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All the highest grossing movie franchises of all time in one convenient list of the top grossing movie franchises ever. Harry Potter recently passed Star Wars as the highest grossing film series ever, but with the Star Wars sequels on the way, the chances of the boy wizard retaining the top spot for very long are slim to none.

Most of the film franchises on this list are regarded as some of the best movie franchises ever as well as some of the best movies of all time, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that some of these movie series have pulled in over a billion dollars at the domestic box office alone.

How do we calculate the figures that determine a series' position on this list of the highest grossing movie series ever? All the movies that share similar characters are lumped into the grand total and put in order on the list. For example: all movies that feature the James Bond character but with different actors (Skyfall, Dr. No, Tomorrow Never Dies) all fall under the James Bond franchise. Now, it gets trickier when you consider something like The Avengers, which isn't on here since the individual characters all have their own movie franchises. All incarnations of The Hulk, for instance, would be part of a Hulk franchise. Complicated.

If you want to have a look at some of the up and coming movie franchises (ones that will eventually have three movies like The Hangover and The Hunger Games, take a look at the complete list of movie franchises at The-Numbers.com.

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Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Harry Potter $2,390,073,877

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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Star Wars Franchise $2,261,128,594

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James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
James Bond $1,913,652,213

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Batman $1,897,824,488

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Shrek $1,419,598,493

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Spider-Man $1,375,791,826

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Twilight $1,365,766,927

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
The Lord of the Rings $1,337,025,446

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Pirates of the Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean $1,279,211,336

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Transformers $1,073,748,606

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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Star Trek $1,014,325,878

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Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Indiana Jones $942,235,899

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
X-Men $932,903,335

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Toy Story $883,340,370

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Jurassic Park $767,320,741

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Mission: Impossible $739,291,026

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Ice Age $729,613,574

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The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Men in Black $620,130,196

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Meet the Parents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Meet the Parents $593,831,215

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
The Matrix $592,293,378

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Madagascar $589,997,953

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Alvin and the Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Alvin and the Chipmunks $570,048,975

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Rocky $566,556,405

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The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
The Bourne Identity $525,027,480

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Terminator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Terminator $518,559,292

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Superman $513,702,171

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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Rush Hour $507,477,118

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Home Alone $490,039,196

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Die Hard $487,639,658

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Lethal Weapon $487,622,466

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Austin Powers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Austin Powers $473,041,863

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
The Mummy $459,884,904

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Jack Ryan $444,481,205

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Planet of the Apes $438,456,360

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Beverly Hills Cop $431,012,375

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
The Karate Kid $430,055,661

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Scary Movie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Scary Movie $429,007,893

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Ocean's Eleven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Ocean's Eleven $426,093,249

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Hannibal Lecter $425,065,056

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Jaws $420,895,891

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Back to the Future $416,726,393

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Saw $415,899,196

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American Pie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
American Pie $408,010,808

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
National Treasure $392,966,503

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Alien $390,891,232

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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Friday the 13th $382,746,073

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
Kung Fu Panda $380,683,654

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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time
The Santa Clause $368,559,333