Film franchises are a series of movies that follow a story or set of familiar characters. They find devoted audiences -- and amazing box office numbers. How much do you know about these famous movie franchises?
"Sly" Stallone gained stardom for being Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies. Stallone didn't just act -- he also wrote all but one of the films.
The "Star Wars" franchise is one of the most powerful series in the history of movies, and its characters often use the "Force" for both good and evil.
In "The Hunger Games" series, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the heroine who emerges from obscurity and becomes a leader of a rebellion against unjust tyrants.
The "Terminator" franchise, which now features seven films, helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name. His fame and riches then propelled him to the governorship of California.
Capt. Kirk, most famously played by William Shatner, is a central character in the "Star Trek" series, which started all the way back in 1979.
Downey, Jr. is the fast-talking genius Tony Stark, who doubles as the superhero named Iron Man. There have (so far) been two sequels to the original film.
Will Smith is the biggest star in the "Men in Black" movies. He and his cohorts don black suits and sunglasses and then save the planet from mean-spirited aliens.
It's "Jaws," of course. The shark-laden series got its start back in 1975 and the franchise hasn’t seen a new addition since 1987.
The Marvel Comics movies have been spectacularly successful. These 13 films have made more than $9 billion. That's more than the roughly $7.6 billion made by all of the "Star Wars" films.
The first "Fast and the Furious" film hit theaters in 2001. There are currently eight total films in the series, and it is Universal Studios' most successful franchise ever.
Child star Macaulay Culkin played the 8-year-old named Kevin McCallister in the first "Home Alone" movie, which then spawned four (mostly unnecessary) sequels. The fifth film was made for TV.
There are now nine -- yes, nine -- films in the Harry Potter franchise. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was broken into two parts, which were released in 2010 and 2011.
Clark Kent is the bungling, bespectacled journalist who ducks into phone booths to change into his superhero attire. He is, of course, Superman, The Man of Steel.
Moore was the stout James Bond in multiple 007 movies. He appeared as the British secret agent seven times during his career.
In 2008, Christian Bale donned the Batman suit for "The Dark Knight." But as always, the Joker is out to wreak havoc in Gotham, and somehow, Batman has to stop him.
Sigourney Weaver shaved her head, grabbed an automatic weapon and took down hordes of creepy creatures in the "Alien" franchise. It's hard to believe, but there are now eight movies in this series.
In 1984, Harrison Ford reprised his role as Indiana Jones in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." And then he has to eat monkey brain soup!
Depp was already a star before the "Pirates of the Carribean" franchise. But these five movies launched him into the A-list stratosphere.
The "Twilight" films are the stuff of teenagers' wildest fantasies. The five films have grossed over $3 billion dollars worldwide thanks to their voluptuous vampires.
In 2002, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" blew away the box office competition. The story picks up where the previous movie left off, as Frodo and Sam make their way to Mordor.
Actor Bruce Willis ran a lot of skyscraper stairs during the making of the five "Die Hard" movies. He's John McClane, the outcast cop who always finds a way to beat the bad guys. Yippee-ki-yay!
The first "King Kong" movie was in black-and-white and it appeared in 1933. The next oversized gorilla movie is tentatively slated to hit theaters in 2020.
Eastwood, the flinty-eyed Western star, also made a mark as an urban cop in the "Dirty Harry" series. His most famous line? "Go ahead, make my day."
"Drifting" refers to race cars sliding across a surface. "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" was released in 2006, and it's the lowest-grossing movie in the entire series, which has otherwise found incredible success.
There are now three films in the "Cars" franchise. It all begins in 2006 with Lightning McQueen, an inexperienced car looking for racing glory.
"Skyfall" was released in 2012, with Daniel Craig making his third appearance as James Bond. The film's plot revolves around secret agents around the world who suddenly have their identities revealed.
Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, is the inventive action star in the "Mission: Impossible" movies, which have grossed more than $2.7 billion dollars at box offices worldwide.
There are five films in the "Jack Ryan" series by Tom Clancy. The movies have featured some big actors, from Harrison Ford to Ben Affleck to Chris Pine.
The "Despicable Me" series began in 2010, as Dr. Nefarious and his Minions set out on an evil plot. Steve Carrell is the voice of Gru, one of the story's main supervillains. And the Minions, of course, do the bidding of Dr. Nefarious.
The cruel criminal of the "Saw" movies doesn't outright kill people. He traps them and then puts them in horrific situations that the victims must attempt to escape.