Did you know? Movies that receive an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America ratings may have been Oscar-nominated, but do not do well at the box office. For instance, only three of the 50 highest-grossing films in American history are R-rated, and they are all in the bottom ten. And did you realize that no R-rated film has ever earned more than $1 billion at the global box office, despite scores of films crossing the mark over the years? Using data crunched by Box Office Mojo analysts, here are the R-rated films that have won the most revenue in American theaters as of June 17, 2019. Any of them would undoubtedly surprise you.
Air Force One’ (1997)
Domestic Gross: $173 million
The undisputed king of the film universe in 1997 was “Titanic,” but “Air Force One” has made a lot of money. This Harrison Ford vehicle was set aboard the world’s most iconic airplane when terrorists stole it, prompting the president himself to kick some ass. “Air Force One” became the highest-grossing R-rated film of 1997, outperforming critical darlings such as “As Good as It Gets” and “Good Will Hunting.” It went on to gross over $315 million globally.