Best and Worst Movie Sequels

October 9, 2017 by Evan Comen

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
“Blade Runner 2049,’’ the reboot of the 1982 cult classic about a dystopian future in Los Angeles, disappointed in its three-day opening, posting $31.5 million in ticket sales that was below the lower end of expectations of industry watchers.

The new “Blade Runner’’ film, in which Harrison Ford reprises his role from the original movie, was expected to bring in from $45 million to $55 million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

Movie sequels are made in order to capitalize on an initial film’s success after establishing a fanbase to create a franchise and generate future profits. What is unusual about the “Blade Runner 2049” debut is the original film was released over a generation ago and only built a following well after its initial release.

24/7 Wall St. has identified the 25 best and 25 worst movie sequels based on metrics such as box office gross and online ratings. All but five of the best grossed over $100 million at the domestic box office, conversely only one of the worst surpassed that benchmark.

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The Worst Sequels

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25. A Haunted House 2
> Release year: 2014
> Average user rating: 5.6/10
> Average critic rating: 2.0/10
> Domestic box office: $18.8 million

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Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

24. Speed 2: Cruise Control
> Release year: 1997
> Average user rating: 4.3/10
> Average critic rating: 3.4/10
> Domestic box office: $93.1 million

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

23. Return to the Blue Lagoon
> Release year: 1991
> Average user rating: 5.4/10
> Average critic rating: 2.2/10
> Domestic box office: $5.9 million

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

22. Species II
> Release year: 1998
> Average user rating: 4.5/10
> Average critic rating: 3.1/10
> Domestic box office: $36.3 million

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

21. Jaws 3-D
> Release year: 1983
> Average user rating: 4.6/10
> Average critic rating: 2.9/10
> Domestic box office: $119.1 million

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

20. Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
> Release year: 1987
> Average user rating: 5.2/10
> Average critic rating: 2.3/10
> Domestic box office: $63.8 million

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Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

19. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
> Release year: 2015
> Average user rating: 5.0/10
> Average critic rating: 2.5/10
> Domestic box office: $74.9 million

Source: Courtesy of Artisan Entertainment

18. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
> Release year: 2000
> Average user rating: 4.1/10
> Average critic rating: 3.4/10
> Domestic box office: $43.6 million

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

17. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
> Release year: 2003
> Average user rating: 4.6/10
> Average critic rating: 2.8/10
> Domestic box office: $38.5 million

Source: Courtesy of Orion Pictures

16. RoboCop 3
> Release year: 1993
> Average user rating: 4.4/10
> Average critic rating: 3.1/10
> Domestic box office: $23.0 million

Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

15. Look Who’s Talking Now
> Release year: 1993
> Average user rating: 4.9/10
> Average critic rating: 2.5/10
> Domestic box office: $22.2 million

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Source: Courtesy of Sony Pictures

14. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
> Release year: 1994
> Average user rating: 4.3/10
> Average critic rating: 3.2/10
> Domestic box office: $191,411

Source: Courtesy of Dimension Films

13. Scary Movie 5
> Release year: 2013
> Average user rating: 5.4/10
> Average critic rating: 2.0/10
> Domestic box office: $35.0 million

Source: Courtesy of Bounty Films

12. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
> Release year: 2011
> Average user rating: 4.0/10
> Average critic rating: 3.4/10
> Domestic box office: $134,527

Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

11. Weekend at Bernies II
> Release year: 1993
> Average user rating: 4.8/10
> Average critic rating: 2.5/10
> Domestic box office: $27.4 million

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

10. Problem Child 2
> Release year: 1991
> Average user rating: 4.8/10
> Average critic rating: 2.4/10
> Domestic box office: $53.0 million

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Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

9. Universal Soldier: The Return
> Release year: 1999
> Average user rating: 4.5/10
> Average critic rating: 2.7/10
> Domestic box office: $18.3 million

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

8. Cannonball Run II
> Release year: 1984
> Average user rating: 5.2/10
> Average critic rating: 2.0/10
> Domestic box office: $74.3 million

Source: Courtesy of Dimension Films

7. Piranha 3DD
> Release year: 2012
> Average user rating: 4.0/10
> Average critic rating: 3.2/10
> Domestic box office: $413,229

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

6. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
> Release year: 1987
> Average user rating: 4.4/10
> Average critic rating: 2.8/10
> Domestic box office: $35.7 million

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

5. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
> Release year: 1997
> Average user rating: 4.6/10
> Average critic rating: 2.4/10
> Domestic box office: $69.6 million

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

4. Caddyshack II
> Release year: 1988
> Average user rating: 4.3/10
> Average critic rating: 2.2/10
> Domestic box office: $25.5 million

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

3. Jaws: The Revenge
> Release year: 1987
> Average user rating: 4.3/10
> Average critic rating: 2.0/10
> Domestic box office: $47.2 million

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

2. Son of the Mask
> Release year: 2005
> Average user rating: 3.0/10
> Average critic rating: 2.8/10
> Domestic box office: $23.6 million

Source: Courtesy of Triumph Films

1. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
> Release year: 2004
> Average user rating: 2.4/10
> Average critic rating: 2.2/10
> Domestic box office: $13.0 million

The Best Sequels

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

25. Star Trek Into Darkness
> Release year: 2013
> Average user rating: 8.1/10
> Average critic rating: 7.5/10
> Domestic box office: $250.1 million

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Source: Courtesy of Miramax Films

24. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
> Release year: 2004
> Average user rating: 7.8/10
> Average critic rating: 7.7/10
> Domestic box office: $94.8 million

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

23. Evil Dead II
> Release year: 1987
> Average user rating: 7.7/10
> Average critic rating: 8.0/10
> Domestic box office: $13.5 million

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

22. X-Men: Days of Future Past
> Release year: 2014
> Average user rating: 8.2/10
> Average critic rating: 7.5/10
> Domestic box office: $254.5 million

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

21. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
> Release year: 2004
> Average user rating: 7.7/10
> Average critic rating: 7.9/10
> Domestic box office: $357.0 million

Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

20. Toy Story 2
> Release year: 1999
> Average user rating: 7.3/10
> Average critic rating: 8.6/10
> Domestic box office: $430.2 million

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Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

19. How to Train Your Dragon 2
> Release year: 2014
> Average user rating: 8.1/10
> Average critic rating: 7.8/10
> Domestic box office: $192.6 million

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

18. Skyfall
> Release year:
2012
> Average user rating:
8.0/10
> Average critic rating:
8.2/10
> Domestic box office:
$339.9 million

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

17. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
> Release year: 1983
> Average user rating: 8.3/10
> Average critic rating: 7.2/10
> Domestic box office: $872.4 million

Source: Courtesy of Warner Independent Pictures

16. Before Sunset
> Release year: 2004
> Average user rating: 8.1/10
> Average critic rating: 8.3/10
> Domestic box office: $8.3 million

Source: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

15. Before Midnight
> Release year: 2013
> Average user rating: 7.9/10
> Average critic rating: 8.7/10
> Domestic box office: $8.9 million

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
> Release year: 2015
> Average user rating: 8.2/10
> Average critic rating: 8.2/10
> Domestic box office: $987.7 million

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

13. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
> Release year: 1989
> Average user rating: 8.1/10
> Average critic rating: 7.9/10
> Domestic box office: $441.5 million

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

12. Bride of Frankenstein
> Release year: 1935
> Average user rating: 7.8/10
> Average critic rating: 9.1/10
> Domestic box office: N/A

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

11. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
> Release year: 2003
> Average user rating: 7.5/10
> Average critic rating: 8.7/10
> Domestic box office: $555.8 million

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
> Release year: 2011
> Average user rating: 8.3/10
> Average critic rating: 8.3/10
> Domestic box office: $427.1 million

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Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

9. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
> Release year: 1991
> Average user rating: 8.1/10
> Average critic rating: 8.4/10
> Domestic box office: $432.5 million

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

8. The Bourne Ultimatum
> Release year: 2007
> Average user rating: 8.2/10
> Average critic rating: 8.0/10
> Domestic box office: $293.5 million

Source: Wikimedia Commons

7. The Dark Knight Rises
> Release year: 2012
> Average user rating: 8.5/10
> Average critic rating: 8.0/10
> Domestic box office: $500.5 million

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

6. Aliens
> Release year: 1986
> Average user rating: 8.0/10
> Average critic rating: 9.0/10
> Domestic box office: $204.2 million

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
> Release year: 2002
> Average user rating: 8.4/10
> Average critic rating: 8.5/10
> Domestic box office: $521.0 million

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Source: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

4. Toy Story 3
> Release year: 2010
> Average user rating: 8.5/10
> Average critic rating: 8.9/10
> Domestic box office: $467.6 million

Source: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

3. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
> Release year: 1980
> Average user rating: 8.5/10
> Average critic rating: 8.9/10
> Domestic box office: $958.9 million

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

2. The Dark Knight
> Release year: 2008
> Average user rating: 8.9/10
> Average critic rating: 8.6/10
> Domestic box office: $660.3 million

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

1. The Godfather: Part II
> Release year: 1974
> Average user rating: 8.9/10
> Average critic rating: 9.5/10
> Domestic box office: $272.4 million

Methodology

To determine the best and worst movie sequels, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film needed to have at least 5,000 Rotten Tomatoes user ratings, 10 approved Tomatometer critic reviews, and 10,000 IMDb user ratings.

We averaged the user ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb and weighted by the number of votes for each. The combined user rating was then averaged with the Rotten Tomatoes critic rating.