Top Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

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10. Middle Earth
> Total gross: $2.47 billion
> Number of movies: 6
> Avg. gross per movie: $411.1 million
> Biggest movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Taken as a whole, the Middle Earth film franchise — which includes both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies — has grossed $2.47 billion at the domestic box office when adjusting for inflation. Filmmaker Peter Jackson directed all six of the movies, which won numerous Academy Awards. Jackson has also said he would be open to helping Amazon with the company’s upcoming Lord of the Rings television series, though he won’t direct.

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9. Star Trek
> Total gross: $2.56 billion
> Number of movies: 13
> Avg. gross per movie: $196.6 million
> Biggest movie: Star Trek

The Star Trek franchise perhaps benefits more from quantity than quality when it comes to movies. When adjusting for inflation, only one of the long-running series’ features — “Star Trek” (2009) — has grossed more than $300 million. The franchise’s lowest grossing entry is “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002), which grossed $66 million and only received positive reviews from 37% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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8. Jurassic Park
> Total gross: $2.64 billion
> Number of movies: 5
> Avg. gross per movie: $528.2 million
> Biggest movie: Jurassic Park

This sci-fi franchise about dinosaurs being bred back into existence has been a colossal success at the domestic box office, with both “Jurassic Park” (1993) and “Jurassic World” (2015) grossing over $700 million adjusted for inflation. The franchise’s other three films have also done well financially. Universal Pictures is planning to release a new film, “Jurassic World III,” in 2021.

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7. X-Men
> Total gross: $2.84 billion
> Number of movies: 12
> Avg. gross per movie: $236.4 million
> Biggest movie: Deadpool

Fox’s X-Men franchise — centered around a group of super-powered mutants — now totals 12 feature films, including the original “X-Men” (2000). The series’ top-grossing film, adjusted for inflation, is the comedic, R-rated “Deadpool,” released in 2016. A 13th film titled “The New Mutants” is planned for 2020 release.

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6. Spider-Man
> Total gross: $2.98 billion
> Number of movies: 8
> Avg. gross per movie: $373.3 million
> Biggest movie: Spider-Man

Peter Parker (and his hidden identity Spider-Man) has undergone many cinematic representations, having been played by actors such as Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland. In 2018, there was also an animated movie released — “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.