These days, it seems like every movie is envisioned with the idea of becoming a franchise. Things are more and more commercialized, and sequels are taking priority over stories. When a movie becomes a success, none of the producers want to give up the cash cows. While it’s a good thing to dream big, only a few have the potential to become a successful franchise. Check out the eight popular franchises that started out big but got worse with each entry.
The story of a sarcastic and cynical ogre falling in love with a princess marked the dawn of an era. Shrek felt like a refreshing break that viewers of all ages needed. But instead of wrapping it all up in Part 2, the creators kept producing the same storylines in the sequels.
Fast & Furious is definitely one of the most lucrative and anticipated franchises. But over the years fans have started to complain about the action and stunts getting too unrealistic and over the top. With each entry, he loses his grip and focuses more on creating a dramatic spectacle.
The Lord of the Rings became a legend with his trilogy and Peter Jackson didn’t want to abandon Middle-earth. His stubborn goal caused The Hobbit, an origin story by Tolkien, to stretch into a trilogy. Guillermo del Toro ended up leaving the project and the final product received bad reviews for unsatisfactory plot and performance.
The Transformers had become a big name in Hollywood with action-packed stories and cool characters. Ultimately, the sequels went on top of everything from dramatic storylines that made no sense to lame comedic reliefs.
Pirates of the Caribbean
What started out as a promising franchise has gradually turned into a joke with each sequel. Everyone fell in love with Curse of the Black Pearl, but as the franchise continued to release new pieces, fans started to lose that craze.
Every 5 to 10 years, the classic franchise tries to rekindle its charm but only drowns more with each attempt. After the first 2 hits, the third and fourth failed outright, followed by a “reboot” that aimed to erase the previous films, Rise of the Machines and Salvation.
The original Ice Age had won hearts thanks to the warm bond between the three main characters. It had a satisfying ending and none of the fans needed the franchise to continue. The following films and their new characters were unnecessary and had overcome the importance of the first film.
Saw’s new concept had sparked a buzz and became a hot topic with the first film. But as the sequels continued to pour in, critics and audiences grew weary of the same bloody old trick. They didn’t find anything startling or scary anymore.