Film series

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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]

Description[edit]

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 23 films (as of 2021) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe form the highest grossing film series even when adjusted for inflation, surpassing J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World (10 films) Star Wars (11 films), Ian Fleming's James Bond (25 films), and J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth (6 films) series.[2]

Box office[edit]

Worldwide[edit]

North America[edit]

The following list is ordered by the highest-grossing film franchises (minimum $500 million gross) based upon box office gross in the U.S. and Canada. Updated to October 13, 2019.[3]

  Indicates sub-series (such as the Harry Potter series within the larger Wizarding World franchise).
  Indicates a franchise which contains a movie that crosses franchises (example: "The LEGO Batman Movie" is included in both the Batman franchise and the LEGO franchise).
# Franchise Total gross Movie count Average gross Highest-grossing film Gross first
1 Marvel Cinematic Universe $8,525.3 23 $370.7 Avengers: Endgame $857.9 2008
2 Star Wars $4,220.7 11 $383.7 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $936.7 1977
3 Wizarding World $2,785.4 10 $253.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381 2001
4 Avengers $2,619.1 4 $654.8 Avengers: Endgame $857.9 2012
5 Spider-Man $2,474.1 8 $309.3 Spider-Man $403.7 1977
6 X-Men $2,428.5 12 $202.4 Deadpool $363.1 2000
7 Batman $2,407.7 11 $218.9 The Dark Knight Rises $533.3 1943
8 Harry Potter $2,391.8 8 $265.8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $381 2001
9 James Bond $2,112.9 25 $84.5 Skyfall $304.4 1962
10 DC Extended Universe $2,063.5 9 $294.8 Aquaman $335.1 2013
11 Middle-earth $1,846.7 6 $307.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377 2001
12 Jurassic Park $1,837.3 5 $367.5 Jurassic World $652.3 1993
13 Fast & Furious $1,625.3 9 $180.6 Furious 7 $353 2001
14 Transformers $1,582.4 6 $226.1 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402.1 2007
15 Pirates of the Caribbean $1,451.8 5 $290.4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423.3 2003
16 The Hunger Games $1,451.5 4 $362.9 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424.7 2012
17 Shrek $1,419.6 5 $283.9 Shrek 2 $441.2 2001
18 Star Trek $1,401 13 $107.8 Star Trek $257.7 1979
19 The Twilight Saga $1,363.5 5 $272.7 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300.5 2008
20 Toy Story $1,302.9 4 $260.6 Toy Story 4 $419.6 1995
21 Despicable Me $1,220.2 4 $305.1 Despicable Me 2 $368.1 2010
22 The Dark Knight Trilogy $1,186.8 3 $395.6 The Dark Knight $533.3 2005
23 Mission: Impossible $1,155 6 $192.5 Mission: Impossible – Fallout $220.2 1996
24 Superman $1,139.5 7 $162.8 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $330.4 1978
25 The Lord of the Rings $1,060.7 3 $265.2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $377 2001
26 Iron Man $1,039.9 3 $346.6 Iron Man 3 $409 2008
27 Indiana Jones $906.4 4 $226.6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $317.1 1981
28 The Incredibles $870 2 $435 Incredibles 2 $608.6 2004
29 Captain America $844.5 3 $281.5 Captain America: Civil War $408.1 2011
30 Finding Nemo $826 2 $413 Finding Dory $486.3 2003
31 Jumanji $817.7 4 $252.5 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $404.5 1995
32 The Hobbit $816.5 3 $272.2 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303.0 2012
33 Bourne $801 5 $160.2 The Bourne Ultimatum $227.5 2002
34 Planet of the Apes $794 9 $88.2 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $208.5 1968
35 Ice Age $793.7 5 $158.7 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $196.6 2002
36 Rocky $791.1 8 $98.9 Rocky IV $127.9 1976
37 Rambo $793 5 $88 Rambo: First Blood Part II $$150.4 1982
38 Star Wars Anthology series $745.9 2 $373 Rogue One $532.2 2016
39 Guardians of the Galaxy $723 2 $361.5 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $389.8 2014
40 Thor $702.5 3 $234.2 Thor: Ragnarok $315.1 2011
41 Men in Black $699.4 4 $174.9 Men in Black $250.7 1997
42 Deadpool $681.6 2 $340.8 Deadpool $363.1 2016
43 Madagascar $673.3 4 $168.3 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $216.4 2005
44 Alvin and the Chipmunks $662.7 4 $132.5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $219.6 1987
45 The Hangover $644 3 $214.7 The Hangover $277.3 2009
46 The Conjuring $672.6 7 $96.2 The Conjuring $137.4 2013
47 Terminator $608.7 6 $121.7 Terminator 2: Judgment Day $204.8 1984
48 The Lego Movie $598.6 4 $149.6 The Lego Movie $257.8 2014
49 Meet the Parents $593.9 3 $198 Meet the Fockers $279.3 2000
50 The Matrix $592.4 3 $197.5 The Matrix Reloaded $281.6 1999
51 Alien $590.2 8 $73.8 Prometheus $126.5 1979
52 Cars $588.4 5 $196.1 Cars $244.1 2006
53 John Wick $306 3 $88.8 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum $171 2014
54 Madea $569.7 9 $63.2 Madea Goes to Jail $90.5 2005
55 Ocean's $566.3 4 $141.6 Ocean's Eleven $183.4 2001
56 How to Train Your Dragon $555.4 3 $185.1 How to Train Your Dragon $217.6 2010
57 The Mummy $550.9 4 $137.7 The Mummy Returns $202 1932
58 Night at the Museum $541.9 3 $180.6 Night at the Museum $250.9 2006
59 Wolverine $538.7 3 $179.6 Logan $226.3 2009
60 The Chronicles of Narnia $537.7 3 $179.2 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe $291.7 2005
61 Planet of the Apes (2011-2017) $532.2 3 $177.4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $208.5 2011
62 The Secret Life of Pets $525 2 $262.5 The Secret Life of Pets $368.4 2016
63 Monsters, Inc. $524.4 2 $262.2 Monsters University $268.5 2001
64 Kung Fu Panda $524.2 3 $174.7 Kung Fu Panda $215.4 2008
65 Rush Hour $507.5 3 $169.2 Rush Hour 2 $226.1 1998
66 Die Hard $502.4 5 $100.5 Live Free or Die Hard $134.5 1988

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greatest Movie Series - Film Franchises of All-Time". filmsite.org. Retrieved April 1, 2020. 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". boxofficemojo.com. Archived from the original on December 11, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2019.