Film studios and production companies love making sequels to their movies that were big-blockbusters regardless of how much money that movie initially brought in.
They keep making these sequels because they’re almost guaranteed to make money especially for people who loved the first one or if the viewer grew an attachment to the characters. Sequels are also extremely popular overseas.
Some examples of poorly made sequels from financially successful movies are the Clash of the Titan’s Wrath of the Titans (2012), Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’s Dead Man's Chest (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011), The Chronicles of Narnia’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Wall Street’s Money Never Sleeps (2010).
There are some exceptions to whether a sequel is guaranteed to be a success before it hits the theatres which was the case with the Harry Potter movies, the Twilight Saga, the Star Trek movie series, Naked Gun’s Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Blade and Blade II, and the Lethal Weapon series. These movies were bankable not only because of the movies and actors themselves, but because of the fact that they stayed true to the original movie and already had a loyal following.
There have been some good sequels that weren’t necessarily breaking box office records, but because of how they were done and the story that was told. Here are 10 of them and why they were good.