10 Action Franchises That Banked The Most Money

Since their release, James Cameron’s films Avatar and Titanic together have grossed close to $5 billion internationally. They currently take the top two places of the highest-grossing films of all tim

Since their release, James Cameron’s films Avatar and Titanic together have grossed close to $5 billion internationally. They currently take the top two places of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Seven entries inside the top ten highest-grossing films of all time are part of franchises. For example, the current number three entry is this year’s release, Jurassic World. Despite the film’s cumulative gross exceeding $1.6 billion, the Jurassic Park franchise, with four films in total, misses the top ten highest-grossing film franchises by one entry, currently at number eleven.

At number twenty-four with twelve films, Star Trek has grossed over $1.9 billion internationally. Following that closely are Toy Story and Indiana Jones, with three and four films respectively. The two have grossed over $1.9 billion individually.

The Hunger Games, with three films, is at number twenty of all time with over $2.3 billion gross, followed closely by Mission Impossible, in the number seventeen position with a gross of over $2.5 billion. Closer to the top ten are X-Men, Twilight and Shrek, with a gross of $3 billion, $3.3 billion, and $3.5 billion.

Here are the top ten entries of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time.


The Pirates of The Caribbean franchise includes four films, the least amount of entries out of the whole top ten. The films feature Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush.


The Transformers franchise, the 2000s revival of the beloved cartoons, includes five films; an animated release released in 1986, and four live-action films. The actors featured include Josh Duhamel, Shia LeBouf, Tyrese Gibson, Hugo Weaving, and Mark Wahlberg. The director of the set, Michael Bay, is known for action movies like Bad Boys, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor.


This franchise is the first and lowest-charting which includes double-digit releases. This includes ten films made under the Batman umbrella. There is the original 1966 release, a 1993 animated film, the five Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher films, Catwoman, and the Christopher Nolan trilogy, the latest being the most successful.

Throughout all of the resurrections, the main character, and superhero, has been played by actors Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale. Sidekicks and antagonists include those played by Heath Ledger, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Danny DeVito, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Tom Hardy, Jack Nicholson, Tommy Lee Jones, Drew Barrymore, Uma Thurman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


This set includes seven films, going back to The Fast and The Furious in 2001 and the latest and highest-grossing of the bunch, Furious 7, in 2015. The latter has so far grossed over $1.5 billion internationally and is number five on the list of all-time.

4 Spider-Man - $3,963,259,504


The Spider-Man franchise includes 2000's Spider-Man, played by Tobey Maguire and love interest Kristen Dunst, and 2010's revival The Amazing Spiderman, played by Andrew Garfield and love interest Emma Stone.

Interestingly enough, the first and last installments of Spider-Man are in the top 50 highest-grossing of all time. The same is not the case for The Amazing Spiderman, since they have all grossed under $760 million each. The second set of films together have grossed over $1.4 billion internationally, whereas the trilogy has grossed over $2.4 billion.


The Star Wars franchise includes seven films, three of the original, three of the prequel, and a 2008 animated film, all by George Lucas. The series includes two entries in the all-time list, both from the prequel trilogy. The highest-grossing of the bunch is Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, with over $1 billion in international revenue.


The Middle Earth series includes seven films, six by Peter Jackson, and the animated 1978 film, The Lord of the Rings. The two Jackson installments include the initial three for Lord of the Rings, and three latest for The Hobbit.

The latest three grossed more internationally than two of the originals. However, the highest grossing of the set is The Return of The King, released in 2003, with over $1.1 billion internationally.

3 James Bond - $6,469,778,047


James Bond is the franchise with most entries within a series of films, with twenty-five movies released. This goes back to the original film, Dr. No, in 1962 portrayed by Sean Connery, and includes starring roles by Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and current performer Daniel Craig as 007.

2 Harry Potter - $7,723,431,572


The Harry Potter series, based on the books by J.K. Rowling, includes eight films in the spawn of a decade, starting with Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and finishing with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2011.

1 Marvel Cinematic Universe - $9,081,386,580


The Marvel Universe film franchise boasts three entries in the top ten of the all-time highest-grossing films: The Avengers (number four), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (number six), and Iron Man 3 (number nine).

In this intricate world, there are twelve films included, involving Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Guardians of The Galaxy, and Ant-Man. The actors involved include Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Zoe Zaldana. Between all of these releases, the overall international gross is $9 billion, and counting.



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