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Highest-grossing movie franchises

Stacker Logo By Christina Xenos of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: Among the most anticipated movies every year are the inevitable sequels and prequels to favorite films, from "Star Wars" to "Ghostbusters." With so many popular film universes enthusiastically expanding and growing, we decided to take a look at some old favorites to see which franchises are the highest-grossing of all time. Movie studios continue to turn out blockbusters that are flashier and more technologically advanced than ever before, many now being pre-released on streaming platforms as well as in theaters. But how do the newest smash hits stand up to everyone’s old favorites? Stacker scoured The Numbers for film franchise data as of March 15, 2021, and ranked them according to inflation-adjusted total domestic gross for all movies in their series. The number of movies in each series includes upcoming films. Franchises within franchises were not included, but franchises that had identities outside of a single franchise were included. For example, “Iron Man” is absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but “Batman” and “Superman” have franchises outside of the DC Extended Universe that qualify them to rank on their own. Keep reading to discover which franchises are the highest-grossing in the United States as of spring 2021. ALSO: Popular child stars from the year you were born

Highest-grossing movie franchises

Among the most anticipated movies every year are the inevitable sequels and prequels to favorite films, from "Star Wars" to "Ghostbusters." With so many popular film universes enthusiastically expanding and growing, we decided to take a look at some old favorites to see which franchises are the highest-grossing of all time.

Movie studios continue to turn out blockbusters that are flashier and more technologically advanced than ever before, many now being pre-released on streaming platforms as well as in theaters. But how do the newest smash hits stand up to everyone’s old favorites? Stacker scoured The Numbers for film franchise data as of March 15, 2021, and ranked them according to inflation-adjusted total domestic gross for all movies in their series. The number of movies in each series includes upcoming films. Franchises within franchises were not included, but franchises that had identities outside of a single franchise were included. For example, “Iron Man” is absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but “Batman” and “Superman” have franchises outside of the DC Extended Universe that qualify them to rank on their own.

Keep reading to discover which franchises are the highest-grossing in the United States as of spring 2021.

ALSO: Popular child stars from the year you were born

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