Do you know Hollywood's most famous film franchises?

By: John Miller
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Do you know Hollywood's most famous film franchises?
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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?
Actor Sylvester Stallone is best known for his work in which franchise?
Transformers
Rocky
"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.
Shrek

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Which film franchise often features a mysterious power called the "Force"?
Marvel Comics
Indiana Jones
Star Wars
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.

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Which film franchise revolves around the perilous adventures of a young woman named Katniss?
Pirates of the Carribean
Jaws
The Hunger Games
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.

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Which film franchise helped to launch an actor to stardom and then into high-profile politics?
Terminator
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.
National Lampoon
Ice Age

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Capt. James T. Kirk is a major character in which high-flying franchise?
Star Wars
Star Trek
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.
Superman

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Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has been the face of which film series?
Iron Man
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.
Despicable Me
Bourne

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Which franchise features lots of men wearing very dark suits?
Meet the Parents
Men in Black
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.
Karate Kid

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Which franchise relies on the oceans as its primary setting?
Jungle Book
Jaws
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.
Toy Story

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True or false, has the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise made more money than even "Star Wars"?
true
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.
false

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Which film franchise revolves around illegal street racing?
Twilight
The Fast and the Furious
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.
Transformers

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How many movies are there in the "Home Alone" franchise?
5
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.
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The "Deathly Hallows" makes up part of the titles of two films in which movie franchise?
Harry Potter
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.
Spider-man
Twilight

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Clark Kent is the shy character who becomes the hero in which franchise?
Matrix
Toy Story
Superman
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.

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Actor Roger Moore was once the face of which famous film series?
James Bond
Moore was the stout James Bond in multiple 007 movies. He appeared as the British secret agent seven times during his career.
Spider-man
Shrek

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"The Dark Knight" is a moody, ominous film that stands out in which franchise?
Peter Pan
Batman
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.
Planet of the Apes

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Which actress found immense acclaim for her work in the "Alien" franchise?
Bridget Fonda
Natalie Portman
Sigourney Weaver
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.

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The "Temple of Doom" was a major part of which film series?
Harry Potter
Indiana Jones
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!
X-Men

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Johnny Depp achieved super-celebrity status thanks in large part to which successful franchise?
King Kong
Pirates of the Caribbean
Depp was already a star before the "Pirates of the Carribean" franchise. But these five movies launched him into the A-list stratosphere.
Back to the Future

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Which film franchise features blood-sucking vampires as its primary characters?
Ice Age
Twilight
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.
Lethal Weapon

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"The Two Towers" is one of three films in which major franchise?
Star Wars
The Lord of the Rings
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.
Iron Man

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Which film series relies heavily on a rugged character named John McClane?
Cinderella
Die Hard
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!
Finding Nemo

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Which film franchise is the oldest?
King Kong
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.
Despicable Me
Die Hard

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Clint Eastwood is the gritty star in which film series?
Disgusting Dick
Dirty Harry
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."
Filthy Fred

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"Tokyo Drift" is part of a movie title that appears in which franchise?
Rocky
Star Wars
The Fast and the Furious
"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.

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Which film franchise is all about animated vehicles?
Cars
There are now three films in the "Cars" franchise. It all begins in 2006 with Lightning McQueen, an inexperienced car looking for racing glory.
Airport
Police Academy

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"Skyfall" is a fast-paced movie that emerged as part of which franchise?
James Bond
"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.
The Hunger Games
Transformers

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A character named Ethan Hunt is the star of which successful franchise?
Psycho
Mission: Impossible
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.
Nightmare on Elm Street

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Which film franchise is based on books written by military-obsessed author Tom Clancy?
Night at the Museum
Jack Ryan
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.
Monsters, Inc.

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Which film series stars little mischievous characters called Minions?
Pink Panther
Despicable Me
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.
Beverly Hills Cop

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Which horror franchise was sparked by a psychopathic murderer called the "Jigsaw Killer"?
How to Train Your Dragon
Cheech & Chong
Saw
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.

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