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Top 10 Unnecessary Movie Spin-offs

by Katt Maxwell|July 20, 2013|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Unnecessary Movie Spin-offs

After the success of Despicable Me 2, talks are being circulated that a spin-off movie shall be made starring the very cute and adorable minions. Movie spin-offs, most of the time, do not fare well in the box office. This is the reason why movie spin-offs are very risky especially when their predecessors have been commercially successful. Here are Top 10 movie spin-offs that are really unnecessary with some not faring well in the cinemas.

Top 10 Unnecessary Movie Spin-offs

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Elektra (2005)

Spun off from her husband’s movie Daredevil, Jennifer Garner stars as a sexy and mysterious heroine in Elektra. The film did not fare that well in the box office compared to Ben Affleck’s movie (it just earned $24 million at the box office). Garner’s sexy heroine film also suffered the blow of negative reviews and even ranked 74th on Franz Grubers worst 100 movies list.

Son of the Mask (2005)

We definitely loved Jim Carrey and his hit movie The Mask. Its spin-off movie, Son of the Mask, is uhmm, never mind. Because of Carrey’s refusal to reprise his role for a supposed The Mask II, the sequel did not come into fruition and instead we were given this spin-off movie. Son of the Mask received extremely negative reviews from film critics, viewers, and basically, everyone. It even won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel and became notorious as a commercial flop (it only earned $57.6 million with $84 million budget).

The Ewok Adventure (1984)

Another failed attempt of a movie spin-off is The Ewok Adventure (in later releases of home videos it is renamed as Star Wars: Ewok Adventures – Caravan of Courage). It features the Ewoks from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The film just reached American television and was theatrically released in only Europe. The film received mixed reviews from critics and fans of its predecessor, Star Wars.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Another movie spin-off that received generally negative reviews is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It is a spin-off and a prequel to the famous X-Men trilogy. Even the performance of Hugh Jackman in the lead role, which was highly praised, did not do any help to save the negative reviews of the film. The film, anyhow, opened at the top of the box office and grossed $373 million worldwide.

Catwoman (2004)

Spun-off from the famous Batman film series, the Catwoman also suffered generally negative reviews from critics and audiences. This film did not pass movie critics even if its lead role is starred by an Oscar winner, Halle Berry. It may have reached a worldwide box office record of $82,102,379; but it did not escape being included in the list of the worst films ever made.

Supergirl (1984)

Another failed attempt to spin-off a famous movie franchise, in this case the famous Superman film series, is the film Supergirl. Its stars Faye Dunaway and Peter O'Toole who each earned Golden Raspberry Award nominations for Worst Actress and Worst Actor, respectively. The film including its actors earned extremely negative reviews with uninteresting scenes and cheesy effects. It is also considered to be a commercial flop, earning only $14 million in North America.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

The slasher film Freddy vs. Jason received mixed reviews from film critics and audiences. It is a spin-off/crossover between the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th movies. The film grossed $36 million on its opening weekend and reached total gross of $82,556,855 million in North America by November 9, 2003. The film received much support from the fans of its two movie predecessors.

The Scorpion King (2002)

Spun-off from The Mummy Returns series, the Scorpion King follows the story of Mathayus the The Scorpion King played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The film’s plot takes place 5000 years before the two Mummy films. It was also met with mixed reviews both for its story and actors. The film’s negative reception, nonetheless, did not stop Dwayne Johnson from continuing to appear on the silver screen.

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

Another spin-off movie that did not fare well compared to its predecessor is Alien vs. Predator. Also known as AVP: Alien vs. Predator, the film is a spin-off/crossover from the Alien and Predator movies. The film suffered poor reception from movie critics when it was released on August 13, 2004. Even though some praised its special effects and set designs, others lashed the film’s characters and dialogues. Because it grossed over $172 million at the worldwide box office, a sequel was shown in 2007.

Evan Almighty (2007)

Jim Carrey is definitely known to star in blockbuster comedy movies that spawn spin-offs. A spin-off of Carrey’s 2003 Bruce Almighty movie was Evan Almighty. This film stars Steve Carell reprising his Evan Baxter role in Bruce Almighty. As what happened to the spin-off film Son of the Mask, Evan Almighty also received generally negative reviews from film critics and audiences. The film, known as the most expensive film comedy with a budget of around $200 million, however, grossed $174 million worldwide, making it a commercial flop. The only saving grace of this film is Carell's performance which significantly improved the humor of the film.


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