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Highest-Grossing Movie Franchises

Name the movie franchises with the highest box-office receipts.
  • Domestic gross according to boxofficemojo.com. December, 2016
  • We consider the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be several separate franchises
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Dec 08, 2016
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#
Gross ($)
Franchise
8
2.855 bil
9
2.565 bil
8
2.223 bil
25
2.113 bil
6
1.847 bil
9
1.818 bil
5
1.578 bil
4
1.452 bil
5
1.420 bil
4
1.420 bil
13
1.401 bil
5
1.364 bil
#
Gross ($)
Franchise
5
1.325 bil
7
1.291 bil
4
1.279 bil
7
1.140 bil
2
1.082 bil
3
1.040 bil
3
0.956 bil
5
0.935 bil
4
0.906 bil
4
0.883 bil
3
0.844 bil
5
0.801 bil
Answer Stats
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Franchise
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(69)
95th percentile. I'm glad I forgot Bayformers. I'm working hard to block those atrocities from my memory. Didn't miss any of the other top 12. Also, maybe you could accept Jason Bourne for "Bourne?" Or just change the criteria to "contains Bourne" rather than "starts with?"
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Feb 1, 2013
(75)
Oh that's the only one I forgot from the top 12 as well :)
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May 26, 2014
(71)
It doesn't matter how you type it -- Bourne, Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity, the Bourne Supremacy, ad nauseum -- because this franchise isn't on the list.
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Aug 15, 2015
(69)
It was two and a half years ago when I left the comment.
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Aug 16, 2015
Bourne is back on the list and Jason Bourne will work now!
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Dec 8, 2016
(65)
When I read "Bayformers" the first thing that jumped into my mind was Baywatch since I recently saw the teaser for the new movie on YouTube. Imagine sexy, scantily clad autobots running in slow motion down the beach...
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Jan 5, 2017
(29)
Is all this adjusted for inflation? Some of these franchises are pretty old?
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Feb 1, 2013
(69)
No it's not. If it were, then James Bond would be #1. Rocky, Jaws, Superman, the Exorcist, The Godfather, Beverly Hills Cop and Lethal Weapon would all make the list, pushing off Men in Black, Ice Age, The Fast and the Furious, the Matrix, Jason Bourne, Iron Man, Madagascar and the Fockers.
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Feb 2, 2013
(69)
oh, and Home Alone would be #24... inflation adjusted... if we are not counting Avengers.
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Feb 2, 2013
(20)
well said, good research
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Apr 17, 2014
(43)
lol i guessed all those
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Jan 5, 2017
(69)
though... after researching my own quiz about Actors with Frequently Recurring Roles, I noticed that boxofficemojo doesn't seem to track data back any farther than the 60s or so. I figured this out because James Bond, with 24 films, is listed in their numbers as the franchise with the highest number of films. However, in my own research, I discovered many series with more than that. Hopalong Cassidy for example had 66 films in the series, and was enormously popular in its day. I wonder how some of those franchises would stack up against today's if the figures were adjusted for inflation. Look up on Wikipedia films with more than 10 installments and you'll see there are a ton, especially from pre-1951.
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May 22, 2013
(21)
I thought Rocky would be on here.
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Feb 1, 2013
(24)
I also thought the aliens franchise as well as the terminator franchise would have been on there
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Feb 1, 2013
(69)
Terminator 2 made over 200 million domestic, which was HUGE in its day. Enough to make it one of the highest grossing films of all time back in 1991. But these days movies make 200 million in their opening weekend, and none of the other Terminator films did huge box office. Similarly, Aliens made 85 million, which was HUGE back in 1986, but none of the other films in the series have sold as many tickets and Prometheus is the only one to break 100 million domestic.
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Feb 2, 2013
(44)
There are only 3 toy storys.
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Feb 1, 2013
(69)
Boxofficemojo counts the 3D re-release as separate.
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Feb 2, 2013
(40)
only 6 star wars movies
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Feb 1, 2013
(50)
the animated movie, clone wars or something, even though nobody saw it.
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Feb 4, 2013
(68)
I saw it and I regretted ever doing so.
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Jan 5, 2017
(7)
I only got 4 . . . guess I'm just not in the zone today.
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Feb 2, 2013
(17)
how did I forget my favourite movie franchise of all time - pirates?
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Nov 17, 2013
(39)
No Superman? There have been a ton of those movies!
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Feb 11, 2014
It's now on the list with the latest update!
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Apr 13, 2014
(69)
does Superman vs Batman add to both of those franchises totals? And if they make a Justice League movie will it then add to that one as well? The comic book crossover franchises are going to get confusing. Captain America 3 was really a mini-Avengers movie, too.
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Jan 5, 2017
(77)
Hardest thing about quizzes like this... Hollywood milks these series for all they're worth. I think we're up to
7 XMen (3 more possibly coming),
6 LOTR (with #7 on the way),
6 Fast and Furious (They should've stopped around 5 ago), and
12 Star Trek (More PLEASE!!!).

Okay, if I want more of one, I suppose it's possible people want more of the others...
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Mar 18, 2014
(69)
Am I alone in thinking the Abrams Trek movies have been mostly awful, saved only by some fortuitous casting and the fun of seeing the original Trek characters young again?
And Fast and Furious should have been stopped before they made the first one.
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Apr 15, 2014
(76)
You're probably not alone, but personally I find the reboot movies much more entertaining than any of the bald-girl-sacrificing, Khan-screaming, Spock-searching, whale-saving, God-impersonating, Kirk-framing plots from the original series' movie adaptations. Lens flares aside, the last two movies have completely revived my interest in a franchise of which I didn't even bother to see the previous two installments.
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Mar 24, 2015
(69)
Some of the older Trek movies I don't care for, either. But personally I thought that Wrath of Khan and First Contact were superior films to the Abrams Treks, even if they weren't quite as much fun, and for my money, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is hands down the best Trek movie ever. Cool plot, smart script, snappy and fun dialogue, exciting action sequences.

but, yeah, there were without doubt several turds amongst the original films, too.
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Aug 15, 2015
(76)
My complete ranking would be: 1. Star Trek (reboot) 2. Into Darkness 3. Undiscovered Country 4. First Contact 5. Wrath of Khan 6. Voyage Home 7. Search for Spock 8. Generations 9. Motion Picture 10/11 Insurrection and Nemesis (aka interchangeable slightly longer TNG episodes) ~37 Billion. Final Frontier (aka the WORST MOVIE EVER)
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Aug 17, 2015
(77)
Well, since I started this, here are my rankings:
1 - First Contact
2 - Undiscovered Country
3 - Wrath of Khan
4 - Into Darkness
5 - Insurrection
6 - Voyage Home
7 - Star Trek 2009
8 - Nemesis
9 - Search for Spock
10 - Final Frontier
11 - Motion Picture
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May 19, 2016
(69)
I would say Undiscovered Country is hands down the best. First Contact maybe 2nd best. Star Trek (2009), might actually be 3rd for me. The script has some really really stupid bits (Orci and Kurtzman are hacks), and Abrams' directing didn't do much for me, but it's a fun film, well cast. I'd put Wrath of Khan 4th... it was good, but I always thought it was overrated. Generations 5th which plats forgot to rank. Voyage Home might be a distant 6th, fun, but also overrated. And the rest are garbage. Including Into Darkness.
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Jun 8, 2016
(77)
Ah crap. Hmm, Generations would go between Voyage Home and 2009.
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Sep 26, 2016
(63)
What's Star Trek? Is that the one with the Priceline guy?
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Jan 5, 2017
(70)
The trouble with old movies is that one should remember the times in which they were first shown. For those of us who grew up watching only the cheesy special effects from the original Star Trek TV shows, those first movies were wonderful and we didn't even notice the negative aspects until critics pointed them out. I didn't like the first reboot movie at all. I feel the same way about Star Wars. Having just seen Rogue One, I much prefer the original Star Wars movies - the magic and humor has been lost to too much extreme fast-paced action and special effects. (Feel free to heap abuse on my head for that opinion.) With sequels maybe it just all boils down to expectations and how well they are met.
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Jan 5, 2017
(8)
How is Hunger Games not on here?
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Apr 8, 2014
It is now!
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Apr 13, 2014
(60)
It would be interesting to see how much this list would change when adjusted for inflation. It just seems wrong that Alien, Terminator, Die Hard, Jaws, Back to the Future and Planet of the Apes aren't on the list.
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Apr 15, 2014
(60)
I would think Planet of the Apes would be rising close to this list now with the new movies.
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Apr 15, 2014
(46)
Exactly. After I typed in some of those you mentioned as well as Rocky, I lost interest in the quiz since it is mostly about new movies.
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Aug 17, 2015
(20)
die hard?????
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Apr 15, 2014
(54)
Hey if you like this quiz you might like one I made: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/66970/100-greatest-film-performances-of-all-time
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Apr 15, 2014
(66)
Boxofficemojo list only five godzilla movies. I wonder if it would qualify if they included all of them.
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Aug 17, 2014
(76)
I'll be very curious to see how boxofficemojo handles the conundrum of into which franchise "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" belongs. In addition to being part of two existing franchises, it's meant to launch a third "Justice League" franchise as well.
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Jul 13, 2015
They will put it into all 3 franchises, most likely.
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Jul 13, 2015
(58)
Unlike this quiz, Box Office Mojo recognises the existence of the DC Extended Universe, as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If the quiz followed the source, Marvel would be far and away at the top.
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Apr 1, 2016
(57)
Although the top franchises wouldn't change much, it's kind of sad that only the American box office gross is counted. Also, I've never understood why the highest-grossing single films aren't shown among the franchises even though they've made enough money.
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Aug 15, 2015
(69)
For a very long time, American box office was the only thing that really mattered. Films that were released overseas could make a little more money but normally just a pittance compared to their domestic take. This is rapidly changing, and now it is common, especially for big dumb blockbuster movies (ironically often thought of as stereotypically American, they are actually more popular internationally) to earn 60-70% of their gross overseas.

However, many organizations that count box office still only consider US box office except in special cases. I think out of habit or tradition than anything else. I expect this trend to change in the next decade.
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Aug 15, 2015
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Avatar would still make into the list if it were included. Is that another tradition? P.S. Most highest-grossing films are still made mostly in the USA.
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Aug 16, 2015
(69)
When Avatar 2 is released and QM updates this quiz I assume that it will then show up. With only one film it's not yet a franchise.
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Aug 16, 2015
(69)
and yes they are made in the USA but many of them make more money overseas. The Fast & Furious movies, for example, make over 70% of their box office outside of the USA. So until the rest of the world stops buying tickets for these idiotic movies you can't really blame Americans for making them. The really good American movies (of which there are many more made than anywhere else in the world, too), often don't get wide international releases.
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Jan 5, 2017
(60)
I can see that you are outdated. For example Captain America 2 made over 750million alone + the 400million from CA1 should definitely bring it on to the list.
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Aug 15, 2015
(69)
Those are the international box office numbers. Domestically the Captain America franchise has now earned $827 million but half of that is from Civil War and this came out after the last update.
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Jun 8, 2016
(14)
star wars= life
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Aug 17, 2015
(47)
You Think Terminator might be close to being on this list, as well as maybe godzilla, and indiana jones possibly. but what do I know
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Aug 17, 2015
(54)
I knew almost all of them...I knew Twilight was number 5.....but refused to give it as an answer...such an insult to human intelligence that this can ranked number 5 alongside some of the great movies/franchises here
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Aug 30, 2015
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Your definitions of the franchises don't really make sense. I wouldn't call the unrelated films that all contain Batman as one franchise. That's not how the term is used in the modern-day industry, especially nowadays when they're all trying to get in on transmedia and cinematic universes. The Dark Knight Trilogy is a separate franchise to the previous four Batman films, just as two movies based on the same book aren't a franchise and a modern remake of an old film doesn't create a franchise. These aren't franchises; they're just films based on the same properties. It makes the results extremely inaccurate, not least because you're not counting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now the DC Extended Universe.
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Apr 1, 2016
I suggest you make your version and see if people like it.
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Dec 8, 2016
(68)
I should have guessed James Bond. It was the number that threw me. I had no idea there were that many Bond films.
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Jun 8, 2016
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It's been an eventful year and I think some rankings have moved around, and some even been replaced – for example, Civil War has most certainly put Captain American solidly on this list, and I'm thinking those minion things have probably bumped someone else off, too. ;-) Any chance for an update?? :-D
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Jun 20, 2016
Updated!
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Dec 8, 2016
(60)
I agree on the order but are these numbers correct? I thought some of these franchises would have way higher grosses.
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Dec 11, 2016
(45)
i'm lame. (sigh)
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Jan 5, 2017
(72)
What? None of the National Lampoon Vacation movies? Sad...
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Jan 5, 2017
(66)
No Ma and Pa Kettle?
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Jan 5, 2017
(65)
Finding Nemo/Dory out-grosses Bourne.
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Jan 5, 2017
(69)
True. $826 million domestic.
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Jan 5, 2017
(69)
would the franchise be listed under "Nemo?" "Finding?"
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Jan 5, 2017
(77)
Well, LotR and Hobbit are lumped under "Middle Earth", so I suppose you could just put "Lost Fish?"
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Jan 27, 2017
(43)
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/franchises/?view=Franchise&sort=sumgross&order=DESC
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Jan 6, 2017
(53)
You know what would be fun? A quiz listing the least-grossing series with three entries or more, or maybe just the lowest average budget per movie. I think a lot of horror movie franchises would get there, because they're so cheap to make that they keep making them even if they don't earn a lot. And you'd likely get those series that kept going waaaay too long...American Pie, Police Academy, Iron Eagle, the Ernest movies, and probably a bunch of other guilty pleasures.
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Jan 6, 2017
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Really great quiz- some of these i dint really expect
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Jan 7, 2017
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