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What Were The Highest-Grossing Movies Filmed In Each State?

The highest-grossing movies filmed in 30% of the states starred either Robert Downey Jr. or Shia LaBeouf.

BuzzFeed / Hunter Schwarz and Chris Ritter

Using data from IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo, BuzzFeed has mapped out the top-grossing domestic movies filmed in each state.

Forrest Gump, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Avengers make the most appearances, with four states each. The Transformers franchise appears more than any other, with nine appearances between its three films.

Shia LaBeouf is the actor with the most films that made the map, with nine, for his role as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers franchise. Robert Downey Jr. appears in six states for his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. Tom Hanks appears five times for his role as Forrest Gump and Chuck Noland in Cast Away.

The top-grossing movie filmed in the United States is Avatar — filmed in California and Hawaii — which grossed $760 million in the U.S. The lowest-grossing movie to make the map is Fargo, which was filmed in North Dakota and Minnesota and grossed only $24 million in the U.S.

There are only 13 states with a movie where no filming was done in California.

Alabama: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Released in 2006
Grossed $148 million in U.S. and $158 million worldwide
Scenes filmed at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.
Scenes also filmed in North Carolina

Alaska: Transformers

Released in 2007
Grossed $318 million in the U.S. and $709 million worldwide
Aerial photography filmed in Columbia Bay, Ala.
Scenes also filmed in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, and Oklahoma

Arizona: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Released in 2009
Grossed $402 million in the U.S. and $836 worldwide
Airplane boneyard scene filmed in Tucson, Ariz.
Scenes also filmed in California, China, Egypt, France, Jordan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Arkansas: Gone with the Wind

Filmed in 1939
Grossed $198 million in the U.S. and $390 worldwide
Opening credit scenes filmed in North Little Rock, Ark.
Scenes also filmed in California

California: Avatar

Released in 2009
Grossed $760 million in the U.S. and $2.7 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Los Angeles, El Segundo, and Playa Vista, Calif.
Scenes also filmed in Hawaii and New Zealand

Colorado: Independence Day

Released in 1996
Grossed $306 million in the U.S. and $811 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Scenes also filmed in Australia, California, Egypt, Georgia, Iceland, Indiana, Kenya, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Sweden, Texas, and Utah

Connecticut: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Released in 2008
Grossed $317 million in the U.S. and $783 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Bridgeport, Essex, and New Haven, Conn.
Scenes also filmed in Argentina, Brazil, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico

Delaware: The Village

Released in 2004
Grossed $114 million in the U.S. and $255 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Centerville, Del.
Scenes also filmed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Florida: Iron Man 3

Released in 2013
Grossed $408 million in the U.S. and $1.22 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Miami
Scenes also filmed in California and North Carolina

Georgia: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Released in 2013
Grossed $422 million in the U.S. and $826 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Atlanta
Scenes also filmed in California, Hawaii, and New Jersey

Hawaii: Avatar

Released in 2009
Grossed $760 million in the U.S. and $2.7 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed on the islands of Kaua’i, O’ahu, and Hawaii
Scenes also filmed in California and New Zealand

Idaho: Wild Wild West

Released in 1999
Grossed $113 million in the U.S. and $217 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Pierce, Idaho
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Utah

Illinois: The Dark Knight

Released in 2008
Grossed $533 million in the U.S. and $1 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Chicago
Scenes also filmed in California, England, and Hong Kong

Indiana: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Released in 2011
Grossed $352 million in the U.S. and $1.12 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Gary, Ind.
Scenes also filmed in California, Cambodia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Russia, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

Iowa: Twister

Released in 1996
Grossed $241 million in the U.S. and $494 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Ames, Boone, Eldora, Rippey, and Whitten, Iowa
Scenes also filmed in California and Oklahoma

Kansas: Dances with Wolves

Released in 1990
Grossed $184 million in the U.S. and $424 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Fort Hays, Kan.
Scenes also filmed in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming

Kentucky: Rain Man

Released in 1988
Grossed $172 million in the U.S. and $354 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Covington, Newport, Silver Grove, and Melbourne, Ky.
Scenes also filmed in California, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, and Oklahoma

Louisana: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Released in 2012
Grossed $292 million in the U.S. and $812 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Baton Rouge, La.
Scenes also filmed in Brazil and Canada

Maine: Forrest Gump

Released in 1994
Grossed $329 in the U.S. and $679 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Pemaquid and Port Clyde, Maine
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, Georgia, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Maryland: Wedding Crashers

Released in 2005
Grossed $209 million in the U.S. and $282 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Assateague Island National Shore and St. Michaels, Md.
Scenes also filmed in California and Washington, D.C.

Massachusetts: Transformers

Released in 2007
Grossed $318 million in the U.S. and $709 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Boston
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, and Oklahoma

Michigan: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Released in 2011
Grossed $352 million in the U.S. and $1.12 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Detroit and Rochester, Mich.
Scenes also filmed in California, Cambodia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Russia, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

Minnesota: Grumpier Old Men

Released in 1995
Grossed $69 million in the U.S. and $75 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Afton, Minneapolis, Stillwater, St. Croix, and St. Paul, Minn.

Mississippi: The Help

Released in 2011
Grossed $169 million in the U.S. and $211 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Clarksdale, Greenwood, and Jackson, Miss.

Missouri: Silence of the Lambs

Released in 1991
Grossed $130 million in the U.S. and $272 million worldwide
Scenes filmed at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis
Scenes also filmed in the Bahamas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Montana: Forrest Gump

Released in 1994
Grossed $329 in the U.S. and $679 worldwide
Scenes filmed at Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park, Mont.
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Utah

Nebraska: Dances with Wolves

Released in 1990
Grossed $184 million in the U.S. and $424 worldwide
Scenes filmed in unnamed locations in Nebraska
Scenes also filmed in Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming

Nevada: Transformers

Released in 2007
Grossed $318 million in the U.S. and $709 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, and Valley of Fire State Park
Scenes also filmed in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

New Hampshire: Jumanji

Released in 1995
Grossed $100 million in the U.S. and $264 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Keene and Swanzey, N.H.
Scenes also filmed in Canada and Maine

New Jersey: Dark Knight Rises

Released in 2012
Grossed $448 million in the U.S. and $1 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Newark, N.J.
Scenes also filmed in California, England, India, Italy, New York, and Pennsylvania

New Mexico: Avengers

Released in 2012
Grossed $623 million in the U.S. and $1.5 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Albuquerque, N.M.
Scenes also filmed in California, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

New York: Avengers

Released in 2012
Grossed $623 million in the U.S. and $1.5 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in New York City and Bethpage, Long Island
Scenes also filmed in California, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

North Carolina: Iron Man 3

Released in 2013
Grossed $408 million in the U.S. and $1.22 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Cary, Currie, Kenansville, Oak Island, and Rose Hill, N.C.
Scenes also filmed in California and Florida

North Dakota: Fargo

Released in 1996
Grossed $24 million in the U.S. and $49 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Bathgate, Fargo, Grafton, Grand Forks, and Hallock, N.D.
Scenes also filmed in Minnesota

Ohio: Avengers

Released in 2012
Grossed $623 million in the U.S. and $1.5 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Parma, Sandusky, Wilmington, and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Scenes also filmed in California, New Mexico, New York, and Pennsylvania

Oklahoma: Transformers

Released in 2007
Grossed $318 million in the U.S. and $709 million worldwide
Aerial photography filmed at Tinker Air Force Base
Scenes also filmed in Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, and Nevada

Oregon: Independence Day

Released in 1996
Grossed $306 million in the U.S. and $811 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Grants Pass, Ore.
Scenes also filmed in Australia, California, Colorado, Egypt, Georgia, Iceland, Indiana, Kenya, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Sweden, Texas, and Utah

Pennsylvania: Avengers

Released in 2012
Grossed $623 million in the U.S. and $1.5 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Pittsburgh
Scenes also filmed in California, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio

Rhode Island: There’s Something About Mary

Released in 1998
Grossed $179 million in the U.S. and $360 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Providence, R.I.
Scenes also filmed in Florida and Maryland

South Carolina: Forrest Gump

Released in 1994
Grossed $329 in the U.S. and $679 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Beaufort, Fripp Island Pritchardville, Vamville, and Yemassee, S.C.
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, and Utah

South Dakota: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Released in 2007
Grossed $219 million in the U.S. and $452 million worldwide
Scenes filmed at Mount Rushmore and Sylvan Lake, S.D.
Scenes also filmed in California, England, France, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Tennessee: Cast Away

Released in 200
Grossed $233 million in the U.S. and $424 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Memphis
Scenes also filmed in California, Fiji, Philippines, Russia, and Texas

Texas: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Released in 2011
Grossed $352 million in the U.S. and $1.12 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Houston
Scenes also filmed in California, Cambodia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Russia, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

Utah: Forrest Gump

Released in 1994
Grossed $329 in the U.S. and $679 worldwide
Scenes filmed Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods, Utah
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Vermont: Star Trek

Released in 2009
Grossed $257 million in the U.S. and $382 million worldwide
Cliff plunge scene filmed at Rock of Ages’ Smith Quarry in Barre, Vt.
Scenes also filmed in Alaska and California

Virginia: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Released in 2009
Grossed $402 million in the U.S. and $836 worldwide
Scenes filmed at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
Scenes also filmed in Arizona, California, China, Egypt, France, Jordan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Washington: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Released in 2010
Grossed $300 in the U.S. and $694 million worldwide
Establishing shots filmed in Seattle
Scenes also filmed in Canada

Wisconsin: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Released in 2011
Grossed $352 million in the U.S. and $1.12 billion worldwide
Scenes filmed in Milwaukee
Scenes also filmed in California, Cambodia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Russia, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

West Virginia: Silence of the Lambs

Released in 1991
Grossed $130 million in the U.S. and $272 million worldwide
Scenes filmed in Clay County, W.V.
Scenes also filmed in the Bahamas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Wyoming: Dances with Wolves

Released in 1990
Grossed $184 million in the U.S. and $424 worldwide
Scenes filmed in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Scenes also filmed in Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota

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