10 Movies sequels that flopped

Published On May 14, 2015 » 1428 Views» By Darren Dimmick » Headlines, Movies, News
..movie sequels that made no money.
With sequels and reboots seeming to be very much the standard now, its seems that at first what seems to be a recipe to make money can not be replicated when the sequel comes to being made.

Here we take a look at cult movies from Grease which took in $394 million at the box office back in 1978 which would equate to nearer $1 billion in today’s money, to Grease 2 which took in an embarrassing $15 thousand ( I wont even bother trying to work out equivalents as still equally embarrassing).


Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

In 1994 a movie was released starring Keanu Reeves and new comer Sandra Bullock, making $350 million at the box office its seemed that a sequel was a no brainer. Altough Reeves was offered to return for the sequel he turned it down opting to star opposite Al Pacino in the devils Advocate. Jason Patric filled Reeves shoes and became the hero in the movie although the movie made a respectable amount of money after taking into account the $160 million budget compared to original movies $30 million budget, the $164 million box office receipt was poor to say the least.

Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

When Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone first appeared in the 1992 movie Basic Instinct, the sexual nature and some of the scenes caused a stir within the media creating a buzz around something that had not really been seen before. But again Michael Douglas never returned for the sequel with David Morrisey becoming the man seduced by Stones charms. Although Sharon Stones Breasts were nominated for worst screen couple, the movie bombed bring in $38 thousand at the box office a mere fraction of the $352 million of the original.

The Next Karate Kid (1994)

The first Karate Kid Movie was released in 1984 with Ralph Macchio as ‘Daniel Son’ and Pat Morita as ‘Mr Miyagi’, the two actors went on to star in the movies together bring in a total of over $250 million for the franchise. But after 5 years of the Karate Kid not being made they attemted to reboot the franchise with a yet unknown Hillary Swank taking on the title role as ‘Mr Miyagi’ student. But when the movie was released 10 years after the orginal was made is made only $15 million. However the franchise was successfully revived in 2010, with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith taking the leads and bringing in over $350 million at the box office.

The Two Jakes’ (1990)

Sixteen years after “Chinatown,” Jack Nicholson was back as P.I. Jake Gittes in “The Two Jakes.” The result yielded zero awards and only $10 million, less than half the U.S. box office of the original film. Some critics, like Roger Ebert, liked it, but it can’t compare to the first film. A planned third Jake Gittes film never happened.

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ (2014)

Despite its stellar cast, including Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” the sequel to 2005’s “Sin City,” was a box-office bomb, earning only back about half of its $65 million budget. Whether it had been too long between films or was simply too much of the same, the sequel crashed and burned, surprisingly they have no plans for a third.

The Legend of Zorro’ (2005)

In 1998 Both Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas along with Catherine Zeta Jones appeared in a retelling of the Spanish American hero ‘Zorro’.  When the original came to big screen the comedy adventure was a hit earning in excess of $250 million.  It seemed like a no brainer to bring back both Banderas and Zeta-Jones for a sequel which although made money didn’t see the financial rewards like the The Mask of zorro did.

My girl 2 (1994)

Everyone was back for the sequel to “My Girl” (1991) — well, not Macaulay Culkin, of course — but the magic wasn’t there the second time around. Critical reception to “My Girl 2″ was tepid, and the sequel took in only $17 million compared to the first film’s $59 million. A third film was rumored for years until star Anna Chlumsky finally confirmed it was never going to happen.

‘Mean Girls 2′ (2011)

While “Mean Girls 2,” an ABC Family sequel to the 2004 hit “Mean Girls,” never hit cinemas, it makes it probably one of the worst sequel on the list. Lindsay Lohan never returned nor did any of the other cast members besides Tim Meadows. With the original movie making $129 million and Mean Girls 2 not evening making $0 at the box office it really does go to show that there no such thing as  a given formula.

Jaws the Revenge’ (1987)

A “Jaws” without Steven Spielberg was already a bad idea, but “Jaws 2″ at least had Roy Scheider. By the fourth film, “Jaws the Revenge,” the franchise had become a joke. Even worse, star Michael Caine missed winning his first Oscar because he was busy filming this flop. At least it inspired him to just say no to crappy movies. “Jaws the Revenge” took in $20 million, loose change compared to the first film’s massive $260 million U.S. box office back in 1978.

Grease 2′ (1982)

“Grease” (1978) was a mega-hit ($394 million) with a killer soundtrack and nominated for a host of awards, but its tone-deaf sequel was even hated by its own studio. Star Michelle Pfeiffer recovered with an acclaimed turn in “Scarface,” but the movie did no favors to Aussie actor Maxwell Caulfield. (You may know him best as tacky Rex Manning from “Empire Records.”) “Grease 2″ earned just $15 million, you can probably still pick up a copy in  a bargain bucket in some back road music shop.

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