Film series

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


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]


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).
#FranchiseTotal GrossMovie CountAverage GrossHighest Grossing FilmGross
1Marvel Cinematic Universe$8,525.323$370.7Avengers: Endgame$857.9
2Star Wars$4,220.711$383.7Star Wars: The Force Awakens$936.7
3Disney Live Action Reimaginings$3,22014$230Beauty and the Beast$504
4Wizarding World$2,785.410$253.2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2$381
Avengers$2,619.14$654.8Avengers: Endgame$857.9
7Batman$2,407.711$218.9The Dark Knight Rises$533.3
Harry Potter$2,391.88$265.8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2$381
8James Bond$2,112.925$84.5Skyfall$304.4
9DC Extended Universe$2,063.57$294.8Aquaman$1.148
10Middle Earth$1,846.76$307.8The Return of the King$377
11Jurassic Park$1,837.35$367.5Jurassic World$652.3
12The Fast and the Furious$1,625.39$180.6Furious 7$353
13Transformers$1,582.47$226.1Transformers 2$402.1
14Pirates of the Caribbean$1,451.85$290.4Dead Man's Chest$423.3
15The Hunger Games$1,451.54$362.9Catching Fire$424.7
16Shrek$1,419.65$283.9Shrek 2$441.2
17Star Trek$1,40113$107.8Star Trek$257.7
18The Twilight Saga$1,363.55$272.7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$300.5
19Toy Story$1,302.94$260.6Toy Story 4$419.6
20Despicable Me$1,220.24$305.1Despicable Me 2$368.1
The Dark Knight Trilogy$1,186.83$395.6The Dark Knight$533.3
21Mission: Impossible$1,1556$192.5Mission: Impossible 6$220.2
22Superman$1,139.57$162.8Batman v Superman$330.4
The Lord of the Rings$1,060.73$265.2The Return of the King$377
Iron Man$1,039.93$346.6Iron Man 3$409
23Indiana Jones$906.44$226.6Indiana Jones 4$317.1
24The Incredibles$8702$435Incredibles 2$608.6
Captain America$844.53$281.5Civil War$408.1
25Finding Nemo$8262$413Finding Dory$486.3
The Hobbit$816.53$272.2An Unexpected Journey$303
26Bourne$8015$160.2The Bourne Ultimatum$227.5
27Planet of the Apes$7949$88.2Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$208.5
28Ice Age$793.75$158.7Ice Age 3$196.6
29Rocky$791.18$98.9Rocky IV$127.9
30Rambo$7935$88Rambo: First Blood Part II$150.4
Star Wars$745.92$373Rogue One$532.2
Guardians of the Galaxy$7232$361.5Guardians of the Galaxy 2$389.8
Thor$702.53$234.2Thor: Ragnarok$315.1
31Men in Black$699.44$174.9Men in Black$250.7
32Madagascar$673.34$168.3Madagascar 3$216.4
34Alvin and the Chipmunks$662.75$132.5Alvin and the Chipmunks 2$219.6
35The Hangover$6443$214.7The Hangover$277.3
33The Conjuring$672.67$96.2The Conjuring$137.4
36Terminator$608.75$121.7Terminator 2: Judgment Day$204.8
37LEGO$598.64$149.6The LEGO Movie$257.8
38Fockers$593.93$198Meet the Fockers$279.3
39The Matrix$592.43$197.5The Matrix Reloaded$281.6
42John Wick$3063$88.8John Wick 3 Parabellum$171
43Madea$569.79$63.2Madea Goes to Jail$90.5
44Ocean's 11$566.34$141.6Ocean's Eleven$183.4
45How to Train Your Dragon$555.43$185.1How to Train Your Dragon$217.6
46The Mummy$550.94$137.7Mummy Returns$202
47Night at the Museum$541.93$180.6Night at the Museum$250.9
48The Chronicles of Narnia$537.73$179.2The Chronicles of Narnia$291.7
Planet of the Apes (2011-2017)$532.23$177.4Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$208.5
49The Secret Life of Pets$5252$262.5The Secret Life of Pets$368.4
50Monsters, Inc.$524.42$262.2Monsters University$268.5
51Kung Fu Panda$524.23$174.7Kung Fu Panda$215.4
52Rush Hour$507.53$169.2Rush Hour 2$226.2
53Jumanji$5052$252.5Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle$404.5
54Die Hard$502.45$100.5Live Free or Die Hard$134.5

See also


  1. "Greatest Movie Series - Film Franchises of All-Time". Retrieved October 17, 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 2016-12-22.
  3. "Franchise Index - Total Gross". Archived from the original on December 11, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
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