A sequel is something that comes after the actual movie. Think about it as a replica or “re-innovation” of existing work, which essentially means that the idea and plot are already there. Even though the movie is all set and released, the sequel subsequently follows the actual movie. This means that the movie’s idea and plot are taken, and a whole new movie (called a sequel) is generated. Do not get it wrong! By the time when a sequel is all set to be released, it is in a fresh and unique form. Of course, the ideas are taken from the first film.
More often than not, sequels do not perform well. Why? Because they lack genuineness. The idea is not unique; it is taken (or loosely speaking, stolen), and a whole new film is generated. That is why critics argue that a sequel is by no means original. And if something is not original, it can not work in the long run.
Can A Sequel Perform Better Than The Actual Film?
It is possible that a sequel can out-perform the actual film that was released first. Despite the fact that the sequel has “stolen” the idea and plot of the previous film, it can still be better than the film itself.
With that said, we have gathered some examples where sequels have performed better than the actual films. But before you read on, remember that a sequel is not an original work. Rather, it is a replica of an existing movie. So, no matter how popular a sequel becomes, it can not compete with the actual film. Why? Because the first film is genuine and original.
Here are some examples of sequels that have performed better than the first film:
With the fascinating character of Joker – Heath Ledger – “Batman” is one of the Oscar-winning movies of our time. But did you know that the “idea” of “Batman” already existed? That is right! “Batman” is not a genuine movie. It is, rather, a replica of a comic book.
Of course, it was the breathtaking plot and climax – and of course, the starring role of Heath Ledger – that took “Batman” to a whole new level. Today, whenever someone talks about Batman, he refers to Heath Ledger. And very few people know that it is a sequel.
Have you ever seen a satisfying boxing defeat better than Creed in Rocky 2? Of course, no one has ever seen it. The replica of the original film “Rocky” is what takes us there.
After watching “Rocky II,” all of us are very likely to forget the original one: The original “Rocky. Why? Because the latter performed way better than the previous one. The plot is different, the central theme is more polished, and the presentation is outstanding. Thus, the sequel performed way better than the first film.
Other Sequels That Have Performed Better Than the Actual Films
- Star Wars
- Spider-Man II