Apps: you know them, you love them, you use them. Over the past decade, mobile apps in particular have been a fundamental part of our daily lives. This is incredibly great news for companies, as having an app that’s widely accessible to your user-base can lead to a huge uptick in revenue. In fact, it’s reported that U.S. consumers spent nearly $5.9 billion in 2020 on the top 100 non-game mobile apps offering subscriptions. This staggering number doesn’t even factor in lower-grossing apps, or the hugely profitable world of gaming apps.
While the ranking of these apps is constantly in flux, it’s likely that you’ll recognize some of the top-earners. Maybe you use some of them yourself!
As of now, SensorTower reports that the top 10 highest-grossing apps are:
(Please note that these rankings are constantly shifting, and may change order at any point. However, all of the apps on this list have been consistently high-grossing at the top of their category rankings since their respective release dates.)
Since its release in September 2012, the YouTube app has been a consistent fan favorite for its free and paid subscription options and a wide array of video content. Last month, the YouTube app grossed $80 million in revenue and had 13 million downloads.
While Roblox’s revenue has ebbed and flowed in significant waves ever since its worldwide release in May 2011, this interactive gaming app is currently at #2 on the charts. In October 2021, Roblox gained 4 million new downloads and grossed $45 million in revenue.
First released in August 2012, this popular dating app is the highest-ranking this month in its category, beating out others like Bumble and Hinge. While it may be trailing behind YouTube and Roblox’s streaming/gaming numbers, Tinder still grossed an impressive $56 million last month and had 2 million downloads worldwide.
Unlike many of the other apps on this list, VeVe Collectibles is a relatively new product. Making its debut in October 2020, the digital collectibles app has found its way to #4 of the highest-grossing apps a mere year later. Last month the VeVe Collectibles app found itself with 50 thousand new downloads and $8 million in overall revenue.
Released in April 2015, the HBO Max app offers a wide range of subscription prices to its streaming patrons. Last month the mobile app grossed $21 million in revenue and received 2 million downloads.
The popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga has maintained a steady revenue stream since its debut in November 2012, despite coming in a few slots below Roblox in this most recent update. Still, the app has garnered a decently huge monthly revenue of $38 million, plus 2 million new downloads.
First launched in April 2014, the short-form video app Tik Tok has become increasingly popular as an entertainment app over the last few years. While it has come in behind its fellow media app YouTube this time, Tik Tok still grossed a whopping $30 million in revenue and 11 million downloads in October 2021.
Despite having slowly decreased category rank in its app store popularity this year, the mobile game Garena Free Fire has held its own when it comes to overall profit. The app, which was originally released in December 2017, finished off the month of October with revenue totaling $17 million and a gain of 1 million new downloads.
Coming in grossing less than its competitor HBO Max this month, but still much higher than any other streaming apps, is Hulu. Released in June 2010, Hulu has maintained a steady profit margin throughout the years — last month, the app earned $12 million in revenue and had 1 million downloads.
While it may be most commonly associated with its dating services, the social networking app Bumble has grown in usage since its November 2014 launch by the adage of some new features. Along with looking for romantic matches (Bumble Date), users can now make friends (Bumble BFF) and even find new business connections (Bumble Bizz). In October 2021, the Bumble app grossed $16 million in revenue and had 900 thousand downloads.
What Makes an App Downloadable?
Now, what is it that all of these high-grossing apps have in common? Despite crossing several genres and varying in aspects like launch date and general target audience, all of these top-grossing apps are multidimensional and interactive. While Roblox and Tik Tok, for example, are widely different apps, they both feature dynamic ever-changing content and the ability for users to interact with the app and each other.
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