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Warner Bros.

Highest-grossing movie franchises

Summer 2018 has seen a number of box office successes with hits such as Marvel’s "Black Panther," which brought in $700 million at the domestic box officemore than any other comic book adaptationjust ahead of "Avengers: Infinity War," which has raked in more than $678 million domestically. 

Movie studios continue to turn out blockbusters that are flashier and more technologically advanced than ever, but how do the newest smash hits stand up to everyone's old favorites? Stacker scoured Box Office Mojo for film franchise rankings based on the total domestic gross for all movies in their series. Note that this list doesn’t account for price inflation or worldwide numbers, so if someone's favorite movie was a hit in Japan, it might not stack up stateside.

Read on to see which franchises are the highest grossing in the U.S.

ALSO: 2018's highest grossing films (so far)

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Paramount Pictures

#50. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Total gross: $584 million

Number of movies: 6

Average gross per movie: $97 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Ninja Turtles" ($191 million)

In 1990, four martial-arts-wielding turtles stepped out of the comics and onto the big screen.  Despite actors having to wear 70-pound costumes and a major studio pulling out, the first film in this namesake series became the highest-grossing independent film of its time according to the Hollywood Reporter. Three additional films followed before Michael Bay rebooted the series in 2014. The reboot was a success as well—turtle power, indeed.

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Walt Disney Pictures,

#49. Cars

Total gross: $588 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $196 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Cars" ($244 million)

The Pixar animated series brought audiences into a world of anthropomorphic cars. The first movie in the series received critical acclaim when it opened in 2006. It won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, and also earned an Academy Award nomination in the same category. Its soundtrack earned Randy Newman and James Taylor a Grammy for “Our Town,” which also earned an Academy Award nomination.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#48. Alien

Total gross: $590 million

Number of movies: 8

Average gross per movie: $74 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Prometheus" ($127 million)

The sci-fi horror franchise centers around four core movies starring Sigourney Weaver—1979’s “Alien,” the 1986 sequel “Aliens,” 1992’s “Alien 3,” and “Alien Resurrection” in 1997.  The original budget for Alien" was $4.2 million, which 20th Century Fox doubled to $8.4 million after seeing director Ridley Scott's storyboards. The original series built such a cult following over the years that it spawned a prequel series in 2014, earning it a place on the list.

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Warner Bros.

#47. The Matrix

Total gross: $592 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $198 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Matrix Reloaded" ($282 million)

The groundbreaking sci-fi action series created by the Wachowski siblings Lana and Lilly painted a dystopian future where humans are dominated by machines. Starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, “The Matrix” won four Academy Awards and was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The second installment in the series “The Matrix Reloaded (2003) became the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history until it was overtaken by "Deadpool."

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Universal Pictures

#46. Fockers

Total gross: $594 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $198 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Meet the Fockers" ($279 million)

The comedy series starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro chronicles Stiller’s character Greg Focker and his interactions with his in-laws and growing family over three movies. The Motion Picture Association of America had an issue with “Meet the Fockers,” the second and highest-grossing film in the series, and would not allow the movie to use “Focker” in the title unless they found an actual family with that last name.

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Carolco Pictures

#45. Terminator

Total gross: $609 million

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $122 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Terminator 2" ($205 million)

The sci-fi franchise solidified star Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona fide Hollywood action hero in his role as the Terminator in four of the five movies in the franchise. Schwarzenegger will also appear in the untitled "Terminator" reboot slated to hit theaters in November 2019.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation,

#44. Men in Black

Total gross: $620 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $207 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Men in Black" ($251 million)

The sci-fi buddy comedy series was based on a comic book of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. It stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as covert agents tasked with overseeing the alien population in New York City. Smith also wrote the “Men In Black” theme song, which went on to sell more than 3 million copies. A “Men In Black” spinoff movie is slated for the big screen in summer of 2019.

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Warner Bros.

#43. The Hangover

Total gross: $644 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $215 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Hangover" ($277 million)

This comedy film series kicks off when a group of four friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha) road trip to Las Vegas for a bachelor party and end up on a mission to find their missing friend. "The Hangover" is was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in the U.S. at the time of its release.

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Fox 2000 Pictures

#42. Alvin and the Chipmunks

Total gross: $663 million

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $133 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2" ($220 million)

“Alvin and the Chipmunks” got a sleek new look in 2007 with the release of this computer animated musical comedy. The trio first rose to popularity as a Saturday morning cartoon in the ‘80s created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009), the highest-grossing film in the five-movie franchise, had a budget of $70 million and grossed $77.1 million in its first five days.

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DreamWorks Animation

#41. Madagascar

Total gross: $673 million

Number of movies: 4

Average gross per movie: $168 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Madagascar 3" ($216 million)

The computer animated comedy series is voiced by a who’s who of Hollywood stars such as Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith. “Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted” is the highest-grossing film of the series and was the first to be released in 3D.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#40. Rocky

Total gross: $675 million

Number of movies: 7

Average gross per movie: $97 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Rocky IV" ($128 million)

The first five movies in this sports drama series center around boxer Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone. “Rocky” was Stallone’s breakout role, and went on to be the highest-grossing picture of 1976. The film is reportedly based on experiences from Stallone’s own life.

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Marvel Entertainment

#39. Deadpool

Total gross: $681 million

Number of movies: 2

Average gross per movie: $341 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Deadpool" ($363 million)

This raunchy superhero story set in the Marvel universe is based on the "Deadpool" comics and can trace its origins to the eighth installment of the “X-Men” film series. Unlikely superhero Ryan Reynolds first played Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The film became the highest-grossing R-rated movie due, in part, to its viral marketing campaign led by Reynolds and 20th Century Fox.

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Marvel Entertainment

#38. Thor

Total gross: $703 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $234 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Thor: Ragnarok" ($315 million)

The Marvel Studios franchise based on the Norse god of thunder stars Chris Hemsworth and a host of other Hollywood A-listers such as Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins. “Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installation in the series, is the highest-grossing movie in the franchise, but it almost wasn’t. It originally came in at a budget of $300 million; Matthew Vaughn’s rewrite brought it down to $150 million.

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Marvel Entertainment

#37. Guardians of the Galaxy

Total gross: $723 million

Number of movies: 2

Average gross per movie: $362 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" ($390 million)

Out of the gate, superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy” racked up plenty of accolades—including the highest grossing superhero film of 2014 and three Academy Award nominations. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” became the highest-grossing movie in the franchise. The series has a third installment planned, but hit a road bump after Disney recently removed series director James Gunn in the wake of offensive tweets he wrote.

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Lucasfilm

#36. Star Wars Anthology

Total gross: $745 million

Number of movies: 2

Average gross per movie: $373 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Rogue One" ($532 million)

The stand-alone Star Wars stories kicked off with “Rogue One,” which became the second highest-grossing film of 2016 and 26th of all time. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” followed in 2018 with such abysmal box office numbers that it is widely considered a flop.

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Twentieth Century Fox,

#35. Avatar

Total gross: $750 million

Number of movies: 1

Average gross per movie: $750 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Avatar" ($750 million)

This fantasy action-adventure film is the brainchild of its director/writer/producer/co-editor James Cameron. The film is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time. It even surpassed box office records set by “Titanic,” Cameron’s previous blockbuster. A series of sequels is in the works.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#34. Ice Age

Total gross: $794 million

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $159 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Ice Age 3" ($197 million)

The animated action-adventure comedy about a group of animals set in the Pleistocene era features the voices of well-known stars such as Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, and Ray Romano. Despite the scientific inaccuracies of the films, they have gone on to gross $6 billion in box office and retail sales, making “Ice Age” one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#33. Planet of the Apes

Total gross: $794 million

Number of movies: 9

Average gross per movie: $88 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" ($209 million)

The franchise of nine movies spans nearly 50 years and also includes books—the movies are based off French author Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel of the same name—comics, and a revision series. The franchise’s highest-grossing movie “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” features a star-studded cast and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

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Universal Pictures

#32. Bourne

Total gross: $801 million

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $160 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Bourne Ultimatum" ($228 million)

Matt Damon is now synonymous as Jason Bourne, the focal point of these action-spy thrillers. The films are based on a trilogy of novels by Robert Ludlum. The franchise’s most successful film: “The Bourne Ultimatum” is Damon’s second highest-grossing film after “The Martian.” It won Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#31. The Hobbit

Total gross: $817 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $272 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Hobbit" ($303 million)

The trilogy directed by Peter Jackson is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name. The franchise further explores the world of Middle Earth after it was introduced in Jackson’s earlier “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. “The Hobbit” grossed more than $1 billion worldwide at the box office, which made it more financially successful than “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and “The Two Towers” (2002).

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Walt Disney Pictures,

#30. Finding Nemo

Total gross: $826 million

Number of movies: 2

Average gross per movie: $413 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Finding Dory" ($486 million)

The Disney animated films “Finding Nemo” (2003) and “Finding Dory” (2016) are two of the highest-grossing films of all time at $380 million and $486 million, respectively. Much of their success is due to the fact that the plot of each film appeals to both children and adults.

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Marvel Entertainment

#29. Captain America

Total gross: $845 million

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $282 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Captain America 3" ($408 million)

This series features one of the most prominent characters of the Marvel Universe and is based on the comic of the same name. Chris Evans stars as Captain America in all three movies, and his success in the franchise has made him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors.

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Walt Disney Pictures,

#28. The Incredibles

Total gross: $845 million

Number of movies: 2

Average gross per movie: $423 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Incredibles 2" ($584 million)

The 3D animated action-adventure film series explores the nature of family and how work can often define people. Voiceover talent for the movie characters include stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson.The Incredibles” hit the box office with a bang and won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing. The “Incredibles 2” surpassed its predecessor’s box office success grossing $584 million and pulled in favorable reviews.

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Walt Disney Pictures,

#27. Toy Story

Total gross: $883 million

Number of movies: 4

Average gross per movie: $221 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Toy Story 3" ($415 million)

The computer animated film series operates under the belief that all toys are secretly alive. “Toy Story” is one of the most critically acclaimed animated franchises to date with numerous Academy Award nominations, including a Special Achievement Award Oscar for “Toy Story,” and Best Animated Feature and Original Song awards for “Toy Story 3.”

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Paramount Pictures,

#26. Indiana Jones

Total gross: $906 million

Number of movies: 4

Average gross per movie: $227 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Indiana Jones 4" ($317 million)

This series follows archaeologist and hero Indiana Jones on adventures around the world. The franchise solidified actor Harrison Ford as both a leading man and action hero as he performed many of his own stunts. The American Film Institute ranked him as the second-greatest film hero of all time.

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Marvel Entertainment

#25. Iron Man

Total gross: $1.04 billion

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $347 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Iron Man 3" ($409 million)

The Marvel superhero series features Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role of Iron Man. Jon Favreau directed the first two movies in the franchise while Shane Black was brought on for “Iron Man 3,” the highest-grossing movie of the three.

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New Line Cinema

#24. The Lord of the Rings

Total gross: $1.06 billion

Number of movies: 4

Average gross per movie: $265 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Return of the King" ($377 million)

The contemporary trilogy directed by Peter Jackson is based on The Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien. The franchise is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious ever undertaken. All three movies were shot together with a starting budget of $281 million that grew to exceed $310 million. The trilogy won 17 out of its 30 total Academy Award nominations. The most successful movie in the franchise, “The Return of the King,” won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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Paramount Pictures

#23. Mission: Impossible

Total gross: $1.06 billion

Number of movies: 6

Average gross per movie: $177 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Mission: Impossible II" ($215 million)

The American action-adventure series stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the protagonist of the series. The most recent film, "Mission Impossible: Fallout," was released in July 2018 and brought in more than $61 million during its first weekend in theaters.

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Warner Bros.

#22. Superman

Total gross: $1.14 billion

Number of movies: 7

Average gross per movie: $163 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Batman v Superman" ($330 million)

The most popular character in the DC Comics universe comes alive on screen in this seven-movie series. The most successful installment of the franchise is “Batman v Superman;” when it opened in 2016 it was the largest domestic opening for Warner Bros. ever.

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Warner Bros.

#21. The Dark Knight Trilogy

Total gross: $1.19 billion

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $396 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Dark Knight" ($533 million)

The legendary DC Comics superhero story of Batman got a bankable reboot by co-writer and director Chris Nolan. The second movie in its eponymous series is also its most successful, and considered by critics as one of the best superhero films ever made.

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Universal Pictures

#20. Despicable Me

Total gross: $1.22 billion

Number of movies: 4

Average gross per movie: $305 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Despicable Me 2" ($368 million)

The animated comedy franchise focuses on Gru and his yellow-colored Minions, which also became a spinoff of the series. It is the highest-grossing animated film franchise of all time.

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Temple Hill Entertainment

#19. Twilight

Total gross: $1.36 billion

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $273 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" ($301 million)

The vampire romance saga plays out over five films and stars pop-culture icons Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It’s based on the "Twilight" series of books by Stephenie Meyer. "Twilight" made a $35.7 million debut on its first day, which greenlit the sequel and the rest of the series.

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Paramount Pictures

#18. Star Trek

Total gross: $1.40 billion

Number of movies: 13

Average gross per movie: $108 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Star Trek" ($258 million)

The series of 13 movies spun off the NBC television series that ran from 1966–'69. Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, “Star Trek” (2009) was the first film in the rebooted series and remains the most successful film in the franchise.

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DreamWorks

#17. Shrek

Total gross: $1.42 billion

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $284 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Shrek 2" ($441 million)

This DreamWorks Animation series is based on a picture book by William Steig. In addition to being one of the highest-grossing film series of all times, it’s also the third highest-grossing animated franchise.

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Lionsgate

#16. The Hunger Games

Total gross: $1.45 billion

Number of movies: 4

Average gross per movie: $363 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Catching Fire" ($425 million)

The dystopian future chronicled in author Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of young adult novels plays out on the big screen over four movies. The series features an ensemble cast of stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. “The Hunger Games” kicked off box office success for the series, setting a record for the biggest opening day and opening weekend for a non-sequel film.

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Walt Disney Pictures

#15. Pirates of the Caribbean

Total gross: $1.45 billion

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $290 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Dead Man's Chest" ($423 million)

The Walt Disney fantasy film series is based on its namesake theme park ride. It stars Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush in their roles throughout the series, and also features stars such as Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom. It was the first franchise where more than one film grossed $1 billion worldwide.

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Paramount Pictures

#14. Transformers

Total gross: $1.46 billion

Number of movies: 6

Average gross per movie: $243 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Transformers 2" ($402 million)

The sci-fi action movie series is based on the eponymous shape-shifting toys made by Hasbro in the 1980s. Michael Bay directed all five movies in the series, with Travis Knight helming the forthcoming "Bumblebee" spin-off set to release at the end of 2018. Despite critical reviews, the franchise has received numerous Oscar nominations in the sound and visual effects categories, and is one of the highest-grossing movie series of all time.

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Universal Pictures

#13. The Fast and the Furious

Total gross: $1.52 billion

Number of movies: 8

Average gross per movie: $190 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Furious 7" ($353 million)

The high-octane film series about illegal street racing and heists is Universal Pictures' biggest franchise ever, grossing $1.52 billion. Despite the death of series star Paul Walker during the filming of “Furious 7,” it became the most profitable movie of the franchise.

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Warner Bros.

#12. DC Extended Universe

Total gross: $1.59 billion

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $318 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Wonder Woman" ($413 million)

The DC Universe includes such superhero flicks as “Justice League,” “Man of Steel,” and “Suicide Squad.” “Wonder Woman,” the fourth movie in the franchise and most successful, is considered one of the best superhero films of all time.

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Marvel Entertainment

#11. Avengers

Total gross: $1.76 billion

Number of movies: 3

Average gross per movie: $587 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Avengers: Infinity War" ($678 million)

The Marvel Universe’s most powerful superheroes unite in this star-studded franchise. “The Avengers” kicked off the franchise and became the first Marvel film to generate $1 billion in ticket sales. “Avengers: Infinity War” is the highest-grossing movie in the franchise and the second highest-grossing movie of 2018 domestically.

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Universal Pictures

#10. Jurassic Park

Total gross: $1.83 billion

Number of movies: 5

Average gross per movie: $365 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Jurassic World" ($652 million)

The American sci-fi action series based on the eponymous novel by Michael Crichton imagines what happens if genetic scientists made it possible for dinosaurs to return to Earth and inhabit a theme park. Notable stars in the series include Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Chris Pratt, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The most recent film “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” was released this summer with a sixth in the series, “Jurassic World 3,” expected in 2021.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#9. Middle Earth

Total gross: $1.85 billion

Number of movies: 6

Average gross per movie: $308 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Return of the King" ($377 million)

The Middle Earth fantasy franchise includes all three of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies and “The Hobbit” trilogy, which were based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels. Although the reviews for “The Hobbit” weren’t as favorable as those regarding “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, all three films outperformed the first two “Lord of the Rings” movies.

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Marvel Entertainment

#8. Spider-Man

Total gross: $1.91 billion

Number of movies: 6

Average gross per movie: $319 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Spider-Man" ($404 million)

The web-wielding superhero of the Marvel Universe is also one of its most popular and successful to date. The protagonist in the six-movie franchise is based off the comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Prominent stars in the franchise include Tobey Maguire, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, J.K. Simmons, Emma Stone, and Denis Leary.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

#7. James Bond

Total gross: $2.11 billion

Number of movies: 25

Average gross per movie: $85 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Skyfall" ($304 million)

The epic spy franchise is based on the series of novels by Ian Fleming. The story centers around Commander James Bond, a character that has been played by seven different actors over the last 55 years. The successful franchise expects to release its next film in 2019.  

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Walt Disney Pictures

#6. Disney Live Action Reimaginings

Total gross: $2.17 billion

Number of movies: 9

Average gross per movie: $241 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Beauty and the Beast" ($504 million)

The live-action reimaginings of classic Disney films have raked in billions at the box office with more to come. The most successful film so far in the franchise is “Beauty and the Beast” (2017). The fairytale reboot received rave reviews and won Academy Awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

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Marvel Entertainment

#5. X-Men

Total gross: $2.36 billion

Number of movies: 11

Average gross per movie: $215 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Deadpool" ($363 million)

The superhero series based in the Marvel Universe is comprised of 11 films centering around a team of superheroes with mutant abilities. “X-Men” was first a series of comic books created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. “Deadpool” is the highest-grossing film in the franchise, which is slated to release two additional films in 2019.

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Warner Bros.

#4. Batman

Total gross: $2.41 billion

Number of movies: 11

Average gross per movie: $219 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "The Dark Knight" ($533 million)

The caped crusader has had many incarnations over its 27-year reign on the big screen. Batman is one of the most prominent characters in the DC Universe, originally created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. “Batman” is also one of the most successful film franchises to date with “The Dark Knight” not only being the most successful at the box office, but also a film considered by critics as one of the best superhero movies ever made.

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Warner Bros.

#3. J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World

Total gross: $2.63 billion

Number of movies: 10

Average gross per movie: $263 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Harry Potter" / "Deathly Hallows – Part 2" ($381 million)

J.K. Rowling published "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" more than 20 years ago, and little did she know that the book would not only change children’s book publishing, but also that it would spawn one of the most successful movie franchises ever. The 10 films in J.K. Rowling's “Wizarding World” franchise saw obsessed fans lined up in full Potter regalia to see the stories of their favorite magical characters come alive on the big screen.

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Lucasfilm

#2. Star Wars

Total gross: $4.22 billion

Number of movies: 11

Average gross per movie: $384 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ($937 million)

With legacy “Star Wars” films combined with the small but mightily performing “Star Wars Anthology” movies, it’s no wonder that the 11 titles in the franchise make it one of the most successful of all time. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” brings back stars Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher to join up-and-comers Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega.

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Marvel Entertainment

#1. Marvel Cinematic Universe

Total gross: $6.85 billion

Number of movies: 20

Average gross per movie: $342 million

Highest-grossing movie in the franchise: "Black Panther" ($700 million)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise may only be 10 years old, but with 20 films to-date and more on the way, it reigns as the highest-grossing movie franchise in the history of the U.S. box office. This year was a big one for Marvel, with the releases of its top two highest-grossing films: “Avengers: Infinity War” ($678 million) and “Black Panther” ($700 million).




 

 

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