8 movie sequels that have disastrously flopped at the box office this year

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  • The summer box office was down 2% compared to last year, continuing a troubling trend for the 2019 box office.
  • Lousy sequels like “Dark Phoenix” and “Men in Black: International” didn’t help give it a boost.
  • Even well-reviewed sequels to hits, like “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” couldn’t find a large audience earlier this year.
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It hasn’t been a good year at the box office for sequels.

Hopeful hits like “Dark Phoenix” and “Men in Black: International” flopped hard over the summer of lousy sequels. Even well-reviewed movies like “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” which opened early this year, couldn’t attract the kind of audience the first movie did five years ago.

The summer box office reflected a troubling trend of 2019. It was down 2% domestically compared to last summer, and the year’s domestic box office has almost single handedly been supported by Disney movies, save for a few exceptions.

Even “It: Chapter Two,” which opened over the weekend, didn’t live up to the expectations set by its predecessor (though it’s still a success). It earned $US91 million in its opening weekend in the US, while the first “It” in 2017 made a record $US123 million in its debut.

We rounded up eight 2019 sequels that have disappointed at the box office, and compared their domestic and worldwide box offices, based on numbers from Box Office Mojo (domestic totals for the predecessors are adjusted for inflation):


Predecessor — “The LEGO Movie” (2014)

YouTube/Warner Bros.

Release date: February 7, 2014

Adjusted domestic gross: $US291 million

Worldwide gross: $US469 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 96%


Sequel — “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” (2019)

Warner Bros.

Release date: February 8, 2019

Domestic gross: $US105 million

Difference: $US186 million

Worldwide gross: $US191 million

Difference: $US278 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 85%


Predecessor — “A Dog’s Purpose” (2017)

Universal

Release date: January 27, 2017

Adjusted domestic gross: $US65 million

Worldwide gross: $US205 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 35%


Sequel — “A Dog’s Journey” (2019)

Universal

Release date: May 17, 2019

Domestic gross: $US22 million

Difference: $US43 million

Worldwide gross: $US67 million

Difference: $US138 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 51%


Predecessor — “Godzilla” (2014)

Warner Bros.

Release date: May 16, 2014

Adjusted domestic gross: $US217 million

Worldwide gross: $US529 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%


Sequel — “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019)

Warner Bros.

Release date: May 31, 2019

Domestic gross: $US110 million

Difference: $US107 million

Worldwide gross: $US385 million

Difference: $US144 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 40%


Predecessor — “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016)

Universal

Release date: July 8, 2016

Adjusted domestic gross: $US390 million

Worldwide gross: $US875 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 73%


Sequel — “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (2019)

Universal Pictures

Release date: June 7, 2019

Domestic gross: $US158 million

Difference: $US232 million

Worldwide gross: $US425 million

Difference: $US450 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 57%


Predecessor — “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)

20th Century Fox/YouTube

Release date: May 27, 2016

Adjusted domestic gross: $US160 million

Worldwide gross: $US544 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 47%


Sequel — “Dark Phoenix” (2019)

Fox

Release date: June 7, 2019

Domestic gross: $US66 million

Difference: $US94 million

Worldwide gross: $US252 million

Difference: $US292 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 23%


Predecessor — “Men in Black 3” (2012)

Release date: May 25, 2012

Adjusted domestic gross: $US199 million

Worldwide gross: $US624 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%


Sequel — “Men in Black: International” (2019)

Sony

Release date: June 14, 2019

Domestic gross: $US80 million

Difference: $US119 million

Worldwide gross: $US253 million

Difference: $US371 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 22%


Predecessor — “Shaft” (2000)

Paramount

Release date: June 16, 2000

Domestic gross: $US117 million

Worldwide gross: $US107 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%


Sequel — “Shaft” (2019)

New Line

Release date: June 14, 2019

Domestic gross: $US21 million

Difference: $US96 million

Worldwide gross: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 32%


Predecessor —”The Angry Birds Movie” (2016)

Sony

Release date: May 20, 2016

Adjusted domestic gross: $US111 million

Worldwide gross: $US352 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 43%


Sequel — “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (2019)

Sony

Release date: June 14, 2019

Domestic gross: $US38 million

Difference: $US73 million

Worldwide gross: $US105 million

Difference: $US247 million

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 72%

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