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Film Series

A movie franchise is a collection of related films in succession that share the same fictional universe, or are marketed as a series.[1]

Description

Sometimes the work is conceived from the beginning as a multiple-film work - for example, the Three Colours series - but in most cases the success of the original film inspires further films to be made. Individual sequels are relatively common, but are not always successful enough to spawn further installments.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest grossing film series in unadjusted US Dollar figures surpassing the Wizarding World, Star Wars, James Bond, and J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth series. However, Star Wars is the highest grossing when adjusted for inflation.[2]

Worldwide

North America

The following list is ordered by the highest-grossing film franchises (minimum $500 million gross). Updated to October 13 2019 .[3]

  Indicates sub-series (such as the Harry Potter series within the larger Wizarding World franchise).
  Indicates a franchises which contains a movie that crosses franchises (example: "The LEGO Batman Movie" is included in both the Batman franchise and the LEGO franchise).
# Franchise Total Gross Movie Count Average Gross Highest Grossing Film Gross
1 Marvel Cinematic Universe $8,525.3 23 $370.7 Avengers: Endgame $857.9
2 Star Wars $4,220.7 11 $383.7 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $936.7
3 Disney Live Action Reimaginings $3,220 14 $230 Beauty and the Beast $504
4 J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World $2,785.4 10 $253.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 $381
Avengers $2,619.1 4 $654.8 Avengers: Endgame $857.9
5 Spider-Man $2,474.1 8 $309.3 Spider-Man $403.7
6 X-Men $2,428.5 12 $202.4 Deadpool $363.1
7 Batman $2,407.7 11 $218.9 The Dark Knight Rises $533.3
Harry Potter $2,391.8 8 $265.8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 $381
8 James Bond $2,112.9 25 $84.5 Skyfall $304.4
9 DC Extended Universe $2,063.5 7 $294.8 Aquaman $1.148
10 Middle Earth $1,846.7 6 $307.8 The Return of the King $377
11 Jurassic Park $1,837.3 5 $367.5 Jurassic World $652.3
12 The Fast and the Furious $1,625.3 9 $180.6 Furious 7 $353
13 Transformers $1,582.4 7 $226.1 Transformers 2 $402.1
14 Pirates of the Caribbean $1,451.8 5 $290.4 Dead Man's Chest $423.3
15 The Hunger Games $1,451.5 4 $362.9 Catching Fire $424.7
16 Shrek $1,419.6 5 $283.9 Shrek 2 $441.2
17 Star Trek $1,401 13 $107.8 Star Trek $257.7
18 Twilight $1,363.5 5 $272.7 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300.5
19 Toy Story $1,302.9 4 $260.6 Toy Story 4 $419.6
20 Despicable Me $1,220.2 4 $305.1 Despicable Me 2 $368.1
The Dark Knight Trilogy $1,186.8 3 $395.6 The Dark Knight $533.3
21 Mission: Impossible $1,155 6 $192.5 Mission: Impossible 6 $220.2
22 Superman $1,139.5 7 $162.8 Batman v Superman $330.4
The Lord of the Rings $1,060.7 4 $265.2 The Return of the King $377
Iron Man $1,039.9 3 $346.6 Iron Man 3 $409
23 Indiana Jones $906.4 4 $226.6 Indiana Jones 4 $317.1
24 The Incredibles $870 2 $435 Incredibles 2 $608.6
Captain America $844.5 3 $281.5 Civil War $408.1
25 Finding Nemo $826 2 $413 Finding Dory $486.3
The Hobbit $816.5 3 $272.2 An Unexpected Journey $303
26 Bourne $801 5 $160.2 The Bourne Ultimatum $227.5
27 Planet of the Apes $794 9 $88.2 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $208.5
28 Ice Age $793.7 5 $158.7 Ice Age 3 $196.6
29 Rocky $791.1 8 $98.9 Rocky IV $127.9
30 Rambo $793 5 $88 Rambo: First Blood Part II $$150.4
Star Wars Anthology $745.9 2 $373 Rogue One $532.2
Guardians of the Galaxy $723 2 $361.5 Guardians of the Galaxy 2 $389.8
Thor $702.5 3 $234.2 Thor: Ragnarok $315.1
31 Men in Black $699.4 4 $174.9 Men in Black $250.7
Deadpool $681.6 2 $340.8 Deadpool $363.1
32 Madagascar $673.3 4 $168.3 Madagascar 3 $216.4
33 Alvin and the Chipmunks $662.7 5 $132.5 Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 $219.6
34 The Hangover $644 3 $214.7 The Hangover $277.3
35 The Conjuring $615.8 6 $102.6 The Conjuring $137.4
36 Terminator $608.7 5 $121.7 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $204.8
37 LEGO $598.6 4 $149.6 The LEGO Movie $257.8
38 Fockers $593.9 3 $198 Meet the Fockers $279.3
39 The Matrix $592.4 3 $197.5 The Matrix Reloaded $281.6
40 Alien $590.2 8 $73.8 Prometheus $126.5
41 Cars $588.4 3 $196.1 Cars $244.1
42 John Wick $583.7 3 $88.8 John Wick 3 Parabellum $323.7
43 Madea $569.7 9 $63.2 Madea Goes to Jail $90.5
44 Ocean's 11 $566.3 4 $141.6 Ocean's Eleven $183.4
45 How to Train Your Dragon $555.4 3 $185.1 How to Train Your Dragon $217.6
46 The Mummy $550.9 4 $137.7 Mummy Returns $202
47 Night at the Museum $541.9 3 $180.6 Night at the Museum $250.9
Wolverine $538.7 3 $179.6 Logan $226.3
48 The Chronicles of Narnia $537.7 3 $179.2 The Chronicles of Narnia $291.7
Planet of the Apes (2011-2017) $532.2 3 $177.4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $208.5
49 The Secret Life of Pets $525 2 $262.5 The Secret Life of Pets $368.4
50 Monsters, Inc. $524.4 2 $262.2 Monsters University $268.5
51 Kung Fu Panda $524.2 3 $174.7 Kung Fu Panda $215.4
52 Rush Hour $507.5 3 $169.2 Rush Hour 2 $226.2
53 Jumanji $505 2 $252.5 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404.5
54 Die Hard $502.4 5 $100.5 Live Free or Die Hard $134.5

See also

References

  1. ^ "Greatest Movie Series - Film Franchises of All-Time". filmsite.org. Retrieved 2018. A film series is a collection of related movies released in succession over a period of time, for instance, the Tarzan movies. Usually, films in a series include common elements, such as characters (i.e., the Frankenstein films), actors/actresses (Astaire & Rogers), or names in a title (the Pink Panther films), etc. Sometimes, a film series is based upon the same director (i.e., Robert Rodriguez' Mariachi Trilogy, or Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain Trilogy), or it can be based upon the studio (i.e., Hammer's Dracula films).
  2. ^ "Movie Franchises - Box Office History". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Franchise Index - Total Gross". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2019.

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