It may seem hard to believe at first, but Pokemon is the highest grossing franchise of all-time, destroying Marvel and Star Wars. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is focused on fictional creatures called Pokémon, which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport. It started as a pair of video games for the Nintendo Game Boy and has gone on to become the second best-selling video game franchise in history with Mario at number one for that list. However, Pokémon dominates the overall franchise record.
It's estimated that the Pokémon franchise has earned $59.1 billion since 1995. That total includes everything from cartoons, game sales, and anything with the Pokémon name. Additionally, the enormous success of the Pokemon Go Mobile game has raised the awareness level up even higher. Putting those numbers in perspective shows that the Star Wars franchise, which comes in second on the all-time highest grossing franchises, is at $42.9 billion. That number is nothing to scoff at, but one would have imagined that the number would have been higher due to the nearly 20-year head start.
Pokémon fans have the Detective Pikachu movie to look forward to next. The movie is based on the wildly successful video game of the same name, even with mixed reviews from critics and fans. In 2016, it was announced that Legendary Entertainment had acquired the rights to make a live-action film. Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu. Filming began in London in January 2018 and the project is set to be released on May 10th, 2019. While we wait for Detective Pikachu to come out and earn the Pokémon franchise more cash, you can check out the list of the highest grossing franchises at Wikipedia.
Celebrating its amazing feat, here are some Pokemon memes to amuse you: