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This is a list of the highest-grossing media franchises. This includes franchises that started as a book, film, video game, comic book or television series and have expanded to other forms of media.

This list covers every aspect of a particular franchise such as box office, sales from merchandise, home entertainment, revenue from video games, among other things if such information is available. Included on the list are two charts. The chart that contains the total revenue figure and revenue breakdown (the list itself). The other chart contains only the revenue breakdown for a franchise since a total revenue figure was never issued for that franchise (the incomplete list).

ListEdit

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Franchise Year of inception Total revenue (USD) Revenue breakdown Creator(s) Owner(s)
Pokémon 1996 Template:To USDScript errorbillion (¥6Script errortrillion) (as of MarchScript error2017)[1][lower-alpha 1] Box Office: ¥78.87Script errorbillion or $967Script errormillion
As of December 31, 2016:
Retail Sales: $45 billion[2]
Satoshi Tajiri The Pokémon Company
(Nintendo/Game Freak/Creatures)
Star Wars 1977 42 billion (as of December 2015)[3] Home Entertainment: $5.749 billion
Toys and Merchandise: $17 billion
Video Games: $4.28 billion
Intellectual Property: $4 billion
Miscellaneous: $3.65 billion
As of February 2018:
Box Office: $9.1 billion[4]
George Lucas The Walt Disney Company
Harry Potter[lower-alpha 2] 1997 25 billion (as of April 2016)[5][6] Book Sales: $7.7 billion
DVD Sales: $2 billion
Merchandise Sales: $7.3 billion
Rentals: $600 million
As of January 2018:
Box Office: $8.53 billion[7]
J. K. Rowling J. K. Rowling
Warner Bros.
James Bond 1953 19.9 billion (as of October 2015)[8] N/A Ian Fleming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Call of Duty 2003 15 billion (as of February 2016)[9] N/A Infinity Ward Activision Blizzard
The Simpsons 1989 12 billion (as of October 2014)[10] N/A Matt Groening 20th Century Fox [lower-alpha 3]
Star Trek 1966 10 billion (as of July 2016)[11] As of December 1998:
Retail Sales: $3.5 billion[12]
TV Revenues: $2.3 billion[12]
Home Entertainment: $1 billion[12]
Box Office: $1 billion[12]
Gene Roddenberry CBS Corporation
Paramount Pictures
Ice Age 2002 6 billion (as of April 2016)[13] As of 2014:
Box Office: $2.9 billion[14]
Retail Sales: $1.3 billion[14]
Blue Sky Studios 20th Century Fox [lower-alpha 4]
Jurassic Park 1990 5 billion (as of 2000)[15] Box Office: $1.6 billion[16]
Retail Sales: $1.5 billion[16]
Home Entertainment: $454 million[16]
Steven Spielberg
Michael Crichton
Universal Studios
Mortal Kombat 1992 5 billion (as of June 2000)[17] N/A Midway Games Chicago
Ed Boon
John Tobias
Warner Bros.
Halo 2001 5 billion (as of November 2015)[18] N/A Bungie Microsoft
Mission: Impossible 1966 4 billion (as of November 2011)[19] N/A Bruce Geller Paramount Pictures
Skylanders 2011 3.5 billion (as of January 2017)[20] N/A Toys for Bob Activision Blizzard
Terminator 1984 3 billion (as of February 2010)[21] N/A James Cameron
Gale Anne Hurd
David Ellison
The Matrix 1999 3 billion (as of February 2016)[22][23] As of 2003:
Home Entertainment: $598 million[24]
Video Games: $162 million[24]
The Wachowskis Warner Bros.
G.I. Joe 1964 2.6 billion (as of December 1996)[25] N/A Donald Levine Hasbro
Neon Genesis Evangelion 1994 2.0 billion (as of April 2006)[26] N/A Gainax Gainax
The X-Files 1993 1 billion (as of May 2002)[27] TV Revenues: $500 million[28]
Box Office: $150 million[28]
Chris Carter Fox Broadcasting Company [lower-alpha 5]
Tomb Raider 1996 1 billion (as of May 2002)[29] N/A Core Design Square Enix
Saw 2004 1 billion (as of October 2009)[30] N/A James Wan
Leigh Whannell
Twisted Pictures
Family Guy 1999 1 billion (as of May 2008)[31] N/A Seth MacFarlane Fox Broadcasting Company [lower-alpha 6]

Incomplete listEdit

Franchise Year of inception Incomplete revenue (USD) Revenue breakdown Creator(s) Owner(s)
Batman 1939 21.553 billion Retail Sales: $16 billion[32][lower-alpha 7]
Box Office: $4.903 billion[33]
Home Entertainment: $650 million[34][lower-alpha 8]
Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Warner Bros
Toy Story 1995 15.9 billion Retail Sales: $14 billion[35][36][lower-alpha 9]
Box Office: $1.9 billion[37]
Pixar The Walt Disney Company
Marvel Cinematic Universe 2008 14.22 billion Box Office: $14.22 billion[38] Marvel Studios The Walt Disney Company
Space Invaders 1978 13.93 billion Video Games: $13.93 billion[39][lower-alpha 10] Tomohiro Nishikado Taito
Square Enix
Pac-Man 1980 13.81 billion Video Games: $12.81 billion[39][lower-alpha 11]
Licensed Products: $1 billion[40]
Toru Iwatani Namco
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Dora the Explorer 2000 13.25 billion Retail Sales: $13 billion[41][lower-alpha 12]
Home Entertainment: $250 million[42][lower-alpha 13]
Chris Gifford
Valerie Walsh
Eric Weiner
Nickelodeon
SpongeBob SquarePants 1999 12 billion Retail Sales: $12 billion[43][lower-alpha 14]
Box Office: $463 million[44][45]
Stephen Hillenburg Nickelodeon
Cars 2006 11.4 billion Box Office: $1.4 billion[46][47][48]
Retail Sales: $10 billion[49][lower-alpha 15]
John Lasseter The Walt Disney Company
Street Fighter 1987 10.738 billion Video Games: $10.61 billion[39][lower-alpha 16]
Box Office: $128.2 million[50][51][52]
Takashi Nishiyama
Hiroshi Matsumoto
Capcom
The Lion King 1994 10.168 billion Merchandise: $3 billion[53][lower-alpha 17]
Box Office: $968 million[54]
Musical: $6.2 billion[55]
Roger Allers
Rob Minkoff
The Walt Disney Company
Warcraft 1994 9.6637 billion Video Games: $9.23 billion[39][lower-alpha 18]
Box Office: $433.7 million[56]
Allen Adham
Frank Pearce
Michael Morhaime
Activision Blizzard
Dungeon Fighter Online 2005 8.7 billion Video Games: $8.7 billion[57][lower-alpha 19] Neople Nexon
Transformers 1984 8.085 billion Retail Sales: $3 billion[58][lower-alpha 20]
Box Office: $4.385 billion[59]
Home Entertainment: $700 million[60][lower-alpha 21]
Riders Per Day: $50,000[60]
Tomy
Hasbro
Nobuyuki Okude
Hasbro
Tomy
Ultraman 1966 7.4 billion Merchandise: $7.4 billion[61][lower-alpha 22] Eiji Tsuburaya Tsuburaya Productions
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1984 7.1 billion Retail Sales: $6 billion[62][lower-alpha 23]
Box Office: $1.1 billion[63]
Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird
Nickelodeon
Mario 1981 7.0209 billion Video Games: $7 billion[64][lower-alpha 24]
Box Office: $20.9 million[65]
Shigeru Miyamoto Nintendo
Power Rangers / Super Sentai 1993 6.2184 billion Retail Sales: $6 billion[66][lower-alpha 25]
Box Office: $218.4 million[67]
Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Shotaro Ishinomori
Saban Capital Group
Toei Company
Spider-Man 1962 6.143 billion Box Office: $4.843 billion[68]
Retail Sales: $1.3 billion[69]
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Marvel Entertainment
The Walt Disney Company
Sony
Mickey Mouse 1928 6 billion Retail Sales: $6 billion[70] Walt Disney
Ub Iwerks
The Walt Disney Company
Pirates of the Caribbean 1967 6 billion Box Office: $4.4 billion[71]
Retail Sales: $1.6 billion[72][lower-alpha 26]
The Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company
Middle-earth 1937 5.85 billion Box Office: $5.85 billion[73] J. R. R. Tolkien Tolkien Estate
Warner Bros.
Disney Princess 2000 5.5 billion[74] Retail Sales: $3 billion[75] Andy Mooney The Walt Disney Company
Dragon Ball 1984 5.3573 billion Merchandise: $5 billion[76][lower-alpha 27]
Box Office: $357.3 million[77]
Akira Toriyama Bird Studio
Shueisha
Shrek 1990 5.1 billion Box Office: $3.5 billion[78]
Home Entertainment: $1.6 billion[79][lower-alpha 28]
William Steig
DreamWorks Animation
Universal Studios
Gundam 1979 5 billion Retail Sales: $5 billion[80][lower-alpha 29][lower-alpha 30] Yoshiyuki Tomino Sunrise
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 5 billion Video Games: $5 billion[82][lower-alpha 31] Yuji Naka
Naoto Ohshima
Hirokazu Yasuhara
Sega
Yu-Gi-Oh! 1996 5 billion Retail Sales: $5 billion[83][lower-alpha 32] Kazuki Takahashi Kazuki Takahashi
Shueisha
Beyblade 1999 4.6 billion Merchandise: $4.6 billion[84][lower-alpha 33] Takao Aoki Shogakukan
Ben 10 2005 4.5 billion Retail Sales: $4.5 billion[85][lower-alpha 34] Duncan Rouleau
Joe Casey
Joe Kelly
Steven T. Seagle
Cartoon Network
Seinfeld 1989 4.06 billion TV Revenues: $4.06 billion[86][lower-alpha 35] Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld
National Broadcasting Company
Astro Boy 1952 3 billion Retail Sales: $3 billion[87][lower-alpha 36] Osamu Tezuka Tezuka Productions
Sailor Moon 1991 2.5 billion Retail Sales: $2.5 billion[88][lower-alpha 37] Naoko Takeuchi Toei Animation
Gran Turismo 1997 2.5 billion Video Games: $2.5 Billion[89][lower-alpha 38] Kazunori Yamauchi
Polyphony Digital
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Hamtaro 1997 2.5 billion Retail Sales: $2.5 billion[90][lower-alpha 39] Ritsuko Kawai Shogakukan
The Powerpuff Girls 1998 2.5 billion Retail Sales: $2.5 billion[91][lower-alpha 40] Craig McCracken Cartoon Network
Winx Club 2004 2.5 billion Retail Sales: $2.5 billion[92][lower-alpha 41] Iginio Straffi Rainbow S.r.l.
Superman 1938 2.2 billion Box Office: $2.2 billion[93] Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
Warner Bros
Yo-kai Watch 2013 2 billion Retail Sales: $2 billion[94][95][lower-alpha 42] Level-5 Level -5
Nintendo
Ghostbusters 1984 1.74 billion Box Office: $740 million[96]
Retail Sales: $1 billion[97]
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Columbia Pictures
Rugrats 1991 1.6995 billion Merchandise: $1.4 billion[98][lower-alpha 43]
Box Office: $299.5 million[99]

Paul Germain
Nickelodeon
Scooby-Doo 1969 1.5 billion Retail: $1 billion[100][lower-alpha 44]
Box office $457.1 million [101]
Home sales $15 million[102][lower-alpha 45]
Joe Ruby
Ken Spears
Warner Brothers
Care Bears 1981 1.5 billion Retail Sales:$1.5 billion[103][lower-alpha 46] Those Characters from Cleveland American Greetings
Friends 1994 1.5 billion TV Revenues $1.5 billion[104][lower-alpha 47] David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Resident Evil 1996 1.436 billion Box Office: $1.236 billion[105] Shinji Mikami
Tokuro Fujiwara
Capcom
One Piece 1997 1.3711 billion Retail Sales: $1 billion[106][lower-alpha 48]
Box Office: $371.1 million[77]
Eiichiro Oda Eiichiro Oda
Shueisha
Doraemon 1969 1.148 billion Box Office: $1.148 billion[77] Fujiko F. Fujio Shogakukan
Digimon 1997 1 billion Retail Sales: 1 billion[107][lower-alpha 49] Bandai Bandai
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 2010 1 billion Retail Sales: $1 billion[108] Lauren Faust Hasbro

See alsoEdit

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Notes Edit

  1. 35% of this was generated in Japan, while the other 65% was generated internationally.
  2. This figure only includes the main Harry Potter Total and not any spin offs in the Wizarding World such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film
  3. pending acquisition by The Walt Disney Company
  4. pending acquisition by The Walt Disney Company
  5. pending acquisition by The Walt Disney Company
  6. pending acquisition by The Walt Disney Company
  7. Retail Sales up until 2012.
  8. This figure only includes Home Entertainment Sales for the films Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin
  9. Retail Sales up until 2014
  10. Arcade and software revenue up until 2016
  11. Arcade and software revenue up until 2016
  12. Retail Sales up until 2014.
  13. Home Entertainment Sales up until 2005
  14. Retail Sales up until 2015
  15. Retail Sales up until 2011
  16. Arcade and software revenue up until 2016
  17. Sales up until 1998
  18. Online and software revenue up until 2016
  19. Software Revenue up until 2016
  20. Retail Sales up until 2006
  21. Home Entertainment Sales from 2007 to 2014
  22. Sales up until 1987.
  23. Retail Sales up until 1994.
  24. Software Revenue up until 2002.
  25. Retail Sales up until 2001
  26. Retail Sales up until 2011.
  27. Sales up until 2012
  28. This figure includes only the first two Shrek Films.
  29. Retail Sales up until 2000.
  30. Estimated to be around ¥50 billion per annum[81]
  31. Software Revenue up until 2014.
  32. Retail Sales up until 2012
  33. Sales up until 2015
  34. Retail Sales up until 2015
  35. TV Revenues up until 2017
  36. Retail Sales up until 2004.
  37. Retail Sales up until 1996.
  38. Software sales up until 2013.
  39. Retail Sales up until 2002
  40. Retail Sales up until 2014.
  41. Retail Sales up until 2010.
  42. Retail Sales up until 2015
  43. Sales up until 1999.
  44. Retail until 2004
  45. Not all home media sales
  46. Retail Sales up until 1986
  47. TV Revenues up until 2001
  48. Retail Sales up until 2004.
  49. Retail Sales up until 2000.

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