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The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

Updated February 24, 2021 21.9k views102 items

List RulesDomestic box office numbers only

All the highest grossing movie franchises of all time in one convenient list of the top grossing movie franchises ever. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is by far the highest grossing film series ever, but franchises like Star Wars, James Bond, and X-Men, which all churn out movies to high opening weekends, each have billions of dollars in box office sales.

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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  • Marvel Cinematic Universe1

    $8,686,024,628

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    $7,524,594,713

    This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series...  more

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  • James Bond Franchise3

    $5,758,465,716

    The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character...  more

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  • Harry Potter Franchise4

    $3,638,704,111

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  • Batman Franchise5

    $3,371,000,993

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  • X-Men Franchise6

    $2,868,891,688

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  • Jurassic Park Franchise7

    $2,691,051,457

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  • Star Trek Franchise8

    Star Trek Franchise

    $2,594,747,188

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  • The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy9

    $2,520,474,385

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  • Spider-Man10

    $2,492,068,769

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    DC Extended Universe

    $2,142,877,426

  • Indiana Jones Franchise12

    $2,063,482,532

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  • Superman Franchise13

    $2,004,388,066

    The American comic book character Superman has appeared in many types of media. Since his...  more
  • Shrek Franchise14

    $1,952,505,259

    The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!,...  more

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  • Rocky Franchise15

    $1,942,429,850

    Rocky is a boxing saga of popular films all starring Sylvester Stallone, who plays the...  more

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean16

    $1,912,072,392

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  • Transformers Franchise17

    $1,863,419,555

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  • Fast and Furious Franchise18

    $1,819,593,813

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  • Jaws Franchise19

    $1,714,929,704

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  • The Hunger Games Franchise20

    The Hunger Games Franchise

    $1,622,424,771

    The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based...  more

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  • The Twilight Saga21

    $1,610,862,622

    The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on...  more
  • Mission: Impossible Franchise22

    $1,593,972,694$

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  • Dark Knight Trilogy23

    $1,481,303,737

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  • Peter Pan Franchise24

    $1,467,907,310

    Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based...  more

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  • Planet of the Apes Franchise25

    $1,374,716,792

    Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring...  more

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