10 Movies Franchises That Were Ruined By Sequels

Hollywood has had a culture of launching the franchises with multiple movies under its belt. Some of those continued stories were highly praised by the viewers, while others kept getting worse with every sequel being released. Here is a list of movies that kept getting worse with new movies coming in to tell a new chapter.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The movie of this franchise was undoubtedly the best of all. It had every bit of awesomeness a movie requires. This fantasy war story was loved by every viewer and considering that sequels were made. The second movie was also pretty good but it was not as good as the first one. The third installment in the franchise was probably the most inferior one.

The Transporter

Jason Statham’s Transporter series was something! The first one in the installment had a pretty small budget compared to the other two, but it was the best of all. A fun action flick delivered by Statham. The second and the third kept making the stakes higher, but its failed use of CGI was a bit much for the users to take in, so it leads to a downfall.

The Hobbit 

Well, the entire Hobbit series is surely inferior to the Lord of The Rings Series but it was still good comparing to other movie franchises. The first Hobbit was pretty good and the second one was almost as good as the first one. But, the third movie failed to be as good as the first two and was a let-down after the Lord of The Rings series.

The Matrix

The first Matrix movie blew everyone away delivering a great sci-fi action flick that all the fans loved. But, it suffered a similar downfall to other trilogies as more sequels came in. The Matrix 2 was still pretty good, but the third one as always was the worst of all.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Johnny Depp began a hit franchise with the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It did not suffer a similar fate to other movie franchises as the second and the third movies of the franchise were huge blockbusters. The downfall came after that when the series felt a bit stretched with the 4th and 5th installment.

Die Hard  

A great example of this phenomenon is the Die Hard series. It all started with a great movie made. It marked the start of a great action franchise which grew a bit with the sequels but ultimately fell as it gave put the worst movie of the entire series, i.e. A good Day To Die Hard.


Tim Burton and Michael Keaton gave life our very favorite DC superhero, The Batman. The first Batman movie that was released in 1989 was a literal perfection. This made sure that a second one will be made. Well, it was pretty good but not as good as the first one. Then came in a change of director as well as the actors. Batman Forever failed to live up to the legends of the first two movies and then the franchise was literally ruined by Joe Schumacher’s Batman and Robin.


The first Superman movie was the one that probably marked the start of Superhero genre in Hollywood. It was made extremely well and to sum it up, there has not been a Superman movie as good as the first one which was made back in 1978. Christopher Reeve did a remarkable job with the character, but still, the movies kept getting worse.

The Terminator

The Terminator series started off with a bang. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s portrayal of the character made sure that the franchise will continue to prosper. The second movie in the franchise was even bigger. The third one was also good but after that came in the downfall. The worst of all was the 4th movie which ruined the franchise. Arnold tried to pick it up with a sort of reboot but failed to do so the fifth one was pretty bad itself.

Iron Man


The biggest example of this Phenomenon is the Iron man franchise without a doubt. Iron man was one of the best origin stories to ever be made. It ensured the start of the MCU. But its own individual franchise continued, it kept failing to be as good as the first one. Even though the next movies made huge amounts of money, it was only due to the fandom created in the first Iron man movie. the second one felt like a trailer for the Avengers, and the Third one made the fans angry as it changed the most iconic Iron Man villain into a stage actor.

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Vansh Mehra

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