Everyone looks for certain things in a movie. No matter what year or country you live in, that will always be true. I used to be blown away by the idea that a movie that is seemingly hated by the world could ever plant the franchise seed. But, looking back, I just didn't understand. There is a loyal fanbase standing at the side of every single movie franchise, good or bad, and those fanbases will take a trip to their favorite theaters for the next installment. Knock it or support it, that is just the way the world works.
For example, the Terminator franchise is one that is largely perceived as one that has "fallen from grace". The three films released past Terminator 2 have been less than warmly welcomed by a lot of people, correct? Well, let's review some numbers. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was released in 2003 on a $200 million budget, and the world gave back $433.37 million back. Terminator Salvation was released in 2009 on $200 million as well, and this one had a return of $371.35 million. A bit of a drop, but still a considerable amount of profit. This year, in July, Terminator Genisys was released on a $155 million budget (understandably, the studio used less after the box office drop of the last film). So far, the film has grossed $322.40 million. Now that's another drop, but it's STILL a number to be reckoned with on most accounts (aside from the account of top-grossing movies). Why are these distant sequels so steadily-successful in the wake of poor critical responses and a generally negative attitude among fans? Well, for one thing, there's the loyal fanbase that I mentioned earlier, but I have also discovered another factor in the past few months. Among nerds and film buffs, there is the popular attitude of "it doesn't look good, but I'll still see it so I know, and also because it's __________." To my shock, I have had this attitude about certain movies before. It's an understandable point of view, as people always want to see their favorite franchises succeed, but, with it, the SAME people can't be angered by the fact that such films make so much money and have so many sequels! Yeah, Terminator Genisys doesn't beat out Terminator 1 or 2 at all, but it has still been at least considerably successful. Sure, Jurassic World can't beat the original Park, but do we need it to? Indeed, Vacation is something of a rehash of the original, but it is what it is. People love movies, and the only thing we can ask for is that a sufficient number of them appeal to us.
(Fantastic Four review probably soon)