Hollywood has a strong case of sequelitis. A look at upcoming movies reveals a slew of franchises and sequels from just about every major studio.
While such films are an easy way to draw in an audience, they often have diminishing returns. Many sequels struggle to capture the magic of the original while advancing the story in a meaningful way. And some are just downright terrible.
With that in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked the worst movie sequels of all time. To find the worst of the worst, PrettyFamous looked at all movie sequels that had at least 10,000 IMDb votes. The data experts then ranked each of these films by Smart Rating -- a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. Note that sequels are any movie that build upon the first installment -- they do not necessarily have to be the second film.
When it comes to sequels, there have been some truly head-scratching decisions in Hollywood. Did the world really need another "Hot Tub Time Machine" film? Or four "Jaws" movies? While we may never know why a second "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" was greenlighted, the films in this ranking make clear that sometimes it's best to leave the original alone.
Note: Movie descriptions are sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote. Ties are broken by the number of IMDb votes.