Pokémon Is The Highest Grossing Media Franchise Of All Time

Pokémon has grossed $95 billion since it was first unleashed on the world, making it the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

Pokémon first entered our lives during the latter half of the 1990s in the form of TV shows, movies, video games, trading cards, and anything else you can slap Pikachu’s face on. That means most of us over the age of 25 have grown up on the franchise. That also means many of us still love it as adults, as well as new generations joining us in our quest to catch ’em all.

Those of you who have abandoned Pokémon since your childhood might wonder what all the fuss us about. To those people, we say Pokémon GOPokémon Sword and Shield, and Detective Pikachu, among other things. Not only is the franchise still incredibly popular, we would argue that it is thriving today more than it ever has before.

Take Pokémon GO, for instance. If you tell us that you haven’t at least given the game a whirl during its three and a half year lifetime, we would label you a liar. Pokémon GO has grossed an incredible $3 billion in that time and its success only continues to grow. It’s part of the reason why Pokémon as a whole has become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time according to Marketing Mind.

Since first launching in 1996, Pokémon has made a staggering $95 billion. We would hazard to guess that a large chunk of that is due to us nagging our parents to buy us trading cards. What’s more impressive is some of the others that have made less than Pokémon. Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Nintendo rival Mario all make the top ten, but none come close to knocking Pokémon off its throne.

As for who or what might challenge Pokémon for the number one spot in the future, our guess would be the aforementioned MCU. Although it seems like a big deal right now, because it is, it hasn’t been a big deal for long. A few more billion-dollar, box office busting entries over the next few years and it might well give Pokémon a run for its money.

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