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20 Movie Franchises That Should’ve Stopped At Two

Sequels have been Hollywood’s cash cows for years. When a story is left untold, you need a sequel to complete it. However, it’s wrong to believe that your franchises would rake an abundance of cash every time at the box office with their sequels. Some filmmakers need to realize that nothing can be worse than a sequel being made that could never match up to its original. While there have been times when part twos have worked out, the third time hasn’t been a charm for many movie franchises.

Bombing at the box-office, here are 20 films franchises that should have stopped after their first sequel:

1. The Mummy

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was a poorly written film that lacked the Egyptian charm of the first two Mummies.

2. Shrek The Third

Shrek The Third was uniquely disappointing as it lacked charm, good songs, and new characters. Nothing tops off the second part!

3. Hellraiser

After the second part, all Hellraiser films were basically mindless entertainers. With a lack of creativity, the franchise started bombing from the third part

4. Home Alone

Nothing was the same after Macaulay Culkin grew up. The plot got repetitive after Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and the third installment duly bombed.

5. Child’s Play

Child’s play was done for good after its first two parts. The third part lost its charm when it featured a grown up Andy.

6. The Expendables

The entire appeal of the third part was lost when it was made PG-13 instead of R.

7. Taken

Taken 3 makes Taken 2 look like Taken 1

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8. The Addams Family

They changed the entire cast with the third part and nothing felt the same.

9. Night At The Museum

The third part was only watched because it was Robin Williams’ last live action role.

10. The Godfather

The plot of Godfather 3 became convoluted and confusing. Despite haveing a good story, it wasn’t executed well

11. The Land Before Time

They’re still making sequels but should have really stopped after the second part.

12. RoboCop

Robocop 3 lost all the good earned reputation of the Robocop franchise. Part 3 was all about butchered storylines, miserable returning cast, dodgy effects and ridiculous samurai androids

13. Fast and Furious

Probably the biggest example of this list, The Fast Saga was fun as long as they did practical shit. Which stopped happening after the first two parts.

14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

From the animatronics to the plot, everything worsened in the third part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

15. The Terminator

No hate to Terminator 3, but considering the fact that they took 12 years to come up with a film like this, then it is kind of a letdown

16. Poltergeist

Poltergeist 3 was terrible having the movie take place at New York City instead of at a neighborhood house like the last two movies did

17. X-Men

It’s understandable that the X-Men have a lot more story in the comics but Fox Studios could’ve bowed out after X2

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18. The Hobbit

The third part of The Hobbit series felt like an unneeded filler in the series

19. Halloween

Leaving aside a few, many of the remakes were pure garbage.

20. The Matrix

The concluding film of the trilogy, The Matrix: Revolutions was a little messed up. The dialogues were needlessly cheesy and Neo’s true love gets an anticlimactic send off at the end.


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Written by Muneer

Muneer is an Indian writer at FandomWire who plans to visit all countries in this world to eat the food on their streets. Obsessed with joggers, he sings and plays the strings too.