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Big Bucks Bonanza: A Guide To Every Superhero, Sequel And Franchise Film In Hollywood

With Iron Man 3's massive weekend at the box office, the summer movie season officially has lifted off. There's a lot more where that came from.

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You'd be forgiven if, at some point this summer, you looked up at the marquee of your local multiplex and thought you had suddenly been warped back in time. An Iron Man movie? A Hangover? A Star Trek? Haven't you seen those already?

Absolutely. And don't be surprised to see some more, either.

Hollywood's major studios have largely become franchise factories, with business plans based on finding hot properties and then re-creating them as many times as the public will allow. The approach has paid off financially; in 2012, seven of the top 10 box office earners were sequels, led by Marvel's The Avengers.

This summer alone, 17 sequels are set to hit the box office, led by last weekend's Iron Man 3. Here is your guide to all of Hollywood's active big franchises, including how much they cost and how much they made. All financial data courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com. The numbers are not adjusted for inflation.

Avengers

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston

Worldwide Box Office: $1.51 billion

Production Budget: $220 million

Next Movie: 2015

Iron Man

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau

Worldwide Box Office: $585 million; $623 million; $680 million (in one week!)

Production Budget: $140 million; $200 million; $200 million

Next Movie: TBD

Captain America

Stars: Chris Evans, Dominic Cooper, Haley Atwell

Worldwide Box Office: $368 million

Production Budget: $140 million

Next Movie: April 2014

Thor

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Worldwide Box Office: $449 million

Production Budget: $150 million

Next Movie: November 2013

Cars

Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy

Worldwide Box Office: $461 million; $559 million

Production Budget: $120 million; $200 million

Next Movie: TBD

Monsters Inc./University

Stars: John Goodman, Billy Crystal

Worldwide Box Office: $562 million

Production Budget: $115 million

Next Movie: June 2013

Finding Nemo

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

Worldwide Box Office: $921 million

Production Budget: $94 million

Next Movie: 2015

The Muppets

Stars: Jason Segel, Amy Adams (first film), Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey

Worldwide Box Office: $158 million

Production Budget: $45 million

Next Movie: March 2014

Note: The Star Wars franchise was bought by Disney late last year, and will be continued afresh.

Star Trek

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch

Worldwide Box Office: $385 million

Production Budget: $150 million

Next Movie: May 2013

Transformers

Stars: Shia Labeouf in the first three; now, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor

Worldwide Box Office: $709 million; $836 million; $1.12 billion

Production Budget: $150 million; $200 million; $195 million

Next Movie: June 2014

Kung Fu Panda

Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen

Worldwide Box Office: $631 million; $665 million

Production Budget: $130 million; $150 million

Next Movie: June 2013

Mission: Impossible

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner

Worldwide Box Office: $457 million; $546 million; $397 million; $694 million

Production Budget: $80 million; $125 million; $150 million; $145 million

Next Movie: TBD

G.I. Joe

Stars: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson

Worldwide Box Office: $302 million; $355 million

Production Budget: $175 million; $130 million

Next Movie: TBD

Paranormal Activity

Stars: N/A

Worldwide Box Office: $193 million; $177 million; $207 million; $140 million

Production Budget: $15,000; $3 million; $5 million; $5 million

Next Movie: October 2013

Bourne

Stars: Matt Damon in the first three; now Jeremy Renner

Worldwide Box Office: $214 million; $288 million; $442 million; $276 million

Production Budget: $60 million; $75 million; $110 million; $125 million

Next Movie: TBD

Fast and Furious

Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris

Worldwide Box Office: $207 million; $236 million; $158 million; $363 million; $626 million

Production Budget: $38 million; $76 million; N/A; $85 million; $125 million;

Next Movie: May 2013

Despicable Me

Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig

Worldwide Box Office: $543 million

Production Budget: $69 million

Next Movie: July 2013

Jurassic Park

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Sam Neill

Worldwide Box Office: $967 million; $618 million; $368 million

Production Budget: $63 million; $73 million; $93 million

Next Movie: June 2014

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit

Stars: Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Vigo Mortensen, Martin Freeman

Worldwide Box Office: $871 million; $926 million; $1.2 billion; $1 billion

Production Budget: $93 million; $94 million; $94 million; $250 million

Next Movie: December 2013

The Hangover

Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha

Worldwide Box Office: $467 million; $586 million

Production Budget: $35 million; $80 million

Next Movie: May 2013

Sherlock Holmes

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Worldwide Box Office: $524 million; $545 million

Production Budget: $90 million; $125 million

Next Movie: TBD

300

Stars: Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Lena Headey (first one), Lena Headey, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro

Worldwide Box Office: $456 million

Production Budget: $65 million

Next Movie: August 2013

Man of Steel (Superman reboot)

Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe

Worldwide Box Office: TBD

Production Budget: TBD

Next Movie: June 2013

James Bond (most current incarnation)

Stars: Daniel Craig

Worldwide Box Office: $599 million; $586 million; $1.1 billion

Production Budget: $150 million; $200 million; $200 million

Next Movie: TBD

Spider-Man

Stars: Tobey Maguire, James Franco, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe (first trilogy); Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley (second trilogy)

Worldwide Box Office: $821 million; $783 million; $890 million; $752 million

Production Budget: $139 million; $200 million; $258 million; $230 million

Next Movie: May 2014

Men in Black

Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

Worldwide Box Office: $589 million; $441 million; $624 million

Production Budget: $90 million; $140 million; $225 million

Next Movie: TBD

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris

Worldwide Box Office: $243 million

Production Budget: $100 million

Next Movie: September 2013

Grown Ups

Stars: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek

Worldwide Box Office: $271 million

Production Budget: $80 million

Next Movie: July 2013

Resident Evil

Stars: Mila Jovovich

Worldwide Box Office: $102 million; $129 million; $296 million; $240 million

Production Budget: $33 million; $45 million; $60 million; $65 million

Next Movie: September 2014

X-Men

Stars: Patrick Stewart; Ian McKellan; James Marsden; Hugh Jackman; Halle Berry (First three); Hugh Jackman; Michael Fassbender; James McAvoy; Jennifer Lawrence

Worldwide Box Office: $296 million; $407 million; $459 million; $373 million; $353 million

Production Budget: $75 million; $110 million; $210 million; $150 million; $160 million

Next Movie: July 2013

Die Hard

Stars: Bruce Willis

Worldwide Box Office: $140 million; $366 million; $383 million; $392 million

Production Budget: $28 million; $90 million; $110 million; $92 million

Next Movie: TBD

Ice Age

Stars: Cedric the Entertainer, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Jon Leguizamo

Worldwide Box Office: $383 million; $655 million; $886 million; $877 million

Production Budget: $59 million; $80 million; $90 million; $90 million

Next Movie: TBD

Rio

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx

Worldwide Box Office: $484 million

Production Budget: $90 million

Next Movie: April 2014

The Smurfs

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez

Worldwide Box Office: $563 million

Production Budget: $110 million

Next Movie: July 2013

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Stars: James Franco, Freida Pinto (first film), Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke

Worldwide Box Office: $481 million

Production Budget: $93 million

Next Movie: May 2014

The Hunger Games

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz

Worldwide Box Office: $691 million

Production Budget: $78 million

Next Movie: November 2013

The Expendables

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Worldwide Box Office: $247 million; $300 million

Production Budget: $80 million; $100 million

Next Movie: May 2013

Kick-Ass (Sequel is Universal)

Stars: Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Worldwide Box Office: $96 million

Production Budget: $30 million

Next Movie: August 2013

Texas Chainsaw: 3D

Stars: Trey Songz, Alexandra Daddario

Worldwide Box Office: $34 million

Production Budget: N/A

Next Movie: 2014

Tyler Perry's Madea

Stars: Tyler Perry

Worldwide Box Office: $63 million; $90 million; $53 million; $65 million

Production Budget: $6 million; N/A; N/A; $20 million

Next Movie: December 2013

Red

Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise-Parker

Worldwide Box Office: $185 million

Production Budget: $58 million

Next Movie: July 2013

Madagascar

Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Andy Richter, Alec Baldwin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer

Worldwide Box Office: $532 million; $603 million; $742 million

Production Budget: N/A; $150 million; $145 million

Next Movie: 2015

Other

V/H/S

Stars: Joe Swanberg, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, Adam Wingard, Frank Stack, Lane Hughes

Worldwide Box Office: $100,000

Production Budget: N/A

Next Movie: July 2013

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