People frequently enjoy watching and talking about movies. Like music or hobbies, cinematography plays a crucial role in their lives. Anime, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, and Action are some of the most popular film genres today.
Be it fiction, suspense, drama or superhero movies, if the plot is interesting, these movies gain huge profits globally. Here’s the list of 10 most profitable movie franchises that have made multiple crores at the box office and are still being loved and watched globally.
Directed by: James Cameron
Avatar is a 2009 epic science fiction movie directed, scripted, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. Notably, Avatar was nominated nine times for Oscars!
As per the plot, in order to extract the precious mineral named “unobtanium”, mankind colonises Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, in the middle of the 22nd century. The local Na’vi tribe, a humanoid species native to Pandora, goes under a threat as a result of the mining colony’s growth. The movie’s name refers to a genetically modified Na’vi body controlled by a human brain from far away that is utilised to communicate with the people of Pandora.
Total average profit: ₹1,91,41,62,14,975 (₹19,000 cr approx) with 91.8% of profit margin!
Directed by: Joss Whedon
The MCU making the list comes as no surprise! An American media franchise and shared universe called the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is built around a number of superhero movies made by the Marvel Studios. Characters from American comic books published by Marvel Comics are the inspiration for these movies. The franchise also includes books, short films, digital series, and television shows. Notably, the Avengers franchise, which includes The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, has generated a massive profit!
Total average profit: ₹11,000 crores with a profit margin of 83.7%. Additionally, the franchise generated a total profit of Rs. 4,63,02,39,91,840 crores.
Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
The American computer-animated musical fantasy movie Frozen was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2013, made by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is the studio’s 53rd animated feature film and is based on The Snow Queen, a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen published in 1844. Notably, the movie has been loved by the people from across the globe, gaining massive popularity.
Total average profit: ₹86,15,19,41,077 with 88.92% of average profit margin.
4. The Lion King
Directed by: Jon Favreau
A 2019 American musical drama film written by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment, was directed and produced by Jon Favreau. It is a photorealistic computer-generated recreation of the same-titled Disney film from 1994, which was originally traditionally animated. The story revolves around Simba, a young lion who must accept his position as the legitimate ruler of his homeland after his father, Mufasa, was killed by his uncle named Scar.
Total average profit: ₹82,15,15,55,729 with 87.12% of profit margin.
Directed by: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
It’s also known as Minions 2. Notably, the 2022 American computer-animated comedy film by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures, is the sixth overall instalment of the Despicable Me franchise and the prequel of Minions (2015). Revolving around a tiny and cute creature named as minions with a funny and unique language, the movie is an all time favourite of children as well as teens!
Total average profit: ₹69,49,24,97,777 with 92.65% of profit margin.
6. Jurassic Park
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
The American science fiction movie revolves around a a failed attempt to build a dinosaur theme park, which was eventually renamed as Jurassic World. It all started in 1990 when Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment acquired the publishing rights to Michael Crichton’s book Jurassic Park. Both the novel and its 1993 film adaptation by Steven Spielberg were superhit! In addition to receiving a new theatrical 3D release in 2013, the movie was chosen by the Library of Congress in 2018 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.” Till now, this franchise has come up with a lot of movies on same theme which have gained a massive popularity globally.
Total average profit: ₹62,37,95,34,370 with an average profit margin of 87%
7. Finding Nemo
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Produced by Pixar Animation Studios, the American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film Finding Nemo was released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2003. It portrays the story of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin who looks for his lost kid named “Nemo” alongside Dory, a regal blue tang. Marlin gains risk-taking skills along the way, and also adjusts to the idea that Nemo can take care of himself. Moreover, this is one of the most famous and all-time favourite movies of kids as well as teens, however, as per a survey, even their parents loved watching this movie along with the children.
Total average profit: ₹59,68,50,44,130 with 85.1% of profit margin
8. Black Panther
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Released in 2018, the superhero movie Black Panther is based on the Marvel Comics character. It is the 18th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, made by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (MCU). According to the story, T’Challa succeeds his father as king of Wakanda, but Killmonger (Jordan) challenges him as he wants to end the nation’s isolationist policies and start a world revolution.
Total average profit: ₹53,63,89,52,832 with an average profit margin of 78.93%
9. The Incredibles
Directed by: Brad Bird
Produced by Pixar animation studios, the movie features Bob and Helen Parr, a couple of superheroes known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, who seek to live a tranquil suburban life with their three children while keeping their talents hidden in accordance with a government order. But Bob’s drive to assist others forces the whole family to fight a vindictive fan-turned-enemy. The story of the movie is very interesting, with impressive plot, the film gained massive popularity globally!
Total average profit: ₹56,64,71,08,124
10. The Hobbit
Directed by: Peter Jackson
It’s a series of three high fantasy adventure films including – An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, published in 1937, served as the foundation for the films, which also drew inspiration from The Return of the King’s appendices, which further develop The Hobbit’s plot, and added new scenes and characters.
Total average profit: ₹52,85,81,03,327 with a profit margin of 75.98%
Be it MCU, Jurassic World or any other franchises, their upcoming movies are always excitedly awaited across the world! So these were the top 10 most popular and profitable movie franchises that have made multiple crores at the box office.