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Highest Grossing Movie Franchises

Name the movie franchises with the highest box-office receipts.
Worldwide gross according to boxofficemojo.com. July 29, 2019.
Not counting franchises of franchises, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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First submittedJanuary 22, 2013
Last updatedJuly 29, 2019
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#
Gross
Franchise
10
9.49 B
Star Wars
4
7.77 B
The Avengers
8
7.73 B
Harry Potter
8
6.26 B
Spider-Man
8
5.13 B
The Fast and the
Furious
25
5.02 B
James Bond
5
4.95 B
Jurassic Park
9
4.90 B
Batman
7
4.85 B
Transformers
5
4.52 B
Pirates of the
Caribbean
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Gross
Franchise
4
3.71 B
Despicable Me
5
3.57 B
Mission: Impossible
5
3.51 B
Shrek
5
3.34 B
Twilight
5
3.22 B
Ice Age
4
2.97 B
The Hunger Games
3
2.94 B
The Hobbit
4
2.91 B
The Lord of the Rings
4
2.89 B
Toy Story
7
2.81 B
X-Men
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Gross
Franchise
3
2.42 B
Iron Man
4
2.26 B
Madagascar
3
2.24 B
Captain America
7
2.23 B
Superman
9
2.08 B
Planet of the Apes
4
1.95 B
Indiana Jones
3
1.95 B
Thor
2
1.93 B
Finding Nemo
4
1.90 B
Men in Black
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level 76
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 81
May 26, 2014
Oh that's the only one I forgot from the top 12 as well :)
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level 76
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 76
Aug 16, 2015
It was two and a half years ago when I left the comment.
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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 59
Jun 20, 2019
Really? I cant stand fast & furious, but that i just because I cant stand the sight of vin diesel haha. Havent seen hunger games, twilight or bourne identity etc. Ow and transformers, I think I saw 10 minutes of it (something in a backyard)

For all the others I can say there are some good ones there and the rest were at least entertaining.

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level 70
Jul 29, 2019
9th percentile. Looking at the list, wishing I were peacefully at 0.
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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 76
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 76
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 76
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 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 76
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 73
Feb 17, 2018
Nothing mini about it, though. :)
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level 76
Feb 17, 2018
well they were missing 2 team members
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level 83
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 76
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 83
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 76
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 83
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 83
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 76
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 83
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 76
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 79
Feb 17, 2018
I wonder where Star Trek Beyond would go in all these rankings.
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level 76
May 18, 2019
^ I'd put it somewhere around the middle of the pack though I barely remember it. So for me...
1. The Undiscovered Country 2. First Contact 3. Star Trek (2009) 4. Wrath of Khan 5. Generations 6. The Voyage Home (cutoff of the "good" ones) 7. Beyond 8. Insurrection 9+. does it matter? all the rest sucked
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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 60
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 46
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 57
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 71
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 83
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 62
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 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 64
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 62
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 51
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 71
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 76
Jan 5, 2017
What? None of the National Lampoon Vacation movies? Sad...
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level 76
Jan 5, 2017
No Ma and Pa Kettle?
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level 62
Jan 6, 2017
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/franchises/?view=Franchise&sort=sumgross&order=DESC
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level 60
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 76
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 44
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 51
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 76
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 66
Aug 1, 2019
and then there are other strange things like how spider-man is in Captain America: Civil War (along with a bunch of other heroes). So does the revenue from that movie also count towards Spiderman's total?
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level 76
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 51
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 81
Jan 24, 2018
I managed to forget about Harry Potter. Freaky.
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level 83
Jan 25, 2018
If you included single movies, Avatar would be #2 in this list.
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level 83
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 66
Aug 1, 2019
End Game could make the list on it's own now if it weren't already part of avengers
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level 60
Sep 9, 2019
Well there are four sequels to Avatar all in the works now, so it may get there soon enough, although I can't imagine anyone will really be that eager to see them. Everyone wanted to see Avatar for the technology, not the characters (who were barely characters). Unless James Cameron has more tricks up his sleeve, I doubt those movies will do anything close to the first one, although it seems there is limit to how little audiences demand as long as it's a property they're familiar with.
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level 55
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 46
Feb 20, 2018
I’m disappointed that Despicable Me made more money than Toy Story did
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level 66
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 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.
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level 52
Jun 11, 2019
This quiz is very outdated. Update please!
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2019
Done
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level 55
Jun 11, 2019
I agree with many of the other people who claim that the original Star Wars movies are better than the new ones. However, the two films which were not part of any of the three subtrilogies, Rogue One and Solo, were much better than the prequels or episodes VII and VIII. Considering how well-known the movies on this list are, I am surprised how few of the franchises I guessed.
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level 47
Jul 16, 2019
This list would be better but probably harder to compile if it accounted for inflation.
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level 75
Jul 29, 2019
Any reason LOTR says "4" movies? Does that include the Bakshi debacle?
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level 64
Jul 29, 2019
So does the live action remake count as part of the lion king franchise? If so, it's awfully close to making the list.
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level 75
Jul 30, 2019
Coconut cream pie is $5 in Jamaica. Key Lime pie is $6 in the Bahamas. Banana Cream pie is $8 in Barbados. These are the "Pie Rates of the Caribbean. "
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level 67
Aug 19, 2019
Oh, missed The Hobbit films as assumed they would be counted under Lord of the Rings given how closely they are related. Should have paid attention to the number of films and the fact that the answer wasn't Middle Earth.
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level 61
Sep 9, 2019
They should totally be combined into one franchise on this quiz. It is one continuous story with the same actors playing the same characters, and the same director.
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level 60
Sep 9, 2019
A favorite trivia question of mine is to ask someone what is the highest-grossing movie franchise that does not feature a major character with any kind of magical or super powers. The answer for a long time was Bond, but it looks like Fast & the Furious just squeaked by it. People rarely get it right without help (at least when it was Bond), and then they slap their forehead when they hear the answer.
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level 79
Sep 9, 2019
Considering the stunts they do in the Fast and Furious movies I'm surprised some of them are still living (Vin Diesel's character in particular should have died at least three times). It might not be a stretch to call them super human.
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level 60
Sep 9, 2019
Is that Daisey Ridley or Emma Watson in the photo? I just looked at it for like 45 seconds, and I can't tell.
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level 79
Sep 9, 2019
It's Emma Watson.
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level 79
Sep 9, 2019
Sorry to be a nitpicker, but there are actually 6 Mission: Impossible movies. The source also counts 11 Star Wars movies (I'm assuming they're talking about Star Wars: The Clone Wars from 2008). And then there's Hobbs & Shaw (Fast & Furious spin off), but that came out after the last update.
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level 65
Sep 9, 2019
So is there a similar quiz that doe not include super hero movies? I have no affinity for them. Action, Sci-fi, Animation, Dystopian Future, Suspense all merit "Yes!" for me.
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level 79
Sep 9, 2019
Here you go.
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level 65
Sep 9, 2019
Why does it say four LOTR movies?
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level 72
Sep 9, 2019
Can you accept Raiders of the Lost Ark for Indiana Jones? I often think of franchises based on their initial movie.
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level 52
Sep 9, 2019
I would have done better if I hadn't ignored all the MCU movies when the MCU as a whole was disqualified...oh well.