42 Times Good Movie Franchises Gone Bad

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It’s one of Hollywood’s best-known unwritten rules: process an idea for as long as you can.

That’s how the world received an endless supply of sequels and reboots, with studio execs viewing each film as the possible start of their next big franchise.

Of course, at some point, the quality of these cinematic follow-ups starts to diminish. That’s not to say producers pull the plug at the first sign a franchise is faltering. Far from there. You can count on one hand how many franchises ended at exactly the right time. (Back to the future immediately comes to mind, but beyond that we are puzzled.)

The allure of leaning on a branded movie that fans already know is just too strong. That’s why studios go back to franchises years — and sometimes decades — after they started.

UCR combed through the movie history books and found 42 instances where major movie franchises went wrong. In some cases, the offending film marked the end of the mark. In many others, it was just a dot on the radar, a momentary dip in quality or popularity that would soon be fixed by another episode.

Our list below covers all types of movies – including comedy, drama, action, horror and more. Interestingly, despite the disappointing quality of these films, the vast majority still made a profit. For the purposes of this exercise, a franchise was defined as any film series consisting of three or more films.

Grab your popcorn and prepare to be disappointed.

42 Times Good Movie Franchises Gone Bad

You can count on one hand how many franchises ended at exactly the right time.

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