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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.

    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.

    Disney/Marvel/Pixar

    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.

    Paramount

    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

    Universal Pictures

    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

    Warner Bros.

    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

    Sony/Columbia

    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

    20th Century Fox

    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

    Lionsgate

    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

    Summit

    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

    Dreamworks

    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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