12 fast-food chains taking over America

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Chick-Fil-A Ranks As America's Favorite Fast Food Restaurant

Bigger isn't always better in the restaurant business.

One of the best ways to see what chains are truly thriving in the $255 billion fast-food industry isn't measured by the number of locations, but instead, how much money each location makes.

One chain was able to rake in an average of nearly $4 million a year at each restaurant, allowing it to overtake chains twice its size when it comes to system-wide sales.

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Meanwhile, in 2015, Baskin-Robbins made an average of just $233,000 per location and each Subway location made an average of $424,300 in sales.

QSR Magazine recently released its analysis of the 50 biggest brands in the quick-service industry.

Here are the top 12, ranked in order of average sales per unit in 2015:

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12. Krispy Kreme

2015 US average sales per unit: $1,838,600

US systemwide sales: $708.1 million

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11. Bojangles'

2015 US average sales per unit: $1,838,700

US systemwide sales: $1.15 billion

Photo: Facebook/Bojangles'

10. Steak n Shake

2015 US average sales per unit: $1,866,900

US systemwide sales: $1.03 billion

Photo: Facebook/Steak n Shake

9. In-N-Out Burger

2015 US average sales per unit: $1,959,200

US systemwide sales: $613.2 million

Photo: Facebook/In-N-Out Burger

8. Zaxby's

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,174,300

US systemwide sales: $1.58 billion

Photo: Facebook/Zaxby's

7. Culver's

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,183,800

US systemwide sales: $1.20 billion

Photo: Facebook/Culver's

6. Chipotle

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,424,000

US systemwide sales: $4.50 billion

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5. McDonald's

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,500,000

US systemwide sales: $35.80 billion

Photo: Getty

4. Panera Bread

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,500,000

US systemwide sales: $4.90 billion

Photo: Facebook/Panera Bread

3. Whataburger

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,530,000

US systemwide sales: $1.75 billion

Photo: Facebook/Whataburger

2. Jason's Deli

2015 US average sales per unit: $2,664,000

US systemwide sales: $643.6 million

Photo: Facebook/Jason's Deli

1. Chick-fil-A

2015 US average sales per unit: $3,977,300

US systemwide sales: $6.83 billion

Photo: Facebook/Chick-fil-A

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