10. Jurassic Park
- Number of movies: 5
- Domestic total: $2,655,165,094
- Franchise Total: $4,994,016,979
- Per Film Average: $998,803,396
- Highest Grossing Film: Jurassic World ($1,671,713,208)
Author Michael Crichton's 1990 book Jurassic Park was an unstoppable literary juggernaut that sold millions of copies and stayed on the best-seller lists for many months. The film rights were sold to Steven Spielberg for a hefty $1.5 million, but it would prove a wise investment, as Spielberg's adaptation of Jurassic Park became the highest grossing film of 1993, making close to $1 billion. After two middling sequels and diminishing commercial returns, the franchise was considered dead until Colin Trevorrow helped to revive it in 2015. Jurassic World made over $1 billion, as did its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. A third sequel, Jurassic World 3, is planned for 2021.
- Number of movies: 10
- Domestic total: $3,319,196,368
- Franchise Total: $4,995,812,576
- Per Film Average: $333,054,172
- Highest Grossing Film: The Dark Knight Rises ($1,084,939,099)
The caped crusader of Gotham remains one of the most enduring figures in comic book lore, and his film appearances are as varied as they are profitable. Tim Burton's 1989 film, Batman, was the second highest grossing film of its year, but the true money making saga came when Christopher Nolan birthed the Dark Knight trilogy. On top of earning Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar win, The Dark Knight was the first Batman film to gross over $1 billion worldwide. Since then, Batman has become part of the DC Extended Universe with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and is set to be subject in another solo film directed by Matt Reeves, currently titled The Batman.
8. The Fast and the Furious
- Number of movies: 8
- Domestic total: $1,791,630,791
- Franchise Total: $5,134,895,344
- Per Film Average: $641,861,918
- Highest Grossing Film: Furious 7 ($1,516,045,911)
When a Vin Diesel-starring action movie about undercover cops and car hijackers premiered in 2001, few could have predicted that it would go on to spawn seven sequels and become an internationally beloved franchise. The Fast and the Furious films have continued to up the ante, increase the vehicular carnage, and make stars of its growing ensemble. Even Helen Mirren and Oscar winner Charlize Theron wanted in on the fun. The franchise remains especially popular in China, where the eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, remains the sixth highest grossing movie in the country and the highest-grossing American title, ahead of Avengers: Infinity War. The series is set to end with its tenth film but a spinoff centered on Dwayne Johnson's character is set for release in 2019, titled Hobbs & Shaw.
- Number of movies: 7
- Domestic total: $2,453,771,335
- Franchise Total: $5,694,030,050
- Per Film Average: $813,432,864
- Highest Grossing Film: Spider-Man 3 ($890,871,626)
The wonderful world of Peter Parker and friends has been a big-screen favorite since Sam Raimi’s movie came out in 2002, after close to 25 years of studio delays, multiple scripts, and studio battles. The Spider-Man trilogy made just under $2.5 billion worldwide, and since the property remains the biggest Marvel title that Sony Pictures have the rights to, a reboot was inevitable. The Amazing Spider-Man duology saw less financial success, but thanks to a partnership with Marvel Studios, a new age of Peter Parker was born and the box office glory followed with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony Pictures has also struck gold with the success of Venom, which is currently the fifth highest grossing film of 2018 with over $824 million internationally. That number will be highly encouraging to Sony, who not only plan to make more Spider-Man movies but are moving forward with expanding their Spidey-verse to include multiple films centered on Peter’s many foes. A Morbius the Living Vampire movie is set to begin production soon and a Venom sequel seems all but inevitable.
- Number of movies: 14
- Domestic total: $2,768,772,460
- Franchise Total: $5,733,103,763
- Per Film Average: $521,191,251
- Highest Grossing Film: Deadpool ($783,112,979)
The X-Men franchise has had a curious evolution since debuting in 2000 (where it made just under $300 million worldwide): there was the original trilogy, then a prequel series that involved multiple universes and saw the young and old Professor Xs and Magnetos meet, but there were also three Wolverine movies, and now two Deadpool movies. Call them sequels or prequels, or reboots, but as a unified franchise, X-Men's might is enduring. The fate of this series remains unknown as 20th Century Fox’s acquisition by The Walt Disney Company approaches. Will the X-Men join the MCU or will they remain their own independent entity? Whatever the case, it guarantees box office success.