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Taking It Up to 11


With Scream 4, Fast Five, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Hollywood is on a slippery slope of post-trilogy franchise extension mania

With movie attendance across America dropping precipitously this year, Hollywood is turning to its most reliable source of box office gold: sequels and franchises. The website Box Office Mojo has reported that studios will send at least 27 follow-ups to theaters in 2011. In fact, as Fast Five, Scream 4, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides demonstrate, many of these films aren't just the second or even third installment in their respective franchises. The hottest movie properties are metastasizing at a fantastic rate, which puts them on course to match some of these infamously never-ending cinematic stories. Trilogies are so 2010.

ANNOYING:

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Don't fall asleep, otherwise you'll dream of a 10th sequel. +58.6%*

James Bond

When you have a license to kill, you have 22 lives. +47%

Lethal Weapon

Mel Gibson's alcohol-fueled outburst has cast a pall on the quadrilogy. +39.4%

Planet of the Apes

Apes may evolve, but this franchise's seven plots never have. +8.5%

Star Trek

Dammit, Jim, I'm a cash cow, not a shameful 11-sequel nerd fetish! +6%

Final Destination

When this franchise went 3D after the fourth film, even Death asked, "Are we there yet?" +0.1%

ALARMING:

Harry Potter

With its eighth film due out this summer, there will be more Potter movies than books—a true achievement -24.6%

Saw

Low-cost torture porn? Maybe. Are the seven films more profitable than real porn? Definitely -28.2%

Friday the 13th

As long as coeds need to be sawed in half, Jason will never die. Not even after 12 movies -41.3%

Superman

Warner Bros. is hastily creating a sixth reboot before the late creator's family reclaims its rights in court -51.8%

The Pink Panther

Even after 11 films, most people don't know Clouseau isn't actually the panther -52.9%

Rambo

The notion of a sexagenarian mercenary (the fourth installment) is ridiculous -59.4%

APOCALYPTIC:

Star Wars

Upcoming 3D versions of the six films will suck more fan money into a galaxy far, far away -76.8%

Rocky

The notion of a sexagenarian boxer (the seventh installment) is completely ridiculous -83.1%

Godzilla

Its 28 films have given TV stations afternoon marathon programming since 1954 -93%

Jaws

More people have died by shark attacks in these four films than in shark attack history -96.2%

Death Wish

It took five movies, but audiences' death wish for this film was finally granted -97.4%

Police Academy

Even Steve Guttenberg couldn't make it through all seven films -99.9%

* Difference between the U.S. box office gross for the first and last franchise film. Godzilla is between Godzilla (1998) and Godzilla 2000. Percentages adjusted to 2010 dollars


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