Why Hollywood prefers making Movie Sequels than an original Movies

Some interesting stats for people who pirate music and movies (Deer, 2015, April 19) like I do as a true pirate of the Caribbean.

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Turns out that for the movie studios, sequels are the most profitable type of movie (Sola, 2016, February 25), according to the website The Numbers, a site that tracks movie budgets and earnings. They analyzed the numbers from some of the 20 most profitable films ever.

These movies are basically ranked based on their sheer size in terms of profit instead of ROI (Return on Investments). The list of movies is as show in the graphic below with their relative Profit earned up to 2016.

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For the more literary among us, here’s the actual list in words:

  1. Avatar
  2. Frozen
  3. The Avengers
  4. The Lion King
  5. Transformers
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. Jurasic Park
  8. Harry Potter and the Destiny Hollows: Part II
  9. Despicable Me 2
  10. Furious 7
  11. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  12. The Dark Knight
  13. Minions
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  15. Toy Story 3
  16. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  17. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  18. Harry Potter and the Destiny Hollows: Part I
  19. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

So what’s so special about these movies that make them so successful?

Sequels are more successful – Built-in fanbases propel Sequels, remakes and reboots

Interesting facts about these movies:

  1. 15 of the high profit movies were sequels
  2. 5 movies that were not sequels had pre-existing fanbase and franchise material
  3. 15 of the top movies have a PG-13 rating
  4. None of the 15 are R or NC-17
  5. None of the 15 have been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture Category

These five (5) movies that were not sequels include:

  1. Avatar
  2. Frozen
  3. The Avengers
  4. The Lion King
  5. Transformers

Good to note that The Avengers already had an active fanbase of comic book readers and Transformers had those uber-popular transforming toys. Also most of the heroes were predominantly male, with Frozen, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse having true female leads.

Movies studios go after sequels and movies with built in fanbases as they guarantee success. Albeit no ROI was considered in compiling these stats, it’s safe to say we’re in for more sequels, spinoffs from toys, comic books and popular series books up until 2020.

By then, the start of the third Decade of the 21st Century, 5G (Deer, 2015, July 14) would make VR (Virtual Reality) on your smartphone (Deer, 2015, December 31) possible, taking the movie experience and life in general (Martindale, 2016, February 24) to a whole new level.

So, fellow pirates, which movies do you wish to pirate?


  1. Deer, L. (2015, April 19). How to download Free Music using Torrenting, Google Index Searches and YouTube to MP3 Converters. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/free-music-download-torrenting-google-index-youtube-to-mp3-converters/
  2. Deer, L. (2015, July 14). ITU publishes 5G IMT-2020 Roadmap – Why US Telecom Providers, @Digicel_Jamaica and @LIMEJamaica like to travel off the beaten Path. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/07/ITU-5G-IMT-2020-Roadmap.html
  3. Deer, L. (2015, December 31). How CES 2016 is going VR thanks to HTC, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung and Oculus. Retrieved from  http://geezam.com/how-ces-2016-is-going-vr-thanks-to-htc-sony-microsoft-samsung-and-oculus/
  4. Martindale, J. (2016, February 24). Does the rise of Virtual Reality means kissing your guest room goodbye?. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/virtual-reality/Will-You-Have-To-Empty-Your-House-To-Enjoy-VR/
  5. Sola, K. (2016, February 25). Want To Produce A Profitable Movie? Make A Sequel. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiesola/2016/02/25/want-to-produce-a-profitable-movie-make-a-sequel/



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