Formula for success
THESE sequels had movie theatres packed and their producers laughing all the way to the bank.
Thor: Ragnarok: 2017 Chris Hemsworth’s character gets more popular with age, with each new instalment more successful (financially) than the one before. Ragnarok pulled in a tidy $1.1 billion.
The Dark Knight Rises: 2012 Christian Bale is arguably the best actor to play Batman and fans seemed to think so too with the three movies he helmed pulling in $3.3 billion — The Dark Knight Rises the most successful of the trio.
Finding Dory: 2016 It was going to be tough work topping Finding Nemo, but 13 years later Pixar did it with this great family movie — Dory beat her fishy friend at the box office when she pulled in $1.4 billion.
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol: 2011 Ethan Hunt and his IMF team have made more than $3 billion since first hitting our screens in 1996. Ghost Protocol has so far made the most with $920 million.
Toy Story 3: 2010 The Th adventures of Woody and Buzz is another that t just keep getting more popular each time the number moves up at the end of the title, with three the most lucrative of the trio so far.
The T Hunger Games: Catching Fire: 2013 Th The second instalment of the quartet was the mos most successful ($1.1 billion), unless you combine the tw two Mockingjay chapters, which some called out t as a bit of a cash grab (it worked!).
Avengers: Infinity War: 2018 It’s no surprise that the latest chapter is the most successful at the box office ($2.5 billion) — it was tough work finding a cinema that had any seats left for weeks after its release.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle The Rock and Jack Black helped this surprise hit of 2017 — released more than two decades after the original — rake in a whopping $1.2 billion worldwide.
Furious 7: 2015 The first of the franchise’s eight instalments released after Paul Walker’s tragic death, this movie went on to make just under $2 billion.