The film studios have clearly realized that the easiest way to win big at the box office is to make a sequel, prequel, remake, or reboot of an already successful film. We get it. Hollywood’s a business, and it makes good business sense to put your money toward something that’s already proven itself to be financially successful. And that’s fine, so long as the original warrants another film. But more often than not that isn’t the case. Just because a film made a lot of money or it was well received, it doesn’t automatically mean that another installment should be forced upon audiences. Sometimes the story should end with the final credits. Just ask the makers of Caddyshack 2, Speed 2, Grease 2, The Sting 2, Exorcist 2, Teen Wolf Too, The Ring 2, American Psycho 2, Basic Instinct 2, Jaws 2 (need I go on?). Come to think of it, slapping 2 on the end of any film is a good way to assure that it sucks.
Here’s the list of 10 sequels that we didn’t ask for, but Hollywood decided to give us anyways.
10. The Pacifier 2
Of all the movies that might deserve a sequel, they chose The Pacifier? Sure it did well at the box office, but is that really all that it takes to earn a sequel? It wasn’t exactly a classic. In fact, it was panned by most critics and forgotten by most people, yet here we are, awaiting the release of The Pacifier 2. This officially makes Vin Diesel the king of sequels. The Fast & Furious franchise is headed toward an eighth installment (will it ever stop?), Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a sequel, and so is xXx, plus he’s starred in three The Chronicles of Riddick films. With the exception of a few movies, just about everything this guy touches spawns a sequel (or seven sequels).
9. Ocean’s Eleven (all-female reboot)
It was confirmed at the end of 2015 that Ocean’s Eleven would be remade with an all-female cast, starring Sandra Bullock in the lead role and directed by Gary Ross. The problem isn’t the film itself—who wouldn’t want to see Bullock in a heist film? The problem is that the Ocean’s trilogy, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, just ended. It’s too fresh in the audience’s mind for a sequel. Why not just make an original heist film with an all-female cast instead of constantly retreading the same ideas over and over and over again (three “overs” because the Clooney Ocean’s Eleven is itself a remake of a Frank Sinatra film).
8. Transformers 5
Do people still watch these things? Apparently so if they’re making a fifth installment. Michael Bay—filmmaker/explosions expert—will be returning to produce and direct, and Mark Wahlberg, who starred in Transformers: Age of Extinction, will be returning as well. Combined, the Transformers franchise has made over $3.7 billion, but is anyone really eager for another one? Critical reception has been mixed at best, but if the sequels are any indication, it doesn’t look like Transformers 5 is going to be winning any awards.
7. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Speaking of Vin Diesel, he’s also in the process of making another sequel: xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. The first xXx, released way back in 2002, was supposed to be a hardcore version of James Bond, but it turned out to be all action and no drama. It was, however, a box office success, and it spawned a sequel starring Ice Cube. But the sequel did not perform well, making us question why they would want to make another one. By now, the 2002 audience would have lost interest in the franchise, and it seems unlikely that an aging Vin Diesel would appeal to a younger audience. Maybe the filmmakers are hoping to capitalize on Diesel’s success with the Fast & Furious franchise.
6. Real Steel 2
Despite a big budget and a big name lead actor (Hugh Jackman), Real Steel didn’t make much of a splash when it came out in 2011. It received modest reviews and a decent box office return, but nothing that would seem to warrant a sequel, which makes the announcement of Real Steel 2 perplexing. It’s not that people don’t necessarily want another one; it’s just that the original seemed to receive such an underwhelming response. Last mention of the film came back in 2014, so who knows, maybe it won’t happen after all.
5. Yogi Bear 2
The first Yogi Bear movie was so poorly received that we can’t quite understand why they would want to make another one. We get that it made a lot of money and kids’ films often receive poor reviews, but surely there’s a movie more deserving of a studio’s money than this one. For that matter, kids deserve better than lazy, cash-grabbing franchises like Yogi Bear and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Just because they’re intended for children it doesn’t mean they have to be silly and pointless. Look at animated films like Inside Out and Finding Nemo, which appeal to both children and adults.
4. Divergent: Allegiant
Divergent was supposed to be the next The Hunger Games, but it hasn’t been nearly as well received as the Jennifer Lawrence vehicle. Not only did the first film receive mixed reviews, but it was also met with a lukewarm response from audiences. After taking into consideration all of the expenses put into Divergent, it only profited $71.87 million, which led some to believe that they might abandon the franchise altogether. But they didn’t, and the sequel, Insurgent, performed just about the same as the first installment. If the first two films are any indication, then it’s safe to say that only the most devout Divergent fans are excited for Allegient.
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
To be fair, there are plenty of people who are excited about this film, but there are just as many—if not more—who think it’s a waste of time. Christopher Nolan just wrapped up The Dark Knight series, and it’s hard to imagine that anyone could improve upon them (especially not a guy like Zac Snyder, whose overreliance on green screens and special effects made Man of Steel a disappointment). It feels as though this film is simply an excuse to cash in on the success of Nolan’s films without bringing anything new to the table. It’s like Warner Bros. got together and said, “How can we make more money off of Batman and Superman? I know, let’s make them fight each other!”
It’s not that we don’t want a movie with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, some of the funniest comics in the business; it’s just that we’d prefer to see the original cast—Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Ernie Hudson (unfortunately Harold Ramis passed away). Fans had been calling for a Ghostbusters sequel for years, and now that it’s finally coming, it feels like a different film altogether. That said, with such a talented cast, we’re willing to go in with an open mind. Who knows, the all female reboot might turn out to be every bit as good as the original.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
People were angry enough when it was announced that Michael Bay of all people would be bringing back the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but now we have to watch as he further ruins the franchise with a sequel. The original 1990 film might not have been great, but at least it wasn’t bogged down by cheesy CGI like the 2014 version. The only reason this sequel is being made is because the first one made a lot of money, which, of course, makes sense from a business standpoint. But does anyone really want this film?