Sequels seem to pop up in Hollywood every now and then, but rarely do they meet the expectations that production companies set for them. For instance, the Hunger Games franchise went downhill after the second movie; and even after making millions of dollars in the box office, it still ended up falling short of the projected numbers. But now a trend has popped up—spin-off films.
A new trend that has Hollywood turned are spin-offs. Over the past five years, a number of successful spin-off films have broken box office records and managed to build franchises of their own. ExploreTalent is listing down the most successful spin-off films ahead of the upcoming Star Wars anthology Rogue One. Find out what movies made it on the list below.
Successful Spin-off Films of the 2010s
5. Finding Dory (2016)
Finding Nemo was considered to be a groundbreaking animated film when it was released back in 2003. More than 10 years later, its much awaited sequel/spin-off was finally released to cinemas. Finding Dory focuses on the blue tang fish Dory who is famously voiced by TV personality Ellen DeGeneres. This time, it’s Dory’s turn to venture off on her own in the ocean to find her long-lost parents.
4. Creed (2015)
Just when audiences thought that the Rocky franchise was dead and gone, a new set of spin-off films were announced. Rising star Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed, the son of the late Apollo Creed and another woman. It was indeed a risky move to bring back Rocky, but both Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are excellent in their respective roles.
3. Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool was a huge gamble for 20th Century Fox. For one thing, this happened to be Tim Miller‘s very first directorial job. It was also filled with intense violence, sexual themes, and vulgar jokes, which caused the film to be given a strict R-18 rating. But the limited audience didn’t hamper the movie’s success, and it quickly rose to become the highest-grossing rated R film of all time.
2. The Wolverine (2013)
As far as plot goes, The Wolverine definitely is a step ahead of Deadpool. After a disastrous run with X-Men Origins, Hugh Jackman once again donned the iconic claws for The Wolverine. A lot of the film’s high points come from the dynamic cast and beautiful scenery and culture of Japan. It also happens to be a step to the right direction for the beloved mutant, so hopefully, filmmakers can keep this up for future films.
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
If there’s one movie franchise that has impacted the world so much, then it has to be Harry Potter. So it was only natural for Fantastic Beasts to end up being one of the most successful spin-off films of all time. Eddie Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a wizard whose adventures take place years before the events of Harry Potter.