A Brief History
On June 12, 1981, movie goers were treated to a film of action, adventure, romance, supernatural, and comedy, when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released, the first of the Indiana Jones movie franchise that now includes four complete films and the upcoming The Dial of Destiny, due for release in the US on June 30, 2023. Dr. Jones does not crack the top 20 money making list, but here are a few that do:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the most prolific franchise, with 31 films and the highest grossing total yet.
Star Wars, boasting 12 films and 9 television shows as well as specials, claiming the second highest box office gross so far.
Spider Man, web slinging his way through 12 movies and 3rd place.
The “Wizarding” World, where Harry Potter and his friends have the 4th highest box office.
The James Bond franchise, with 27 movies to date, but only 5th in box office receipts.
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For more information, please see…
Black, Campbell. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Random House Worlds, 2008.
Castle, J.M. The Ultimate Marvel Trivia & Fact Book: Hundreds of amazing facts and questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, characters and films. Independently published, 2019.
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