In other cases, a lengthy gap between installments builds anticipation to fever pitch by the time the release date rolls around, all-but-guaranteeing a surefire hit.
With than in mind, this article will look at the 20 highest-grossing movie franchises of all time and rank them from worst to best.Somewhat surprisingly, there are some big-name franchises that don't manage to crack the top 20 with Superman, The Terminator and Die Hard three notable absentees.These rankings are based on the quality of the franchise rather than the individual merits of each movie, so read on to see which blockbuster series comes out on top. Is it surprising that any of these franchises count amongst the 20 most lucrative in history? The Twilight Saga was a series of literary adaptations seemingly designed for fans of the source material and no-one else.Sparking a cultural phenomenon and making instant stars of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, the five movies in the franchise earned well over $3.3bn at the box office, despite none of them actually being any good.Release dates are locked in years in advance and writers are often hired before the first movie even hits theaters.With blockbuster cinema increasingly built around the brand recognition and established fan-bases that come with franchises, these big-budget features basically market themselves and are almost guaranteed to do solid box office business.
However, commercial success isn't exactly a guaranteed mark of quality anymore.
In some cases, lackluster sequels are churned out every couple of years in order to strike the iron while its hot and generate the maximum amount of income.
Five cent coins are pictured in the air in front of the Federal Palace during an event organised by the Committee for the initiative ''CHF 2,500 monthly for everyone'' (Grundeinkommen) in Bern October 4, 2013.
A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.
Organizers submitted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on Friday and tipped a truckload of 8 million five-rappen coins outside the parliament building in Berne, one for each person living in Switzerland.
These days, almost every major Hollywood release is designed with franchise potential in mind.