Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX)(NASDAQ:FOXA) saw key releases including Independence Day: ResurgenceX-Men: Apocalypse, and Ice Age: Continental Drift underperform at the box office in 2016. Two of those film franchises look to be taking a break for a while, but the third is set to play a big role in the company's future entertainment slate.

Click through the following slideshow for profiles on five movie franchises that are very important for Fox going forward.

Characters Jake and Neytiri from 'Avatar' looking determined.

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