Together, they typically produce at least two films and as many as four a year for his Fox-based company. (As the former president and COO of News Corp., Chernin had a golden parachute of an exit deal that guaranteed two release slots a year with the studio.) Still, says Chernin, 63, the challenges he faces aren't "any different from when I was running the studio 20 years ago: to corral all the elements — the star, the director — within the budget." Those can range from $43 million for female comedy The Heat to the $140 million spent on the epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Says Topping, 46, "I feel like the middle has really dropped out, and dramas and thrillers and non-R-rated romantic comedies and all sorts of things that used to exist in that middle zone are much harder to get made." Their prolific pace continues with three releases set for 2016, including Peregrine's Home for Peculiars, with Tim Burton at the helm, and two more in 2017, including an untitled follow-up to their biggest hit, 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which grossed $709 million worldwide.