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The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Top Ten Money-Making Movie Franchises

By Edited Feb 22, 2016 4 9

Ever hear of “striking while the iron is hot?”  Movie studios seem to use that concept often; quite well in some cases; not so well in others.   The term “movie franchise” was not always in the consciousness of the industry, but over the years we have seen a trend in sequels and trilogies, and remakes.  Especially in the current economy, investors are looking for a “sure thing.”   The film industry is no different.  Studios want to capitalize on proven movies. Sometimes it goes well.  You may be surprised to find which movie franchises are the top money makers.  Here are the top ten domestic box office highest-grossers of all time (to date).  (All budget and Box Office gross $ information is gleamed from reference #1-The Numbers.com. Movie Mojo has a slightly different listing of the top ten.)

#10 Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean; Source: Wikimedia Commons

Domestically, the Pirates Franchise sits at number ten, though worldwide it holds the sixth place slot.  The films of the Pirates Franchise are:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, released in 2003. 
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, released in 2006.  This is a sequel to the first movie.
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, released in 2007
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, released 2011

The movie franchise’s four movies (with a fifth in the works) are driven by the rascal Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp.  Jerry Bruckheimer has been at the helm of the series

Jack Sparrow; Source: Wikimedia
from its conception and Gore Verbinski directed the first three with Rob Marshall taking over on the fourth.  Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot wrote the scripts for the first four installments.

Along with Depp, there is a fine list of supporting actors and actresses to fill out the roles in the swashbucklers, including Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, British actor Bill Nighy and Penelope Cruz.  By the third installment, Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards entered the world of pirates, taking on the role of Captain Jack’s father.

The fifth installment of the franchise is scheduled to be released in 2015.  Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack, and Bruckheimer continues at the helm of the film.  Terry Rossio is penning the script without partner Elliot. On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg from Norway would be directing the film.[3]  It wouldn’t be surprising to see the fifth movie launch this franchise up a few notches.

Totals for Franchise (so far)

Budget for the Franchise:  $900,000,000

 Domestic Box Office Gross:  $1,279,211,336

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $3,723,587,403

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# 9 Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings

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Sitting currently at the number spot is The Lord of the Rings Franchise which also includes The Hobbit.  The franchise includes three “Rings” movies with The Hobbit adding one already released and two in the works.  The subtitles of the movies in the franchise are:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring released in 2001
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers released in 2002
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King released in 2003
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released in 2012
  5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug scheduled for release in December 2013
  6. The Hobbit: There and Back Again scheduled for release in December 2014

The movies are based on author J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and takes us into the world of middle-earth. (Billed as a pre-quel to the Lord of the Rings)  The

The Two Towers; Source: Picgifs.com
three Lord of the Rings films chronicle hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, which would destroy its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.  Peter Jackson is the director and co-writer of  the three films.  The Hobbit trilogy is also directed and co-written by Peter Jackson.  Jackson also is credited as one of the producers of the films. The Hobbit trilogy follows Bilbo Baggins (who is briefly in The Lord of the Rings) in his quest to win a share of treasure which is guarded by a dragon called Smaug.

It appears the movie academy liked these films, with The Lord of the Rings trilogy garnering 30 Oscar nominations and 17 wins, though none of the actors in the three movies won any Oscars.  The Return of the King holds the Academy record with 11 wins.[4] The popularity of these movies will surely push it up the ranking of highest grossing movie franchises. 

Totals for Franchise (so far)

Budget:  $1,047,000,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $1,338,943,207

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $3,952,551,485


#8 Twilight
Twilight; Source: Twilight guide/wallpaper

The Twightlight Franchise offers up six films (five original) based on the four novels by Stephenie Meyer.  The films comprising this franchise are:

  1. Twilight released in November 2008
  2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon released in November 2009
  3. The Twilight Saga: Twilight/New Moon Combo released June 29, 2010 (perhaps a shameless ploy to cash in on the first two movies for the upcoming next installment; it did gross over two million worldwide)
  4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse released June 30, 2010
  5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 November 2011
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 November 2012

All installments were penned by Melissa Rosenberg who had the difficult task of adapting the books to screen. She focused on keeping the characters’ arcs and emotional journeys in the movies as they were in the books.[5]  The two leads went to Kristen Stewart (in the role of Bella Swan) and Robert Pattinson (in the role of vampire Edward Cullen).  These two were not the actors Meyers had in mind, but when she was told Pattinson was cast, she changed her mind and after seeing him on set decided he “actually looked like the Edward in my head.”[5]

The first movie in the series is directed by Catherine Hardwicke, but citing time restrictions, she declined to continue with the sequel.  Chris Weitz took over in the second film and because he was still working on post-production when the third film was slated to begin production, a third director, David Slade, was hired for Eclipse.  Yet another directorial change was in store for the final two installments.  Bill Condon was aboard for the Breaking Dawn films.  Wyck Godfrey produced all of the films with Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer added for the two final installments.

The Twilight saga is told from Bella’s point of view and follows her as she befriends, weds and bears a child with the vampire Edward.  To survive the many ordeals she faces, Bella ends up transforming from human to vampire and befriends a werewolf (Jacob Black played by Taylor Lautner) along the way.   The final installment of the saga is split into two movies. 

Totals for the Franchise

Budget:  $418,700,000

Domestic Box Office Gross: $1,365,922,346

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $3,352,322,180  


 #7  Spider-man

Spider-Man; Source: Marvel Wallpaper

Sitting at number seven is the Spider-man Franchise with four films in the can and a fifth on the way.  The movies in this franchise are:

  1. Spider-man released in May 2002
  2. Spider-man 2 released in June 2004
  3. Spider-man 3 released in May 2007
  4. The Amazing Spider-man released in July 2012
  5. The Amazing Spider-man 2 scheduled for release in May 2014

Though the Spider-man character is gleamed from Marvel Comics; it is not included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (see #3 on the list).  The first three installments of the franchise are set as a trilogy, with the first giving us the introduction of Peter Parker (played by Toby McGuire) as an ordinary high school boy living with his aunt and uncle, who is bitten by a genetically engineered spider and subsequently develops superhuman abilities.  His love interest Mary Jane (played by Kirsten Dunst) and his best friend Harry (played by James Franco) are the other two main characters in the first three films. The first three films are directed by Sam Raimi. The fourth film is a reboot of the original with a new cast and director. 

Spider-Man; Source: Wallopers
As is the case with many movies, the Spider-man films were awash in legal “stuff.”   Rights to the material were haggled about between studios and after it was all said and done and the three movies were successful; the fourth film continued to be surrounded by conflict.  Reportedly, Raimi was to helm the fourth film, but backed out of the project when he believed he could not finish it in the time the studio allowed without compromising its creativity.[6] He was not happy with the outcome of the third movie and felt pressure to make the fourth better.[6] 

After the fourth installment was scrapped, Sony Pictures went with a reboot and hired James Vanderbilt to write the script and Marc Webb to direct the film.  Taking over the Spider-man role is Andrew Garfield.  The character of Mary Jane is not in the fourth movie, but reappears in the fifth with Shailene Woodley taking on the role.

Totals for Franchise (so far)

Budget:  $817,000,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $1,375,791,826

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $3,254,035,946


 #6 Shrek
Shrek; Source: Wallpapers Arena

 The lively and entertaining animated Shrek holds the number six spot on the top grossing movie franchises.  This franchise includes five movies and is based on the picture book Shrek, by William Steig.  The Shrek Franchise includes the following movies:

  1. Shrek released May 2001
  2. Shrek 2 released May 2004
  3. Shrek the Third released May 2007
  4. Shrek Forever After released in May 2010
  5. Puss in Boots released in October 2011 (this is a spin-off from Shrek featuring the popular swashbuckling cat voiced by Antonio Bandaras)

Puss in Boots; Source: wallpapersfreedownload
The franchise is the brainchild of DreamWorks Animation and has given us many memorable characters.  The movies have been so successful, television holiday specials have been added to entertain families as well as several short films which went directly to DVD.

Interesting factoid: Technical advances in computer power to generate animation has increased, yet not kept pace with the techniques used for generating the images; and thus computer generated animation has also increased the necessary CPU hours to create the films.  The DreamWorks Animation dubbed it the “Shrek’s Law” in which "The CPU render hours needed to complete production on a theatrical sequel will double compared to the amount of time needed on the previous film."[7]

Totals for Franchise

Budget:  $575,000,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $1,419,598,493

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $3,510,784,482


 #5 Batman

Batman; Source: Wakpaper

Based on the DC Comics character, the Batman franchise sits in the number five spot on the domestic highest grossing film franchise.  This franchise has the following movies on its list:

  1. Batman released in June 1989
  2. Batman Returns released in June 1992
  3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm released in December 1993 (animated)
  4. Batman Forever released in June 1995
  5. Batman and Robin released in June 1997
  6. Batman Begins released in June 2005
  7. Justice League - The New Frontier released in February 2008 (animated direct to DVD)
  8. Batman: Gotham Knight released July 2008 (animated direct to DVD)
  9. The Dark Knight released July 2008
  10. The Dark Knight Rises released July 2012

 While the storied hero was portrayed on television, the movie franchise took off in 1989 when Warner Bros. made the first installment with Tim Burton directing Michael Keaton in the starring role. The duo returned for the sequel, but the third film saw a change with Joel Schumacher directing Val Kilmer in the role of Batman.  Though Schumacher stayed on to direct the next installment; the role of Batman was taken over by George Clooney.  This installment saw less enthusiasm from both fans and critics and it was eight years before another film was released with a new director and leading actor.

The Joker in the Dark Knight; Source: Wakpaper
The reboot of the franchise was directed by Chris Nolan and stars Christian Bale as Batman.  The duo continued with the next two installments which were highly successful. The Dark Knight was the final film in which the late actor Heath Ledger finished. The movie was awarded eight Academy Award nominations with wins for sound editing and supporting actor for Ledger posthumously.  While both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were recognized by the Academy; the Dark Knight Rises was not even though it was a box office success.  Some conspirators theorize the movie was overlooked due to its connection with the horrible Aurora Theater shooting spree during the movie’s premier.

The future of the franchise is in flux.  Reports change as to whether or not further installments of Batman will be made; who will direct them and who will star.  One report indicates any new Batman movies will be included in the DC Cinematic Universe Franchise. 

Totals for Franchise

Budget:  $675,000,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $1,897,824,488

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $3,714,171,639


#4 James Bond

James Bond; Source: iAppsSoft.com

Continuing our countdown of the top ten, James Bond is the oldest Franchise on the list and contains a whopping 24 films. Here is the list:

  1. Dr. No released in May 1963
  2. From Russia With Love released in April 1964
  3. Goldfinger released December 1964
  4. Thunderball released December 1964
  5. You Only Live Twice released June 1967
  6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service released December 1969
  7. Diamonds are Forever released December 1971
  8. Live and Let Die released June 1973
  9. The Man with the Golden Gun released December 1974
  10. The Spy Who Loved Me released July 1977
  11. Moonraker released June 1979
  12. For Your Eyes Only released June 1981
  13. Octopussy released June 1983
  14. Never Say Never Again released October 1983 (sometimes not included in the franchise because it was not a Eon Productions film)
  15. A View to a Kill released May 1985
  16. The Living Daylights released July 1987
  17. License to Kill released July 1989
  18. Goldeneye released November 1995
  19. Tomorrow Never Dies released December 1997
  20. The World is Not Enough released November 1999
  21. Die Another Day released November 2002
  22. Casino Royale released November 2006
  23. Quantum of Solace released November 2008
  24. Skyfall released November 2012

Whew, that is a LOT of movies, it’s no wonder the Bond franchise is holding down the fourth place.  The film series is based on a fictional character that first shows up in the book series written by Ian Fleming.  James Bond is a British spy employed by MI6 with the code name “007”. (that’s double “O” Seven for you neophytes—if there are any).

The films are produced by Eon Productions and have had various directors and producers at the helm. (Two other Bond films not produced by Eon Productions are a 1967 version of Casino Royale and the 1983 Never Say Never Again.) In addition, different writers have penned the scripts and Bond has been played by six different actors.

The first Bond was played by Sean Connery who reprised the role for the next four films.  The sixth film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was played by George Lazenby and Connery came back for the seventh film as Lazenby elected to only play the role once. (the decision was made during the filming of his installment in the series.)[12]  The producers on the seventh film were testing other actors, and offered the role to some who did not take the role for various reasons.  John Gavin was finally signed to take on the role, but the studio, United Artists insisted on Connery and paid him a record (at the time) $1.25 million to return for the seventh installment. Interestingly, Michael Gambon (of Harry Potter’s Dumbledore fame) turned down the role because he was "in terrible shape" and "had tits like a woman."[12] The movie was considered to have too much of a humorous campy tone by many critics. 

The next Bond was Roger Moore who played the character seven times, starting with Live and Let Die and ending with A View to a Kill.  He was followed by Timothy Dalton who signed on for two installments of the series.  Then came Pierce Brosnan who had coveted the role for a few years, but due to his starring role in the television series Remington Steele, was unable to take the role earlier. He played Bond four times before relinquishing the role to the current Bond, Daniel Craig.  In the two non-Eon Productions, David Niven played Bond in Casino Royale and Sean Connery was in the role in Never Say Never Again.

As well-known as the Bond character are the infamous “Bond Girls” who have supporting roles throughout the series.  In Diamonds are Forever, Jill St. John became the first American Bond girl by beating out numerous actresses including Jane Fonda, Raquel Welch and Faye Dunaway.  In Live and Let Die, Gloria Hendry was cast as the first African American Bond girl, Rosie Carver. (This film also had the theme song penned and performed by Paul McCartney and his band Wings.)

James Bond; Source A GC Wallpaper
In Goldeneye, Judi Dench took over the role of  “M”, the head of MI6 from actor Robert Brown, becoming the first woman to play the role.  She reprised the role on into Skyfall. (Promoted shamelessly during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London.) To date there is no news about the next installment to the Bond Franchise, but Craig is contracted for two more movies.

Totals for Franchise

Budget:  $1,281,200,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $1,913,847,730

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $6,198,420,185


 #3 The Avengers or sometimes referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

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 The Avengers Franchise is also called the Marvel Cinematic Universe; however, the X-Men movies (based on Marvel Comics characters) are not included in this franchise.  (Instead, the X-Men movies have their own franchise which sits at number 15 on the list at numbers.com and 19 on the Movie Mojo listing) The movies considered part of this franchise are:

  1. Iron Man released in May 2008
  2. Incredible Hulk released in June 2008
  3. Iron Man 2 released in May 2010
  4. Thor released in May 2011
  5. Captain America: The First Avenger released in July 2011
  6. Marvel's The Avengers released in May 2012
  7. Iron Man 3 released in May 2013
  8. Thor: The Dark World scheduled release November 2013
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier scheduled release April 2014
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy scheduled release August 2014
  11. The Avengers 2 scheduled release May 2015

In addition, Ant-Man is in the early stages of development and expected to be released sometime in 2015 and two untitled movies are expected for release in 2016 and 2017.[13]

The MCU film franchise shares a fictional universe for a collection of superhero films independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters appearing in Marvel Comics. In addition to the big screen titles, the franchise also includes a series of shorts called “Marvel One-Shots” and an upcoming television series called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [13]

The Avengers Superheroes; Source Wallpaper HD
Originally Marvel Studios collaborated with other studios, but ended up making little profit from these endeavors.  Upon setting out on its own, the initial idea was to release independent films for the main characters and then merge them in a crossover movie.[13]  President of Production for Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige had this to say about the Marvel Universe:

"It is daunting but it's fun. It's never been done before and that's kind of the spirit everybody's taking it in. The other filmmakers aren't used to getting actors from other movies that other filmmakers have cast, certain plot lines that are connected or certain locations that are connected, but I think ... everyone was on board for it and thinks that it's fun. Primarily because we've always remained consistent saying that the movie that we are making comes first. All of the connective tissue, all of that stuff is fun and is going to be very important if you want it to be. If the fans want to look further and find connections, then they're there. There are a few big ones obviously, that hopefully the mainstream audience will able to follow as well. But ... the reason that all the filmmakers are on board is that their movies need to stand on their own. They need to have a fresh vision, a unique tone, and the fact that they can interconnect if you want to follow those breadcrumbs is a bonus."[13]

The films have attracted big name stars (Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) is the only main star to not reprise his role in The Avengers) as well as relative unknowns (before the release of the feature) and have met with great success and critical acclaim.

Totals for Franchise (so far)

Budget:  $1,208,500,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $2,143,511,285

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $5,000,945,677

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#2  Star Wars

Star Wars Logo; Source: Wikimedia Commons

Winding down the list we find the “force is with us” at the number two spot. The franchise has six theatrical releases and one digital animation installment.  The installments of this successful and highly commercial franchise are:

  1. Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope (originally titled Star Wars) released in May 1977
  2. Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back (originally just The Empire Strikes Back) released in May 1980
  3. Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi (originally just Return of the Jedi) released in May 1983
  4. Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace released in May 1999
  5. Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones released in May 2002
  6. Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith released in May 2005
  7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (digital animation) released in August 2008

The Star Wars Franchise is an epic space saga created by George Lucas.  The original concept of the saga began quite differently than what was actually presented.  Luke Skywalker didn’t even appear in the first draft and in the second draft was introduced as Luke Starkiller (thankfully that changed).  By the fourth script, it was pretty much what we see on screen; however, Lucas didn’t expect it would be a series piece in the beginning.  He had the empire destroyed by the destruction of the death star so it could be a stand-alone feature.  Though he had conceived the idea of the feature to be the first of a series, it was only later he realized it would be the first of a second trilogy.[14] 

The Star Wars Franchise; Source: fanpop wallpaper
The second installment of the franchise had taken its toll on Lucas and by the end of the third feature he declared he would not make further Star Wars movies. With the first three features released and highly successful, Lucas was able to build an independent filmmaking center he named Skywalker Ranch.  Personal issues kept Lucas from continuing with the continuing saga of the franchise after the Return of the Jedi.  It wasn’t until 1993 Lucas showed renewed interest and started working on the second trilogy (which is actually the first—it can be confusing).  The prequels were already well developed by that time and the lapse between the two trilogies was filled with other media sources themed with the franchise (toys, video games, and those sorts of things).

Speculation about the trilogies and the future of the franchise has always been a part of the media surrounding this franchise.  In May 2008 when asked about another sequel trilogy Lucas responded:

"I get asked all the time, 'What happens after Return of the Jedi?,' and there really is no answer for that. The movies were the story of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, and when Luke saves the galaxy and redeems his father, that's where that story ends."[14]

In October 2012 Lucasfilm was bought by The Walt Disney Company and the 2015 release of of Star Wars Epsiode VII was announced. Lucas will serve as creative consultant for new Star Wars features.  Episodes VIII and X are being developed as stand-alone films.[14]  Looks like the force will be with movie goers for a long time.

Totals for Franchise (so far)

Budget:  $420,000,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $2,261,128,594

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $4,485,672,683

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#1 Harry Potter

Harry Potter 7th Movie; Source: Wakpaper
Here we are finally at the number one franchise with the highest domestic box office gross ever.  Does it surprise many (or anyone) the number spot is The Harry Potter Franchise?  Loved by movie goers (and book readers) of all ages, the eight features of this franchise are:
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone released November 2001
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released November 2002
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban released June 2002
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released November 200
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix released July 2007
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince released July 2009
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I released November 2010
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II released July 2011

Pretty much everyone living has heard of Harry Potter. (okay, there are some who haven’t.)  These films are adapted from the seven books (of the same titles, though the first book is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK) by British author J.K. Rowling.  When approached about putting her books on the screen, Rowling was reluctant, but finally agreed with some stipulations.  One thing she insisted on was all of the principal actors must be British.

First Harry Potter Movie; Source: Free Wallpaper
All of the movies are produced by David Heyman and the three main characters have retained the same actors throughout the saga.  The stories follow Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliff) as he learns he is a wizard and must face the evil Lord Voldemort.  His two best friends, Ron Weasley (played by Rupert Grint) and Herminone Granger (played by Emma Watson) help him on his quest.  The actors in the other roles in the films have remained consistent with the exception of Professor Dumbledore which had to be recast in the third installment due to the death of Richard Harris who played the role in the first two features.   We have literally watched a whole pack of kids grow up on the big screen. 

The first two films were directed by Chris Columbus and the third by Alfonso Cuarón when

The Final Harry Potter Movie; Source: All game Wallpapers
Columbus, though initially slated to direct all of the features, declared he was “burned out.”  The fourth movie was directed by Mike Newell and the last four by David Yates.  Each director brought their own style to the films and some fans criticized the changes; however, the majority embraced each movie as much as the books.  Like the books, each movie grew darker and delved into more mature issues as Harry and his friends and all of the Hogwarts students matured.

Steve Kloves penned all of the scripts except The Order of the Phoenix which was written by Michael Goldenberg.  Many great actors were cast in the films including Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman, Warwick Davis, and Ralph Fiennes as well as a host of other well-known wonderfully gifted thespians.  Much of the crew returned for each movie and four different composers were used for the films with John Williams scoring the first three.

Totals for Franchise

Budget:  $1,155,000,000

Domestic Box Office Gross:    $2,390,073,877

Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $7,709,205,984

Looking over the dollars these ten franchises brought in is mind-blowing.  The “extras” of the movies, toys, games, dvds and all of the other paraphernalia available; the films will just keep on giving to their investors.  Now if we just had a small portion of those dollars; ah, it’s nice to dream. 


The copyright of the article The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Top Ten Money-Making Movie Franchises is owned by Cheryl Weldon and permission to republish in print or online must be granted by the author in writing. 

(Note: all images of characters are copyrighted by their respective studios and/or creator.)

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Jul 15, 2013 6:13am
yeah, when it is all said and done the Marvel Avengers franchise will take number one, I mean they have phase 2 and phase 3 coming in between Avengers 2 and 3.

I knew there were a lot of Bond movies, but seeing the entire list in one place really put it in perspective :)
Jul 15, 2013 10:37am
yes, I'm sure Pirates will move up as well once the fifth installment comes out. and I believe the Bond franchise has another one in the works as well. I also read something about Star Wars adding another movie. It'll be interesting to see how they do for sure. I suspect there will be some movement in the top ten list. Thanks for the read and the comment.
Jul 15, 2013 2:21pm
Great list. Although I was quites surprised not to see the "Fast & Furious" in the list.
Jul 16, 2013 10:34am
yes, it is up there, just not top ten. I can't recall what number it was at, but remember this is domestic and I think F&F did a whole bunch of overseas money that put the gross pretty high for overall gross, domestically it was just under a billion and with internationally added, almost 2 billion.
Jul 16, 2013 10:34am
Thanks for the read and the comment.
Jul 26, 2013 1:09pm
Nice job :)
Jul 27, 2013 9:55am
Thanks for the read and the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the article.
Oct 3, 2013 1:19pm
Amazing to see how much money those movie's series make.
Oct 6, 2013 1:57pm
Yes, when they are making BILLIONS it is a little hard to feel sorry for any of those involved isn't it. Thanks for the read.
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