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Worst movie from 50 famous franchises

  • Worst movie from 50 famous franchises

    Experts agree that the first feature-length film the world ever saw was “The Story of the Kelly Gang” which opened in Melbourne, Australia, in 1906. There’s no general consensus, however, about what the first film franchise was. Possibly “Bulldog Drummond,” or “The Lone Wolf,” or maybe “Godzilla?”

    Regardless of where you stand on the first franchise debate, basically everyone can agree on this: studios love nothing more than to turn a hit film into a full-blown series. It turns out, there’s good reason for this franchise affinity. Joe Pasqualichio, an analyst at Citadel, explained it simply, saying: “Box office flops are going to come up from time to time, but your big bets, and especially the ones with IP backing them, should be enough to cover them. And that's why you're seeing studios move towards IP and franchise films...Today, more than ever we're seeing this blockbuster strategy at studios where they rely on really big, tent-pole films—like the ‘Star Wars’ movies—to generate sufficient profits that cover all of the misses and make the overall slate profitable.” In the end, it all comes down to money.

    But that doesn’t mean that every installment in a given series is a hit. In fact, nearly every great franchise has had a flop or two. In the following slides, Stacker has rounded up 50 of these flops—the worst movies from famous franchises. To do this, we manually compiled a list of 50 famous franchises that span genres, decades, styles, and countries, and, using IMDb user ratings, determined the lowest-rated film in each series. Here these films and franchises are presented in random order.

    From fantasy franchises like “Harry Potter” to horror classics like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and children’s series like “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” read on to find out which films audiences really didn’t like.

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  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" (2018)
    - Director: David Yates
    - IMDb user rating: 6.6
    - Metascore: 52
    - Runtime: 134 min

    The “Fantastic Beasts” movie series came out after the original “Harry Potter” movies, but act as a prequel to the adventures of the boy wizard and his companions. While fans were initially ecstatic about returning to J.K. Rowling’s universe, they were less enthusiastic after the movies began rolling out. Not only does the content in films like “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” often contradict the facts and timeline established in the “Harry Potter” series, these later movies lack all of the heart and soul fans have come to expect from Hogwarts.

  • Madea

    "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" (2017)
    - Director: Tyler Perry
    - IMDb user rating: 3.8
    - Metascore: 17
    - Runtime: 101 min

    For many fans, Tyler Perry’s movies can be hit or miss, and “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” the 10th installment in the “Madea” series, was a huge miss. The movie was slammed for its homophobic and sexist tones, as well as its blatant insensitivity of the Me Too movement that was unfolding around it during its production and release. Francis Friel, a critic for the Mountain Xpress even went so far as to call the film a “cinematic hate crime.”

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe

    "The Incredible Hulk" (2008)
    - Director: Louis Leterrier
    - IMDb user rating: 6.7
    - Metascore: 61
    - Runtime: 112 min

    Entertainment Weekly critic Chancellor Agard referred to "The Incredible Hulk” as “the most inconsequential Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.” It’s not that there’s anything inherently bad about this film—it’s just incredibly bland. The characters aren’t memorable like they are in other MCU movies, the plotline is just so-so, and there’s none of the humor and spirit the other, later installments in the franchise so freely offer.

  • Shaft

    "Shaft in Africa" (1973)
    - Director: John Guillermin
    - IMDb user rating: 5.9
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 112 min

    The last of the original trilogy of “Shaft” movies, “Shaft in Africa” is disliked primarily because it takes Shaft out of his natural environment and away from his regular crime-fighting tactics. Fans prefer to see the detective in his native New York City, where his knowledge of the city and savviness afford him a unique edge when it comes to fighting crime. For many, the journey to Africa was just too big of a stretch for the character.

  • Peter Pan

    "Pan" (2015)
    - Director: Joe Wright
    - IMDb user rating: 5.7
    - Metascore: 36
    - Runtime: 111 min

    Since J.M. Barrie published “Peter Pan” in 1904 there has been an enormous number of additions to the franchise, including this 2015 installment called “Pan.” Josh Dickey of Mashable summed up the film’s awfulness when he said “Pan” was “a visually disgusting, audibly loud and obnoxious, narratively incoherent attempt at a Hollywood adventure blockbuster.” The movie is supposed to provide Peter Pan with an origin story but falls far short on every level, from the script to the casting choices and performances to the cinematography.

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  • National Lampoon

    "Pledge This!" (2006)
    - Directors: William Heins, Strathford Hamilton
    - IMDb user rating: 1.8
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 91 min

    If you were imagining that this National Lampoon tale would be similar to those from the franchise’s golden era of the ’70s or ’80s, perhaps starring John Belushi or Chevy Chase, you’d be dead wrong. “Pledge This!” a much later installment in the series, stars Paris Hilton as the president of a sorority at the fictional South Beach University. 

  • The Conjuring

    "The Curse of La Llorona" (2019)
    - Director: Michael Chaves
    - IMDb user rating: 5.3
    - Metascore: 41
    - Runtime: 93 min

    Like the other films set in the “Conjuring” universe, “The Curse of La Llorona” is based on folklore, in this particular case, folklore that came from Latin America. The film took a lot of criticism for the flatness with which it attempted to sell the tale of La Llorona, and for its complete lack of horror. Released in 2019, it fell especially flat when compared to other bone-chilling films like Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which hit the big screen around the same time.

  • Star Trek

    "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989)
    - Director: William Shatner
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Metascore: 43
    - Runtime: 107 min

    The fifth installment in the “Star Trek” film franchise, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” was William Shatner’s directorial debut. Despite its enormous budget, the film was a critical flop thanks to its forgettable storyline, horrible special effects, and boring action sequences. For many, the movie feels more like an extended episode of the TV show than a stand-alone film in the most unsatisfying way.

  • Rocky

    "Rocky V" (1990)
    - Director: John G. Avildsen
    - IMDb user rating: 5.3
    - Metascore: 55
    - Runtime: 104 min

    In the fifth installment in the “Rocky” franchise, Rocky has recently retired from boxing, learned that all of his hard-won money is gone, and is forced to return to the streets of Philadelphia where he attempts to train up the next great athlete and repair the broken relationship he shares with his son. While the movie’s storyline isn’t necessarily bad in and of itself (albeit incredibly slow-moving) it’s a major departure from the usual fare we’ve come to associate with the Rocky movies. There’s barely a fight or an inspiring training montage, and the lack of action is why many people rate “Rocky V” the worst of the series.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" (2017)
    - Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
    - IMDb user rating: 6.6
    - Metascore: 39
    - Runtime: 129 min

    Continuity issues are the most often cited reason fans rate “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” the worst installment in the franchise. The fifth movie in the series, this one follows Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the Trident of Poseidon, which he needs in order to return his ghostly nemesis Captain Salazar to the Devil’s Triangle. Many of the major tenants of the story are in direct contradiction with facts established in the first four films, mistakes that are less distracting and more franchise-ruining for many.

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