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Biggest Summer Blockbusters
'The Avengers' and 'Men in Black 3' may be dominating the summer box office scene, but what about other big summer releases through the years?

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'Men in Black 3'

It's not often that the third installment of a movie does better than the first two, but "MIB3" is on its way to doing just that as the opening weekend raked in $70 million. 

But only time will tell if it will make it on the list of biggest grossing summer movies of all-time. Click through to see who did make it on the list. There is already a new-comer from this year.

(Sony)

 

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'The Avengers'

This action-hero all-star flick was released in early May 2012 and has already surpassed some major box office records, taking in over $523 million in the U.S. alone. 

So although it's not technically a summer flick, fans will be sure to keep this one on the box office top 10 for several more weeks to come.

(Walt Disney Pictures)

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'The Dark Knight'

Heath Ledger's portrayal of the sadistic Joker has raked in big bucks for Warner Bros. The epic movie, which came out in July 2008, has made over $533 million in the U.S. The star sadly passed away six months prior and never got to see the movie's unprecedented success.

(Warner Bros.)

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'E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial'

The legendary sci-if pic, which starred a very young Drew Barrymore, was released in June 1982 and made close to $435 million domestically.

(Universal Pictures)

 

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'The Lion King'

Before it was one of the biggest selling plays on Broadway, "The Lion King" was making a killing at the box office. Since it's release in the summer of 1994, the animated flick has taken in approximately $423 million in the U.S. alone.

(Walt Disney Pictures)

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'Star Wars'

The movie, which was later re-released as "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" came out in 1977 and was the highest grossing movie of all time until "E.T." surpassed it. It earned close to $461 million in the U.S.

(20th Century Fox)

 

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'Shrek 2'

People obviously didn't get enough of the lovable ogre in the first go-round and showed lots of love to Shrek and Fiona when they came out with the sequel in 2004. It earned $436 million in the U.S.

(Dreamworks)

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'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'

The sequel, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg, was released in the summer of 2009. Megan Fox probably had something to do with the massive box office success as the movie raked in $402 million in the U.S. 

(Paramount Pictures)

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'

The second installment of Johnny Depp as comedic pirate Jack Sparrow has substantially outsold the first movie raking in close to $1 billion worldwide since it's release in July 2006. The U.S. box office wasn't too shabby either, accounting for $423 million.

(Walt Disney Pictures)

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'Toy Story 3'

This was one of the most highly anticipated sequels of 2010. The computer-animated movie, which stars the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, made close to $415 million in the U.S.

(Walt Disney Pictures)

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'Jurassic Park'

Although movies are now flooded with unknown creatures, when "Jurassic Park" came out in the summer of 1993, it was one of the most innovative films in terms of its effects. It won several Academy Awards for best visual effects and sound effects editing and made close to $360 million at the box office in the U.S. and close to a billion worldwide.

(Universal Pictures)

Biggest Summer Blockbusters

'The Avengers' and 'Men in Black 3' may be dominating the summer box office scene, but what about other big summer releases through the years?

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