We have already been treated to some great sci-fi movies so far this year... but it looks like one of the best has been saved for last.

Elysium is a movie that I have been excited about since it was announced as it sees Neill Blomkamp return to the director's chair for the first time since District 9.

Over the years we have seen science fiction movie perform incredibly well at the global box office and we take a look at some of those films that have made the most money.

- Avatar - $2.7 billion

Sitting at the top of the list for Highest Grossing movies of all time is Avatar, the first film to break the $2 billion barrier.

Released back in 2009 the movie saw James Cameron return to the director's chair as he took audiences to the world of Pandora for the very first time.

The movie was a critical and commercial smash as film fans around the world flocked to see this feat in 3D cinema.

Avatar was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar - losing out to The Hurt Locker. The sequel is one of the most anticipated in history; however it looks like we are going to have to wait a while until it hits screens.

- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - $1.027 billion

Star Wars is one of the greatest and loved franchises of all time, and in 1999 we saw the beginning of a new trilogy of film.

The Phantom Menace was the fourth Star Wars film to be made but was set before the original trilogy - making in the first.

We are taken back to when Anakin Skywalker is a child as we learn - over the course of three movies - how he fell to the dark side.

George Lucas was back in the director's and, as you would expect, there was huge hype around the film as Star Wars fans had waited a long time for a new instalment.

It was a box office smash first time around and broke the $1 billion barrier when it was re-released in 3D.

- Jurassic Park - $969 million

Steven Spielberg has always known how to deliver a blockbuster movie as Jurassic Park remains one of the best films of the last twenty years.

It was back in 2003 when Michael Crichton's novel was adapted for the big screen by David Koepp and Crichton himself.

It is one of those movies that really has stood the test of time - so far - and it still looks as fantastic today as it did when it was released for the first time.

Jurassic Park was a landmark movie in the use of computer-generated imagery and is one of Spielberg's biggest film successes.

While we have seen sequels hit the big screen over the year, they have never lived up the first!!

- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - $848 million

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the second Star Wars movie to make the highest grossing sci-fi movies of all time list.

Released in 2005 Revenge of the Sith is the sixth film in the Star Wars series to be released but the third in the series.

The movie was met well by the critics and went on to gross $848 million at the global box office.

Revenge of the Sith brought the Star Wars franchise to a close - breaking a few box office records along the way.

But we are going to see more Star Wars movies hitting the big screen as J.J. Abrams has taken over the director's chair for Star Wars VII.

- Inception - $825 million

Once of the best sci-fi films in recent years comes in the form of Inception as Christopher Nolan returned to the director's chair.

The movie followed a skilled extractor who is given the chance to return to his old life if he can implant another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Inception jumped between the real world and different levels of the dream world in what was a skilled piece of writing and directing from Nolan.

Leonardo DiCaprio led an all star cast that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine.

The movie was a critical hit as well as a box office smash and it went on to be nominated for nine Oscars; including Best Picture. It walked away with Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

- Independence Day - $817 million

It was back in 1996 when Independence Day first hit the big screen and helped make Will Smith a mammoth movie star.

Directed by Roland Emmerich the movie followed an alien invasion and how mankind battled back to save the human race.

With a great blend of action and comedy as well as some fantastic set pieces, Independence Day remains one of the best movies in this genre of all time.

This movie cemented Will Smith as a bona fide leading man and action hero, and since then he has seen his star rocket.

- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - $729 million

E.T. is a second Steven Spielberg film to make the list and is remains the greatest film by this fantastic director.

Released back in 1982 E.T. followed Elliott, a lonely ten year old boy who befriends an alien that gets left behind.

What is so interesting about this movie is it is told through the child's perspective and it shows that kids, unlike adults, really are without prejudice.

They are so willing to accept E.T. regardless of what he is and where he came from - it really is a beacon on how children's movie should be made.

Apart from being stunningly shot and beautifully action by a young cast it the themes of this movie that have really made it enjoy.

The innocence of childhood, friendship and loneliness are ideas that we can all relate to.

Elysium is out now.

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