Love watching movies? You surely didn’t miss these blockbuster hits that took the movie industry by storm. More than good reviews in terms of their cinematography, screenplay, actors and actresses, audio and visual effects, as well as whopping profits, the following films have also left a remarkable impact on the lives of their audience.
Since 2000, franchise movies have dominated at the box office, typically being the highest grossing films of the year. With series like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek and James Bond, what are the top-grossing film franchises worldwide? Well, the numbers have been run and here’s what’s been found.
These are the top 3 highest grossing movie franchises of all time, in terms of total dollars earned at the international box office.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Worldwide Gross: $9,060,537,598
It is an American media franchise and shared universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics.
The franchise incorporates some of the most colorful and iconic comic book characters in Marvel’s history – bringing Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and their collective team, The Avengers, to the big screen. This makes it for any film to beat its record. With over 20 films for the past years, The Avengers ($1,519,479,547), The Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1,404,705,868), Iron Man 3 ($1,215,392,272), and Guardians of the Galaxy ($771,172,112) are its leading movies in terms of earnings.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first (long-term) successful attempt to create and stick to a unified continuity between multiple films and genres under the banner of a single franchise. Creating an entire ever-expanding tier of films, television series, streaming series and short-subjects that not only tell their own stories but also fit together as part of a singular ongoing story has become its authentic brand.
Worldwide Gross: $7,726,174,542
No one can deny the power of Harry Potter. The big-screen incarnation of J. K. Rowling’s boy wizard has proven to be just as profitable as the book version. Since 2001, eight movie adaptations have been released, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. While nearly all of them have approached the $1 billion mark, the final Harry Potter-centric film raked in more than $1.34 billion worldwide. This has prompted for Harry Potter movies to secure a spot as the second highest grossing film series of all time (with under $8 billion worldwide).
Harry Potter and his wizarding ways have meant box office magic for Warner Brothers. Based on the books by J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter film series was launched back in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and, since that time, the young wizard has churned out eight fantasy films culminating with 2011’s highest grossing entry Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Worldwide Gross: $6,297,332,445
In its first week of release, Spectre—the latest film in the long-running Bond franchise—has already managed to take in more than $108 million.
Arguably the most iconic, and classiest, movie franchise of all time, 007 is the longest running film series in history. With 23 films under his belt James Bond has been going strong since 1963’s Dr. No. Based on Ian Fleming’s fictional British Secret Service agent, this franchise has taken in over $6 billion to date and is the single most successful film series.
With regard to 007, the common question is always which is your favorite Bond? Played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig, everyone has a favorite.
It is Daniel Craig’s 2012’s Skyfall, which gave the franchise its highest grossing earnings to date with more than $1.1 billion worldwide. This fall Bond will make his 24th film appearance in Spectre and one can only imagine how that chapter will seduce the box office.
Unlike other franchises, which have been passed around as Hollywood studios grew and closed, all these 24 Bond films have been produced by a single company, Eon Productions, over the past five decades.
The Bond films have been nominated for a number of awards throughout their fifty-year history, with most films winning citations and recognition on the following award-giving bodies: British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Academy Awards. In addition, in 1982 Albert R. Broccoli received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
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