Taking a gander at the list of the highest grossing movies of all time makes one thing clear above all else - Hollywood loves sequels. The overwhelming majority of the films on that list are either sequels of movies themselves, original movies that have had sequels, or movies with sequels in the works, yet every so often, one stumbles across an original movie that, for one reason or another, has never had a sequel despite the tremendous success it scored at the box office (and often with critics also). It's weirdly refreshing to see brilliant standalone films that don't necessitate a sequel actually being left alone by Hollywood, though our inner cynic has to wonder - why? Plenty of these movies would be ripe for the sequel treatment, and in one case, a sequel to the source material even exists already! Here are 10 hugely successful movies that amazingly never got sequels...
10. The Simpsons Movie
Box Office: $527,071,022 The Simpsons may not be as popular as it once was, but when the movie came out in 2007, we all knew that it was going to be a sure-thing at the box office. Questions soon began to arise about a sequel, but series creator Matt Groening has always appeared resistant to it, recently proclaiming, "It took us four years and it killed us. stole animators from the show and drained resources". While this makes it clear what the bottom line is - keeping the show running until the end of time - it's a shame, because I for one would much rather see a movie that the writers put their heart and soul into rather than the fairly uninspired state of the present episodes. Producer David Silverman said that he envisions a second movie "maybe in another 10, 15 years", which while somewhat disappointing, begs us to ask - is The Simpsons aiming to make it to 40 seasons?
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