2020 was a very challenging year for everyone, and it wasn’t different for the audiovisual sector. The cinema was the most affected for sure. The COVID-19 pandemic caused severe disruption to the industry, with movie’s productions being stopped and postponed, movies theatres remained closed for several days, and also many films achieved a lower than usual box office returns in comparison to previous years, according to Forbes, American business magazine. 

See the list released by Forbes about the highest profitable films of 2020.

Highest-grossing films of 2020

1 – The Eight Hundred

Distributor: CMC Pictures Holdings

Worldwide Gross: $461,339,528

Plot: From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, surrounded by the Japanese army.

2 – Bad Boys for Life

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Worldwide Gross: $426,505,244

Plot: Marcus and Mike have to confront new issues (career changes and midlife crises), as they join the newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department to take down the ruthless Armando Armas, the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel.

3 – My People, My Homeland

Distributor: China Lion Film Distribution

Worldwide Gross: $422,384,094

Plot: In different parts of rural China, various people explore what makes their communities unique.

4 -Tenet

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Worldwide Gross: $362,609,000

Plot: In a twilight world of international espionage, an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist, is recruited by a mysterious organisation called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real-time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator, a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of “time inversion” as a way of countering the threat that is to come.

5 – Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

Distributor: Toho / Aniplex (Sony Music Japan)

Worldwide Gross: $340,173,208

Plot: Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar’s head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Flame Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!

6 – Sonic the Hedgehog

Distributor: Paramount

Worldwide Gross: $320,954,026

Plot: Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination.

7 – Dolittle

Distributor: Universal

Worldwide Gross: $250,482,863

Plot: After his wife’s death, Dr. John Dolittle decided to hide from the world with his beloved animals. But he has to take a journey to a mysterious island to find a healing tree, which is the only medicine that can help the dying Queen Victoria in Buckingham Palace.

8 – Legend of Deification (Jiang Ziya)

Distributor: Beijing Enlight Pictures

Worldwide Gross:$243,843,105


Plot: Atop the ruins of war, top commander JIANG ZIYA is given the task to banish the Nine-tailed Fox Demon who threatens all mortals’ very existence. When he discovers the Nine-tailed Fox’s life linked to the soul of an innocent girl, he is faced with a challenging decision – follow the will of heaven or find his own path to righteousness.

9 – Birds of Prey

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Worldwide Gross:$201,858,461

Plot: A twisted tale told by Harley Quinn herself, when Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

10 – The Sacrifice (Jin Gang Chuan)

Distributor: Beijing Enlight Pictures

Worldwide Gross: $170,730,000


Plot: In 1953, the Korean War is entering the final stage. The People’s Volunteer Army of China has launched the last major battle in Kumsong. In order to arrive at the battleground on time and deliver enough force to the Kumsong front line, the soldiers have to defend themselves against the never-ending bombing of enemy bombers and race with time to repair bridges, all under the circumstance of supply shortages and inferior equipment. The rarely told history slowly unfolds.