Sick of all the teen fantasy franchises? Well, too bad because even though 'Harry Potter' and 'The Twilight Saga' are in the home stretch, a few more are gearing up to go into production. It really shouldn't come as a surprise that more studios are jumping on the opportunity to take advantage of the genre considering 'Harry Potter,' 'The Twilight Saga' and for now, 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' are wildly successful. In total, 'The Twilight Saga' has earned over $1.7 billion worldwide, 'The Chronicles of Narnia' over $1.1 billion (not including this weekend's release, 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader') and 'Harry Potter' over $6.1 billion.
Clearly something's working here and, luckily for the studios, there's a fairly simple model to follow: find a popular book series about a group of gorgeous teens fighting evil in some alternate world and you've got yourself a blockbuster. Yes, some could see it as a risk that these types of films generally cost a pretty penny - all of the 'Harry Potter' films cost over $100 million to make and the most recent edition $250 million and the two 'Narnia' films $180 million and $225 million respectively – but they also generally offer hefty returns.
Now here we are with 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight' about to wrap up within the next two years and 'Narnia' potentially meeting its demise after this past weekend's performance of 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader's,' so now it's time to welcome the newcomers.