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.
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.

Some Sequels Do Better Than Others

Taking It Up to 11
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.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
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.
James Bond
James Bond
When you have a license to kill, you have 22 lives. +47%
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon
Mel Gibson’s alcohol-­fueled outburst has cast a pall on the ­quadrilogy. +39.4%
Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes
Apes may evolve, but this franchise’s seven plots never have. +8.5%
Star Trek
Star Trek
Dammit, Jim, I’m a cash cow, not a shameful 11-sequel nerd fetish! +6%
Final Destination
Final Destination
When this franchise went 3D after the fourth film, even Death asked, “Are we there yet?” +0.1%
Harry Potter
Harry Potter
With its eighth film due out this summer, there will be more Potter movies than books—a true achievement. -24.6%
Saw
Saw
Low-cost torture porn? Maybe. Are the seven films more profitable than real porn? Definitely. -28.2%
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th
As long as coeds need to be sawed in half, Jason will never die. Not even after 12 movies. -41.3%
Superman
Superman
Warner Bros. is hastily creating a sixth reboot before the late creator’s family reclaims its rights in court. -51.8%
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther
Even after 11 films, most people don’t know Clouseau isn’t actually the panther. -52.9%
Rambo
Rambo
The notion of a sexagenarian mercenary (the fourth installment) is ridiculous. -59.4%
Star Wars
Star Wars
Upcoming 3D versions of the six films will suck more fan money into a galaxy far, far away. -76.8%
Rocky
Rocky
The notion of a sexagenarian boxer (the seventh installment) is completely ridiculous. -83.1%
Godzilla
Godzilla
Its 28 films have given TV stations afternoon marathon programming since 1954. -93%
Jaws
Jaws
More people have died by shark attacks in these four films than in shark attack history. -96.2%
Death Wish
Death Wish
It took five movies, but audiences’ death wish for this film was finally granted. -97.4%
Police Academy
Police Academy
Even Steve Guttenberg couldn’t make it through all seven films. -99.9%