7. 'Star Trek'
What happens to a franchise that seems to have run its course? Back in the day, Hollywood would simply let it die and move onto something else. But these days, nothing popular from the past ever goes away. It just gets rebooted over and over again, much like the Genesis planet in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. J.J. Abrams and his crew took the next step in their 2009 Star Trek film by sending a character back in time to alter the history of Starfleet, creating a new universe in which Kirk, Spock and the gang still come together on the Enterprise, but in an alternate reality. This allows them to write whatever adventure they want without OG fans complaining they are somehow breaking from the show's established history. The new crew, lead by Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, were perfectly cast and the film grossed $385 million. It was enough to get a whole new run of movies, and enough for Disney to hand over control of Star Wars to Abrams.