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  • Dumb and Dumber To on Random Movie Sequels Came Out So Long After Original That No One Cared Anymo

    (#3) Dumb and Dumber To

    • Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle, Carly Craig, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom

    Sequel to: Dumb and Dumber (1994)

    Year released: 2014

    Gap: 20 Years

    The year 1994 belonged to Jim Carrey. He starred in Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Mask. So it's safe to say 1994 audiences were responding to Carrey's cartoonish, theatrical brand of comedy. Specifically, critics praised Dumber and Dumber for being a "relentlessly dumb comedy," and it was a huge box office success.

    The 2003 prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, didn't have the original's stars and involved almost no one who made the first film. The true sequel came in 2014 and didn't fare much better than the prequel. Critics noted the brand of comedy wasn't as refreshing as it had been in 1994, and audiences mostly ignored the film during its time in theaters.

  • Psycho II on Random Movie Sequels Came Out So Long After Original That No One Cared Anymo

    (#8) Psycho II

    • Anthony Perkins, Dennis Franz, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Tom Holland, Lee Garlington, Virginia Gregg, Oz Perkins, Victoria Brown, Hugh Gillin, George Dickerson, Ben Frommer, Claudia Bryar, Sheila K. Adams, Robert Alan Browne, Ben Hartigan, Thaddeus Smith, Chris Hendrie, Gene Whittington, Bob Hilgenberg, Tim Maier, Jill Carroll, Robert Traynor, Michael Lomazow

    Sequel to: Psycho (1960)

    Year released: 1983

    Gap: 23 years

    While one may have the impulse to dismiss Psycho II as not being a true sequel since Alfred Hitchcock did not direct the film, it did star Anthony Perkins in the role of Norman Bates. Vera Miles also returned as Lila Loomis. So, even without Hitchcock, this is seemingly the sequel to the horror classic. And the original indeed is a classic. Critics praised Psycho for its innovative screenplay and Hitchcock's direction, as well as the terrifying bathroom scene.

    The original film made $50 million at the box office, or about $413 million when adjusted for inflation. It was a success all around. The sequel was not. Critics gave it mixed reviews, and the film made a disappointing $34 million at the box office.

  • The Strangers: Prey at Night on Random Movie Sequels Came Out So Long After Original That No One Cared Anymo

    (#9) The Strangers: Prey at Night

    • Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman

    Sequel to: The Strangers (2008)

    Year released: 2018

    Gap: 10 years

    Very loosely based on the Manson Family murders, 2008's The Strangers effectively scared the pants off audiences by featuring a group of masked murderers who preferred to torture their victims - a couple at a secluded cabin - through slow-paced scare tactics before finally and quite brutally murdering them. Though the body count was low for a horror film, the game of cat and mouse brought terror and dread to audiences through casting the murderers in shadows and playing a country song on repeat. With a budget of $9 million, the film made more than $82 million at the box office.

    The sequel bucked the quiet, slow-building horror of the first film for an '80s-style slasher movie that made a measly $27 million at the box office and disappointed critics and fans of the original's tact.

  • Tron: Legacy on Random Movie Sequels Came Out So Long After Original That No One Cared Anymo

    (#13) Tron: Legacy

    • Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy, Serinda Swan, Michael Sheen, Garrett Hedlund, Yaya DaCosta, Beau Garrett, James Frain, Christine Adams, Bruce Boxleitner, Donnelly Rhodes, Thomas Bangalter, Jack McGee, Jeffrey Nordling, Edie Mirman, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Belinda Montgomery, Brent Stait, Patrick Sabongui, John Reardon, Ron Selmour, Michael Teigen, Conrad Coates, Mi-Jung Lee, Steven Lisberger, Matt Ward, Dan Joffre, Owen Best, Dean Redman, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Mike Ching, Shaw Madson, Dawn Mander, Elizabeth Mathis, Aaron Toney, Christopher Logan, Kofi Yiadom, Dale Wolfe, Anis Cheurfa, Shafin Karim, Rob Daly, Joanne Wilson, Kate Gajdosik, Kis Yurij, Amy Esterle, Allen Jo, Thomas Bradshaw, Odain Watson, Darren Dolynski, Sheldon Yamkovy, Cody Laudan, Will Erichson, Zoe Fryklund, Michael Logie, Kim Do Nguyen

    Sequel to: Tron (1982)

    Year released: 2010

    Gap: 28 years

    While Tron's story didn't reinvent the wheel, it was a landmark work for computer animation. The long-awaited sequel premiered and suffered from the same problems as the original: amazing visuals, lackluster story. Though the sequel brought in $400 million at the box office, the reported budget was $170 million. While the film earned back its budget, the box office performance was underwhelming.

    Unfortunately, in the 28 years it took to make the sequel, the creators' ability to develop characters or deliver a compelling plot didn't improve. Even if the visuals are phenomenal, audiences generally want some sense of a story.

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 on Random Movie Sequels Came Out So Long After Original That No One Cared Anymo

    (#7) My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

    • Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez, Elena Kampouris

    Sequel to: My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

    Year released: 2016

    Gap: 14 years

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding was very much lightning in a bottle. The indie romantic comedy's budget was a manageable $5 million, but it went on to have unimagined success. The film made more than $368 million at the box office and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. While the film was charming, critics remarked that it felt like a sitcom from time to time and the amount of success it achieved made no sense.

    Not surprisingly, the sequel wasn't able to replicate that success, especially since it hit theaters 14 years after the original charmed its audiences. When reviewing the 2016 follow-up, critics were less forgiving of the sitcom-y gags, and it only scored $88 million at the box office.

  • The Godfather Part III on Random Movie Sequels Came Out So Long After Original That No One Cared Anymo

    (#12) The Godfather Part III

    • Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Ron Jeremy, Sofia Coppola, Joe Mantegna, Talia Shire, John Cazale, George Hamilton, Don Novello, Helmut Berger, John Savage, Willie Brown, Al Martino, Carmine Coppola, Michael Bowen, Donal Donnelly, Richard Bright, Raf Vallone, Catherine Scorsese, Rick Aviles, Gia Coppola, Al Ruscio, Gregory Corso, Carmine Caridi, Simonetta Stefanelli, Tony Devon, John Abineri, Franc D'Ambrosio, Franco Citti, Brett Halsey, Robert Cicchini, Jessica DiCicco, Nicky Blair, David Hume Kennerly, Salvatore Billa, Sal Borgese, Anton Coppola, Marino Masé, Vittorio Duse, Emmett Fitzsimmons, Joe Drago, Mickey Knox, Remo Remotti, Anthony Guidera, Enzo Robutti, Vito Antuofermo, Mimmo Cuticchio, Alessandro Ruspoli, 9th Prince of Cerveteri, Jeannie Linero, Paco Reconti, F.X. Vitolo, Valeria Sabel, Michele Russo, Robert Vento, Mario Donatone, Gabriele Torrei, Brian Freilino, Diane Agostini, Frank Tarsia, Tere Livrano, Madelyn Renee, Joe Fontana, Luigi Laezza, Ida Bernardini, Rogerio Miranda, Francesco Paolo Bellante, Michael Boccio, James D. Damiano, Angelo Romero, Beppe Pianviti, Don Costello, Richard Honigman, Janet Savarino Smith, Carlos Miranda, Santo Indelicato, Jeanne Savarino Pesch, Paolo Gavanelli

    Sequel to: The Godfather Part II (1974)

    Year released: 1990

    Gap: 16 years

    People widely consider The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) two of the best films ever made. Critically acclaimed and box office successes, the films also took home nine Academy Awards between them. But 1990's The Godfather Part III tainted this legacy. Critics gave the film mixed reviews, it performed okay at the box office, and it even racked up seven Academy Award nominations. However, the film has gone on to develop a very poor reputation, likely because audiences will forever compare it to its predecessors.

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Movie studios are almost certain to follow up a successful blockbuster with at least one sequel. There is no doubt that some sequels are considered to be superior to their predecessor. But there is no guarantee that their sequels will be of the same high quality and popularity. People may even ignore some movie sequels, just because they came out so late.

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