Highest Grossing Movie Franchises [Infographic]


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19 Responses to Highest Grossing Movie Franchises [Infographic]

  1. This would need to factor in inflation to be accurate.

    $1USD ~(1980) = $2.74USD (2013)

    The James Bond and Star Wars series have been making money for decades.

    • It says in the barely-legible text at the top that it’s adjusted for inflation. It was something I thought about as well before I tried squinting at that bit

    • The original graphic on Buzzfeed is a bit clearer, and it shows that all of the Apes movies are accounted for. As a side question, I know that Burton’s Apes movie started a new continuity from the originals, but I have yet to know if “Rise” is part of that continuity, or rebooting yet another (seeing as that was arguably the worst movie of Burton’s career)…?

  2. If they’d start pumping out Firefly movies, it’d decimate the whole list. But hey, keep leaving money on the table.

  3. The report is biased. If Marvel has a total for their entire movie franchise, I believe it would be fair to do the same for DC.

    When they combine Batman, Superman and Green Lantern and follow their own structure by adding Spiderman to the marvel line; then I will pay more attention.

    • To be fair, the Marvel films they include (Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers) are all link together into one continuity, thus one franchise. Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern are all separate continuities and thus are not the same franchise. Likewise Spiderman is a separate continuity, as are the X-Men films.

    • The Metric used here is fair between DC and Marvel; The total up top is for the Marvel Cinematic Universe which encompasses only the Avengers Series (Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, C.America) while the Non-Cinematic Universe Marvel Films get counted seperately just as the Batman movies and Superman Movies are counted seperately as they aren’t (yet) recognized as part of the same Film production campaign — So Far there is no official word from DC and producers that Nolan Batman films, Green Lantern, and Man of Steel are part of the same production campaign so it is correct to treat them separately, Just as Xmen movies are treated seperate from Spiderman films and Avenger Campaign movies

    • The difference is that the Iron Man 1-3, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers are intentionally a movie series. The Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern movies are all independent from one another. If you added those three together than X-Men, Spiderman, Blade 1-3, Punisher movies, The Hulk, and the other Marvel movies not part of the MCU would have to be totaled together with the MCU. Just the three entries of MCU, Spiderman, and X-Men total over 11 billion.

      Now if Man of Steel was tied into the Nolan films and Green Lantern then those movies could be added together for a DC Movie Universe but that’s not the case. It’s not bias, it’s how the movies relate to each other, or don’t in the case of the DC universe.

  4. I’m surprised Resident Evil hasn’t done more; after looking them up, the franchise isn’t even worth a quarter of the Bourne franchise. I’ll take Milla over half this stuff any day of the week!

  5. I think they are going with the notion of movie franchises, as opposed to original publishers. The Spider-Man, X-Men, Ghost Rider, Punisher, Daredevil, Elektra, Blade, and Fantastic Four films are licensed by other studios than Marvel, so they are in their own “Bubble Universes” for the time being. There is no crossover, so they aren’t part of the same film “franchise” (films directly related either chronologically or tangentially). Until Marvel can regain the rights to those franchises and start having crossovers that bring those worlds together, then the franchises remain separate entities. DC still treats each of its properties as completely separate entities, as if they are different worlds. They would need not only a Justice League movie to join them, but they would also need to recognize the history of the previous films as canon for each character. Do we really want them to keep that lame Green Lantern film as canon? Or have a batman in the film who was actually a cop (named, coincidentally, “Robin”) because there is no longer a Bruce Wayne? At that point, we might as well throw in Shaq’s “Steel” and Halle’s “Catwoman” just to add a caboose to the train wreck that film would be. That’s like adding in Dolph’s “Punisher”, Matt Salinger’s “Captain America”, Peter Hooten’s “Dr Strange”, FOX’s “Generation X”, and Roger Corman’s “Fantastic Four” into the next Avengers movie. Which, make no mistake, I WOULD PAY TO WATCH. It would be like watching Faces of Death with capes — There is no way imaginable I could turn away from that blasphemy against all things Ditko.

    In unrelated news, they are definitely missing an Alien movie in there somewhere, but I believe all “Apes” movies are accounted for.

  6. Pure dollar figures don’t make sense unless you adjust for inflation. Some of those movies are decades old and if you don’t adjust for inflation, their box office looks …. negligible lol.

  7. Okay, my own curiosity has caused me to do some math. In the interim, I find that my previous comment has been deleted (much to my chagrin–what is THAT about!?!). But all the same, here are the mathematical fruits of my labor.

    Total for all properties in the infographic:
    Marvel (Marvel Universe, X-Men, Spider-Man) $11,234,082,899
    DC (Superman, Batman) $7,167,594,004

    So Marvel pretty soundly wins that round. Okay, so for fun, let’s add in all movies (regardless of decade, studio, etc) that exist in the same universe:
    Marvel (Blade, FF, Daredevil, Howard The Duck, Punisher, Elektra, Ghost Rider) $13,213,996,206
    DC (Swamp Thing, Constantine, ’66 Batman, Steel, Catwoman, Supergirl, Jonah Hex, Green Lantern) $7,718,332,509

    That didn’t seem to help DC very much (honestly, the Jonah Hex numbers are laughably low, and Blade made way more than the scripts truly deserved). So, to give them a fighting chance, let’s add in ALL properties owned by each comic company that aren’t part of the core universes for each. I mean, Watchmen should make a huge dent, right?
    Marvel (Kick-Ass, MIB) $14,965,232,324
    DC (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Road to Perdition, A History of Violence, Stardust, The Losers, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, RED, The Spirit) $8,860,081,243

    Wait a second, Marvel owns Men in Black? That trilogy by itself grossed $1,655,236,118! That eclipses ALL non DC universe titles put together (at $1,141,748,734)! It seems that no matter how you cut the numbers, Marvel wins the box office war, hands down. Of course, there was one movie missing any box office gross information, and that is the original Swamp Thing movie. If there is any chance that it grossed $6,105,151,081.01, then DC will come out on top. Of course, factoring in the rate of inflation since 1982, that would be the equivalent of a movie grossing $14,871,644,046 today, or 5.3 times as much as Avatar.

    P.S. – There is an Aliens movie missing, “Resurrection”, methinks.