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