10 Highest-Grossing Film Franchises By Average Box Office


In the 21st century, movies broke many box office records, and in the 2010s, superhero movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated the industry with its expansive vision and serialized storytelling akin to the television through several films and even film franchises.

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However, while the top-grossing numbers are impressive, it’s also worth looking at the top ten franchises when it comes to average gross. Some of the franchises on this top ten list, and some omissions, are quite surprising, including where some of the expected entries fall. (Note: A franchise must have at least two films to be on this ranking, with all numbers taken from box office mojo.)

ten Star Wars ($860,980,639 – 12 movies)


Despite its status as a pop culture giant since 1977 and the fact that the sequel trilogy averaged over $1 billion each, the star wars The series as a whole has a surprisingly low figure compared to other popular movie franchises.

This is largely due to the fact that Box Office Mojo, the source of these numbers, does not take inflation into account, so the adjusted receipts for the Original Trilogy would undoubtedly be much higher. Even without that in mind, the series pulls an impressive average.

9 Spider-Man ($870,327,968 – 11 films)

With Spider-Man: No Coming Home Still in impressive numbers two months after its initial release, there’s a good chance that number will increase slightly by the end of its run. However, long before No coming homeSpider-Man was a pop culture phenomenon, and the numbers speak for it.

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This series also includes Tobey Maguire’s amazing character debut, Andrew Garfield’s turn, Tom Hardy’s Venom series (like Venom, the character is a property of Spider-Man), and the winner of an Academy-Award Into the Spider-Versewith the first of a two-part sequel slated for release later this year.


8 Pirates of the Caribbean ($904,407,100 – 5 films)

Jack Sparrow looks up at a Pirates of the Caribbean 4 poster

The idea of ​​basing a movie franchise on a Disney ride seems like a risk, even in hindsight, given that every movie does it except for the curse of the black pearl was a critical and/or financial failure. But the Pirates of the Caribbean The franchise became a dormant box office hit in 2003, and Jack Sparrow debuted as a major antihero.

Although Black Pearl is still the most critically acclaimed film in the series, the franchise has remained stable throughout five films over the course of fourteen years, with a sixth film reportedly in development, and Dead men don’t tell tales preparing for the possible return of Davy Jones.

7 The Wizarding World ($925,674,350 – 10 films)

Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter

the Harry Potter the books have captured the imaginations of children around the world, and when the first film debuted, it single-handedly nearly surpassed the billion-dollar mark. Included between Harry PotterThe beautifully crafted sets, incredible cast, and three iconic scores by John Williams, the franchise rode that steam for ten years, until its final installment, Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011.

However, the fantastic beasts the films have not matched the critical or box office success of their predecessors, and the shared universe of the wizarding world has not regained the cultural entrenchment it had in the 2000s, before the films of superheroes only take their now dominant place.

6 Despicable Me ($927,042,196 – 4 films)

the Despicable Me is one of the best examples of how secondary characters can take over a franchise in which they would initially have played only a minor role. The yellow minions of the criminal mastermind Gru got their own spin-off, Minionsin 2014, which grossed over $1 billion.

Minions remains the highest-grossing film in a series where it is the only entry that does not have the series name in its title. This raises the question of whether or not Despicable Me is the best title for a series where minions have taken center stage on the pop culture front.

5 The Marvel Cinematic Universe ($950,157,890 – 27 films)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s $25 billion astronomical success was far from guaranteed when Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk began production in 2007, and the full potential would not be realized until the breakthrough 2012 crossover film The Avengers. Kevin Feige’s pre-MCU film experience, however, helped him realize that such a project could be possible and succeed on a grand scale.

However, with so many movies in its catalog, the MCU average is dragged down by movies that have grossed well below the avengers series high rating. The Incredible Hulk itself is the only MCU movie to gross less than $300 million at the box office, though Phase 1 in general is by far the most profitable part of the MCU.

4 Jurassic Park ($1,013,770,370 – 5 movies)

What happens when mankind meddles with nature for entertainment, or even out of sheer curiosity, is the premise of Jurassic Park. The series suggests that nothing but death and destruction could come from this, a lesson its cinematic universe didn’t seem to have learned at the time of 2015. jurassic world.

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Although the original trilogy had some serious diminishing returns, the jurassic world The sequel series has raked in more than $1 billion per film, showing that the cultural touchstone of the original still has its potential, and even new appeal for 21st century audiences.

3 The Lion King ($1,363,255,622 – 2 movies)

The lion king animated remake mufasa

Although The Lion King The franchise has only had two theatrical releases – the original and the 2019 “live-action remake” – it has managed to achieve this impressive average box office performance, no doubt helped by success and acclaim. of the original.

Although 2019 Lion King wasn’t as good with critics, it appeared to be “critically proof” by becoming Disney’s highest-grossing live-action remake to date and putting the 1994 classic back on the map in terms ratings and box office. Yet, like all Disney remakes, Lion King 2019 also had problems.

2 Frozen ($1,365,767,517 – 2 films)

Perhaps the greatest irony of Frozen series is that, despite its pop culture-defining song “Let It Go,” audiences were able to do anything but drop their adoration for the 2013 film. Frozen II came out six years after the first and was even more successful, it was clear that the Frozen the train had not lost any speed.

What stands out is how relatively consistent the box office numbers for the two films were, within $200 million of each other, a stark contrast to franchises like the MCU, Spider -Man or even The Lion King. Still, no one at Disney is going to complain about Frozen IIeven compared to the mammoth impact of its predecessor.

1 Avengers ($1,941,871,534 – 4 movies)

Avengers group photo from The Avengers 2012

It is almost impossible to really consider the avengers movies that are part of their own franchise since everything else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always revolved around those movies. The first one avengers was the end goal of phase one of the MCU, and later avengers the films were inspired by everything that came before.

As in 2017 Justice League shown, a crossover is far from a guaranteed blockbuster, especially when the movies that built it haven’t made a splash on their own. However, it is undeniable that the avengers The franchise has been a landmark series on its own, and its average gross of nearly $2 billion is the best proof of that.

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