Top 25 Highest-Grossing Spy Movies

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago

Take a look at the top 25 highest-grossing spy movies to date according to unadjusted domestic box office gross. Did your favorites make the cut?

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Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000)

25. Charlie's Angels (2000)

Domestic Gross: $125,305,545

Opening Weekend: $40,128,550

IMDb Rating: 5.5

Plot: A trio of elite private investigators armed with the latest in high-tech tools, high-performance vehicles, martial arts techniques and an array of disguises, must track down a kidnapped billionaire-to-be and keep his top-secret voice-identification software out of lethal hands.

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Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough (1999)

24. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Domestic Gross: $126,943,684

Opening Weekend: $35,519,007

IMDb Rating: 6.4

Plot: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must race to defuse an international power struggle with the world's oil supply hanging in the balance.

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Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence (2016)

23. Central Intelligence (2016)

Domestic Gross: $127,440,871

Opening Weekend: $35,535,250

IMDb Rating: 6.3

Plot: CIA agent Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) recruits a former high-school friend (Kevin Hart) to help him save a compromised U.S. spy satellite system. Together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.

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Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

22. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Domestic Gross: $128,261,724

Opening Weekend: $36,206,331

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Plot: The spy organization, Kingsman Secret Service, recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid (Taron Egerton) into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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Steve Carell in Get Smart (2008)

21. Get Smart (2008)

Domestic Gross: $130,319,208

Opening Weekend: $38,683,480

IMDb Rating: 6.5

Plot: When members of the nefarious crime syndicate KAOS attack the U.S. spy agency Control, fledgling field agent Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell), partners with veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), to thwart a world-domination plot hatched by the wily KAOS chief, Siegfried (Terence Stamp).

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III (2006)

20. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Domestic Gross: $134,029,801

Opening Weekend: $47,743,273

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Plot: Retired from active duty, and training recruits for the Impossible Mission Force, agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) faces the toughest foe of his career: an international broker of arms and information, who threatens Hunt and all that he holds dear -- including the woman Hunt loves.

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Ben Affleck in Argo (2012)

19. Argo (2012)

Domestic Gross: $136,025,503

Opening Weekend: $19,458,109

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Plot: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

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Vin Diesel in xXx (2002)

18. xXx (2002)

Domestic Gross: $142,109,382

Opening Weekend: $44,506,103

IMDb Rating: 5.9

Plot: Xander "XXX" Cage (Vin Diesel) is recruited by NSA Agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) to become a different kind of undercover agent. Enlisted for a dangerous covert mission, he must use all his extreme skills to combat a clever, organized, and ruthless enemy far beyond the scope of his experience.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies (1994)

17. True Lies (1994)

Domestic Gross: $146,282,411

Opening Weekend: $25,869,770

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Plot: When undercover agent Harry Tasker's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) mission is complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is contemplating an affair with a used-car salesman who claims he's a spy, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.

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Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens, and Rick Yune in Die Another Day (2002)

16. Die Another Day (2002)

Domestic Gross: $160,942,139

Opening Weekend: $47,072,040

IMDb Rating: 6.1

Plot: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul (Toby Stephens), who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

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Daniel Craig and Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale (2006)

15. Casino Royale (2006)

Domestic Gross: $167,445,960

Opening Weekend: $40,833,156

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Plot: After receiving a license to kill, agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) sets out on his first mission defeat Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a private banker to terrorists, in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

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Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace (2008)

14. Quantum of Solace (2008)

Domestic Gross: $168,368,427

Opening Weekend: $67,528,882

IMDb Rating: 6.6

Plot: The hunt for those who blackmailed his lover leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to ruthless businessman Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a key player in the organization which is plotting to gain total control of a vital natural resource.

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Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

13. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Domestic Gross: $176,241,941

Opening Weekend: $52,521,865

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Plot: When Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible (1996)

12. Mission: Impossible (1996)

Domestic Gross: $180,981,856

Opening Weekend: $45,436,830

IMDb Rating: 7.1

Plot: Framed for murder and now a fugitive, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) recruits brilliant hacker Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and maverick pilot Franz Krieger (Jean Reno) to help him sneak into a heavily guarded CIA building to retrieve a confidential computer file that will prove his innocence.

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Michael Caine in Cars 2 (2011)

11. Cars 2 (2011)

Domestic Gross: $191,452,396

Opening Weekend: $66,135,507

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Plot: Star race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his pal Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

10. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Domestic Gross: $195,042,377

Opening Weekend: $55,520,089

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Plot: With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.

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Daniel Craig in Spectre (2015)

9. Spectre (2015)

Domestic Gross: $200,074,609

Opening Weekend: $70,403,148

IMDb Rating: 6.8

Plot: After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 (Daniel Craig) uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

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Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, and Verne Troyer in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

8. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Domestic Gross: $206,040,086

Opening Weekend: $54,917,604

IMDb Rating: 6.6

Plot: British super spy Austin Powers (Mike Myers) must return to 1969, as arch-nemesis Dr. Evil has ventured back to that year and successfully stolen Austin's "mojo" and set up a powerful laser and aimed it at Earth.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

7. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

Domestic Gross: $209,397,903

Opening Weekend: $12,785,204

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Plot: Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the entire IMF agency are disavowed by the U.S. government, while the president initiates the Ghost Protocol. Left without resources or backup, Hunt must somehow clear the agency's name and prevent another attack.

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Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

6. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

Domestic Gross: $212,632,737 (as of Sept. 10, 2018)

Opening Weekend: $61,236,534

IMDb Rating: 8.2

Plot: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team join familiar allies in race against time after a mission gone wrong leaves plutonium in the wrong hands.

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Mike Myers, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Diane Mizota in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

5. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Domestic Gross: $213,307,889

Opening Weekend: $73,071,188

IMDb Rating: 6.2

Plot: Teaming up with the mysterious yet peculiar Goldmember, Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) hatches a time-traveling scheme to take over the world, one that involves the kidnapping of Nigel Powers (Michael Caine), Austin's beloved father and England's most renowned spy.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II (2000)

4. Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Domestic Gross: $215,409,889

Opening Weekend: $57,845,297

IMDb Rating: 6.1

Plot: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) leads his IMF team on a mission to capture a deadly German virus before it is released by terrorists.

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Matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Domestic Gross: $227,471,070

Opening Weekend: $69,283,690

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Plot: Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) must evade a ruthless CIA official and a team of elite assassins while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

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Daniel Craig in Skyfall (2012)

2. Skyfall (2012)

Domestic Gross: $304,360,277

Opening Weekend: $88,364,714

IMDb Rating: 7.8

Plot: When MI6 comes under attack, M (Judi Dench) to relocate the agency. With the agency now compromised inside and out, M turns to the one man she can trust: Bond (Daniel Craig).

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Steve Carell in Despicable Me 2 (2013)

1. Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Domestic Gross: $368,061,265

Opening Weekend: $83,517,315

IMDb Rating: 7.4

Plot: The Anti-Villain League sends Gru (Steve Carell) on a mission to capture the perpetrator of a spectacular heist, for who would be better than the world's greatest ex-villain to capture the individual who seeks to usurp his power.