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Highest Grossing Movie Franchises

Name the movie franchises with the highest box-office receipts.
Domestic gross in USD according to boxofficemojo.com. January 23, 2018
We consider Marvel and DC to be several separate franchises
Last updated: April 25, 2018
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Gross
Franchise
10
3.991 bil
Star Wars
9
2.626 bil
Harry Potter
9
2.408 bil
Batman
25
2.113 bil
James Bond
10
2.044 bil
X-Men
6
1.913 bil
Spider-Man
6
1.847 bil
Middle Earth
8
1.517 bil
The Fast and the Furious
6
1.455 bil
Transformers
5
1.452 bil
Pirates of the Caribbean
4
1.452 bil
The Hunger Games
5
1.420 bil
Shrek
4
1.420 bil
Jurassic Park
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Gross
Franchise
13
1.401 bil
Star Trek
5
1.364 bil
Twilight
4
1.220 bil
Despicable Me
7
1.140 bil
Superman
2
1.082 bil
The Avengers
3
1.040 bil
Iron Man
5
0.935 bil
Mission: Impossible
4
0.906 bil
Indiana Jones
3
0.883 bil
Toy Story
3
0.845 bil
Captain America
2
0.826 bil
Finding Nemo
5
0.801 bil
Bourne
9
0.794 bil
Planet of the Apes
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level 75
Feb 1, 2013
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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level 80
May 26, 2014
Oh that's the only one I forgot from the top 12 as well :)
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level 75
Aug 15, 2015
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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level 75
Aug 16, 2015
It was two and a half years ago when I left the comment.
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level ∞
Dec 8, 2016
Bourne is back on the list and Jason Bourne will work now!
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level 69
Jan 5, 2017
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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level 47
Feb 17, 2018
With a few exceptions, all on the list are atrocities to be honest.
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level 29
Feb 1, 2013
Is all this adjusted for inflation? Some of these franchises are pretty old?
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level 75
Feb 2, 2013
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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level 75
Feb 2, 2013
oh, and Home Alone would be #24... inflation adjusted... if we are not counting Avengers.
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level 45
Jan 5, 2017
lol i guessed all those
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level 75
May 22, 2013
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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level 21
Feb 1, 2013
I thought Rocky would be on here.
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level 40
Feb 1, 2013
only 6 star wars movies
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level 51
Feb 4, 2013
the animated movie, clone wars or something, even though nobody saw it.
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level 78
Jan 5, 2017
I saw it and I regretted ever doing so.
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level 73
Apr 18, 2018
star wars holiday special included too?
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level 7
Feb 2, 2013
I only got 4 . . . guess I'm just not in the zone today.
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level 20
Nov 17, 2013
how did I forget my favourite movie franchise of all time - pirates?
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level 39
Feb 11, 2014
No Superman? There have been a ton of those movies!
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level ∞
Apr 13, 2014
It's now on the list with the latest update!
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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
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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level 72
Feb 17, 2018
Nothing mini about it, though. :)
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level 75
Feb 17, 2018
well they were missing 2 team members
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level 82
Mar 18, 2014
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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level 75
Apr 15, 2014
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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level 81
Mar 24, 2015
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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level 75
Aug 15, 2015
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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level 81
Aug 17, 2015
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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level 82
May 19, 2016
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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level 75
Jun 8, 2016
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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level 82
Sep 26, 2016
Ah crap. Hmm, Generations would go between Voyage Home and 2009.
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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
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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level 75
Feb 17, 2018
No Ander you've got many, many allies on your Star Wars opinion. The new films are mostly terrible. Rogue One wasn't *terrible* but it didn't match the originals. Force Awakens was mostly "meh" with a few good bits and a few terrible bits thrown in. The Last Jedi was just downright awful. And everyone born before 1990 hates the prequels.
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level 78
Feb 17, 2018
I wonder where Star Trek Beyond would go in all these rankings.
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level 64
Apr 15, 2014
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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level 59
Apr 15, 2014
I would think Planet of the Apes would be rising close to this list now with the new movies.
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level 47
Aug 17, 2015
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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level 51
Sep 6, 2017
Yeah, most of the movie quizzes are just the same lists because they don't include inflation. To put into perspective, Dr.Zhivago beat out Avatar by over 200 million dollars. 101 DALMATIANS beat out Avatar.
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level 75
Feb 17, 2018
I was surprised when I found a WSJ article which gave a list of 35 series adjusted for inflation, and the results were not that different, only listed in a different order. The top five in descending order were Star Wars, James Bond, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Batman, and JK Rowling's Wizarding World (which included the HP movies along with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.) I was confused that the Harry Potter series also came in at number six and under both Rowling entries, the first HP movie was listed as the highest grossing. Not sure why HP and Wizarding World were considered as two separate franchises when the revenue was the same for both. https://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/04/24/35-top-grossing-movie-franchises-of-all-time/8/
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level 56
Apr 15, 2014
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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level 70
Aug 17, 2014
Boxofficemojo list only five godzilla movies. I wonder if it would qualify if they included all of them.
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level 81
Jul 13, 2015
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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level ∞
Jul 13, 2015
They will put it into all 3 franchises, most likely.
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level 59
Apr 1, 2016
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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level 59
Aug 15, 2015
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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level 75
Aug 15, 2015
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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level 59
Aug 16, 2015
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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level 75
Aug 16, 2015
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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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
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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level 66
Aug 15, 2015
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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level 75
Jun 8, 2016
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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level 13
Aug 17, 2015
star wars= life
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level 44
Aug 17, 2015
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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level 62
Aug 30, 2015
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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level 59
Apr 1, 2016
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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level ∞
Dec 8, 2016
I suggest you make your version and see if people like it.
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level 50
Aug 2, 2017
By that logic, James Bond should be split up then. You going to complain about that too?
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level 76
Jun 8, 2016
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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level 70
Jun 20, 2016
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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level ∞
Dec 8, 2016
Updated!
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level 66
Dec 11, 2016
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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level 54
Jan 5, 2017
i'm lame. (sigh)
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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
What? None of the National Lampoon Vacation movies? Sad...
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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
No Ma and Pa Kettle?
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level 67
Jan 5, 2017
Finding Nemo/Dory out-grosses Bourne.
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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
True. $826 million domestic.
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level 75
Jan 5, 2017
would the franchise be listed under "Nemo?" "Finding?"
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level 82
Jan 27, 2017
Well, LotR and Hobbit are lumped under "Middle Earth", so I suppose you could just put "Lost Fish?"
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level 60
Jan 6, 2017
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/franchises/?view=Franchise&sort=sumgross&order=DESC
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level 58
Jan 6, 2017
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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level 75
Feb 18, 2018
I think the Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street films might win that one? If it was per film.
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level 38
Jan 7, 2017
Really great quiz- some of these i dint really expect
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level 14
Jul 25, 2017
Now wait just a minute. The highest grossing movie franchise of all time is the Avengers franchise. And I don't care what quizmaster says, because I am sticking to the facts.
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level 50
Jul 26, 2017
What facts? The Force Awakens grossed almost $1 billion alone. The 2 Avengers movies combined are less than $1.1 billion. So you're saying the 8 other Star Wars movies combined made less than $200 million?
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level 75
Feb 18, 2018
He might be counting the entire MCU as part of the Avengers franchise. It's going to be confusing either way, but I think it would be better to consider the MCU and DCEU single franchises, then separate out the other Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Hulk and Captain America films that were not part of either and consider them separately. This creates more work but personally I think it makes more sense and is closer to reality.

MCU films: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Thor, The Dark World, Ragnarok, The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 and 2, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man Homecoming, Black Panther

non-MCU Spider-Man: Spider-Man, SM2, SM3, The Amazing Spider-Man, TASM2. Might be tricky figuring out where to place Venom.

other non-MCU films: Hulk (2003), Captain America (1990)
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level 75
Feb 18, 2018
DCEU film: Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League

non-DCEU Batman films: Batman (1966), Batman (1989), Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Mask of the Phantasm, Lego Batman (?)

non-DCEU Superman films: Superman, Superman 2, Superman 3, Superman 4, Superman Returns
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level 50
Jul 26, 2017
Star Wars, Spiderman, Pirates, Fast/Furious, Despicable Me need updating since new movies have come out. Plus Transformers and Thor have movies coming out later this year.
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level 50
Jul 27, 2017
Also, why does Toy Story say 4 films? Toy Story 4 isn't out yet. Is there another Toy Story movie that I'm not aware of?
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level 44
Aug 2, 2017
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins, apparently. It is still apart of the Toy Story franchise.
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level 50
Aug 2, 2017
Never heard of that. But after looking it up, it's a direct-to-video movie so I'm surprised it would be included since it obviously doesn't affect the box office number.
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level ∞
Jan 24, 2018
Box office mojo listed some sort of 3D version as a separate movie. The number has been changed to 3.
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level 80
Jan 24, 2018
I managed to forget about Harry Potter. Freaky.
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level 82
Jan 25, 2018
If you included single movies, Avatar would be #2 in this list.
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level 81
Oct 18, 2018
No, it wouldn't be on the list at all. The domestic gross of Avatar was $760.5M - the remainder was international, which is not counted here. The only single movie that could make this list as a standalone is actually already part of a franchise - Star Wars Episode VII ($936M domestic). So can everyone stop talking about "single movie franchises" now?
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level 54
Feb 17, 2018
counting only the official movies would be better, 10 sw, 9 hp, 25 jb looks strange
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level 12
Feb 17, 2018
agree iloveu:)
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level 49
Feb 17, 2018
I found a lot of these to be gross.
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level 68
Feb 17, 2018
I see the logic in separating out franchises like Captain America, Iron Man, etc. from The Avengers. But following that same logic, shouldn't Wolverine and Deadpool be counted separately from the X-Men franchise? Yes, there is some crossover by characters, but that happens in the Marvel movies as well. These franchises are so intertwined that it's hard to define which ones belong in which series (for example, where do you count BvS: Dawn of Justice? Batman? Superman? Both? Neither?), but X-Men/Wolverine seems clearly to be the same situation as The Avengers/Iron Man to me.
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level 60
Feb 8, 2019
The source did indeed include Deadpool and Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. They wouldn't make the list otherwise. Batman and Superman both inlcude Dawn of Justice. And there's also an entry for the Marvel Cinematic Universe alltogether which is not included in this quiz though.
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level 45
Feb 20, 2018
I’m disappointed that Despicable Me made more money than Toy Story did
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level 64
Feb 21, 2018
One can immediately tell that I don't really care about movies by the fact that I forgot Star Wars. And pretty much everything else.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2018
Some of the answers are in the wrong order (either that or the numbers are wrong).
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level ∞
Apr 25, 2018
This has been fixed
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level 51
May 28, 2018
Maybe update again with infinity war? Curious where it will end up
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level 60
Feb 8, 2019
The source puts Avengers at 1.761 bil USD inculding Infinity War.
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level 61
Aug 8, 2018
Why keep making a new Planet of the Apes movie every year if they earn an average of less than 100 million? the last movies look really high budget...
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level 60
Feb 8, 2019
This quiz uses (I'm guessing US-) domestic gross. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes alone made over 710 million USD worldwide.