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Top 10 Movies That Inexplicably Got Sequels

Script written by Nick Spake Sometimes movie sequels don’’t make any sense. For this list we’re taking a look at those movies that we’re not completely sure why they needed sequals. We’ve included movies like Grease, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Saturday Night Fever and Sharknado.

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Top 10 Movies That Inexplicably Got Sequels

Um… you’re joking, right? Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies That Inexplicably Got Sequels.

For this list, we’re taking a look at movies that inspired follow-ups that nobody asked for. This might be because the first film ended on a conclusive note or because the original wasn’t actually very good to begin with. Some of these follow-ups could be reboots, prequels or remakes.

#10: “Grease” (1978)

“Grease” was the word in 1978, but the record-breaking musical didn’t really leave things open for a sequel with Danny and Sandy riding off into the sunset… in a flying car. Nevertheless, the studio decided to pursue “Grease 2” without the involvement of John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, or almost any of the original stars. At the time, there were plans to produce a total of four movies and a TV show. After the first sequel bombed hard with critics and audiences, however, those plans were quickly scrapped. This sequel was so bad that director Brian De Palma was reluctant to let actress Michelle Pfeiffer audition for “Scarface,” although he fortunately had a change of heart.

#9: “Fantastic Four” (2005)

As we entered the 21st century, superhero movies started to make a comeback. For every “Spider-Man” or “X-Men,” though, there was a “Fantastic Four.” The 2005 adaptation of the beloved comic book property was panned for its lame special effects and a severe lack of actual crime fighting. Regardless, the film was profitable enough for the studio to move forward with the planned sequel. While “Rise of the Silver Surfer” received slightly better reviews than its predecessor, it also made less money at the box office. Since nobody was interested in seeing this story continue, Fox cancelled the third installment and instead rebooted the franchise several years later. We all know how that turned out!

#8: “Ghost Rider” (2007)

Between the cheesy dialog, unimpressive action sequences, and miscasting of Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, 2007’s “Ghost Rider” was dead on arrival. It was a moderate financial success, making just under $229 million against a $110 million budget. It was profitable enough for Cage to reprise his role in “Spirit of Vengeance,” which hit theaters five years after its predecessor. This time around though, the budget was slashed to a mere $57 million. Even with a smaller price tag, the sequel struggled to draw in enough audiences to justify a third film. With that, the film rights returned to Marvel, and Ghost Rider made his debut on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

#7: “Saturday Night Fever” (1977)

While John Travolta didn’t return for “Grease 2,” he did reprise his Oscar-nominated role as Tony Manero in “Staying Alive,” which was directed by Sylvester Stallone of all people. Where “Saturday Night Fever” made Travolta a certified movie star, this Razzie-nominated follow-up took a sledgehammer to his credibility, despite being a modest commercial success. There’s a reason why most audiences aren’t even aware of this sequel’s existence. Film lovers like to pretend “Staying Alive” doesn’t exist, as it forever tarnished the original classic’s legacy. Film critic Gene Siskel was especially disappointed with this follow-up to one of his favorite movies, calling it “a typically weak sequel that has no legitimate artistic reason for being.”

#6: “Dirty Dancing” (1987)

From one iconic dance movie to another, “Dirty Dancing” was a box office smash, a critical success, and even won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The studio seemingly didn’t grasp the concept of striking while the iron’s hot, as it took almost two decades to get another movie. Serving as a prequel and re-imagining, “Havana Nights” basically recycled the first movie’s plot, but without the memorable leads or unforgettable music. The long gap between installments is just one reason why this follow-up was so inexplicable. On top of that, “Dirty Dancing” was a movie that defined the 1980s. So why make a follow-up that is set in 1958?

#5: “Big Momma’s House” (2000)

The first “Big Momma’s House” didn’t receive glowing reviews from critics, but still managed to find an audience and became a surprise box office hit. Even the people who enjoyed the action comedy, though, weren’t exactly demanding a sequel. Moviegoers everywhere collectively rolled their eyes six years later when Martin Lawrence suited up again for “Big Momma’s House 2.” As if that wasn’t unnecessary enough, we actually got a third movie in 2011 entitled “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.” It’s hard to believe we exist in a world where the “Big Momma” trilogy is a thing. Let’s just hope they don’t ever greenlight a fourth movie because that would be a serious drag.

#4: “Grown Ups” (2010)

Of all the live-action Adam Sandler comedies that could’ve inspired a sequel, why “Grown Ups?” We might be open to seeing another “Happy Gilmore” or “Billy Madison,” but “Grown Ups?” REALLY? While the 2010 film was financially successful, it was widely criticized for squandering the talents of Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and numerous others. “Grown Ups 2” was essentially more of the same, minus Rob Schneider. Both movies felt like excuses for Sandler to hang out with his friends and get paid in the process, which would be acceptable if they had anything funny to say. Somehow, though, these capable comedians made two movies that inspired barely any laughs.

#3: “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” (1999)

Rob Schneider might’ve dodged “Grown Ups 2,” but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to producing horrible sequels. While critics tore the first “Deuce Bigalow” apart, it performed reasonably well at the box office and even spawned the most minor of cult followings. That doesn’t mean “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” was at all warranted, however. Although the original film didn’t set the bar especially high, this sequel was deemed even more disgusting, lazy, and mean-spirited. Actually, Roger Ebert’s review was arguably funnier than the movie itself. Delivering some of the most straightforward yet brilliant words in all of film criticism, the Pulitzer Prize winner blatantly closed out his written critique saying, “Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.”

#2: “Baby Geniuses” (1999)

A bit like “Rugrats” without the charm or wit, “Baby Geniuses” would go down as one of the most cringe-worthy movies ever conceived. Scoring an abysmal 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film seemed like an all-time low for family entertainment. Well, apparently somebody thought it was a good idea to make “Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2.” This uncalled-for follow-up got even worse reviews than its predecessor, receiving a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Where the first film at least made money, the sequel couldn’t even earn back half of its $20 million budget. Did anything positive come out of these two movies? Well, this line from “40-Year-Old Virgin” was pretty funny. That’s about it.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

“BloodRayne” (2005)

“Alien vs. Predator” (2004)

“Mamma Mia!” (2008)

#1: “Sharknado” (2013)

A made-for-television SyFy movie where a cyclone scoops up man-eating sharks? We smell a franchise! Seriously, though, it’s beyond unfathomable that the first “Sharknado” actually got made. What’s even more baffling is that this disaster flick inspired not one, not two, but several sequels! The subtitle for the third film was “Oh Hell No!,” suggesting that even the filmmakers are amazed by the success and longevity of this series. Granted, these movies were clearly never meant to be taken seriously, reveling in their own ridiculousness. With this seemingly never-ending string of sequels, however, it feels like audiences are just being trolled with each new installment.

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