Most Successful Film Franchises

An idea can come during the most unexpected times of our daily lives, most of the time we ignore them and continue on, some continue on with their idea and turn that idea into books with massive success which later go on to become blockbuster films. Here are the top ten most successful film franchises:

9 Harry Potter

It's no mistake that Harry Potter is the most successful and popular among people of all ages. The author of the books, J.K. Rowling, stated she got the idea of a boy wizard on her way home from work in the subway. With eight films raking in $7,706,147,978 makes it the most successful film franchise and Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows - Part 2 being the most successful out of all eight accumulating $1,328,111,219 all on its own.

8 James Bond  

He's the man women want and the man men wish to be. With his preference of martinis, unmistakable Aston Martin and beautiful women by his side, James Bond is truly and iconic character as the name itself. With 25 films it has accumulated $6,159,388,878 and with two more expected to hit theaters in the next few years, Bond may be well on his way to the top as most successful film franchise. Skyfall was the most successful Bond movie making $1,108,348,855 at the box office.

7 Star Wars

With seven films which have made $4,382,359,868 since the first film of the franchise was released back in 1977. The film that brought back the most money was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace with $1,027,044,427. Now that Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, the revival of the franchise is on its way and a new film is set to hit theaters in 2015.

6 Tolkien's Middle Earth

Peter Jackson was in charged of taking on the massive project of what is Tolkien's Middle Earth, with The Lord of the Rings being the first installment. Peter Jackson took on Middle Earth once more with The Hobbit, a three-part film series based on the book The Hobbit, with one already released and two more are expected to hit theaters on December of 2013 and 2014.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the highest grossing so far with $1,119,929,521.

5. Marvel Cinematic Universe

With comic book films being one of the most bankable genres, it is not surprise Marvel's Cinematic Universe, which has released films like Iron Man, Thor, Captain American, Hulk and The Avengers, is one of the most successful film franchise of today. Marvel has released six films and have made $633,704,666, its highest grossing film was The Avengers with $1,511,757,910 in ticket sales.

5 Pirates of the Caribbean 

Many adaptations come from books, short stories, fairy tales, etc., Pirates of the Caribbean is a different, the film series is based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name. The first film of the series was Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl released in 2003. With four films already released the franchise has grossed $3,727,735,967 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest being the highest grossing film with $1,066,179,725.

4 Batman

Even though there has been many adaptations of the iconic superhero, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy might be the most popular and it is the most successful Batman adaptation. With eight films already released it has grossed $3,718,343,339 and Christopher Nola's last installment of his trilogy The Dark Knight Rises is the highest grossing Batman film to date with $1,081,041,287.

3 Shrek

Based on William Steig's picture book, Shrek!, the animated series is the most successful animated film series grossing $3,510,516,231 with five films released. The first film was released in 2001 titled Shrek and in 2004 Shrek 2 was released making it the highest grossing film of the entire animated series with $919,838,758.

2 The Twilight Saga

Although The Twilight Saga has received large negative reviews, it still has a large fan base to make it one of the top ten most successful film franchises. Based on the book series by author Stephenie Meyer, the franchise has grossed $3,344,717,264 with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 being the highest grossing with $829,224,737 in ticket sales.

1 Spider-Man

No surprise that Spider-Man has made its way to being one of the most successful film franchises of all time. With four films already released and two more expected to come, it has grossed $3,248,563,075 and Spider-Man 3 being the most successful out of all with $890,871,626 in ticket sales.

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