A successful film franchise can can ensure box office earnings like few other movie offerings can. For this reason, major movie studios are almost certain to follow up a successful blockbuster with at least one sequel.
Producers churn out sequels to capitalize on an initial film’s success — and fan base — and in this way create a franchise for generating future profits. Currently, six of the 10 top-grossing films of all time are sequels. These films expand and further explore cinematic worlds that have already found favor with audiences.
But not every sequel can reproduce the magic of a successful first film. For every hit like “Terminator 2” is a flop like “Caddyshack II.” The worst sequels often lack the talent behind the original movies or might drive an already questionable premise even further into the ground (see 2011’s “The Human Centipede II”).
24/7 Wall St. has identified the 25 best movie sequels as well as the 25 worst based on metrics such as box office gross and online ratings. All but five of the best ones grossed more than $100 million at the domestic box office; conversely only one of the worst surpassed that benchmark.