With a Predator reboot coming next year--which director Shane Black said will have a larger scale than previous films--and 2017's Alien: Covenant hitting theaters, the two biggest aliens not owned by Lucasfilm seem to be making a resurgence. Together, both the Alien and Predator franchises have put out 11 movies--two of which feature these aliens hunting each other--and quite a few video games, including that button-mashing one in every arcade during the '90s.
That got us thinking, how much did each of these franchises make and which one, on average, did better? We took a look at the numbers from Box Office Mojo and ranked each movie by its take in the theater and figured out which franchise reigns supreme.
11. Predator 2 (1990)
A predator turns the streets of LA into its hunting grounds in the far-off future of 1997. Neither Danny Glover nor a Xenomorph skull got people into the theaters to see Predator 2. Wait, doesn't that Alien Easter egg mess with the Alien: Covenant and Prometheus timeline?
Domestic Gross: $30,669,413
10. Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
A struggling pizza delivery boy wants to win the heart of a woman he loves; however, Aliens and Predators come to a small Colorado town, fight each other, and what's left is the most ridiculous movie in either franchise.
Domestic Gross: $41,797,066
9. Predator (1987)
A group of armed commandos finds themselves hunted by an alien. This is easily the best movie in the Predator franchise because it's simple, straight-to-the-point, and mixes horror, action, and suspense incredibly well.
Domestic Gross: $59,735,548
8. Alien (1979)
A flight crew in space finds themselves being hunted, one by one. Alien isn't just one of the best science-fiction movies of all time: It's one of the best horror films of all time. It's the only movie in the Alien franchise that can truly be called a horror film.
Domestic Gross: $80,931,801
7. Predators (2010)
Warriors from around the world are kidnapped and brought to an alien planet where they are hunted for sport. Predators is a fun movie, but it didn't revolutionize the franchise. It tried to expand on the mythos but fell a little flat.
Domestic Gross: $52,000,688
6. Aliens (1986)
It's everything you loved about Alien but turned into a high-octane action film. Aliens, especially the Director's Cut, is an outstanding film that everyone should watch at least once. James Cameron's take on the franchise is so different from the original, but it works exceptionally well.
Domestic Gross: $85,160,248
5. Alien 3 (1992)
Primarily known for going through pre-production hell for a decade and through numerous, insane scripts, Alien 3 isn't the worst movie in the Xenomorph saga, but it's close. Somehow, it still brought in quite a bit of money, mostly from overseas.
Domestic Gross: $55,473,545
4. Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Ever since Predator 2, everyone wanted to see a movie with Aliens and Predators fighting each other. In 2004, we got it, and while it's kind of a fun watch, it's ridiculous. Come on, the movie is about archaeologists in Antarctica caught in the middle of an Alien/Predator war in an underground pyramid.
Domestic Gross: $80,282,231
3. Alien Resurrection (1997)
Alien Resurrection brings Ripley back to life, 200 years in the future, and also resurrects the long-dead Xenomorph species. What could go wrong? In between directing The City of Lost Children and Amelie, two incredibly brilliant movies, Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed Alien Resurrection, which had a lot of potential. It's just hard to unsee that alien/human hybrid at the end of the movie.
Domestic Gross: $47,795,658
2. Alien: Covenant (2017)
Alien: Covenant delivered the origin of the Xenomorphs we know and love. The movie fell flat, as it was all over the place, but at least we got to see some Aliens.
Domestic Gross: $74,262,031
1. Prometheus (2012)
Prometheus told the story of how life started on Earth, within the Alien Universe. Like most movies in the Alien franchise, almost everyone met a horrible death.
Domestic Gross: $126,477,084
Which Franchise Did Better?
The Alien franchise brought in more money, in total, since it had a few more movies under its belt. Including the two AvPs, the Alien movies brought in $1.4 billion at the box office, which averages out to $182 million per movie. The AvP movies brought its average down from $243 million. The Predator franchise made $542 million, including the AvP films, which averages out to $172 million per movie.
Obvious Winner: The Alien franchise