So the other day I wrote that The Fast and the Furious franchise, opening its 7th film and 15 years strong, might be the most successful movie franchise with an all Generation X starring cast. This review from Kurt Loder notes that The Fast and the Furious 7 release will likely push the worldwide box office of the Fast movies to the $3 billion mark. But I have been thinking about what other movie franchises might also qualify as “Generation X” franchises.
The one that comes to mind immediately is the Iron Man franchise, starring the Generation X cast of Robert Downey, Jr. (tomorrow’s GenX 50th birthday boy), Jon Favreau, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Only three movies, but essentially the same worldwide box office take as the first 6 Fast films at $2.38 billion. Not as many movies or a large a Generation X cast, but as much money. Not counting other Avenger films.