With the release of the “final” Harry Potter movie a few weeks ago, the lil’ wizard (or whatever he is) has now become the face of the most-successful movie franchise of ALL TIME!! 

Although I have never seen one of his movies, I was curious to find out who he dethroned to take his place as King of Cinema.  The results were fairly surprising to me, so here is a list of the top 20 movie franchises of all time.  This list is based on box office performance,not personal preference.

*It should also be noted that this list is accurate as of November 2010, so franchises like Transformers, X-Men, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even King Potter will be negatively affected since they’ve released movies this year.

 

#20: The Mummy – 3 movies ($1.2 billion)

# 19: Terminator – 4 movies ($1.4 billion)

#18: Mission: Impossible – 3 movies ($1.4 billion)

 

#17: Star Trek – 11 movies ($1.5 billion)

#16: Transformers – 2 movies* ($1.5 billion)

#15: X-Men – 4 movies* ($1.6 billion)

 

#14: The Matrix – 3 movies ($1.6 billion)
#13: Twilight – 3 movies ($1.8 billion)

#12: Ice Age – 3 movies ($1.9 billion)

 

#11: Toy Story – 3 movies ($1.9 billion)

#10: Indiana Jones – 4 movies ($2 billion)

#9: Jurassic Park – 3 movies ($2 billion)

#8: Spider-Man - 3 movies ($2.5 billion)

#7: Batman – 8 movies ($2.6 billion)

#6: Pirates of the Caribbean – 3 movies* ($2.7 billion)

#5: Lord of the Rings – 3 movies ($2.9 billion)

#4: Shrek – 4 movies (2.9 billion)

#3: Star Wars – 7 movies ($4.4 billion)

 

#2: James Bond – 23 movies ($5.1 billion)
#1: Harry Potter – 7 movies* ($5.5 billion)