The sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen came out this weekend and who cares? London Has Fallen is expected to pull in around $20 million dollars this weekend which is what was expected. Not a bomb by any means but not a hit, just like its predecessor. Who was even asking for a sequel? It wasn’t a huge financial success. It wasn’t an underground cult hit. It was barely a decent movie. Nevertheless, in today’s sequel-happy Hollywood, it got a sequel.
London Has Fallen is not the only sequel whose existence raises my eyebrows. Now I’m not talking about bad sequels. Batman & Robin is maybe the most ridiculous movie ever but I know why they made it. The Batman series was, and still is, incredibly successful. There will always be Batman sequels. I’m not talking about direct-to-DVD cash grabs like The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride or Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective (yes, this movie exists) either. These are the sequels that no one was asking for.
Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj
Van Wilder was about a college student refusing to graduate so he can keep living the life of a college student. At the end of the movie, Wilder graduated. I don’t think Van Wilder: Law School would have been a good idea so instead they spun off the series with a side character as the lead. No one was interested.
300: Rise of an Empire
300 was a really cool movie. It made a ton of money. However the story of the 300 Spartans was over. The main character had died. But 7 years later they put out a sequel. I still don’t understand it.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Ghost Rider was one of the worst comic book movies ever made. For some reason they made a sequel that was even worse.
Blues Brothers 2000
Making a sequel to a 20 year old movie is usually not a good idea. Doing that after one of its stars has died is an even worse one.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
In 2008, an adaptation of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth was made. Do you remember? It starred Brendan Fraser. Remember him? They made a sequel, with The Rock replacing Fraser.
xXx 2: State of the Union
xXx was a dumb but fun movie. After Vin Diesel decided not to return for a sequel, he was replaced by Ice Cube. And box office success was replaced by failure. A sequel, with Vin Diesel, is currently filming though.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Another sequel to a bad movie with The Rock joining the cast.
Sequels to movies that don’t include the original’s main character aren’t a good idea. Bruce Almighty was good because Jim Carrey was good in it. Why make a sequel without him.
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
Baby Geniuses has to be one of the worst ideas ever. It’s pretty much universally hated. So they made a sequel. Great idea, right? It received a rare 0% on rottentomatoes. Scott Baio is one of the stars of the movie. Once you consider Charles in Charge for your movie I think you should cancel it.