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So I got bored and decided to analyse the all-time top 100 movies by box office by franchise. The data here is from Box Office Mojo, and it was taken on 6/9/2019.
The charts and the data I used are below–after my shameless plug.
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Here are all the franchises at the top 100 box office of all time. Marvel Studios has about 15% of the all-time box office.
Below it’s a simpler version (by studio). BV is Buena Vista,which is basically Disney.
Marvel as an IP
I grew up reading Marvel comics in the 80’s and this renaissance of Marvel movies is what made me create this chart. Don’t get me wrong–I also like DC movies such as Superman and The Dark Knight Rises, but my favorite was always Marvel, especially Spider-man. And I just can’t believe I’m living in a timeline where Infinity War and Endgame exist.
I also considered Cameron a franchise, and who doesn’t?
So how does Marvel as an IP compares to the other franchises? See the chart below.
I took some liberties with how I divided the franchises/studios. For instance, if Fox or Sony did Marvel movies, they are shown under Marvel. Most Spider-man in the data is all Sony (Homecoming is considered Marvel Studios), but I created a specific category for Spider-man movies, and for the purposes of this analysis it’s under Marvel, not Sony.
In the chart above, think of the films under a studio as “others from that studio.” So “Disney” is actually “Others from Disney,” and same for Sony, This was done to make the chart easier to read. If you want to see how the studios compare, check this chart.
The movies under Marvel Studios are Endgame, Infinity War, The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Black Panther, Iron Man 3, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fox movies under Marvel are Deadpool, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, and The Amazing Spider-Man are all Sony, but are under the Spider-Man section under Marvel. Venom is also a movie by Sony.
Marvel Studios, Star Wars, Pixar, etc. are all Disney, of course, but they’re here under their own franchise. Movies that were aggregated under Disney are Frozen, Beauty and The Beast, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and Maleficent.
In terms of numbers of titles in the top 100, Marvel has 20, while the MCU has 12. The Wizarding World is next with 9 titles, and DC comes in fourth with 6. Again, click on the picture to see a high resolution image.
The figure below show the top franchises by numbers (not box office). Marvel leads with 20 titles of the 100 (or 20%).
In terms of box office, 21.5% of the box office of the top 100 movies of all time are Marvel movies, and about 15% of the same total is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
An Everchanging List
This list will probably change soon. This year, we’ll have Spider-man: Far From Home, a new The Lion King movie, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Marvel will probably stay the same because X-Men: Days of Future Past will move out, but Star Wars will get another movie, and I may have to create a new category for Lion King. Dreamworks will lose its single movie in the list–Madagascar 3–and DC will lose one with Suicide Squad dropping off the list.
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