Eight Prequels That Utterly Flopped (And 22 That Turned Large Hits)


It’s grow to be increasingly frequent that films are being set as much as have sequels throughout their improvement levels. Bigger, related universes have gotten increasingly of the norm. That is nothing new, nevertheless it’s fascinating whenever you notice that there are a big variety of prequels presently in improvement.

Sequels are all the time going to be in style, since they proceed a narrative after it’s ended, however typically wanting again to the origins of various characters might be an much more worthwhile expertise. Even now, there are prequel films for the Kingsman collection, SpongeBob SquarePants, and even The Sopranos in improvement. The Transformers prequel spinoff, Bumblebee, can be quick approaching.

Prequels might have a number of enchantment, however in addition they face a number of stress, since followers are inclined to have excessive expectations. Prequels are typically created as a result of sequels can’t be executed or as a result of the unique solid isn’t all for returning. Prequels might be powerful, however once they’re given the correct alternative, they will typically make clear essential components of a narrative that followers wouldn’t have in any other case identified about.

With that mentioned, listed here are the Eight Prequels That Utterly Flopped (And 22 That Turned Large Hits)!

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30 Large Hit: Amityville II: The Possession

The unique The Amityville Horror turned a pillar of the haunted home subgenre of horror, and so it didn’t come as a shock when a slew of sequels adopted within the wake of the unique’s success. Amityville II: The Possession adopts an attention-grabbing strategy, because it really explains the occasions across the first household that perishes within the notorious home, the Montellis.

It’s not a foul idea, however the film is extremely darkish and hopeless. The film doesn’t have the perfect repute within the franchise, nevertheless it nonetheless turned a revenue of $7.5 million off of its modest $5 million funds.

29 Large Hit: Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Some prequels dig into unanswered questions from the unique films that demanded solutions, whereas others might be simply blatant crash grabs that reap the benefits of a property’s recognition. There was no want to inform the origin story for the enjoyable, lowbrow comedy, Dumb & Dumberer, and but a prequel was made anyway.

With out Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, these dopey characters don’t join almost as effectively. The film even feels rather less related now that an precise to Dumb & Dumberer has been made. Despite these concessions, When Harry Met Lloyd turned out a authentic revenue. The film doubled its funds on the field workplace.

28 Utterly Flopped: The Factor (2011)

John Carpenter’s The Factor stays a horror traditional to this present day, so individuals had been rightfully suspicious when a remake was introduced. The 12 months 2011’s The Factor doesn’t maintain a candle to the unique film, nevertheless it deserves some credit score for the way it capabilities as each a remake and a prequel to the unique. It even subtly connects some dots from the 1982 movie.

This contemporary take would go on to lose $6.5 million, because it solely made $31.5 million on the field workplace off of its $38 million funds. The humorous factor is that this film technically made more cash than the unique, however the funds on John Carpenter’s film was loads smaller ($15 million).

27 Large Hit: Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Lecter has been on the prime of “Greatest Villains” lists for many years. Anthony Hopkins gave the character horrifying life, and ever since Silence of the Lambs, there’s been an actual need for extra of this cannibalistic monster.

Thomas Harris was pressured to jot down extra Hannibal Lecter tales, and the consequence was Hannibal Rising, an pointless prequel that appears on the character’s formative childhood years. Naturally, a film adopted go well with, and although it made a revenue off of the general public’s morbid fascination with the thought, critics attacked the film and it was not thought-about “good.” Despite the adverse critiques, although, the $50 million film would make $82.2 million on the field workplace.

26 Large Hit: Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath: The Starting

The 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Noticed Bloodbath turned out to be so successful that they had been wanting to monopolize on this recognition and construct a brand new franchise. This led to the discharge of a prequel in 2006, Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath: The Starting, that appears into the dirty, developmental years of the twisted Hewitt household, particularly the younger Leatherface.

The film mixes morbid backstory with a standard slasher tropes which can be set towards the occasions of the Vietnam Warfare. The movie isn’t seen as a excessive mark within the franchise, however the film tripled its funds on the field workplace and was a business success.

25 Utterly Flopped: Mallrats

Mallrats is Kevin Smith’s second film, nevertheless it really takes place a day earlier than the occasions of Clerks and is technically a prequel to Smith’s earlier film. Mallrats follows Quint and Brodie, two slackers who undergo quite a few schemes on the native mall, all within the identify of affection. Mallrats reveals Smith persevering with to refine his model and slowly develop his rising “Askewniverse.”

Smith made Mallrats on a meager funds of $6.1 million, nevertheless it solely introduced in $2.1 million on the field workplace, which was a substantial hit for Smith following the success of Clerks. Smith would correctly regroup and ship a crucial and business winner together with his subsequent film, Chasing Amy.

24 Large Hit: The Huntsman: Winter’s Warfare

Snow White and the Huntsman acquired a number of consideration as a result of behind-the-scenes drama involving the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, and the film’s star, Kristen Stewart. The movie turned out to be successful, however to keep away from extra drama, the way forward for the franchise as an alternative determined to concentrate on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. The prequel would even be set earlier than Snow White ever enters the image.

Accordingly, The Huntsman: Winter’s Warfare takes a really Sport of Thrones strategy to its story and capitalizes on the royal politics and energy performs that happen throughout the kingdom. This angel appeared to work, however barely, because the $115 million film made $165 million on the field workplace.

23 Large Hit: The Scorpion King

Earlier than Tom Cruise tried to breathe new life into The Mummy, the Brendan Fraser-led franchise noticed an enormous quantity of success. The quirky film changed into a big franchise that explored many alternative characters.

As an illustration, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s flip as collection villain, the Scorpion King, proved to be so in style that he was even given his personal prequel film and parallel collection. This was an early glimpse into simply how a lot star energy Dwayne Johnson has, for the reason that film introduced in $165.Three million on a funds of $60 million. Clearly lots of people needed to observe The Rock lead an motion film.

22 Utterly Flopped: Twin Peaks: Fireplace Stroll With Me

After the cancelation of David Lynch’s tv phenomenon, Twin Peaks, he determined to follow-up the collection with a characteristic film. Nevertheless, fairly than answering the numerous lingering questions that remained, Lynch as an alternative opted to inform a melancholy prequel story that appeared on the closing week of Laura Palmer’s life and the occasions that lead into the tv present.

The film delivers a crushing character examine that’s pure Lynch, nevertheless it’s not what mainstream followers of the present had been anticipating. This translated to a small field workplace return and the film misplaced over $5 million. Fireplace Stroll With Me might technically have been a failure when it was launched, nevertheless it has solely grow to be extra in style over time.

21 Large Hit: Purple Dragon

The sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, had a spotty reception with critics and audiences alike, however viewers nonetheless appeared hungry for extra of Hannibal Lecter. Consequently, Thomas Harris’ first novel within the Hannibal Lecter saga, Purple Dragon, was tailored with Ed Norton within the lead as Will Graham.

The outcomes had been an ungainly, uneven film that tries to seek out excuses to inject Lecter into the narrative (granted, Lecter was additionally rising older at this level). The movie could also be a weak closing product, nevertheless it made $209.1 million on the field workplace, which was greater than double of its $78 million funds.

20 Large Hit: Alien vs Predator

Followers had been clamoring for a crossover epic between the Alien and Predator collection for ages, so it shocked a number of viewers when Alien vs Predator really got here out. As a result of pleasure that was constructed up round this showdown, it was fairly clear that this film was going to earn money, even when it was an entire catastrophe.

Whereas Alien vs Predator isn’t an entire failure, it’s a large mess that largely squanders its potential and angers two fervent fanbases within the course of. It even had a PG-13 ranking. Despite the adverse reception, although, the film made a whopping $172.5 million on a $60 million funds.

19 Large Hit: The Good, The Unhealthy, And The Ugly

Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Title Trilogy stays a excessive mark of the Western style. The films all characteristic breathtaking cinematography, unbelievable scores, and minimalist performances from Eastwood that helped make him well-known.

The concluding chapter within the saga, The Good, The Unhealthy, and the Ugly is usually thought-about to be the strongest of the three films, however many don’t notice that it’s additionally a prequel because it’s set in the course of the Civil Warfare. The film made $25.1 million in North America, however the movie’s funds was solely $1.2 million.

18 Utterly Flopped: Butch And Sundance: The Early Days

It’s all the time slightly disheartening when a traditional film will get a lazy prequel that cheapens the unique film’s legacy. George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child is a beloved piece of cinema. Ten years after its launch, this prequel was put collectively, and each of the film’s iconic roles had been recast.

The movie appears to be like on the outlaws’ exploits earlier than they grow to be infamous, nevertheless it by no means actually justifies its existence. Audiences responded accordingly and the film solely introduced in round $5 million on a funds of $9 million, successfully making it a dud.

17 Large Hit: Paranormal Exercise 3

The entire purpose why the Paranormal Exercise franchise turned such an enormous hit was as a consequence of the truth that the flicks may very well be made with a really small, micro-budget as a consequence of their discovered footage-look. With every new movie, the franchise turned more and more intricate.

When it got here time for Paranormal Exercise 3, althoughthe franchise determined to return to 1988 to have a look at the preliminary paranormal occasions that roped in Kristi and Katie. It’s a wise strategy that respects the collection’ continuity and takes place earlier than the collection is operating on fumes. Paranormal Exercise 3 made a revenue of $202 million off of its $5 million funds.

16 Large Hit: X-Males: First Class

X-Males: First Class started as Matthew Vaughn’s try to reboot the franchise and get away from the fallout of X-Males: The Final Stand. Vaughn’s work with First Class would show to be so spectacular that it could not solely reinvigorate the general public’s curiosity within the collection, but additionally incorporate and re-frame the unique film trilogy in an excellent means.

­X-Males: First Class appears to be like on the genesis of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr’s friendship and the actions they take that can ultimately outline the ­X-Males collection. The film, which is ready in the course of the Chilly Warfare, successfully places the collection again on observe. The movie introduced in $353.6 million off of a funds that was someplace between $140-160 million.

15 Utterly Flopped: Pan

Joe Wright’s Pan is an formidable, flashy spectacle, nevertheless it’s attention-grabbing to notice how audiences weren’t utterly onboard with the brand new story. Pan capabilities as an origin story for the whimsical Peter Pan and depicts his induction into the fantasy land and his early friendship with Hook as they tackle the enemy pirate, Blackbeard.

Pan value $150 million to make and it was panned by each critics and audiences alike. The film nonetheless introduced in $128.Four million, however that amounted to a loss for the studio and no different Peter Pan adventures could be pursued after.

14 Large Hit: The Godfather Half II

The Godfather Half II is extensively heralded as among the finest sequels of all time, however as a result of film’s bifurcated narrative, it additionally capabilities as a prequel that explores a younger Vito Corleone as he takes up a lifetime of crime. The Godfather Half II properly performs with Michael Corleone’s current and his father’s previous, and juxtaposes the same paths that the 2 took and their many variations.

It’s an excellent character examine, and due to this, the film made someplace between $47.5-57.Three million in North America off of its modest $13 million funds. Audiences discovered that it’s essential to by no means go towards the household and to belief on this prequel.

13 Large Hit: Annabelle

The Conjuring related cinematic universe has changed into one of the worthwhile horror collection of all time, and after the runaway success of James Wan’s two Conjuring films, the collection started sturdy instructions for spin-offs collection.

The creepy doll, Annabelle, that made a powerful impression in The Conjuring, was the primary to get its personal collection. Annabelle turns again the clock and appears on the doll’s evil roots and the household that she plagued earlier than the Warrens gained possession of her. Total, many followers noticed it as one of many weaker Conjuring films, nevertheless it was nonetheless an enormous success on the field workplace, making $257 million off of a funds of $6.5 million. 

12 Large Hit: Prometheus

There was a number of pleasure when Ridley Scott introduced that he’d be returning to the Alien franchise, albeit with a collection of tales set far earlier than the occasions of the unique film. Prometheus definitely has ties and makes references to Alien, nevertheless it’s rather more cerebral and religious than the outright horror movie Alien.

Prometheus digs into mankind’s very existence and solutions some very heady questions, whereas additionally establishing a deep mythology. Prometheus related with critics and audiences alike for essentially the most half, and due to this, the film introduced in $403.Four million on the field workplace from a funds that was someplace between $120-130 million.

11 Utterly Flopped: Sin Metropolis: A Dame To Kill For

Sin Metropolis: A Dame To Kill For operates as each a prequel and a sequel and weaves an advanced timeline. The primary Sin Metropolis proved to be a colossal success and followers had been longing for a sequel. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller ultimately gave the viewers what they needed, nevertheless it occurred almost a decade after the unique film’s launch.

What was as soon as leading edge was now not spectacular and the magic of the primary film had largely worn off. The movie solely introduced in slightly over half of its $65 million funds on the field workplace, and it turned clear that there’d be no third Sin Metropolis film.

10 Large Hit: OzThe Nice And Highly effective

Properties like Depraved helped present that prequels to The Wizard of Oz can work beneath the suitable circumstances. There have been some reservations in place when Sam Raimi introduced that he’d be tackling a prequel with James Franco set to play Oz, nevertheless.

The artistic filmmaker actually latched onto Baum’s wealthy world and created a loving companion piece to the unique traditional. OzThe Nice and Highly effective is not good, nevertheless it has enjoyable with its characters. The film acquired a blended reception, nevertheless it nonetheless noticed spectacular field workplace returns. It revamped double its $200 million funds on the field workplace, bringing in $493.Three million.

9 Large Hit: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

For all intents and functions, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is supposed to be a reboot of the well-known Planet of the Apes franchise. That being mentioned, it may be argued that this film works as a prequel to the unique franchise, for the reason that film is ready earlier than apes take over the planet.

The movie takes the boiled down strategy to have a look at one ape, Caesar, and his improvement, hinting at how apes will develop to take over mankind. Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ new path proved to be an amazing success, because it made $481.Eight million on the field workplace and would go on to spawn its personal trilogy.

8 Large Hit: Puss In Boots

The Puss in Boots character from the Shrek franchise proved to be so in style that he was given his personal collection of films that will permit the unscrupulous character to fulfill his full potential. Puss in Boots is ready earlier than the feline character ever encounters Shrek, however the film is a principally self-contained caper that comes right down to friendship ultimately.

Puss in Boots proved that the character may survive on his personal, and very similar to the Shrek films, it  instantly discovered business success. The $130 million movie made $555 million on the field workplace, bringing in a revenue of over $400 million.

7 Utterly Flopped: The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas

The primary Flintstones live-action characteristic film was a bizarre instance of lightning in a bottle, since the enjoyable setting and elegant casting turned out to be successful. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas got here out six years later, and although it retained the unique film’s director, all the solid was modified and the power wasn’t as electrical the second time round.

The film tells the story of how Fred and Wilma first meet and start their romance. It’s a enjoyable angle, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for audiences. The movie made slightly below $60 million off of its $83 million funds, which meant that it took a big hit.

6 Large Hit: Monsters College

Pixar sequels are all the time wildly profitable, however Monsters College determined to buck the norm by delivering a prequel journey as an alternative. Monsters College appears to be like at how beloved monsters Mike and Sulley overcame their variations and have become pals within the first place, with all the factor set towards a frat comedy that’s by some means the proper match for a children’ film.

Monsters College doesn’t disappoint and finds a worthwhile, partaking story for the return of those characters. It shouldn’t be a shock that the $200 million film would make $744.2 million on the field workplace, resulting in a revenue of over half a billion {dollars}.

5 Large Hit: On line casino Royale

The James Bond collection has been an establishment for many years, however On line casino Royale turned out to be a formative film for the franchise. Not solely did it introduce the world to Daniel Craig’s tackle the character, nevertheless it additionally went again to James Bond’s roots and examined his origin story, which is one thing that the earlier films had by no means executed earlier than.

On line casino Royale marks a extra mature Bond movie that’s carried the identical momentum to this present day and continues to be felt. On line casino Royale made a giant impression on audiences and introduced in $600 million on the field workplace off of its $150 million funds.

4 Large Hit: The Hobbit Trilogy

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy turned touchstone films for the fantasy style, so many individuals had been excited when it turned out that he’d even be adapting Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Reception turned slightly extra blended, although, when it was revealed that The Hobbit would span a trilogy of movies and that these films would use an abundance of CGI.

Regardless of their blended reception and the drop in high quality after Lord of the Rings, the films nonetheless collectively introduced in almost $Three billion on the field workplace on a mixed funds of $782 million. The flicks had been big business successes.

3 Utterly Flopped: Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist

The story behind the prequel to The Exorcist is a tragic case of overbearing studio meddling. Paul Schrader started work on an Exorcist prequel, however when the studio thought that it wasn’t overtly scary sufficient, they employed Renny Harlin to take over and do his personal model of the venture.

Harlin launched Exorcist: The Starting, which made cash, however was a crucial failure. Accordingly, the studio determined to complete and launch Schrader’s film to try to recoup losses, placing out Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist. Nevertheless, the movie had a particularly restricted theatrical launch, because it was solely performed on 110 screens, so it solely made $251,495 on the field workplace on its $30 million funds.

2 Large Hit: Star Wars Episodes I-III

The Star Wars prequel trilogy has a really adverse repute each among the many Star Wars group and most people. It was undeniably thrilling when George Lucas introduced this trilogy, however the flicks are plagued with points and appear to have pissed off followers greater than genuinely happy anybody (although they weren’t with out their sturdy moments and performances).

Though the flicks are mocked in current day, it’s onerous to disclaim their field workplace enchantment. The movies collectively introduced in almost $2.5 billion on the field workplace, whereas the mixed funds of the trilogy was solely $343 million. Lucas clearly knew the right way to end up a revenue.

1 Large Hit: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Steven Spielberg struck gold with Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Misplaced Ark, and it was clear that extra thrilling adventures with Harrison Ford’s suave archaeologist had been imminent. The subsequent film within the collection, The Temple of Doom, is an undeniably pulpier movie that basically lays on the serial-inspired motion tropes.

The film additionally occurs to be a prequel, because it technically takes place earlier than the occasions of Raiders of the Misplaced Ark. It’s not an important element that’s basic to having fun with the film, nevertheless it’s attention-grabbing to notice its chronology. Temple of Doom had a modest funds of $28.2 million and would make a staggering $333.1 million on the field workplace.

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