It’s no secret that Hollywood loves to make sequels. Sequels can range from the awesome (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Godfather Part II), to the truly awful (Jaws 2, Caddyshack II). However, since sequels are usually spawned from original movies that were commercial hits, the follow-up films are typically viewed as guaranteed moneymakers by the studios. This view is supported by the historical success of sequels at the box office. Six of the top ten movies with the highest worldwide grosses have been sequels, according to data compiled by Box Office Mojo. Meanwhile, Hollywood is currently working on sequels for two of the other movies in the top ten.
This year’s crop of movies shows that Hollywood’s infatuation with sequels doesn’t appear to be tapering off anytime soon. Some of the sequels being released in 2014 include X-Men: Days of Future Past, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Expendables 3, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. However, despite Hollywood’s desire to turn every successful film into a moneymaking franchise machine, there are some blockbuster movies that are unlikely to ever spawn sequels due to insurmountable storyline constraints. Here are four commercially successful and critically acclaimed films that are practically “sequel-proof.”
4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
This M. Night Shyamalan-directed thriller was a hit with critics and audiences alike. The Sixth Sense garnered six Academy Award nominations including one for Best Picture and took in a total worldwide gross of $672.8 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The Sixth Sense has also maintained its popularity in the years since its release and the film currently has an 85 percent “Certified Fresh” rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes and an 89 percent audience rating.
Starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense tells the story of a child psychologist who tries to help a young boy who is tormented by visions of dead people. However, despite the film’s critical and commercial success, don’t hold your breath for The Sixth Sense 2. Much of the film’s appeal was due to its surprise twist ending that revealed Bruce Willis’s character was one of the dead people. Although Hollywood would probably love to capitalize on this film’s popularity, the original film’s resolution makes it all but impossible to continue this story.