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6 Times The Third Movie In A Series Was Better Than The Original (& 6 Times It Sucked)

6 Times The Third Movie In A Series Was Better Than The Original 6 Times It Sucked

The threequel – the third movie in a series, is mostly aimed at being better than its predecessors. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it ends up being an abysmal failure.

Sucked: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

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This was probably the weakest of the three Night at The Museum movies. Considering the second movie was Battle of the Smithsonian, it is saying something. The humor was nowhere near the incredible first Night at the Museum movie. And the absence of Robin Williams was dearly felt.

Better: War For The Planet Of The Apes

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes established Caeser as the king of the primate kingdom. But it was in War For The Planet of The Apes that his character arc came full circle. This movie was a masterclass in no matter what angle you look at it from. It was leaps and bounds better than the first movie.

Sucked: Iron Man 3

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The Iron Man series helped make the MCU it is today. It was 2008’s Iron Man that started it all. But by the time the sub-franchise reached Iron Man 3, things were already looking bad. That Mandarin twist and Guy Pearce’s weak portrayal of the movie’s super villain were what brought it down.

Better: The Dark Knight Rises

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This might raise a few eyebrows. But we believe The Dark Knight Rises, despite its many plot holes, was a better addition to the Dark Knight trilogy than Batman Begins. Batman begins had its moments but The Dark Knight Rises raised the stakes sky high and kept us at the edges of our seats the entire time.

Sucked: Star Trek Beyond


Oh boy where do we begin. The new age Star Trek movies had a lackluster beginning. The first movie, released in 2009, managed to gain a little bit of traction. Fans liked that take. By the time the new movie series passed Into Darkness and reached star Trek Beyond, things had reached critical mass. Let’s see if Quentin Tarantino’s rumored Star Trek movie turns the tables for this franchise.

Better: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

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The original John Wick movie established John Wick as the one man you should never ever try to mess with. But it was in Parabellum that things really started looking up. The world of assassins and secret organizations John Wick had barely gotten out of, we saw it all as the movie went on to focus on world-building. Both the story and the action were better.

Sucked: Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban


This is what happens when the director tries to stray too far from the books. Prisoner of Azkaban is considered by many to be the weakest entry in the Harry Potter series.

Better: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

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One of the many reasons Lord of the Rings succeeded as a movie was because despite being a fictional world of fantasy, magic, and monsters, it immersed the audience into it so much that they started relating to the characters in the movies. Return of the King did that the best.

Sucked: Rocky III


Rocky was a really good movie. It taught us perseverance and hard work always pays off in the end. Rocky II was more or less about a rematch but we would still watch it again. It was when Rocky transcended to Rocky III and IV that we realized how bad things are getting for the Rocky franchise.

Better: The Bourne Ultimatum

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The Bourne series has a very loyal fan base. And a majority of them would agree when we say The Bourne Ultimatum was better than Bourne Supremacy and the first movie – Bourne Identity. This is the movie where we could see Jason Bourne in all his CIA ass-kicking glory.

Sucked: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End

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Sue us if you want but we will never stop saying this – Curse of the Black Pearl is the best Pirates of the Caribbean movie. At World’s End, compared to the original, has a weaker storyline it tried heavily compensating with rampart use of CGI. Just look at the climactic scene and you would know what we mean.

Better: Thor: Ragnarok

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Were Thor and Thor: The Dark World good movies? Compared to Marvel standards, they were passable at best. It was when Taika Waititi took over and gave us the super funny and gorgeous Thor: Ragnarok that we realized the Thor franchise is not dead. It does have potential.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.