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Which studios control which movie franchises? This handy chart breaks it down for you

Nov. 6, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Movie studios are all about consistent profit. There does not seem to be any benefit for a studio to invest in a movie these days unless it bears the hallmarks of a franchise. Movies like CLOUD ATLAS are usually the exception to what we see released with a big budget and that was financed independently of the studio system. If you look at the slew of films with delay issues (47 RONIN, WORLD WAR Z), they are major investments for the studios that will likely not bear sequels.

Sequel has become a bad word over the last decade. Most films we get sequels to are not very good, unless they come courtesy of a pre-existing franchise like HARRY POTTER or THE HUNGER GAMES. Studios have begun splitting movies in half to capitalize on finite series, stretching their money as much as possible. Even brands with integrity like Pixar have succumbed to the pressure of revisiting their blockbusters.

But, which studios have the most franchise power under their belts?

This chart comes courtesy of Empire Online. It breaks down all of the big studios and which movie series they have control over. With STAR WARS falling under the control of Disney, you would think they had the biggest stable of titles. In fact, it looks like power shifts in recent months via DreamWorks Animation have thrown things from Paramount over to 20th Century Fox. This chart also assumes certain films will turn into viable franchises (JACK RYAN, JACK REACHER).

Take a look and see who you think has the best line-up of franchises. Which studio holds the most power?

Click the image for a larger version.

Extra Tidbit: Disney has a small chart here, but Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar are all grouped under one bubble, which is a bit misleading.
Source: Empire

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12:16PM on 11/07/2012
I believe Sony still has the Millenium Series (GWTDT), if they decide to keep going with it. Thats probably a little better than Ghost Rider... but who knows.
I believe Sony still has the Millenium Series (GWTDT), if they decide to keep going with it. Thats probably a little better than Ghost Rider... but who knows.
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10:08AM on 11/07/2012
Just like DC, Warner has Batman to hold them all.
Just like DC, Warner has Batman to hold them all.
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7:02AM on 11/07/2012

whew

Glad to see Fox still has 'Fantastic Four' and 'Rio', I was a little worried.
Glad to see Fox still has 'Fantastic Four' and 'Rio', I was a little worried.
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6:51AM on 11/07/2012
Marvel + Lucasfilm? I think we can all agree Disney is the winner here...well once the new star wars films are in production
Marvel + Lucasfilm? I think we can all agree Disney is the winner here...well once the new star wars films are in production
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1:50AM on 11/07/2012

Bit of a misleading article...

Everyone below me who complain about the lack of certain franchises should really check out Empire's original article.

They only list the franchises that may still get sequels. Harry Potter has ended, so the franchise as it is will not see any more movies. That's why it isn't mentioned.
Everyone below me who complain about the lack of certain franchises should really check out Empire's original article.

They only list the franchises that may still get sequels. Harry Potter has ended, so the franchise as it is will not see any more movies. That's why it isn't mentioned.
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10:03PM on 11/06/2012
It's funny how Empire doesn't link a little franchise called Harry Potter to WB.
Maybe it's not as relevant as the Final Destination series...
It's funny how Empire doesn't link a little franchise called Harry Potter to WB.
Maybe it's not as relevant as the Final Destination series...
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7:13PM on 11/06/2012

Is it just me...

or are there some funny ideas of "franchises" on this chart?
or are there some funny ideas of "franchises" on this chart?
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6:49PM on 11/06/2012

Like the guy said below

Plus Disney now owns Indiana Jones as well, not Paramount.
Plus Disney now owns Indiana Jones as well, not Paramount.
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6:30PM on 11/06/2012
I thought Marvel got Ghost Rider back after the sequel flopped?
I thought Marvel got Ghost Rider back after the sequel flopped?
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6:46PM on 11/06/2012
Yep, well spotted.
Yep, well spotted.
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