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Franchise games

00:00 EDT Friday, April 27, 2012

For years, Hollywood has been going to the same tried-and-true categories to find its biggest franchises. The greatest moneymaker of them all, Harry Potter, saw its final release last year, leaving producers scrambling to discover the next cash cow. The early winner from this year's crop of summer releases? The Hunger Games, which made $155-million (all currency in U.S. dollars) on its first weekend, making it the best-ever opening for a non-sequel, franchise film. Here's where Hollywood is hoping to find gold.

THREE TOP-GROSSING FRANCHISES

Harry Potter $7.7 billion

James Bond $5 billion

Star Wars $4.5 billion

ANIMATED / 3D

Brave - Disney is counting on Pixar to deliver a winner. Other than last summer's Cars 2, every Pixar movie has grossed $200 million domestically (and Cars 2 came close at $191.5 million)

Madagascar 3 (budget over $200 million)

Ice Age: Continental Drift

THE UNDEAD / 3D

Resident Evil

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

ALIENS/SCI-FI/FANTASY / 3D

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

John Carter - The first casualty of blockbuster season suffered from a monstrous $250-million production budget, an unknown leading man and weak marketing. Disney has already posted a $200-million loss - possibly the biggest ever for a single film (budget over $200 million)

Men in Black 3 (budget over $200 million)

Prometheus (budget over $200 million)

ALIENS/SCI-FI/FANTASY

Total Recall

Snow White and the Huntsman

The Hunger Games - Produced by Lionsgate for $80 million, with a marketing budget of $45 million, the film's opening weekend of $155 million means that sequels are all but a done deal

TOY AISLE TIE-INS

G.I. Joe

Battleship

COMICS / 3D

The Avengers - Marvel's Thor and Captain America were among the Top 10 non-sequel releases of last year. Parent company Disney is hoping that The Avengers, with an estimated production budget of around $200 million, will do as well (budget over $200 million)

The Amazing Spider-Man

COMICS

The Dark Knight Rises (budget over $200 million)

OTHER FRANCHISES / 3D

Wrath of the Titans

OTHER FRANCHISES

The Expendables 2

The Bourne Legacy

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2

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