Film series

A film series or movie series is a collection of related films in succession that share the same fictional universe, or are marketed as a series.


Sometimes the work is conceived from the beginning as a multiple-film work – for example, the Three Colours series – but in most cases the success of the original film inspires further films to be made. Individual sequels are relatively common, but are not always successful enough to spawn further installments.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the highest grossing film series even when adjusted for inflation, surpassing the Wizarding World, Star Wars, James Bond, and J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth series.


North America

The following list is ordered by the highest-grossing film franchises. Updated to October 13 2019.
#FranchiseTotal GrossMovie CountAverage GrossHighest Grossing FilmGross
1Marvel Cinematic Universe$8,525.323$370.7$857.9
2Star Wars$4,220.711$383.7$936.7
3Wizarding World$2,785.410$253.2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2$381
7Batman$2,407.711$218.9The Dark Knight Rises$533.3
8Harry Potter$2,391.88$265.8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2$381
9James Bond$2,112.925$84.5Skyfall$304.4
10DC Extended Universe$2,063.58$294.8Aquaman$335.1
11Middle Earth$1,846.76$307.8$377
12Jurassic Park$1,837.35$367.5Jurassic World$652.3
13Fast & Furious$1,625.39$180.6Furious 7$353
15Pirates of the Caribbean$1,451.85$290.4$423.3
16The Hunger Games$1,451.54$362.9$424.7
17Shrek$1,419.65$283.9Shrek 2$441.2
18Star Trek$1,40113$107.8Star Trek$257.7
19The Twilight Saga$1,363.55$272.7$300.5
20Toy Story$1,302.94$260.6Toy Story 4$419.6
21Despicable Me$1,220.24$305.1Despicable Me 2$368.1
22The Dark Knight Trilogy$1,186.83$395.6The Dark Knight$533.3
25The Lord of the Rings$1,060.73$265.2$377
26Iron Man$1,039.93$346.6Iron Man 3$409
27Indiana Jones$906.44$226.6Indiana Jones 4$317.1
28The Incredibles$8702$435Incredibles 2$608.6
29Captain America$844.53$281.5$408.1
30Finding Nemo$8262$413Finding Dory$486.3
32The Hobbit$816.53$272.2$303.0
33Bourne$8015$160.2The Bourne Ultimatum$227.5
34Planet of the Apes$7949$88.2Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$208.5
35Ice Age$793.75$158.7$196.6
36Rocky$791.18$98.9Rocky IV$127.9
38Star Wars Anthology Series$745.92$373Rogue One$532.2
39Guardians of the Galaxy$7232$361.5Guardians of the Galaxy 2$389.8
41Men in Black$699.44$174.9Men in Black$250.7
43Madagascar$673.34$168.3Madagascar 3$216.4
44Alvin and the Chipmunks$662.74$132.5Alvin and the Chipmunks 2$219.6
45The Hangover$6443$214.7The Hangover$277.3
46The Conjuring$672.67$96.2The Conjuring$137.4
48LEGO$598.64$149.6The LEGO Movie$257.8
49Fockers$593.93$198Meet the Fockers$279.3
50The Matrix$592.43$197.5The Matrix Reloaded$281.6
53John Wick$3063$88.8$171
54Madea$569.79$63.2Madea Goes to Jail$90.5
55Ocean's 11$566.34$141.6Ocean's Eleven$183.4
56How to Train Your Dragon$555.43$185.1How to Train Your Dragon$217.6
57The Mummy$550.94$137.7Mummy Returns$202
58Night at the Museum$541.93$180.6Night at the Museum$250.9
60The Chronicles of Narnia$537.73$179.2The Chronicles of Narnia$291.7
61Planet of the Apes $532.23$177.4Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$208.5
62The Secret Life of Pets$5252$262.5The Secret Life of Pets$368.4
63Monsters, Inc.$524.42$262.2Monsters University$268.5
64Kung Fu Panda$524.23$174.7Kung Fu Panda$215.4
65Rush Hour$507.53$169.2Rush Hour 2$226.1
66Die Hard$502.45$100.5Live Free or Die Hard$134.5