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6 Promising Movie Franchises That Lost Steam & Died An Early Death

There are so many movie franchises that start off good but don’t really makeup after some time and then die. Here is a list of 6 promising movie franchises that lost steam and died an early death.

Source: The Guardian


Jaws performed extremely well in 1975 with its first blockbuster movie. The movie got nominated for best picture and won three academy awards. Everything was going so well till their third film. The quality started decreasing as the franchise continued and when the fourth film was released, it is considered as one of their worst movies. With their fourth movie, the franchise died.

Movie: The Crow 1994

The Crow

It is based on the comic book series The Crow by James O’Barr. There are a total of four films. The first movie, The Crow was released in 1994 and the last movie was The Crow: Wicked Prayer which was released in 2005. With The Crow: Wicked Prayer, the franchise died. Although the first few movies were liked by the audience, the last movie got a bad critical reputation.

Source: Den of Geek

The Hangover

The Hangover film series is directed by Todd Phillips and has three movies. The first two movies are more focused on the events that happened before a party in Bangkok and Las Vegas and the last movie focus on the road trip and bachelor party. The first two films actually got a good response but the viewers said that the third film is lacking a sense of purpose. The critical and public response of the third movie is not so good and which is the reason the franchise died with it.

Source: The Indian Express


Fans were crazy for Michael Bay’s Transformers at one time but after the movie Bumblebee which was released in 2018, we didn’t get to hear anything from the franchise. It didn’t make a huge profit but it held itself well enough. 

Source: Screen Rant


It includes four animated films. The series focuses on Shrek a good-hearted but bad-tempered Orge. Its first movie Shrek was released in 2001, Shrek 2 in 2004, Shrek the Third in 2007, and Shrek Forever After in 2010. The first two films had a surprising success but in last two films didn’t reach the standards of the first two films and it was very evident that it was going down the hill. The franchise also hosted spinoffs and tv shows and much more. 

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The franchise consists of science fiction action films. There are a total of six films. It was felt like the franchise overstayed. Fans were satisfied with Judgement Day and considered it a good finale but the franchise didn’t stop making films. It resulted in forced storylines and a lost connection with the audience. 

Written by Ramya Khera