Top Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time

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5. Batman
> Total gross: $3.53 billion
> Number of movies: 11
> Avg. gross per movie: $320.8 million
> Biggest movie: The Dark Knight

Batman is another superhero who has been portrayed by numerous actors, including Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and, most recently, Christian Bale. The Christopher Nolan-directed “The Dark Knight” (2008) is the top-grossing Batman movie, bringing in $669.2 million when adjusted for inflation. This is over $100 million more than the second highest grossing film in the series, Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman.” Actor Robert Pattinson is reportedly next in line to play the caped crusader.

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4. J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World
> Total gross: $3.59 billion
> Number of movies: 11
> Avg. gross per movie: $326.5 million
> Biggest movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The 11 movies from the J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise, boosted by the appeal of young wizard Harry Potter and the recent Fantastic Beasts films, have made it the fourth most successful movie franchise. The films have also helped make J.K. Rowling, who was once nearly homeless, the highest paid author in the world. The first Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” grossed more than $503 million, adjusted for inflation.

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3. James Bond
> Total gross: $5.89 billion
> Number of movies: 25
> Avg. gross per movie: $235.6 million
> Biggest movie: Thunderball

The James Bond films are the most enduring of all movie franchises. Starting with “Dr. No” in 1963, there have been 25 James Bond films, with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig starring as Bond, among other actors. As successful as the most recent Bond films have been, “Thunderball,” released in 1965, remains the franchise box office champ, raking in $673.9 million in box office revenue.

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2. Star Wars
> Total gross: $6.87 billion
> Number of movies: 11
> Avg. gross per movie: $624.7 million
> Biggest movie: Star Wars

The original “Star Wars” movie, released in 1977, is the second highest grossing movie of all time when adjusting for inflation. Combining its multiple theatrical releases, the movie has grossed $1.6 billion — trailing only “Gone With the Wind” (1939). “Star Wars” has led the way for numerous successive blockbusters, giving the series one of the highest average box office gross per movie. The franchise has also generated billions in merchandising.

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1. Marvel Cinematic Universe
> Total gross: $8.88 billion
> Number of movies: 23
> Avg. gross per movie: $385.9 million
> Biggest movie: Avengers: Endgame

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the top grossing movie franchise of all time. In about 11 years — beginning with 2008’s “Iron Man” — there have been 23 related movies released, totalling $8.9 billion in inflation-adjusted box office gross. While “Avengers: Endgame” has been the franchise’s most successful movie — it also holds the record for biggest opening weekend ever — there have been numerous smash blockbusters released under the MCU mantle. “The Avengers” (2012), “Black Panther” (2018), and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) all grossed over $650 billion at the domestic box office when adjusting for inflation.