Top Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

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30. Beverly Hills Cop
> Total gross: $1.05 billion
> Number of movies: 3
> Avg. gross per movie: $350.3 million
> Biggest movie: Beverly Hills Cop

Following his starring roles in “48 Hrs.” (1982) and “Trading Places” (1983), Eddie Murphy appeared in the smash hit “Beverly Hills Cop,” cementing his status as cinematic comedy superstar. The movie was the most successful of the series’ three, grossing more than $600 million when adjusting for inflation. A fourth entry to the series has been reportedly in development for years.

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29. Men in Black
> Total gross: $1.06 billion
> Number of movies: 4
> Avg. gross per movie: $266.2 million
> Biggest movie: Men in Black

Audiences went wild for the original “Men in Black,” starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as secret agents monitoring alien presence on Earth. When adjusted for inflation, the movie grossed just under $500 million. The franchise’s most recent entry — “Men in Black: International” — bombed at the box office, however, grossing $78 million domestically against a $110 million production budget.

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28. The Godfather
> Total gross: $1.08 billion
> Number of movies: 3
> Avg. gross per movie: $360.1 million
> Biggest movie: The Godfather

“The Godfather” is on the short list of critics and audiences alike as among the greatest films of all time. And it certainly is among the most-quoted movies ever. The first two films each won the Oscar for Best Picture, the only time a film and its sequel accomplished this feat. The first film earned Marlon Brando his second Best Actor Oscar, which he famously refused to accept to protest the mistreatment of Native Americans. Adjusted for inflation, the first of the three Godfather epics made more than $708 million in box office gross.

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27. Alien
> Total gross: $1.09 billion
> Number of movies: 8
> Avg. gross per movie: $136.3 million
> Biggest movie: Alien

The Alien franchise has boasted some of Hollywood’s top directors, including Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and David Fincher, and most films starred Sigourney Weaver. The talent can be seen in the results as well as the financial success of the series. The most recent film — “Alien: Covenant” — was a financial disappointment, however, grossing $75 million at the domestic box office against a $97 million budget. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott.

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26. The Exorcist
> Total gross: $1.17 billion
> Number of movies: 5
> Avg. gross per movie: $234.2 million
> Biggest movie: The Exorcist

There have been five movies in The Exorcist franchise, yet none has come close to reaching the financial success of the 1973 original, which grossed nearly $930 million in North America when adjusting for inflation. The most recent entry — “Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist” (2005) — grossed only $353,500.