7. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – $59 million
Why did this sequel take so long to develop? 14 years after the original sleeper blockbuster spent most of 2002 earning small chunks of weekend-to-weekend dollars, it climbed its way to a mammoth $241 million, or $355 million in adjusted revenue.
Nia Vardalos’ long-awaited sequel finally arrived and sold only… 16% … of the original’s tickets. Now, to be fair, the sequel did earn $59.6 million against a budget of only $18 million. That’s a solid result. But let’s go back to that “16-percent” number again and just take it in… If any other franchise lost 84% of its audience, it would be considered a colossal failure. Luckily, at such a low cost, this sequel is a theoretical disaster that is still a big win. There could even be a third wedding in the franchise’s future.