There’s something about a movie franchise that makes us come back over and over again.
Maybe it’s the dynamic characters that somehow know how to keep on saving the day. Or maybe it’s a beloved book series with fans across the world. Or maybe it’s just really good marketing.
Whatever the case, film studios depend on franchises to make a good chunk of their money. Click through to see the 40 highest-grossing movie franchises of all time, as determined by Box Office Mojo. Numbers are for worldwide performance and not adjusted for inflation.
Note: Some of the franchises overlap, so a few movies are counted more than once.