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Check This Out: 'The Sequel Map' Better/Worse Sequels Graphic

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January 5, 2011
Source: Box Office Quant

The Sequel Map - The Two Towers

Time for more discussion, if it stays under control. Our friends at SlashFilm recently found this impressive new infographic on Box Office Quant called The Sequel Map that was made to try and determine whether better/worse sequels are actually graphable. It's an interesting concept using difference in Rotten Tomatoes scores, which is the first big problem - what a bad way to judge whether a sequel was better. On something like Star Wars, there's not going to be much of a difference between the first two, but on others there will a huge difference (like with Transformers or Rambo). But enough of my griping, it's still worth checking out.

The Sequel Map

Here's how Edmund of BOQ describes the visualization of the data on the graph: "As evidence, all sequels with Rotten Tomatoes scores have been categorized below, with the originals' scores on the X-axis, and the sequels' scores on the Y. Films at the center line are sequels with the exact rating as the original; films above are sequels that have surpassed the original; films below, ones that fared worse." For clarification if needed. I think the diameter of the circle corresponds to the movie's box office (bigger = more). They've only used the first sequel, nothing after. So it's possible to surpass the original, but it's not common. Thoughts?

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  • SkaOreo
    Interesting chart. Though yeah, most sequels do suck. Either because it's almost impossible for a sequel to make the same impact its predecessors did or the studios try to hard to repeat the same formula.
  • SkaOreo
    Interesting chart. Though yeah, most sequels do suck. Either because it's almost impossible for a sequel to make the same impact its predecessors did or the studios try to hard to repeat the same formula.
  • Re
    An update to the comments board, but on the graphic itself, it's redundant.
  • Re
    An update to the comments board, but on the graphic itself, it's redundant.
  • DoomCanoe
    woh... new commenting system anyways i spent awhile looking for Mortal Kombat 2 or any of the Tremors sequels... couldn't find um and how low on the list they would be
    • Edmund
      Mortal Kombat: Annihilation's there; look for x = 35, y = 7, on the left side next to I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. But I did miss Tremors. The shame. -Edmund
      • DoomCanoe
        ha thanks bro good find
  • some sequels suck and some dont simple as
  • mike
    There's no way that the second Boondock Saints movie was better than the 1st. It was practically the same movie, with less originality, poorer acting, and a lesser score/soundtrack.
  • Anonymous
    Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang? Wasn't that a porno???
  • Chris
    Sequels are generally on a losing track no matter - as in they don't tend to make sequels when the original does badly.

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