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Some of the top movie franchises have been entertaining us for decades now, so it’s not surprising how much impact they’ve had on popular culture. They’ve also impacted the worldwide economy. Read on to learn just now much!

  1. Spider-Man ($4.86 billion). The Spider-Man movie franchise debuted in 2002 and ran through two sequels and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Audiences love it because it’s funny, it’s fast, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  2. DC Extended Universe ($4.90 billion). This franchise includes Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Joker, and Justice League. It ranks well below the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it’s still very popular and very lucrative.
  3. Jurassic Park ($4.98 billion). The first Jurassic Park movie came out in 1993, and there were five more after that. It’s got the fewest films of any franchise in this list, which is a testament to how strongly each of the movies performed at the box office.
  4. Fast and the Furious ($5.14 billion). While this franchise has always been popular, it has grown significantly as it’s grown up. The eighth entry, The Fate of the Furious, grossed over six times as much as the first one, The Fast and the Furious.
  5. X-Men ($5.80 billion). Technically, the X-Men are part of the Marvel universe, but they stand on their own here. They do it very well, earning their own place on this list of top-grossing movie franchises. The Deadpool movies are a big part of this.
  6. The Lord of the Rings ($5.89 billion). This Middle Earth franchise includes both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Both series contributed to the franchise’s success, with The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King coming in as the highest-grossing individual movie.
  7. James Bond ($7.08 billion). There have been plenty of Bonds since the first film in 1963, and all together, they’ve brought in plenty of bucks. Daniel Craig may be the most critically acclaimed 007, and 2012’s Skyfall is the single highest-grossing movie.
  8. Harry Potter ($9.19 billion). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out in 2001, and 11 more movies have been released since then. Most of the films have approached or exceeded the $1 billion mark on their own, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II reached $1.34 billion in 2011.
  9. Star Wars ($9.31 billion). It’s hard to believe, but the original Star Wars debuted over four decades ago. Disney stepped up the game when it bought the franchise in 2012, and there’s no sign of slowing down any time soon.
  10. Marvel Cinematic Universe ($18.26 billion). This franchise includes all of The Avengers, Iron Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain America movies, so it’s no surprise that the 30 films so far have earned it the top place on this list.