nobody movie_The 10 highest-grossing legacy sequels of all time, according to Box Office Mojo

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Legacy sequels are growing in popularity, and with the upcoming release of Jurassic World: DominionWhich brings the original Jurassic Park throw together again, it should break box office records. But by the looks of it, legacy sequels have had mixed success outside of a $1 billion film at the box office.

Some studios have delusions of grandeur, thinking that certain decade-old franchises are more popular than they are and have a larger fan base than they do. This leads to box office bombs due to inflated budgets and low box office revenues. However, other legacy sequels have made it out of the park with the perfect amount of nostalgia combined with fresh, new interpretations of the material.

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Halloween (2018) – $255.6 million

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in Halloween

That Halloween Franchises had countless sequels and reboots prior to the 2018 film, but none of them garnered half the success or praise of the direct sequel. Halloween featured a concise and engaging narrative compared to the increasingly convoluted plots of the other sequels, and it saw the return of fan-favorite character Laurie Strode. Additionally, despite being a direct sequel to the original film, it was still a great entry point for new audiences.

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The film was a return to form and all of those points led to the highest box office result the franchise has ever seen, and it’s nowhere near. Unfortunately, the poorly received follow-up, Halloween kills, undid all that. But there’s still a chance the series can be redeemed with the upcoming one Halloween ends.


Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – $259.3 million

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049

While box office earnings of $259 million may look great without context, it’s actually a devastating result, and Blade Runner 2049 was bombed at the box office. No one in their right mind should ever have given you the green light Bladerunner continued, and during Bladerunner 2049 turned out great, it was always going to be a financially disastrous decision.

The original Bladerunner might have become a cult classic, but it still bombed when it was first released. And as if making a box office bomb sequel wasn’t risky enough, giving this sequel an inflated budget of $185 million and restricting its audience by giving it an R rating was the final nail in the coffin.


Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) – $261.1 million

Sarah Connor in Termintor Dark Fate

Although Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned Terminator: Dark Fate, he has returned for most of the films in the series. Even though he wasn’t physically there Terminator Redemption, a digital version of him appeared in the final act. What really does dark fate A legacy sequel is the return of Sarah Connor and the fact that it’s a direct sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Dayignoring the other films that have been released in the meantime.

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Unfortunately, the return of one of cinema’s most wicked heroines wasn’t enough to save the franchise. As well as Bladerunner 2049, $261 million might look great, but it fell massively short of expectations for the studio. Despite being the franchise’s best-reviewed film since the second film, it is the lowest-grossing film in the series outside of the original.


Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – $375.7 million

A short-haired woman in a warrior costume stands in front of a tanker truck and aims a sniper rifle.

Mad Max: Fury Road arrived 30 years later Mad Max beyond Thunderdomebut one could argue about that rage street does not fit into all parameters of a legacy sequel. Mel Gibson isn’t returning, the film hasn’t reached the same age as it has in real life, and Max appears to be the same age as when audiences last saw him.

However, it still qualifies as crazy max The series has a distinctive look and aesthetic, which is why most fans like the films, and it expands on the character’s overall mythos. When you consider how So much went wrong in production from rage street, it’s lucky that fans got the film at all, and after 30 years it’s better late than never. The 2015 film’s incredible box office success proves that studios don’t always have to strike when the iron is hot.


Star Trek (2009) – $385.6 million

The two Spocks meet in Star Trek 2009

Many believe that 2009 is star trek is a reboot of the original series, but Leonard Nimoy’s Spock showed up two-thirds into the film, cementing the JJ Abrams-directed film as a legacy sequel. That star trek Film franchises had previously been dormant for seven years as each successive release was a bigger failure than the last at the box office, but Abrams revisited the series by turning it into a high-profile and exciting blockbuster film.

While the new action-oriented direction was polarizing, with some longtime Trekkies missing out on the series for its huge set pieces and high-octane sequences, it brought new fans to the franchise. If Abrams hadn’t been at the helm and changed the course of the sci-fi series, it certainly wouldn’t have made as much as it does worldwide.

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) – $389.6 million

David and Will stare in shock - Independence Day: Resurgence

The amount of money that goes into the production and marketing of a film is ridiculous, and Independence Day: Resurgence is Exhibit A. After the budget, marketing costs and cinema cutbacks, resurgence was still in the red when it left theaters. In the eyes of the studio, the film was a bomb, especially considering that its predecessor grossed over $800 million.

It just goes to show that while Jeff Goldblum was a bankable star in the ’90s and still is a great actor, he doesn’t quite have the appeal that Will Smith has, who was the only non-returning actor from the original film. If Smith had played along resurgenceno one knows how much more money the film would have made, but it almost certainly would have made at least $500 million.

Tron: Legacy (2010) – $400 million

Two lightweight cyclists in TRON Legacy

Tron: Legacy is one of the coolest looking legacy films, every frame is visually stunning, and coupled with Daft Punk’s incredible electronic soundtrack, it’s more of a very expensive art project than a Hollywood movie. And despite a convoluted narrative, the audiovisual experience was hugely profitable.

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But while $400 million is a good grossing figure for the film, it’s pennies compared to what Disney is typically used to. And while that number usually means a sequel would get an immediate green light from every other studio, Disney’s resources would be better invested in other more profitable properties. The film even ranks as a cult classic despite making a lot more than most other films, but in Disney’s eyes it is exactly what it is.


Bad Boys for Life (2020) – $426.5 million

17 years after the original film, few would have thought so bad boys for life would be as successful as it was. But the chemistry between Martin Lawrence and Smith is just too funny and the comedy action sequences are too entertaining. Interestingly, the third film in the series earned a lot more than all the others.

bad boys for life was lucky as it was released just before the outbreak of COVID-19 and forced cinemas to close. The film became the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2020, and there had not been such a low-grossing film in the top 10 list of the year since 2008. And given the great success of the film there will undoubtedly be one bad boys 4.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2009) – $790.6 million

Cate Blanchett points to Harrison Ford on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

There’s no greater difference between a film’s box office success and its reception by fans and critics, at least not when it comes to legacy sequels, than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It just goes to show how bankable a star Harrison Ford is and how bankable a character Indy is, as the film still had an audience that flocked to theaters despite being universally hated.

However, during crystal skull is underestimated, the Indy series may redeem itself with the upcoming fifth film in the series. Not only might it be the swan song the character deserves, but without Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair he has a chance to gross even more than the fourth film worldwide.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – $2 billion

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the ultimate legacy sequel. The film sees the return of all fan-favorite characters, introduces new characters that are just as beloved, is full of fan service, and doesn’t leave new fans confused.

The film was criticized for being too much of a retread of the original film and almost too full of fanservice. But in the 2010s, there was nothing more exciting than the unveiling of the Millennium Falcon, or the moment Han and Chewie reunited with the iconic ship. The film grossed a whopping $2 billion worldwide and is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

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