Special Report

The 25 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

Source: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

10. Scary Movie 5 (2013)
> Starring: Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen
> Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee, David Zucker
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $88.6 million

The fifth entry into the horror-spoof series is accused of being “juvenile even by Scary Movie standards,” according to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus. Only 4% of the 52 critics who reviewed it on the site and 38% of the 100,000+ moviegoers gave the movie a positive review. Regardless, the movie managed to gross $32 million at the domestic domestic box office when it was released, even more worldwide, against its reported $20 million budget.

Source: Courtesy of Artisan Entertainment

9. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
> Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen
> Directed by: Joe Berlinger
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $81.1 million

“The Blair Witch Project” (1999), which is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, was a massive success upon its release and helped popularize the found footage horror subgenre. “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” (2000), however, abandons this approach and is worse off for it, pleasing only 14% of critics and 18% of viewers on Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

8. Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
> Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bill Goldberg, Heidi Schanz
> Directed by: Mic Rodgers
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $19.4 million

Jean-Claude Van Damme returns for this sequel to “Universal Soldier” (1992) as a cyborg warrior tasked with going to war with a group of android killing machines. The original movie was poorly received. The sequel did even worse, both among critics and viewers. Only 5% of critics and 24% of audiences could get behind the movie, with the Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus blaming everything from “its generic story to its second rate action and subpar performances” for its failure.

Source: Courtesy of New Line Cinema

7. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
> Starring: Derek Richardson, Eric Christian Olsen, Eugene Levy
> Directed by: Troy Miller
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $44.0 million

“Dumb and Dumber” (1994) is a fan favorite, thanks in large part to the comedic performances of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The sequel (though plot-wise it’s a prequel), “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” (2003) produced far fewer laughs and received a good review from only 10% of critics and 23% of viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie failed to recoup its $30 million production budget at the domestic box office.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

6. Batman & Robin (1997)
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell
> Directed by: Joel Schumacher
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $475.6 million

The Batman franchise is hugely popular, and critics generally review its various films positively. Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin” (1997) is a notable exception, receiving only positive reviews from 12% of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. A slightly larger share of audience members liked it, at 16%. George Clooney, who stars as Batman, later told the Hollywood Reporter that he “wasn’t good in it” and “it wasn’t a good film.”

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