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Most Successful Film Trilogies

By Gunner Glam

There is an old saying that good things come in threes. In the case of movies, having a third film in a franchise can make it better or not as much.

Instead of mentioning series where a third addition did not fare as well as the original two, Studio Brow would like to share the most successful trilogies of the past few decades, according to Box Office Mojo.


Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) — $219,614,612

Alvin And The Chipmunks (2007) — $ 217,326,974

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) — $129,087,240

ICE AGE – $568,080,573

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) – $196,363,405

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) – $195,329,763

Ice Age (2002) – $176,387,405

THE MATRIX – $592,135,491 

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – $281,492,479

The Matrix (1999) – $171,383,253

The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – $139,259,759

JURASSIC PARK – $766,989,054

Jurassic Park (1993) – $356,748,415

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – $229,074,524

Jurassic Park III (2001) – $181,166,115

TOY STORY – $883,194,478

Toy Story 3 (2010) – $415,004,880

Toy Story 2 (1999) – $245,823,397

Toy Story (1995) – $191,773,049

Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D (2009) – $30,593,152

THE LORD OF THE RINGS – $1,031,169,477

The Return of the King (2003) – $376,853,002

The Two Towers (2002) – $340,478,898

The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – $313,837,577

STAR WARS: EPISODES IV-VI – $1,060,476,463*

A New Hope (1977) – $460,998,007

Return of the Jedi (1983) – $309,206,384

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – $290,272,072

*Includes the 1997 “Special Edition” releases.

TRANSFORMERS – $1,073,748,606

Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen (2009) — $402,111,870

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) — $352,390,543

Transformers (2007) — $319,246,193

 SPIDER-MAN – $1,113,614,571

Spider-Man (2002) – $403,706,375

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – $373,377,893

Spider-Man 3 (2007) – $336,530,303

STAR WARS: EPISODES I-III – $1,122,003,582*

The Phantom Menace (1999) – $431,065,444

Revenge of the Sith (2005) – $380,262,555

Attack of the Clones (2002) – $310,675,583

*Includes IMAX re-releases.

-More coming soon from Studio Brow-

20 responses

  1. I loved all of the Transformers movies…always lots of excitement and adventure. I lost interest in the Matrix…sort of forgot what the mission or purpose was all about. I liked all of the Spiderman movies, but I liked the third one the best. Now I saw all of Star Wars from the 80’s to the last ones they did — very riveting!!! Left you hanging until the next one came out; the special affects were out of this world and I loved how they tried to keep certain aspects the same as the original Star Wars. The overall design of the characters, fighters and soldiers was dynamic. I thought Toy Story was cute — saw all of them with my daughter. I saw all of Jurassic Park on DVD, but you know — if you really think about it — some of the plot was basically the same…avoid getting eaten by man-eating dinosaurs, survive the island, and create a successful rescue mission — all the same if you ask me, but fun nevertheless. I can’t get enough of the Ice Age movies, watch them all the time — just love the sloth…funny. But you are right. Sometimes the third (or fourth) sequel to a movie can really boost the popularity, but then again sometimes it can be a big flop. This is a really good post!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    • Thank you very much, Rene =). All are very enjoyable films and are excellent as part of a trilogy. I know there are plans to possibly continue the Transformers series and the new spider-man movie comes out this year. An third film which looks amazing so far will be The Dark Knight Rises.

      February 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      • Yes, you are so right! My daughter and I are looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises, oh, and let’s not forget the next Men in Black which is sure to be a blast back into the past. I’m keeping my eyes open for Transformers.

        February 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      • Of course. Josh Brolin looks to be a perfect young Agent K.

        February 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

  2. How interesting!

    February 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

  3. I LOVED the Lord of the Rings trilogy.. and I still do love it. So it isn’t a surprise to me that it made a lot of money.. even on the sequels alone. It was just amazing. Great list

    February 22, 2012 at 5:52 AM

  4. Interesting post – some surprises in there, particularly the Alvin movies.
    I’m fairly certain though that the Christopher Nolan Batman movies will be fairly high up on this list once the third one is out.

    And thanks for dropping by and liking my blog, always nice to see a fresh face.

    February 22, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    • Of course, Batman will top as one of the most successful trilogies, not just as a comic book adaptation series but in general. Thank you very much for reading and enjoying our post, looking forward to more of your posts.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

  5. Wow, who would have thought, the Chipmunks.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

  6. I didnt see Superman!!!!

    February 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    • Unfortunately, Superman is not counted because parts three and four were not as successful as the first two. Also due to the fact that there are four films in the original series and it is not officially counted as a trilogy.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    • But thank you very much for your feedback. Looking forward to more of your writing =)

      February 22, 2012 at 5:32 PM

  7. Reblogged this on BlackMarket TV and commented:
    So complete!

    February 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

  8. Reblogged this on PLUGININ.ORG.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

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