The Top-Grossing Movie Franchises
If this summer’s Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation reminded us of one thing, it’s that Hollywood loves a sequel. And with good capitalist reason: The fifth installment in Tom Cruise’s special agent series grossed $438 million worldwide, bringing the franchise’s global ticket booth total to $2.54 billion.
That pales in comparison to the most famous special agent of all time, James Bond. The 24 Bond movies to date have grossed $6.1 billion and helped many actors make millions. Among them, most recent signee Daniel Craig, who banked an estimated $27 million to return to our World’s Highest-Paid Actors ranking this year.
Showing some serious showbiz savvy, he also parlayed the bit part to grab from Universal the rights to the Riddick character he’d played in the 2000 sci-fi flick Pitch Black. ‘I got two franchises out of doing four hours’ worth of work,’ Diesel remembers gleefully.
One of the most lucrative properties was born entirely from the imagination of George Lucas. Considering its cult-like following, it might surprise some that Star Wars is not the biggest franchise of all time. Star Wars films have ticketed $4.54 billion to date, making them the fifth-highest grossing franchise ever. That position will be improved upon, however, when the newest installment is released this December.
The top-grossing title franchise title belongs to Marvel Cinematic Universe, whose movies have grossed $8.92 billion to date. This year’s Marvels The Avengers grossed $1.5 billion worldwide singlehandedly, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.
All data comes from Box Office Mojo; wordlwide box office grosses are not adjusted for inflation.