The 23 most successful movie franchises of all time

Riding the record-setting success of “Black Panther” into the massive, upcoming release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s catalogue of films gives it a commanding lead among the highest-grossing movie franchises of all time.

To figure out which other film series have made their mark, we turned to Box Office Mojo to rank the most successful film franchises in history by their worldwide box office totals.

From the “Star Wars” films to the “James Bond” series, many of these franchises have had staying power over the course of decades.

And for many of them, the box office is only the start, with things like merchandising adding even more into the coffers of their respective production companies.

Here are the 23 most successful movies franchise of all time at the global box office:


23. “Indiana Jones” — $US1.947 billion

Paramount via YouTube screengrab‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (2008).

Box office total: $US1.947 billion

Number of movies: 4

Highest-grossing movie: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” ($US786.6 million)


22. “Toy Story” — $US1.970 billion

Pixar‘Toy Story 3’ (2010).

Box office total: $US1.970 billion

Number of movies: 3

Highest-grossing movie: “Toy Story 3” ($US1.06 billion)


21. “Planet of the Apes” — $US2.077 billion

20th Century Fox‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (2014).

Box office total: $US2.077 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ($US710.6 million)


20. “Mission: Impossible” — $US2.779 billion

Paramount‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ (2011).

Box office total: $US2.779 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” ($US694.7 million)


19. “The Hunger Games” — $US2.968 billion

Lionsgate Fims‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (2013).

Box office total: $US2.968 billion

Number of movies: 4

Highest-grossing movie: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” ($US865.0 million)


18. “Ice Age” — $US3.216 billion

20th Century Fox‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ (2009).

Box office total: $US3.216 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” ($US886.7 million)


17. “Twilight” — $US3.343 billion

Summit‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ (2012).

Box office total: $US3.343 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” ($US829.7 million)


16. “Shrek” — $US3.510 billion

Dreamworks‘Shrek 2’ (2004).

Box office total: $US3.510 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “Shrek 2” ($US919.8 million)


15. “Jurassic Park” — $US3.642 billion

Universal‘Jurassic World’ (2015).

Box office total: $US3.642 billion

Number of movies: 4

Highest-grossing movie: “Jurassic World” ($US1.671 billion)


14. “Despicable Me” — $US3.708 billion

Universal‘Minions’ (2015).

Box office total: $US3.708 billion

Number of movies: 4

Highest-grossing movie: “Minions” ($US1.159 billion)


13. “DC Extended Universe” — 3.768 billion

Warner Bros.‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (2016).

Box office total: $US3.768 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ($US873.6 million)


12. “Transformers” — $US4.385 billion

DreamWorks‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ (2011).

Box office total: $US4.385 billion

Number of movies: 6

Highest-grossing movie: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” ($US1.123 billion)


11. “Pirates of Caribbean” — $US4.524 billion

Disney‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ (2006).

Box office total: $US4.524 billion

Number of movies: 5

Highest-grossing movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($US1.066 billion)


10. “Spider-Man” — $US4.843 billion

Columbia Pictures‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007).

Box office total: $US4.843 billion

Number of movies: 6

Highest-grossing movie: “Spider-Man 3” ($US890.9 million)


9. “Batman” — $US4.903 billion

Warner Bros.‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012).

Box office total: $US4.903 billion

Number of movies: 10

Highest-grossing movie: “The Dark Knight Rises” ($US1.084 billion)


8. “X-Men” — $US4.996 billion

20th Century Fox‘Deadpool’ (2016).

Box office total: $US4.996 billion

Number of movies: 10

Highest-grossing movie: “Deadpool” ($US783.1 million)


7. “James Bond” —  $US5.019 billion

‘Skyfall’‘Skyfall’ (2012).

Box office total: $US5.019 billion

Number of movies: 10 (with worldwide releases)

Highest-grossing movie: “Skyfall” ($US1.108 billion)


6. “The Fast and the Furious” — $US5.132 billion

Universal Pictures‘Furious 7’ (2015).

Box office total: $US5.132 billion

Number of movies: 8

Highest-grossing movie: “Furious 7” ($US1.516 billion)


5. “Disney Live-Action Reimaginings” — $US5.814 billion

Disney

Box office total: $US5.814 billion

Number of movies: 9

Highest-grossing movie: “Beauty and the Beast” ($US1.263 billion)


4. “Middle Earth” — $US5.847 billion

New Line‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003).

Box office total: $US5.847 billion

Number of movies: 6

Highest-grossing movie: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” ($US1.119 billion)


3. “JK Rowling’s Wizarding World” — $US8.537 billion

Warner Bros/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2’ (2011).

Box office total: $US8.537 billion

Number of movies: 9

Highest-grossing movie: “”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2” ($US1.119 billion)


2. “Star Wars” — $US9.097 billion

Disney/Lucasfilm‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015).

Box office total: $US9.097 billion

Number of movies: 8

Highest-grossing movie: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($US2.068 billion)


1. “Marvel Cinematic Universe” — $US14.694 billion

Disney/Marvel via YouTube‘The Avengers’ (2012).

Box office total: $US14.694 billion

Number of movies: 18

Highest-grossing movie: “The Avengers” ($US1.518 billion)

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