Entertainment The Highest Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time  

Robert Wabash
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List Rules Domestic box office numbers only

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8
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

9
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23
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

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

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