Some Sequels Do Better Than Others

  1. Taking It Up to 11
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    Taking It Up to 11

    With movie attendance across America dropping precipitously this year, Hollywood is turning to its most reliable source of box office gold: sequels and franchises. The website Box Office Mojo has reported that studios will send at least 27 follow-ups to theaters in 2011. In fact, as Fast Five, Scream 4, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides demonstrate, many of these films aren't just the second or even third installment in their respective franchises. The hottest movie properties are metastasizing at a fantastic rate, which puts them on course to match some of these infamously never-ending cinematic stories. Trilogies are so 2010.
  2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    Don’t fall asleep, otherwise you’ll dream of a 10th sequel. +58.6%*

    Percentages refer to the difference between the U.S. box office gross for the the first and last franchise film. Percentages adjusted to 2010 dollars.
  3. James Bond
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    James Bond

    When you have a license to kill, you have 22 lives. +47%
  4. Lethal Weapon
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson’s alcohol-­fueled outburst has cast a pall on the ­quadrilogy. +39.4%
  5. Planet of the Apes
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    Planet of the Apes

    Apes may evolve, but this franchise’s seven plots never have. +8.5%
  6. Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Dammit, Jim, I’m a cash cow, not a shameful 11-sequel nerd fetish! +6%
  7. Final Destination
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    Final Destination

    When this franchise went 3D after the fourth film, even Death asked, “Are we there yet?” +0.1%
  8. Harry Potter
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    Harry Potter

    With its eighth film due out this summer, there will be more Potter movies than books—a true achievement. -24.6%
  9. Saw
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    Saw

    Low-cost torture porn? Maybe. Are the seven films more profitable than real porn? Definitely. -28.2%
  10. Friday the 13th
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    Friday the 13th

    As long as coeds need to be sawed in half, Jason will never die. Not even after 12 movies. -41.3%
  11. Superman
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    Superman

    Warner Bros. is hastily creating a sixth reboot before the late creator’s family reclaims its rights in court. -51.8%
  12. The Pink Panther
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    The Pink Panther

    Even after 11 films, most people don’t know Clouseau isn’t actually the panther. -52.9%
  13. Rambo
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    Rambo

    The notion of a sexagenarian mercenary (the fourth installment) is ridiculous. -59.4%
  14. Star Wars
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    Star Wars

    Upcoming 3D versions of the six films will suck more fan money into a galaxy far, far away. -76.8%
  15. Rocky
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    Rocky

    The notion of a sexagenarian boxer (the seventh installment) is completely ridiculous. -83.1%
  16. Godzilla
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    Godzilla

    Its 28 films have given TV stations afternoon marathon programming since 1954. -93%
  17. Jaws
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    Jaws

    More people have died by shark attacks in these four films than in shark attack history. -96.2%
  18. Death Wish
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    Death Wish

    It took five movies, but audiences’ death wish for this film was finally granted. -97.4%
  19. Police Academy
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    Police Academy

    Even Steve Guttenberg couldn’t make it through all seven films. -99.9%