Greatest Film Franchises and Series of All-Time

All-Time
Top Film Franchises

Part 1 of 4
(A - E)


Box-Office Index
Top 100 (Domestic) | Top 100 (Inflation-Adjusted) | Top 100 (Worldwide) | Major Film Franchises | Summer Blockbusters
Top Films (By Decade and Year) | Highest-Grossing Films By Genre Type | Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters, and Flops

Greatest Film Series Franchises - Sections
Franchises: Introduction | Major Film Franchises (in four parts): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Franchises: A - E Title Screens | Franchises: F - K Title Screens
Franchises: L - Q Title Screens | Franchises: R - Z Title Screens


Greatest Film Series Franchises
(part 1 of 4, listed alphabetically)
Major Franchises
(Clickable Links)
Individual Films in Franchise
(if clickable, links to reviews)
# of Films in Franchise
# 1 Film
in Franchise
Gross (Domestic) Revenue
of # 1 Film
Ace Ventura

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

2

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
$108.4 million
Airport

Airport (1970)
Airport 1975 (1974)
Airport '77 (1977)
The Concorde...Airport '79 (1979)
4

Airport (1970)
$100.5 million
Alex Cross

Kiss the Girls (1997)
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Alex Cross (2012)
3

Along Came A Spider (2001)
$74.1 million
Alien

Alien (Original)

Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Alien 3 (1992)
Alien Resurrection (1997)


Alien (Prequel)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien (Hybrids)
Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem (2007)

8

Prometheus (2012)
$126.4 million
Alvin and the Chipmunks

The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel (2009)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
5

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel (2009)
$219.6 million
American Ninja

American Ninja (1985)
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)
American Ninja V (1993)
5

American Ninja (1985)
$12.5 million
American Pie

American Pie (1999)
American Pie 2 (2001)
American Wedding (2003)
American Reunion (2012)
4

American Pie 2 (2001)
$145.1 million
Amityville

Amityville (Original)

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
Amityville 3-D (1983)

Amityville (Re-Imagining)
The Amityville Horror (2005)


(does not include TV versions or direct-to-video releases)
4

The Amityville Horror (1979)
$86.4 million
Anaconda

Anaconda (1997)
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
2

Anaconda (1997)
$65.9 million
Arthur

Arthur (Original)

Arthur (1981)
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Arthur (Remake)
Arthur (2011)
3

Arthur (1981)
$95.5 million
Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged (2011)
Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)
Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt? (2014)
3

Atlas Shrugged (2011)
$4.6 million
Austin Powers Trilogy

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
3

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
$213 million
Avengers
(see Marvel's Cinematic Universe)

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)

4
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
$858.3 million
Back to the Future

Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
3

Back to the Future (1985)
$210 million
The Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears (Original)

The Bad News Bears (1976)
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)

The Bad News Bears (Reboot)
Bad News Bears (2005)
4

Bad News Bears (2005)
$32.9 million
Barbershop

Barbershop (Original)
Barbershop (2002)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

Barbershop (Spin-off)

Beauty Shop (2005)

4

Barbershop (2002)
$75.8 million



Batman

Batman (Early Films)
Batman: The Movie (1966)

Batman (Burton/Schumacher)
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman (Animated)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Batman (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


Batman
(see DC Extended Universe)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
11

The Dark Knight (2008)
$533.3 million
Beethoven

Beethoven (1992)
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)

2

Beethoven (1992)
$57.1 million
Before Trilogy

Before Sunrise (1995)
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Midnight (2013)
3

Before Midnight (2013)
$8.1 million
Benji

Benji (Original)
Benji (1974)
For the Love of Benji (1977)
Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980)
Benji the Hunted (1987)

Benji (Reboot)
Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)
5

Benji (1974)
$39.6 million
Best Man

The Best Man (1999)
The Best Man Holiday (2013)

2

The Best Man Holiday (2013)
$70.5 million
Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
3

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
$235 million
Big Momma

Big Momma's House (2000)
Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
3

Big Momma's House (2000)
$117.6 million

Billy Jack

The Born Losers (1967)
Billy Jack (1971)
The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)
The Return of Billy Jack (1986) (unreleased and unfinished)

5

Billy Jack (1971)
$98 million
Blade

Blade (1998)
Blade II (2002)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
3

Blade II (2002)
$82.3 million
Blair Witch

The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
Blair Witch (2016)
3

The Blair Witch Project (1999)
$140.5 million
Bourne

The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Jason Bourne (2016)
5

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
$227.5 million
Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
3

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
$71.5 million
Captain America
(see Marvel's Cinematic Universe)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

3

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
$408.1 million
Care Bears

The Care Bears Movie (1985)
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation (1986)
The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland (1987)

(theatrical releases only)
3

The Care Bears Movie (1985)
$22.9 million
Cars
(see Pixar-Disney)

Cars (2006)
Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 3 (2017)
3

Cars (2006)
$244 million
Cheech & Chong

Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke (1978)
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)
Nice Dreams (1981)
Things Are Tough All Over (1982)
Still Smokin (1983)
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984)

6

Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke (1978)
$44.4 million
Child's Play (aka Chucky)

Child's Play (1988)
Child's Play 2 (1990)
Child's Play 3 (1991)
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Seed of Chucky (2004)
Child's Play (2019)
6

Child's Play (1988)
$33.2 million
Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
3

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
$292 million
Conan

Conan (Original)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)

Conan (Reimagining)
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
3

Conan the Barbarian (1982)
$39.6 million
The Conjuring (and Annabelle)

The Conjuring

The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring 2 (2016) (aka The Enfield Poltergeist)

Annabelle

Annabelle (2014)
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
The Nun (2018)
Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
6

The Conjuring (2013)
$137.4 million
Critters

Critters (1986)

Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)
Critters 3 (1991)
Critters 4 (1992)
4

Critters (1986)
$13.2 million
Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
3

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
$174.8 million
The Dark Knight Trilogy
(see Batman)

Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

3

The Dark Knight (2008)
$533.3 million
DC Extended Universe

Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Justice League (2017)
Aquaman (2018)
Shazam! (2019)

7

Wonder Woman (2017)
$412.6 million
Despicable Me

Despicable Me
Despicable Me (2010)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Minions
Minions (2015)

4

Despicable Me 2 (2013)
$368.1 million

Dhoom

Dhoom (2004)
Dhoom 2 (2006)
Dhoom 3 (2013)

3
Dhoom 3 (2013)
$8 million
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)
3

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
$64 million
Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
5

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
$134.5 million
Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry (1971)
Magnum Force (1973)
The Enforcer (1976)
Sudden Impact (1983)
The Dead Pool (1988)
5

Sudden Impact (1983)
$67.6 million

Disney
(Live-Action Animations Reimagined)

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book (1994)
The Jungle Book (2016)

101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians (1996)
102 Dalmatians (2000)

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Maleficent
Maleficent (2014)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Cinderella (2015)
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Dumbo (2019)
Aladdin (2019)
The Lion King (2019)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Lady and the Tramp (2019)

17
The Lion King (2019)
$543.2 million
Divergent

Divergent (2014)
Insurgent (2015)
Allegiant (2016)
3

Divergent (2014)
$150.9 million
DragonHeart

DragonHeart (1996)
Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000) (aka DragonHeart II) (video)
DragonHeart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse (2015) (video)
3

DragonHeart (1996)
$51.4 million
Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber (Original)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

Dumb and Dumber (Sequel)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
3

Dumb & Dumber (1994)
$127.2 million
El Mariachi

El Mariachi (1992)
Desperado (1995)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
3

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
$56.4 million
Ernest

Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Ernest Rides Again (1993)
5

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
$28.2 million
Evil Dead

Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)

The Evil Dead (1981)
Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1987)
Army of Darkness (1993)

Evil Dead (Reboot)
Evil Dead (2013)
4

Evil Dead (2013)
$54.2 million
The Exorcist

The Exorcist (1973)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
The Exorcist III (1990)
The Exorcist (Dir. Cut) (2000)
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) (aka Exorcist IV)
Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist (2005)
6

The Exorcist (1973)
$193 million
The Expendables

The Expendables (2010)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
3

The Expendables (2010)
$103.1 million

Greatest Film Series Franchises - Sections
Franchises: Introduction | Major Film Franchises (in four parts): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Franchises: A - E Title Screens | Franchises: F - K Title Screens
Franchises: L - Q Title Screens | Franchises: R - Z Title Screens



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