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11th Dec '17 5:09:20 AM Saveelich
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** Lots of merchandise gets made of their films. [[note]]''Cars 2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monsters University]]'' are their first non-''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' sequel and prequel respectively[[/note]] It should be said that ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is even more [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] ''[[UpToEleven than their own]] [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory series about toys]]''. This is heavily theorized as to why Cars has gotten [[WesternAnimation/Cars2 two]] [[WesternAnimation/Cars3 sequels]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} a spin-off]] and [[WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue a sequel to the spin-off]] so quickly, to sell the toys.

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** Lots of merchandise gets made of their films. [[note]]''Cars 2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monsters University]]'' are their first non-''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' sequel and prequel respectively[[/note]] It should be said that ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is even more [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] ''[[UpToEleven than their own]] [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory series about toys]]''. This is heavily theorized as to why Cars has gotten [[WesternAnimation/Cars2 two]] [[WesternAnimation/Cars3 sequels]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Planes}} a spin-off]] and [[WesternAnimation/PlanesFireAndRescue a sequel to the spin-off]] so quickly, to sell quickly despite said franchise being Pixar's weakest at the box office. To keep selling toys.
11th Dec '17 5:07:34 AM Saveelich
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* In terms of universal sales over the decades, no company holds a candle to Creator/{{Disney}}.
** WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse alone has raked in millions of dollars ever since his creation in 1928. Major characters like WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} have been best sellers for decades, while Disney's [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon animated canon]] is one of the most unique (over 50 movies, almost all of which have nothing to do with each other) and consistently profitable franchises in Hollywood history. Apart from the animated cartoons Disney has also produced a stream of family friendly live-action films and TV series, including several theme parks devoted entirely to Disney's characters. Today the Disney brand extends to other major brands as well, including {{Creator/Pixar}}, Franchise/TheMuppets, ''Franchise/StarWars'', {{Creator/ABC}}, Creator/MarvelComics, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', {{Creator/ESPN}}...

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* In terms of universal sales over the decades, no company holds a candle to Creator/{{Disney}}.
** * WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse alone has raked in millions of dollars ever since his creation in 1928. Major characters like WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} have been best sellers for decades, while Disney's [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon animated canon]] is one of the most unique (over 50 movies, almost all of which have nothing to do with each other) and consistently profitable franchises in Hollywood history. Apart from the animated cartoons Disney has also produced a stream of family friendly live-action films and TV series, including several theme parks devoted entirely to Disney's characters. Today the Disney brand extends to other major brands as well, including {{Creator/Pixar}}, Franchise/TheMuppets, ''Franchise/StarWars'', {{Creator/ABC}}, Creator/MarvelComics, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', {{Creator/ESPN}}...
11th Dec '17 5:06:47 AM Saveelich
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** Comicbook/IronMan has been the most profitable of the non-Sony, non-Fox Marvel characters so far. [[Film/IronMan1 His]] [[Film/IronMan2 three]] [[Film/IronMan3 movies]] were the highest-grossing solo films of the entire [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] (''Film/IronMan3'' is also the second most-successful MCU film after ''Avengers''), and he has had [[WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures so]] [[Anime/IronMan many]] [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore mass-media]] [[WesternAnimation/IronManAndHulkHeroesUnited appearances]] in the past few years that WolverinePublicity might as well be renamed "Iron Man Publicity".

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** Comicbook/IronMan has been the most profitable of the non-Sony, non-Fox Marvel characters so far. [[Film/IronMan1 His]] [[Film/IronMan2 three]] [[Film/IronMan3 movies]] were the highest-grossing solo films of the entire [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] (''Film/IronMan3'' is also the second most-successful MCU their most successful non-''Avengers'' film after ''Avengers''), to this day), and he has had [[WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures so]] [[Anime/IronMan many]] [[Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore mass-media]] [[WesternAnimation/IronManAndHulkHeroesUnited appearances]] in the past few years that WolverinePublicity might as well be renamed "Iron Man Publicity".
10th Dec '17 11:34:37 AM darkchiefy
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* ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' lasted for seven movies. And then there's the video games...

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* ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' lasted for seven movies.has released 8 films as of 2017. And then there's the video games...
8th Dec '17 7:03:19 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has made it a long way for what many used to consider a niche DarkFantasy {{seinen}} franchise, with a manga that's been ongoing since 1990 with 38+ volumes and finally hit 40 million volumes in circulation in February 2016. Adaptations include ''Anime/Berserk1997'' by Creator/OLMIncorporated; two videogame adaptations by Yuke's, ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'' (Dreamcast, 1999) and ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'' ([=PS2=], 2004); The ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'' theatrical anime film trilogy (2012-2013) by Creator/Studio4C, which produced [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/guts_and_griffith_selling_fast_food.jpg this]] amusing fast food cross-promotion; ''Anime/Berserk2016'', a TV anime by GEMBA and Millepensee which picks up after the movies; and the videogame ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk'' (Fall 2016) developed by Omega Force. Fans are invited to buy $200 limited edition figurines of Guts, Griffith, or Casca, and all the animated versions are available in deluxe UsefulNotes/BluRay box sets. Japanese fans can also buy ''Berserk'' keychains, pillows, and even underwear!

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has made it a long way for what many used to consider a niche DarkFantasy {{seinen}} franchise, with a manga that's been ongoing since 1990 with 38+ 39+ volumes and finally hit 40 million volumes in circulation in February 2016. Adaptations include ''Anime/Berserk1997'' by Creator/OLMIncorporated; two videogame adaptations by Yuke's, ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'' (Dreamcast, 1999) and ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'' ([=PS2=], 2004); The ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'' theatrical anime film trilogy (2012-2013) by Creator/Studio4C, which produced [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/guts_and_griffith_selling_fast_food.jpg this]] amusing fast food cross-promotion; ''Anime/Berserk2016'', a TV anime by GEMBA and Millepensee which picks up after the movies; and the videogame ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk'' (Fall 2016) developed by Omega Force. Force; a light novel, ''The Flame Dragon Knight''; and an Official Guide Book. Fans are invited to buy $200 limited edition can spend hundreds of dollars on high quality figurines of Guts, Griffith, or Casca, and all of the animated versions are available in deluxe UsefulNotes/BluRay box sets. Japanese fans can also buy ''Berserk'' keychains, pillows, and even underwear!
8th Dec '17 12:25:37 AM LB7979
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* It's too soon to call whether ''Film/TheHungerGames'' will become this for Creator/LionsGate, but the studio's stock ''doubled'' in price the weeks after the first movie's release. Though with most people comparing the series to ''Survivor'' and ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' combined, and Lionsgate's plan to split ''Mockingjay'' [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo into two movies]], it's turned into either this trope or a ridiculously large-scale gamble at this point.

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* It's too soon to call whether ''Film/TheHungerGames'' will become this for Creator/LionsGate, but the studio's ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Creator/LionsGate's stock ''doubled'' in price the weeks after the first movie's release. Though with most people comparing the series to ''Survivor'' and ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' combined, and Lionsgate's plan to split ''Mockingjay'' [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo into two movies]], it's turned into either this trope or a ridiculously large-scale gamble at this point.release.



* At one time, ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' existed only at Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Now it's up to four blockbuster movies, with a fifth in development even before the fourth was released, and billions of dollars in global merchandising revenues.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': At one time, ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' this only existed only as a ride at Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Now it's up to four blockbuster movies, with As of 2018, five live-action movies have been released and a fifth sixth is in development even the planning stage. Even before the fourth movie was released, and the franchise garnered billions of dollars in global merchandising revenues.
4th Dec '17 3:20:52 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* ''VideoGame/AnimalJam'', created to follow the children's [=MMO=] trend started by ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'', proved insanely successful for [=WildWorks=] that the company showered it with attractive DetailHoggingCovers and TheMerch, in less than a decade.

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* ''VideoGame/AnimalJam'', created to follow the children's [=MMO=] trend started by ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'', proved insanely successful for [=WildWorks=] that the company showered it with attractive DetailHoggingCovers and ads with {{Detail Hogging Cover}}s, TheMerch, and regular mountain-sized loads of new updates, in less than a decade.
4th Dec '17 3:17:38 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* ''VideoGame/AnimalJam'', created to follow the children's [=MMO=] trend started by ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'', proved insanely successful for [=WildWorks=] that the company showered it with attractive DetailHoggingCovers and TheMerch, in less than a decade.
3rd Dec '17 8:17:15 AM mimitchi33
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* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is also this for Disney. Merchandise can still be found a year after the movie was made, it got an ice show and the CD has topped the Billboard children's music charts for '''half a year'''. It helps that unlike most of their franchises, this one appeals to both genders.

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* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is also this for Disney. Merchandise can still be found a year after the movie was made, it got an ice show and the CD has topped the Billboard children's music charts for '''half a '''one year'''. It helps that unlike most of their franchises, this one appeals to both genders.
3rd Dec '17 8:15:42 AM mimitchi33
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** The ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' franchise is also a cash cow. Aside from the original film being the best-selling DVD of all time, tons of merchandise for it, along with two different theme park experiences, were made in between the release of the original film and [[WesternAnimation/FindingDory its sequel]], with said sequel crossing the billion-dollar mark worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the USA, surpassing the record set by ''Shrek 2''.

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** The ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' franchise is also a cash cow. Aside from the original film being the best-selling DVD of all time, tons of merchandise for it, along with two different theme park experiences, were made in between the release of the original film and [[WesternAnimation/FindingDory its sequel]], with said sequel crossing the billion-dollar mark worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the USA, surpassing the record set by ''Shrek 2''.''WesternAnimation/Shrek2''.
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