11 Sequel Disappointments at the Box Office in 2016 (So Far)

11 Sequel Disappointments at the Box Office in 2016 (So Far)

3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – likely $60 million

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Here’s one of the biggest head-scratchers of the year so far.  Neighbors 2 is not the blockbuster that Neighbors was two years ago by a long shot.   Even with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco returning – this comedy sequel bombed hard.

The original R-rated fraternity-grosser opened to just under $50 million and went on to gross $150 million.  In contrast, the sequel recently opened to a sad $21 million and will likely top out at $60 million, earning less than 40% of the original’s gross.  What’s even stranger is that the reviews from critics are generally mixed-positive, and audiences are liking the film about the same as the first.

Neighbors 2 continues the silly Hollywood thinking, “a movie that makes money = people liked it.”  But to be honest, the original Neighbors was a comedy that looked funnier than it turned out to be, resulting in little interest for a sequel beyond the die-hard fans.

Perhaps the raunchy sequel can find new life on the small screen. For now, this is another would-be franchise that is unequivocally doomed – unless it becomes a straight-to-DVD brand franchise like the American Pie series.


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