The amazing science fiction movies & franchises

From the spaceship hurtling through space to the gleaming lightsaber in the darkness; from wand-based magic to mighty superheroes fighting alien forces. Sci-fi films have carved for themselves a major place in the filmmaking industry. Not only do these films have a massive fan base, they also do tremendously well in the box office too.

Films tagged as sci-fi or science fiction are typically scientific, visionary, comic-strip like productions that are inventive, fanciful, and incorporate imaginative locations aided by exceptional film production design, advanced technical gadgets, and fantastic special effects. While some franchises fail to create a mark, others top the list in every way and form. This is a list of some immensely popular and top-selling sci-fi franchises.

13.The Matrix

The Matrix adapted the strange premise of humans living inside a simulation and transformed it into a blockbuster action franchise, making Keanu Reeves a household figure. The films introduced several themes and features that are now regarded as iconic, such as the entire red pill, blue pill motif and heavy usage of CGI.

The film has done incredibly well at the box office.

$1.6 billion in box office revenue; Rs 124,738,560 crore

12. The Terminator

The Terminator series is about humanity’s relationship with technology and the dangers of dehumanisation. And that one should not put faith in reality’s fabric because the world is fragile and can alter at any time.

The archetypal action film, defining the genre, has been a staple name in the sci-fi genre. The film did astonishingly well for a 1991 film.

$2 billion in box office revenue; Rs. 200 crores.

11. Planet of the Apes

The first Planet of The Apes film was produced in 1968 and was a critical and commercial triumph, launching an entire series of films. It was based on the novel La Planete des Singes by French novelist Pierre Boulle. A new trilogy was released in 2011.

$2.1 billion in box office revenue; Rs 1,63,78,91,85,000

10.Hunger Games

Young adult literature was made popular with the incredible success of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. It was set in a dystopian future and presented the narrative of Panem, a corrupt government where young residents are forced to compete in a death game akin to a battle royal. With its adaptation into a movie series, several records were broken and a new incredible franchise was introduced.

$2.9 billion in box office receipts; Rs 226,088,640,000 in rupees

9.Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is a sprawling action-adventure film set in a time when the Caribbean oceans were scavenged by wicked pirates. In this action-packed adventure, Will Turner, a young man, is paired with an unusual friend in the form of a rogue pirate named Jack Sparrow.

While the film series was well-received in the United States, international moviegoers accounted for the majority of the ticket purchases. There have been five movies in the franchise until now, with talks for a sixth one coming up.

$4.2 billion in box office receipts; Rs 35,25,94,686 in rupees


The science fiction series about extraterrestrial intelligent robots that can turn into vehicles has consistently managed to bring in hundreds of millions.

The Transformers franchise is filled with themes of selflessness, courage, and never giving up or backing down, and how fighting for the small and weak can truly prove to be the greatest among us, and of the things that matter most in life.

$4.86 billion in box office revenue; Rs 3,790,000,199,000 in rupees

7.Jurassic Park/World

The Jurassic franchise is a triumph of science fiction, suspenseful filmmaking, and narrative in general, with the right blend of spectacle and content that has captivated spectators all over the world. Two sequels, a reboot, and a sequel to the reboot have followed.

The film series follows a man unable to learn from his mistakes, who is normally trapped in the caves, but with access to ever-more powerful technologies, that is changing.

$4.99 billion in box office revenue; Rs 3,89,14,24,05,500

6. Middle Earth

The Tolkien franchise’s great success ensured that fans will be able to return to the world of Middle-earth in the near future. The franchise includes “The Lord of the Rings” novels and a trilogy based on “The Hobbit” are among them.

The series is regarded as Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed franchise. It has received a total of 38 Academy Award nominations. The series brings together all of Middle-Key Earth’s stories.

$5.86 billion in box office revenue; Rs 4,57,11,25,23,000

5.The Fast and the Furious series

Since 2001, the Fast and Furious franchise has expanded into a massive enterprise.The films are internationally acclaimed with a massive global haul.

There are over ten films within the franchise, with several spin-offs and television productions to carry the name of this highly successful franchise.

$6 billion in box office revenue; Rs 4,67,96,31,00,000

4. James Bond

The name Bond, James Bond, has been ruling over the box office for decades now. It is perhaps one of the longest-running film franchises in cinematic history. The first film, introduced back in 1963, has given rise to 24 more films.

The framed secret agent and his story shown on screen have been a top-seller for a very long time. Numerous Hollywood A-listers have taken up the mantle of this iconic agent, such as Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.

With the release of “No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig has officially retired the mantle, leading to the search for the next heir of this massively popular franchise.

$7 billion box office; Rs 5,45,94,99,50,000

3. The Wizarding World

From the shaggy haircut, classic round glasses, and the light scar, the boy who lived has dominated style and box office records for years now. With its first film screening back in 2001, the franchise has continued to grow with the Fantastic Beast series.

The eighth Harry Potter movie took the world by storm, creating a massive surge in its box office collections. The Wizarding World has a total of 11 movies today. The spells, friends, teachers, and battles are something that can never be forgotten.

$9.6 billion in box office revenue; Rs 7,48,69,00,80,000 in rupees

2. Star Wars

Star Wars brought to life the ecstatic imagination of the audience. Beginning back in 1977, the franchise has continued to dominate the box office and fans’ hearts for nearly 45 years.

There have been a total of 12 Star Wars films released in theatres, with nine being a part of the Skywalker Saga, two being standalone spinoff films, and one being an animated feature. The franchise is continuing to grow with Patty Jenkins being hired to direct “Rogue Squadron,” a new film scheduled to be released in 2023. Taika Waititi and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige are also directing Star Wars movies.

$10.2 billion in box office revenue; Rs 7,95,51,89,10,000.

1. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

The plot, characters, setting, dialogues, all mark the MCU as distinct from other franchises. The highly elaborate productions provide a world different from the known. With multiple plot lines, character trajectory, and heartwarming and heart-wrenching scenes, the MCU has led the scoreboard of being a top-selling franchise for years now.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008 with its first instalment being ‘Iron Man.’ Since then, there has been no looking back. With 28 films and multiple television series, to be accompanied by numerous other theatrical releases and television productions, the saga continues.

$26.646 billion in box office revenue; Rs 20,78,25,61,02,300.


With a majority of the franchises still gearing-up for theatrical releases, sci-fi has been a major reason for the economic growth of the film industry. Lists of the highest grossing films across all genres largely consist of incredible sci-fi films.

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