With the release of the latest Harry Potter film, CNBC has a slide show featuring the highest grossing movie franchises of all time. Here are the top five…

  1. Star Wars (6 Films, $5.49 Billion)
  2. Harry Potter (6 Films, $5.42 Billion)
  3. James Bond (23 Films, $3.55 Billion)
  4. Shrek (4 Films, $2.94 Billion)
  5. The Lord of the Rings  (3 Films, $2.91 Billion)

As you can see The Lord of the Rings makes the top five, but, just as a point of observation, if you average the number of films to the dollar total, you’ll see that The Lord of the Rings has the highest per film average – around $970,000,000 per film. [See the full list]