- James Bond
- Back to the Future
- The Avengers (MCU et al)
- Mission Impossible
- Lord of the Rings (Hobbit et al)
My top 13 favorite movie franchises:
The Lord of the Rings (but not The Hobbit movies)
Underworld (because of Kate Beckinsale in a leather catsuit)
Francis the Talking Mule.
Kenneth Anger, particularly The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome and Scorpio Rising.
ETA: That’s the order that I think the rest of the world has placed them in, at any rate.
Lone Wolf and Cub
Sinbad (Harryhausen movies only)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
Lord of the Rings (NOT hobbit)
Alien (The first two were so good that the rest of the crappy ones get in by default)
Terminator(same deal as Alien)
Police Story (same deal as above, but 3 is tolerable)
Seems relevant: 10 Highest-Grossing Movie Franchises of All Time (per Mental Floss) http://mentalfloss.com/article/70920/10-highest-grossing-movie-franchises-all-time
From the article: Here are the 10 highest-grossing movie franchises of all time, based on worldwide box office stats, courtesy of The Numbers. [ED: These are obviously not corrected for inflation. Which would be an interesting project, or just go by gross numbers of tickets sold.]
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
Worldwide Gross: $15,482,764,918
Worldwide Gross: $8,926,772,232
Worldwide Gross: $8,532,684,345
Worldwide Gross: $7,077,929,291
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Worldwide Gross: $5,895,804,182
FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Worldwide Gross: $5,139,434,105
X-MEN [this really should be in the MCU, but 20th Century Fox owns a piece of them so…]
Worldwide Gross: $5,016,911,347
SPIDER-MAN [ditto, though I don’t know why this gets it’s own category. Jesus, there have been a ton of superhero movies.]
Worldwide Gross: $4,858,774,307
Worldwide Gross: $4,572,000,197
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Worldwide Gross: $4,505,013,091
I’m stunned Transformers aren’t on this list.
Caroline, not Catherine. Your sentiment is otherwise accurate.
Harry Potter also maybe?
Warren Miller films, all 3,574,610 of them, that are all exactly the same
The Spaghetti Westerns
Would be interesting to know how many films are in each of these groups. How many Marvel universe films have there been? I have no idea. With Star Wars, are we just talking about the ones with Episode numbers, or all the other movies? Does the LOTR franchise include the Hobbit movies? And I’d have to look up how many Bond, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean movies there have been.
1 - Star Wars
2 - Alien
3 - Indiana Jones
4 - The Lord of the Rings
5 - James Bond
Showing my age I guess, but while I’ve seen quite a few enjoyable films, or even franchises since the most recent one on my list came out, none has recaptured the feelings of wonder, terror or fun that these had.
The article is from April of this year, and appears to be broadly inclusive in its definitions of those franchises (i.e., they’re including Rogue One with the Star Wars franchise, Fantastic Beasts with Harry Potter, the Hobbit films in with LotR, etc.)
It notes that there had, at that point, been 19 films in the MCU (the article was written just as Infinity War had premiered, but before Ant-Man and the Wasp had been released).
Edit: there have been 26 Bond films, to date, though that number appears to include the 1967 Casino Royale, which is of questionable canon.
From that list of the top-grossing franchises, Disney has at least $30 billion of that, between the Marvel, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean movies. And if you add the theme park rides, TV shows and merchandising, those three represent probably more than fifty billion in revenues. That’s over time, of course, but it’s a staggering number. And remember that Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm for about four billion each, so those are almost certainly very profitable investments.