A scene from Chappie.
Photograph by Stephanie Blomkamp — CTMG, Inc
By Daniel Bukszpan
March 6, 2015

On Friday, “Chappie” comes to movie theaters around the world. It was directed by Neill Blomkamp, whom you may recall was the director of 2009’s “District 9.” That movie was one of the rare science fiction movies to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but sadly, it lost to the “The Hurt Locker.”

For sci-fi, that’s par for the course. The movies rarely win critical accolades, much less Oscar nominations, and to date, no science fiction movie has ever gone home with the statuette. But science fiction movies aren’t made for the critics. They’re made for the fans.

And what rabid fans they are, dressing up in full Imperial Stormtrooper regalia to line up around the block and see the first screening at midnight on opening day. So movie studios keep making them, knowing they’ll make more money than they made with “Birdman,” or “The Hurt Locker” for that matter.

Fortune decided to take a look at the 10 highest-grossing science-fiction movies of all time, using data from Box Office Mojo and adjusting for inflation.

Here they are below, starting with number 10.

Spoiler alert: You may see the name of a certain franchise repeated more than a few times.


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