CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – According to a recent list compiled by a team at USDISH, the highest-grossing film ever made in West Virginia was 2011’s JJ Abrams Super 8.
The film managed to gross a total of $127 million in box office revenue over its lifetime, but such an attraction only managed to place West Virginia at 45 on the list compared films representing other states.
While the film was shot in and around Weirton, W.Va., the events of the film itself take place in the fictional town of Lillian, OH.
The list was created using IMDb to find a list of movies with the highest box office gross in the United States. However, revenues have not been adjusted for inflation.
Then, with the help of movie-locations.com and latlong.net, the filming locations for each of the top-grossing movies were found. To qualify, each film had to have at least one scene filmed in the state.
- The 5 highest-grossing movies by state included not one, but two Marvel titles avengers franchise-End of Game ($858.4 million) and Spider-Man: No Coming Home ($720.9 million).
- Among the top 5 grossing films were also Avatar ($760.5 million) and Titanic ($659.3 million), both directed by James Cameron and released 12 and 24 years ago respectively.
- Avatar is also the highest-grossing film of all time internationally, according to Box Office Mojo by IMDb Pro.
- Despite being the home of Hollywood, California came in behind Georgia, Hawaii and New York in terms of box office receipts for its highest-grossing film.
- The film with the median box office earnings was the action-superhero movie Logan ($226.3 million), which was filmed in North Dakota.
- Only 3 of the highest-grossing movies by state have grossed less than $100 million at the box office:
- Public enemies ($97.1M), made in Wisconsin
- Burlesque ($39.4 million), made in Iowa
- Downsizing ($24.4M), made in Nebraska
- The average box office revenue of the top-grossing American films is $286.1 million.
- The average age of the highest-grossing films by state is 16, with a hypothetical release year of 2005.