Skip to comments.What Is the Most Successful Movie Franchise of All Time?
Posted on 05/14/2010 3:45:30 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
The most successful movie franchise of all time is the "Harry Potter" series, which recently edged out another famous Brit: James Bond.
According to Box Office Mojo, the first six adaptations of J.K. Rowling's beloved books have earned a staggering $5.4 billion worldwide, not adjusted for inflation.
The 22 films considered part of the official Bond canon (the 1967 spoof "Casino Royale" and the 1983 out-of-continuity "Never Say Never Again" don't count) have earned an estimated $5 billion globally. But even if the earnings of those two films were included, it still wouldn't be enough to put 007 on top.
If only U.S. box-office totals are counted, then the six-film "Star Wars" saga would be the top draw, with $1.9 billion in receipts, compared to $1.7 billion for the "Harry Potter" movies and $1.6 billion for Bond films. (Worldwide, the "Star Wars" movies have earned $4.2 billion.)
But the box-office receipts may not tell the whole story. When other sources of money such as merchandising are included, then George Lucas' Star Wars universe of Jedi, droids and Wookiees is Hollywood's highest-grossing franchise. In 2005, Forbes estimated the Star Wars Empire had grossed $20 billion from movie tickets, books, games and anything else you could possibly license.
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Police Academy series.
It isn’t a series, but nobody has ever put together a more impressive string of box office hits than Pixar.
Probably Bill and Ted.
The "Ernest Goes To" series.
Planet of the apes. Given that tickets at the time were .50 each. To say nothing of the numerous sequels, comics, toys and cartoon shows that sprung up. I still rate the original, with Charlton Heston, as one of my all time favorite movies.
Damn dirty apes!
How about the LEAST successful movie series???
I nominate sixteen candles/pretty in pink. or maybe the madonna movies of the eighties.
Has to be one of the most memorable lines out there :)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. Actually the Disney studios have presented quite a bit of fun stuff.
I bought a partnership interest in the Disney movies in 1989. The six movies produced made me a ton of money. Pretty Women and Lion King produced residuals for 5 years. When the partnership came up for renewal it was bought out by a Japanese combine and I couldn't roll over my profits...snif snif!
“Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”
“Damn you all to hell..!”.