Toy Story 3 / Transformers

We're the first to say that Grand Canyon-sized chasms can exist between a film's commercial success and its artistic quality. Still, sometimes the two are not mutually exclusive. With Friday's release of 'Toy Story 3,' Pixar looks to continue their domination with their eleventh consecutive blockbuster, a smart, funny film aimed at both adults and children. We thought it would be a good time to look back at cinema's most successful franchises, as compiled by Boxofficemojo.com. Sure, the list isn't perfect, as the lack of inflation-adjusted grosses skews the list to more current films. But economics aside, the classics (or tripe, depending on your point of view) never die.