Throughout childhood, we grew up watching the adventures of great fictional characters and how they overcame the biggest of challenges. From superheroes to closer to earth figures, the storytellers have built an empire and culture from it. Stories that show the true values of good and evil, heaven and earth, life and death. A means of expression and a phenomenon that has captivated the hearts of generations. Here are ten successful Hollywood franchises that were born to stay.
10. Marvel Cinematic Universe
The expanding world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has 19 films in its pocket. Yes, 19 films that have captured the attention and the deepest dreams of millions of fans around the world. The cinematic universe is made up of The Avengers films, Captain America, Spider-man and many more. Despite the fact that all of these can be seen as stand-alone movies, they all come together to make up the gigantic franchise. This is the main reason why the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a tough one to surpass. In the past ten years, the franchise has received more the $10 billion dollars in revenue.
Their stories have accompanied several generations of readers over almost eight decades. It is a company of cultural resonance and continuous commercial success. One that maintains its power through the perfect integration of the imagination of the authors and the fantasies of the readers. With several films scheduled for the coming years and many already in production or already premiered, Marvel has a promising future in the world of entertainment. These movies include Thor: Ragnarok, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Undoubtedly, Marvel will continue to generate millions in profits not only for the company itself, but also for all the investment companies that have believed in its original catalog of characters and their amazing stories.
9. Star Wars
Since its birth with A New Hope in 1977, Star Wars has become in a worldwide phenomenon until our present days. With eight movies in the market, the franchise reached levels of appreciation and the highest of cinematic honors from millions of fans. The story about battles between the light and the dark, both embodied by on character throughout six movies set the stage for a new trilogy of the franchise in recent years. Fans had been waiting for years to see their beloved heroes once again on the big screen. The same heroes portrayed by legendary actors that once dared to take such a bold task.
Despite the fact that the original Star Wars films were the flagship of the franchise, The Force Awakens became the saga’s highest grossing film in 2015, collecting an outstanding $2.068 billion dollar revenue. Nonetheless, this number is still quite small compared to the box office total that oscillated around $9.097 billion dollars. Success is not only measured by the amount of money the films have received from their screenings, Star Wars has been able to expand beyond the movie theaters into the gaming and comics industry, an arena that most films don’t reach.
8. Back to the Future
Since the premiere of the three films Back to the Future, in 1985, 1989 and 1990, the franchise has accumulated profits of 416 million dollars, positioning itself as one of the most successful sagas in the history of cinema. The commemoration of “Back to the Future Day” a few years back included the return of Matty and Dr. Brown on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd again played them. It always great and fun to see those figures who nourished our youth with laugh and suspense while traveling back and forth in time.
The special re-release of the trilogy Back to the Future made a few years back on the occasion of the commemoration of the “Back to the Future Day”, registered a worldwide collection of 4.8 million dollars worldwide. According to the portal Variety, the new projection of the adventures of Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly raised a total of $ 1,650,000 in the US alone, where it was shown in 1,815 cinemas. In international theaters, the trilogy managed to gather 3.2 millions of dollars. If this amount of money was collected in just a day worldwide, imagine what a reboot of the saga can earn.
7. The Lord of the Rings
The average of the six films is $974.5 million dollars. The one which received the least in the box office was ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’, which won $869.3 million dollars and laid the first stone for a risky project because Peter Jackson decided to shoot all three films at once. As for the most successful, it was ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. Not only because it won 11 Oscars, a record of statuettes shared only with ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘Titanic’. The 1,119.1 kilos that the closing of the trilogy amassed on screens around the world was added to the Academy Awards.
Another title of the franchise has passed the barrier of one billion. It was ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. It stopped collecting at around $1,021.1 million dollars. In fact, despite having a worse assessment of criticism, the trilogy of The Hobbit collected more than The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps the wishes and desires from the fans condensed over the years that the franchise was inactive, and exploded with the release of the continuation of the story. Regardless, it is clear that new cinematic technology and fresh actors gave the franchise a revitalizing look.
6. Fast and the Furious
In April 2015, the sixth highest grossing film in history was released. “Furious 7”, the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” saga, raised more than US $ 1,500 million worldwide. Interestingly, the projections for “The Fate of the Furious” (“Fast and Furious 8”) were not as optimistic as the record of its predecessor. The reason? Paul Walker. The death of the interpreter of Brian O’Conner in an automobile accident mourned the production but originated a massive response from the fans, who went to the cinema to find out what had happened with their favorite character.
Rated as the best of the saga by critics (79% in Rotten Tomatoes, 67% in Metacritic and A in Cinemascore), and pushed by the tribute to Walker, F7 came to break the records and get a return eight times higher than its budget of US $ 190 million. The world would think that the scene with the forked paths and Dom saying goodbye to Brian would be the end of the saga. However, Vin Diesel, protagonist and producer of the film, revealed that Walker himself had promised an eighth installment. The production decided to honor his wishes. According to the website TheMovieDB, the budget for “Fast and furious 8” is “only” US $ 150 million, and this will be the first in a new trilogy of crime and destroyed cars.
Transformers: 30 years have passed since the beginning of a historical license that over time has managed to launch a line of toys, several video games and a film saga by the hand of Michael Bay. For 30 years, robots have gone through television series such as’ Transformers Generation 2 ‘,’ Transformers: War of Beasts’ and even several crossovers with the franchise ‘G.I. Joe.‘. Michael Bay bet on robots in 2007 with the first feature film, and that after its groundbreaking success around the world, Universal Studios launched two new sequels.
The latest film ‘Transformers: The Era of Extinction’, was accompanied by the video game ‘Transformers: The Dark Spark’ that can be found for sale now in every store. To remember the history of these characters, Activision has created an infographic to make us travel a bit by nostalgia to reach our times. It is highly recommended for those hard-core fans to revise thoroughly all the exclusive material from the infographics. Transformer has tried that but is hard to consolidate the strength as a top classic movie franchise.
4. Toy Story
Toy Story is a franchise that was born in 1995, crafted by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The franchise is about toys that come to life in secret and that cover great adventures. Until now, it is one of the most famous animation franchises. The films were directed by John Lasseter (Director in Toy Story and Toy Story 2), Lee Unkrich (co-director in Toy Story 2 and director in Toy Story 3) and Ash Brannon (Co-director in 2). Imagine if this kind of thing actually happened in real life. Most likely, the way kids would perceive toys would change the way cultures around the world see greater things.
The franchise has a success that has raised $ 1.9 billion around the world. The third film (Toy Story 3), is part of the list of the 10 films with the most box office in history, and so far, no other animated film has achieved such a number and such success. This is a major milestone for an animated movie. This kind of results demonstrates the quality of the content and how it was delivered to the audience. It is safe to believe that the millions of fans who long wished for Toy Story to return to the theaters, had the best and most nostalgic reencounters in front of the big screen,
3. James Bond
After more than 50 years in this deadly game, we will always find enemies and people who do not like others success and no, we do not refer to the character but the franchise itself. To commemorate and appreciate the 25 years of Agent 007 James Bond, it is important to touch on how this whole universe of glamorous violence full of eccentric villains, women of unequaled beauty with their excesses, secret strengths and gadgets of the future, left a very difficult footprint to ignore in a world that has always been very good for two things: Criticize and parody.
James Bond, after 25 bond movies, it has been an example of how participation, endurance, and tenacity have won committee. Other franchises have been born such as The Kinsgman and Bourne saga. That is where we are scored; It is not that we don’t give. Just alike, Austin Powers was also influenced by the ways of how Bond behaved and how to present such ideas in comic and precise things. Yet, despite all of these things, it is important to notice how Bond was an example to follow for the rest fo committee.
2. Star Trek
The Star Trek space saga has almost half a century of uninterrupted adventures. The series of the sixties went to the cinema in the seventies, it was recomposed again for television with new characters, returned to the big screen until completing a dozen deliveries at the moment, went to science fiction literature, to video games, to comics and countless other merchandise consumed by its legion of followers. The newest installment, Star Trek: Into Darkness, shows that the phenomenon never runs out. The main difference of Star Trek with the rest of science fiction is its strong sense of morality, interest in politics and the defense of civil rights.
The story arose during the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the defense of the rights of African Americans. The Enterprise brings together characters from different planets, but above all, Asian, Russian and black actors with prominence and intellectual weight at a time when it was not frequent. The Starfleet of the United Federation does not cease to be a demonstration that, in the XXIV century, humans not only live in peace with each other but with the inhabitants of the space that surrounds them. The future is presented without hunger, disease and peace.
1. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is already a legend. It has been going on for a long time. Not only at a film level, but also directly in popular culture. In 1993, a legend of the seventh art known as Steven Spielberg made the decision to adapt the novels of Michael Crichton on the big screen. He called it Jurassic Park, but he could have called it “the cinema revolution”. That movie transformed the landscape of the Hollywood industry. He used techniques and digital tools that, later, reached their maximum expression with the appearance of Pixar by the hand of John Lasseter.
It changed forever the status quo and the way to face the overproductions, taking them later to the limit with titles like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter until today. It is the helical history of cinema. Like life itself: it repeats itself, but progresses. After Jurassic Park in 1993 came ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and, after her, Jurassic Park III (2001). Spielberg also signed the second one, but Joe Johnston directed the third episode of the saga. After that end of the trilogy, the Universal Pictures franchise took a break.