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Box Office Hits: Sequels That Outdid the Originals

March 7, 2016

When a film does well in the box office, a movie studio will often order up a sequel. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they are epic failures. Quite often, in either case, the studio will give it a third go, and maybe a fourth, and fifth (how many Star Trek films are there again!?!). Below is a list of some of the most successful U.S. box office sequels to date. And be sure to tune into HDNET MOVIES this March for all the original/sequel pairings we have to offer (see below for details).

Die Hard 2
Bruce Willis in “Die Hard 2” (1990)

Die Hard (1988)
US: $81 million
Die Hard 2 (1990)
US: $118 million

Twilight (2008)
US: $191 million
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
US: $297 million

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Mike Myers and Verne Troyer in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
US: $54 million
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
US: $205 million

Pitch Perfect (2012)
US: $65 million
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
US: $183 million

Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” (1991)

The Terminator (1984)
US: $38 million
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
US: $205 million

Despicable Me (2010)
US: $252 million
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
US: $368 million

The Dark Knight
Christian Bale in “The Dark Knight” (2008)

Batman Begins (2005)
US: $205 million
The Dark Knight (2008)
US: $533 million

Saw (2004)
US: $55 million
Saw II (2005)
US: $87 million

Shrek (2001)
US: $267 million
Shrek 2 (2004)
US: $436 million

The Matrix Reloaded
Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003)

The Matrix (1999)
US: 171 million
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
US: 281 million

Highlander (1986)
US: $5.9 million
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
US: $15.5 million

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
Mark Patton in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
US: $26 million
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
US: $30 million
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
US: $45 million
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
US: $49 million

This March on HDNET MOVIES, we have five sequel-packs from nearly every movie genre. Be sure to check them out. For air times, synopses, and much, much more, visit HDNETMOVIES.com.

Action/Adventure
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)

Thriller
Hannibal (2001)
Red Dragon (2002)

Comedic Parody
Hot Shots! (1991)
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

Horror
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

Romantic Comedy
Romancing the Stone (1984)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

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