movies below are animated, and eight are superhero movies. Others include entries in popular franchises like “Transformers” and “Harry Potter.”

Below is the highest-grossing movie in the US of every summer since 2000:

2000: “Mission: Impossible 2”

Release date: May 4, 2000

Adjusted domestic gross: $370,473,000

Original domestic gross: $215,409,889

Original worldwide gross: $546,388,105

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 57%

2001: “Shrek”

Release date: May 16, 2001

Adjusted domestic gross: $438,384,200

Original domestic gross: $267,665,011

Original worldwide gross: $484,409,218

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

2002: “Spider-Man”

Release date: May 3, 2002

Adjusted domestic gross: $644,123,600

Original domestic gross: $403,706,375

Original worldwide gross: $821,708,551

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

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