Biggest Cash Cows of All Time

This is going to be one of my last two lists before I go on a hiatus from making lists.

The Top Ten Biggest Cash Cows of All Time

1 Apple Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services.

Their products are too expensive and the options are limited. At least you can still buy songs on Apple devices unlike Google Play where they abolished the ability to buy music.

Expensive but very advanced technology. ROBLOX is the real cash cow

Want Proof that they are Cash Cows they sold a Pencil for $100 and people still bought it - christangrant

Yes, with all the IPhones going around. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

2 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

It's the anime that most kids are familiar with, and it has exploded into decades of video games, trading cards, and an anime lasting over 700 episodes. I hope Nintendo is enjoying raking in the dough that this franchise made for them, as well as their other stuff, such as Mario, Zelda, etc. Those are also big cash cows, and they will be added to the list as well.

Yep, they do everything to meet their user's quality standards. That's why they are one of the best franchises in the world. - Neonco31

The first ever anime I ever saw. - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

How is this above Apple? - MaxPap

3 Minions

Did I mention a sequel to the Despicable Me prequel is being made.

I'm not going to lie, these guys are really cute and I did use to have a whole room themed around minions but... why didn't I vote something else *sighs*

Why is Frozen above? No one pays attention to Frozen compared to Minions. They even made a 2 hour long commercial and put it on theaters. At least Frozen isn't a bad movie, but this movie is terrible. Call of duty eh, Apple makes devices, and obviously electronic devices are expensive. And Pokemon is well-known and it's addicting, so Nintendo and Game Freak have to satisfy their users - Ohno

Minions were only ment to be side jokes but then, illumination realized how big of cash cows they are and made an ENTIRE movie based on them. That movie is the 3rd highest grossing animated film now.

4 Call of Duty

I'm sorry, this has to be the most milked to death one on this list. - mattstat716

5 Frozen

When the sequel came along, toxic kiddie fans were wearing Elsa costumes to the cinemas every time. If it gets annoying, say "Anna becomes the Queen of Arnadelle" to them if they have not watched it yet. This will piss off Frozen fans.

It's literally everywhere. You can't escape from it. It has everything: toys, books, clothes, jewelry, coloring books, makeup, fruit snacks, and who knows what else. I used to get annoyed whenever I saw a Frozen related item in the store, but now whenever I go to the store, I just accept that a Frozen related item is obviously going to be there and that there is no escaping from this franchise. No wonder it's the highest grossing animated film ever.

Frozen.. My worst enemy... - HowToTrainYourDragonFan1001

6 Monopoly

This is probably Hasbro's most famous board game. It has many variants, electronic versions, and even a promotion at McDonald's at one point. It's also sold in 101 countries.

7 Michael Bay Michael Benjamin Bay is an American filmmaker known for directing and producing big-budget action films characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, including frequent depiction of explosions.
8 Microsoft Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows, Steam, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms.

Microsoft is enough said.

9 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. ...read more.
10 Power Rangers

The Contenders

11 Harry Potter Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

JK Rowling has already moved on to other things, but this franchise isn't going anywhere. The books are always New York Times bestsellers, the author has become a billionaire due to the series, it has several successful movies, and we also have Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

12 Disney The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

The worst company of all time. Ever since Ralph 2, they really went downhill with the quality of their movies and were only made for money. Onward is the most original Disney movie in YEARS as throughout 2018 and 2019, there were only sequels, pointless adaptions and crappy remakes.

13 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, ...read more.

He is not fictional! - Maddox121

14 Star Wars

This is only 32? - DCfnaf

15 Teen Titans Go! 'Teen Titans Go!' is an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network. The show follows a superhero group called the Teen Titans, and shows what happens when they go home and have silly adventures. This show is Cartoon Network's revival of the popular 2003-2006 American animated television ...read more.
16 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael ...read more.

That one character that is milked to death! (even though he is my favorite Dc Character.) Basically the Meryl Streep of Dc! If you know what I'm saying!

Batman is a major cash cow along with with Superman, Spiderman, etc. Batman has raked in the dough for DC by having countless toys, video games, comics, video games, T.V. shows, and who knows how many films. This franchise may never die and probably won't for the next decade.

17 Shrek

Before Shrek, Dreamworks was known for making movies that almost no one remembers and were only made to capitalize on the success of it's competitor, Disney. However, everything changed with Shrek. It received critical acclaim and even won the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Ever since then, Dreamworks has been more popular and the Shrek franchise is extremely popular, with tons of sequels, a spinoff, food chain promotions, and is one of the most revered internet memes ever.

18 Alvinnn!! and the Chipmunks
19 Garfield Garfield is a comic strip cat, created by Jim Davis in 1978. Garfield is well-known in many countries and has appeared in over 2.500 newspapers. He has also had 2 live-action movies, 3 CGI-movies and two animated TV shows, Garfield and Friends (1988-1994) and The Garfield Show (2008-2014). ...read more.

Garfield is probably a bigger cash cow than Peanuts. Garfield has comic strips, tons of merchandise, a movie, and several animated T.V. shows and specials.

20 Alvin and the Chipmunks
21 Minecraft

New updates suck. The older versions were better. It only deserved to be overrated the first time it became a trend in 2013. When that trend made a comeback in 2019, the game was already getting worse at that point.

The only good part is the game itself (I mostly play PE)

22 Fifty Shades of Grey
23 Shopkins

Similar to Frozen, you can't escape from Shopkins. Every time I go into the store, there are Shopkins everything: from clothes to books to makeup to accessories to home, decor, and party, and of course, legions and legions of toys and sporting goods. The list goes on. There's also a web series that was made available on Netflix for streaming, and a direct-to-dvd movie. However, I'm somehow not annoyed by seeing Shopkins merchandise in the store all the time, because I'm okay with Shopkins. However, that is NOT the case with the extremely overrated cashgrab known as Paw Patrol.

24 Pop Music
25 DC Comics DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies.
26 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American 3D rendered computer animated television series based on the fictional superhero team. It aired on Nickelodeon in the United States from September 29, 2012 to November 12, 2017.
27 Mario Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super ...read more.

Deserves to be overrated since he saved all of gaming.

Mario has a lot of stuff. Mario parties, Mario Karts, they even have Mario cards, and the movie, and the cartoons,and the costumes, and the consoles, and the board games, so yeah,Mario has very good selling.

28 Paw Patrol PAW Patrol is an Canadian animated television series created by Keith Chapman. It is produced by Spin Master Entertainment with animation provided by Guru Studio. In Canada, the series is primarily broadcast on TVOKids, which first ran previews of the show in August 2013. The series first aired on Nickelodeon ...read more.

Barely any Nick Jr show is good nowadays. Even the best Paw Patrol episode is just a terrible as some of the worst Spongebob episodes - Neonco31

The whole Nick jr. channel IN GENERAL ACTUALLY!

This should go higher on the list. I can't even go into the store anymore without seeing a crappy Paw Patrol related item.
Nickelodeon needs to stop overmerchandising this show.

29 Cars

While Cars isn't the biggest Pixar movie out there, it has been very successful in merchandising. From toys to video games and possibly much more, it has made over 10 billion dollars in merchandise sales revenue. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

30 Sony Sony Corporation, commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

The Emoji Movie may have been a financial success, making four times its original budget, it was a massive critical failure by many.

I swear, if they sell as much merchandise as Frozen's for the emoji movie. - Ohno

Can they make one good movie anymore?

Rough Night and Spiderman: Homecoming might be good or bad! But Sony isn't going anywhere with the Emoji movie!

31 WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company that deals primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue sources also coming from film, music, video games, product licensing, and direct product sales.
32 High School Musical

Maybe for the fourth and the television series that are coming out.

33 Doctor Who Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. ...read more.

"The BBC has Doctor Who over in its home country, the UK, as well. Let's see... an original Long Runner series (including a T.V. Movie) with an equally massive Doctor Who Expanded Universe and two non-canon movies. And since the 2005 revival with the new series, the Expanded Universe expanded even more (with material for both the classic and new series), bringing along two successful spin-off series of their own ( Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures). And the merchandising, of course."-T.V. Tropes

34 Ice Age

They made 5 movies and Disney is already making a T.V. show.

1 and 3 are good, 2 Is ok but overrated, The rest are crap - VideoGamefan5

35 K.C. Undercover K.C. Undercover is an American sitcom developed for Disney Channel, created by Corinne Marshall and executive produced by Rob Lotterstein.

It is also a ripoff of Kim possible. - Trollsfan536

It's the Dora of Disney Sitcoms. - Jay12

After Hannah Montana ended, Jessie was basically like Disney Channel's "TTG". But now that's over, so now the only cash cow for their channel is Descendants, which I see merch for it EVERYWHERE.

36 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Michael Jackson was always mass-marketed. He had a T.V. special, clothing, a cartoon show, music videos, tons and tons of merchandise, the best-selling album ever, Pepsi commercials, and his sales skyrocketed after his death. There are also two Cirque du Soleil shows based around his work.

37 The Fast and the Furious

Got 8 mainline movies and a spinoff movie and now there there will be a ninth movie and a Netflix T.V. show since they bought the Fast and Furious license or outright own it now.

There's Too Much Movies, - VideoGamefan5

38 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

Her last album sold over a million copies - christangrant

39 Jurassic Park
40 Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Lawrence began her career in television, playing her first major role as a main cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show.
41 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
42 Suicide Squad
43 Skylanders
44 Beyblade
45 Hello Kitty

Miffy is one of my childhood books by Dutch legend Dick Bruna. RIP. This stupid awful Japanese franchise completely ruined Miffy and got more famous. Screw you guys. - 445956

46 Hotel Transylvania

There will be a fourth movie which is unneeded. It already got 3 movies, 3 games and a show. One of the games is based off the original movie, another based off the third movie and the last one based off the show.

47 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
48 Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

The Cash Train For It Is Too Much, I Just Want This Franchise To Stop, I Liked It But It Went Downhill In 2015, Nexo Knights Better Not Be Selled-Out, - VideoGamefan5

49 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics is the common name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc.
50 Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of Greek actor John Aniston and American actress Nancy Dow, Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends, a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, ...read more.
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