These are 12 of the biggest box office hits to premiere at Cannes Film Festival


The Cannes Film Festival has been the home of the premieres of prestigious films like Dancer in the Dark, The Piano, Taxi Driver and more.  

While the festival has premiered critically acclaimed work over the years, countless blockbusters have made their debuts there as well.

Some beloved classics like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Dirty Dancing premiered at Cannes. It has also been the host to some unfavorably reviewed movies like X-Men: The Last Stand and Shrek the Third. 

These are 12 of the biggest box-office hits to ever premiere at Cannes:

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial — 1982

Source: Movieclips Trailer Vault/YouTube

Box office total: $435,110,554

2. Dirty Dancing — 1987

Source: YouTube

Box office total:  $63,954,274 

3Shrek — 2001

Source: Paramount Movies

Box office total:  $267,665,011  

4. Fahrenheit 9/11 — 2004

Source: Movieclips Trailer Vault

Box office total: $119,194,771

5. Shrek 2 — 2004

Source: DreamWorksTV

Box office total: $441,226,247 

6. Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith — 2005

Source: Star Wars

Box office total: $380,270,577  

7. Over the Hedge — 2006

Source: Paramount Movies

Box office total: $155,019,340 

8. X-Men: The Last Stand — 2006

Source: Movieclips

Box office total: $234,362,462  

9. Ocean's Thirteen — 2007

Source: Movieclips

Box office total: $117,154,724

10. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull — 2008

Source: Paramount Movies

Box office total:  $317,101,119 

11. Up — 2009

Source: Disney UK

Box office total: $293,004,164

12. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — 2011

Source: DisneyMoviesOnDemand

Box office total: $241,071,802

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