Year-End Roundup: 5 Worst Sequels In 2016By Annie De Vera, UniversityHerald Reporter
2016 was a big year for sequels and reboots. While some managed to live up to everyone's expectations, others failed miserably to impress viewers even top CGI effects and A-list actors on board. Here's a list of some of the worst sequels in 2016.
The original "Zoolander" movie in 2011 is easily one of Ben Stiller's most memorable movies. It launched his movie career to greater heights and solidified his status one of the best comedians of the century.
When it was announced that Stiller was making a "Zoolander 2," fans got excited, but everyone spoke too soon. The movie was a big disappointment and became one of those sequels that never should have happened. It was unnecessary and didn't reach the same caliber as its predecessor even with star-studded cameo appearances including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Karlie Kloss and more.
"The Divergent Series: Allegiant"
"Harry Potter" started the trend of splitting the final book in the series into two separate movies. The same was done to the "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." While all these book-to-movie franchises did relatively well in the box office and receive praise from viewers and critics, the same could not be said for "The Divergent Series: Allegiant."
"The Divergent Series: Allegiant" is based on Veronica Roth's eponymous book. However, a lot of the important aspects in the book were changed in "Allegiant" to make way for a fourth film, titled "The Divergent Series: Ascendant." Unfortunately, the third film did so bad in terms of income and reviews that Lionsgate has decided to nip "Ascendant" right in the bud.
According to Deadline, "Allegiant" only pocketed $179.2 million worldwide, compared to "Divergent's" of $288.9 million and "Insurgent's" $273.2 million. Lionsgate is now planning to push the film to TV instead of pursuing a theatrical release.
This is the third film based on Dan Brown's books. It follows Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in Europe trying to stop a worldwide catastrophe from happening. The movie was dull and expected. It attempts to be a thriller, but without the thrill.
"Independence Day: Resurgence"
When "Independence Day" was released 20 years ago in 1996 it became a massive hit and remains to this day as one of the best alien invasion films to ever hit the big screen. "Independence Day: Resurgence," like "Zoolander 2" is an unnecessary sequel that merely retells the first story in present day time. It's basically a repetition of the first, except that it probably has better CGI. Even in the movie Jeff Goldblum's character states the obvious cliché, "[The aliens] like to get the landmarks," as the alien spaceship destroys iconic landmarks all over the world.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"
According to Collider, the second "TMNT" film drastically underperformed at the box office with only $245 million earned, which is less than half of what the first "TNMT" movie made. Will it be third time's a charm for the turtle heroes? Probably not. "I don't think there's Turtles 3, but I wouldn't say there's never going to be another Turtles movie," producer Andrew Form said.