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Top 12 movie franchises of all time

We don't like them stand-alone but want to see more of them everytime! And every next time they get better and better. Here are the top movie franchises of all time.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter film series is a British–American feature film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). It is the highest-grossing film series in inflation unadjusted dollars, with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. Each film is individually among the 50 highest-grossing films in inflation unadjusted dollars and was a critical success.

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Avengers & the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film series is an American series of superhero films, based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. The films have been in production since 2007, and in that time Marvel Studios has produced nine films, with four more in various stages of production. The series has collectively grossed over $6.3 billion at the global box office, making it the second highest-grossing film franchise, behind Harry Potter.

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James Bond

James Bond is a fictional character created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. Bond is a British secret agent working for MI6 who also answers by his codename, 007. He has been portrayed on film by actors Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, in twenty-five productions.

The series currently encompasses twenty-three films, with the most recent, Skyfall, released in October 2012. With a combined gross of over $6 billion to date, the films produced by Eon constitute the third-highest-grossing film series, behind the Harry Potter and Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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The Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit

Collectively, the franchise has received a record 36 Academy Award nominations, winning 17, also a record. Along with The Godfather trilogy, it is one of two film series to date to have received 3 Best Picture nominations. The third film in Peter Jackson's trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was the first fantasy film to win Best Picture, as well as the second sequel to do so after The Godfather Part II. Furthermore, it is currently the only threequel to win the award.

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Star Wars

Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media franchise called the Expanded Universe including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books.

Reactions to the original trilogy were positive, with the last film being considered the weakest, while the prequel trilogy received a more mixed reaction, with most of the praise being for the final film, according to most review aggregator websites. All six of the main films in the series were also nominated for or won Academy Awards. All of the main films have been box office successes, with the overall box office revenue generated by the Star Wars films (including the theatrical Star Wars: The Clone Wars) totalling $4.38 billion, making it the fifth highest-grossing film series. The success has also led to multiple re-releases in theaters for the series.

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Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man

The fictional character Spider-Man, a comic book superhero featured in Marvel Comics publications, has appeared in six films since his inception.

The first trilogy, produced on a total budget of US$597 million, grossed nearly $2.5 billion worldwide, with the fourth achieving $752 million. Each film set several box office records, with all three included in the top 20 highest-grossing domestic films as well as the top 30 highest-grossing worldwide films. The series over all is the sixth highest-grossing film franchise ever. Critics have given the first two films in the series positive reviews, while the third film received mixed reviews.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy adventure films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name.

The films started with their first release on the big screen in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which received positive reviews from the critics and grossed $654 million worldwide. The franchise's second film, subtitled Dead Man's Chest, was released three years later in 2006; the sequel proved successful, breaking financial records worldwide the day of its premiere. It ended up being the number one film of the year upon earning $1,066,179,725 at the worldwide box office. The third film in the series, subtitled At World's End, followed in 2007, and Disney released a fourth film, subtitled On Stranger Tides, On Stranger Tides succeeded in grossing more than $1 billion, becoming the second film in the franchise and the eighth film in history to achieve this. So far, the film franchise has grossed $3.72 billion worldwide; it is the seventh highest-grossing film series of all-time and it was the first franchise where more than one film grossed $1 billion worldwide. A fifth film, subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales, is currently in development.

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Batman Trilogy

Warner Bros. rebooted the film franchise in 2005 with Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. Nolan returned to direct two further installments in the franchise, The Dark Knight in 2008 and The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 with Bale reprising his role in both films. The two sequels both earned over $1 billion worldwide, making the Batman series the second (and one of only two, the other being the Pirates of the Caribbean series) to have two of its films earn more than $1 billion worldwide.

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Shrek

Shrek

The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book with the same name, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010). The series was a great financial success, being the 8th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the highest-grossing animated franchise.

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The Twilight Saga

The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by the American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. The series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts and consists, to date, of five motion pictures.

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X-Men

X-Men

The first three X-Men films set opening records in the United States: X-Men had the highest July opening yet, while X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand earned the fourth highest opening weekends yet. All of these records have since been surpassed.

The X-Men film series is the third most successful film series based on Marvel Comics characters after Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Spider-Man films respectively. It is also the 11th highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $2.8 billion worldwide.

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Ice Age

Ice Age

All four films, produced on a total budget of $324 million, have grossed over $2.8 billion worldwide, making Ice Age the 11th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the second highest-grossing animated franchise worldwide behind Shrek. Each film of the series was the highest-grossing animated film of the film's release year, and among the eight highest-grossing films of the film's release year.

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