Analysts are crying sequel fatigue, but studios trying to bank on franchises isn’t new. They’re just doing it a lot more frequently, but with titles people care way less about seeing.
In looking at Box Office Mojo’s ranking of some of the highest-grossing franchises adjusted for inflation, it’s clear that pursuing sequels has always been a roller-coaster ride.
Business Insider selected some of the most well-known franchises and compared their box-office gross numbers.
Of those selected, only “The Lord of the Rings” and “Captain America” have seen revenue growth with every installment. “Deadpool” is the highest-grossing movie related to the X-Men universe, and not even the wide praise for 2017’s “Logan” could change that.
Every other franchise lacks a pattern, except that it seems that “Fast and Furious” reached a positive turning point in 2009. (Note: “Fate of the Furious” is still new to theaters, so it has time to earn a lot more.) And people really, really like “Star Wars” movies. Although “A New Hope” still remains the most successful at the box office by a pretty big number.
See how your favorite franchise did over its lifetime: