attracts a lot of criticism for its lack of originality. Year after year,the
film landscape seems to become dominated further and further by the latest
entries in gargantuan blockbuster franchises. All of 2018 and 2019’s top ten
grossing films worldwide, with the exception of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian
Rhapsody, were part of such series.
certainly helps that the majority of these films have been well received by
critics and audiences. One bad entry can derail or even stop a franchise - burgeoning or established - dead in its tracks, as poor quality translates into
negative word-of-mouth and internet marketing and in turn lower cinema
audiences and revenues.
is the scale and marketing clout of some of these franchises and the studios
behind them, however, that the occasional clunker is disregarded and not seen
as a death knell.
Sometimes such a film is the beginning of the end for a
series as it starts to bring in increasingly diminished returns, but sometimes
such a film is the catalyst for a rethink of the series to bring it back to its
are ten series that bounced back from mediocrity in style on at least one