Last year was tough for cinema, with box office earnings hitting a slump due to Covid-19 lockdowns. But skip to 2021 and the market has recovered somewhat. Hollywood releases like F9 , No Time to Die and Dune have benefited from international markets, while China, the world’s biggest theatrical market, has quickly rebounded. Here are the 12 highest-grossing films of 2021 at the worldwide box office. Who’s the richest Baldwin? The family’s net worths, ranked 12. A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount) Global box office : US$297.7 million US box office : US$160.1 million (53.8 per cent) Description : A sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place , which became a surprise box-office hit with US$340 million worldwide, centring on a group of survivors after aliens that hunt by sound land on Earth. 11. Free Guy (Disney) Global box office : US$331.3 million US box office : US$121.5 million (36.7 per cent) Description : Ryan Reynolds stars as a bank teller who discovers that he is a character in a video game. The movie was produced by Twentieth Century Studios, the former Fox film studio acquired by Disney. 10. Dune (Warner Bros.) Global box office : US$333.4 million US box office : US$86.4 million (25.9 per cent) Description : Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, about a young man named Paul ( played by Timothée Chalamet ) who is caught in a war on the desert planet Arrakis between his family and another Great House. (Released simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max at no additional charge for subscribers.) How does Pete Davidson do it? 6 stunning stars the SNL comedian has dated 9. Black Widow (Disney) Global box office : US$379.6 million US box office : US$183.6 million (48.4 per cent) Description : Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is reunited with her long-lost sister, played by Florence Pugh, when elements from her past come back to haunt her. The movie was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe theatrical release in two years. (Released simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ Premier Access for an additional US$30 fee for subscribers.) 8. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony) Global box office : US$425.6 million US box office : US$198.0 million (46.5%) Description : Tom Hardy reprises his role as Eddie Brock, who becomes the anti-hero Venom after an alien symbiote latches on to him. This sequel pits Hardy’s Venom against Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, a serial killer who comes into contact with the symbiote. 7. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Global box office : US$430.1 million US box office : US$224.1 million (52.1 per cent) Description : Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) is ripped from his normal life when his father, the leader of the Ten Rings organisation, returns. It’s the first MCU movie to star an Asian lead and a primarily Asian cast . 10 celebrities who became BFFs with their exes’ new partners 6. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.) Global box office : US$467.9 million US box office : US$100.5 million (21.5 per cent) Description : The culmination of Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse, Godzilla and King Kong come face to face when Kong is removed from the safety of Skull Island. (Released simultaneously in theatres and on HBO Max at no additional charge for subscribers.) 5. No Time to Die (MGM/Universal) Global box office : US$669 million US box office : US$144.9 million (21.7 per cent) Description: In star Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond, he’s brought out of retirement to track down a madman who has gained access to a weapon that could kill millions of people. 4. Detective Chinatown 3 (Wanda Pictures) Global box office : US$686.3 million China box office: US$685 million (99.8 per cent) Description : Two Chinatown detectives go to Tokyo to help solve a murder. Tiger King 2 chaos: Joe Exotic’s cancer news and Carole Baskin sues Netflix 3. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal) Global box office : US$721.1 million US box office : US$173.0 million (24 per cent) Description : Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) estranged brother Jakob (John Cena) comes back into his life, which leads to another globe-trotting mission for Toretto and his crew. 2. Hi, Mom Global box office : US$822 million China box office: US$821 million (99.9 per cent) Description : After her mother dies, a woman goes back in time and meets the younger version of her mum. 1. The Battle at Lake Changjin (Bona Film Group) Global box office : US$874.1 million (all from China) Description : A Chinese film about the battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, the movie quickly became the highest-grossing film in the world this year, based on only the China box office, after opening in October during China’s National Day holiday. It will soon make its way to other markets like the US, UK, Ireland and Australia. Read the original article on Business Insider Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .