22 Movie Franchises That People Believe Really Should've Stopped After The First Sequel

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This weekend in a viral thread, redditor u/karma_hit_my_dogma asked the question, "What movie franchise should’ve stopped at two?" and people CAME THROUGH with some accurate AF answers!

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So with that in mind, here are some movie franchises that really should've admitted that three's a crowd:

1.The Mummy

<div><p>"The first two focused on ancient Egyptian history and mythology, then number three suddenly took place in Asia? Huh?! The cherry on top of that shit cake was the absence of Rachel Weisz. Her absence was felt (I think she had a scheduling conflict with another movie?). Don't get me wrong, Brendan Fraser did great. I blame the writers/producers/director."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y4w6a/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/B1gD1cV1rgn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/B1gD1cV1rgn</a></p></div><span> Universal / © Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The first two focused on ancient Egyptian history and mythology, then number three suddenly took place in Asia? Huh?! The cherry on top of that shit cake was the absence of Rachel Weisz. Her absence was felt (I think she had a scheduling conflict with another movie?). Don't get me wrong, Brendan Fraser did great. I blame the writers/producers/director."

u/B1gD1cV1rgn

Universal / © Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

2.Shrek

<div><p>"<i>Shrek 2</i> is unironically one of my favorite movies of all time. Every single joke lands perfectly AND it has an engaging story; it's the perfect comedy."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y85wy/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Monkeycarcass" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Monkeycarcass</a></p></div><span> Dreamworks / © DreamWorks / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Shrek 2 is unironically one of my favorite movies of all time. Every single joke lands perfectly AND it has an engaging story; it's the perfect comedy."

u/Monkeycarcass

Dreamworks / © DreamWorks / Courtesy Everett Collection

3.Hellraiser

<div><p>"The original <i>Hellraiser</i> and <i>II</i> are amazing! The third one is okay, and <i>IV</i> tried something that just didn’t work. I give four points for ambition, though. All the rest were scripts for other movies that got bought and had Pinhead added in, which is why they all feel so disconnected."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y9u78/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Nerdfatha" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Nerdfatha</a></p></div><span> New World Releasing / © New World Releasing / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The original Hellraiser and II are amazing! The third one is okay, and IV tried something that just didn’t work. I give four points for ambition, though. All the rest were scripts for other movies that got bought and had Pinhead added in, which is why they all feel so disconnected."

u/Nerdfatha

New World Releasing / © New World Releasing / Courtesy Everett Collection

4.Home Alone

<div><p>"I watch <i>Home Alone</i> every Christmas. It's my Christmas movie and I'm 34. I love the first and second ones, and I actually once watched <i>3</i> through <i>5</i>. They're like low-cost B-cast movies compared to the first two. It's not the same without Culkin, and they got different directors, writers, and a different composer. The first two had John Williams, who is a legend. <i>Home Alone 3</i> through <i>5</i> kind of don't even have a theme to the music. For me, there's ONLY <i>Home Alone</i> <i>1</i> and <i>2</i>."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xzb51/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Angelz5" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Angelz5</a></p></div><span> 20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I watch Home Alone every Christmas. It's my Christmas movie and I'm 34. I love the first and second ones, and I actually once watched 3 through 5. They're like low-cost B-cast movies compared to the first two. It's not the same without Culkin, and they got different directors, writers, and a different composer. The first two had John Williams, who is a legend. Home Alone 3 through 5 kind of don't even have a theme to the music. For me, there's ONLY Home Alone 1 and 2."

u/Angelz5

20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection

5.Child's Play

<div><p>"I love Chucky as a character, but the rest of them are just tropes and comedy to me, removing the spirit of it."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xquv4/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/karma_hit_my_dogma" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/karma_hit_my_dogma</a></p></div><span> United Artists / © United Artists / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I love Chucky as a character, but the rest of them are just tropes and comedy to me, removing the spirit of it."

u/karma_hit_my_dogma

United Artists / © United Artists / Courtesy Everett Collection

6.The Expendables

<div><p>"They made the third PG-13 and not R, which really affected it overall."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xt34z/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/joe_nard_vee" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/joe_nard_vee</a></p></div><span> Lions Gate / © Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"They made the third PG-13 and not R, which really affected it overall."

u/joe_nard_vee

Lions Gate / © Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

7.Taken

<div><p>"The best joke I saw about it was, '<i>Taken 3</i> makes <i>Taken 2</i> look like <i>Taken 1</i>.'"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2ycc5h/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/cockybirds" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/cockybirds</a></p></div><span> 20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The best joke I saw about it was, 'Taken 3 makes Taken 2 look like Taken 1.'"

u/cockybirds

20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection

8.The Addams Family

<div><p>"<i>Addams Family Values</i> was great, but the third one has almost none of the original cast. We don't talk about that one."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y4kpi/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/UnRepentantDrew" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/UnRepentantDrew</a></p></div><span> Melinda Sue Gordon / © Paramount Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Addams Family Values was great, but the third one has almost none of the original cast. We don't talk about that one."

u/UnRepentantDrew

Melinda Sue Gordon / © Paramount Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

9.Night at the Museum

<div><p>"The third movie is notable as Robin Williams' last live-action role, though."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y5bej/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Baronheisenberg" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Baronheisenberg</a></p></div><span> 20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The third movie is notable as Robin Williams' last live-action role, though."

u/Baronheisenberg

20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection

10.The Godfather

<div><p>"I think the third one might have a good film in there somewhere; it just needed to be edited differently."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xsyxl/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Total-Willow5165" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Total-Willow5165</a></p></div><span> Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection / Everett Collection</span>

"I think the third one might have a good film in there somewhere; it just needed to be edited differently."

u/Total-Willow5165

Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection / Everett Collection

11.The Land Before Time

<div><p>"Sorry, I'm showing my age here, LOL."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xsj3n/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Bearded_Wonder0713" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Bearded_Wonder0713</a></p></div><span> Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection / Everett Col</span>

"Sorry, I'm showing my age here, LOL."

u/Bearded_Wonder0713

Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection / Everett Col

12.RoboCop

<div><p>"I loved the first two, but the third was garbage. I also didn't like the remake."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xvj4k/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/I_might_be_weasel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/I_might_be_weasel</a></p></div><span> Orion Pictures Corp. / © Orion Pictures Corp. / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I loved the first two, but the third was garbage. I also didn't like the remake."

u/I_might_be_weasel

Orion Pictures Corp. / © Orion Pictures Corp. / Courtesy Everett Collection

13.Beethoven

<div><p>"Replacing the entire cast for <i>Beethoven's 3rd</i> through <i>5th</i> really didn't work. Even the premise — that Beethoven's family would ever have left him with another family — didn't make any sense."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y4uwt/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/taversham" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/taversham</a></p></div><span> Universal / © Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Replacing the entire cast for Beethoven's 3rd through 5th really didn't work. Even the premise — that Beethoven's family would ever have left him with another family — didn't make any sense."

u/taversham

Universal / © Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

14.The Fast and the Furious

<div><p>"I mean, the third one was technically a spinoff that was all right, and then it got even more silly with the fourth and so on. But those first ones were great fun in their time, and the first is actually quite a good movie and plot!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xpwm8/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/CriticallyNormal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/CriticallyNormal</a></p></div><span> MCA / © MCA / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I mean, the third one was technically a spinoff that was all right, and then it got even more silly with the fourth and so on. But those first ones were great fun in their time, and the first is actually quite a good movie and plot!"

u/CriticallyNormal

MCA / © MCA / Courtesy Everett Collection

15.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

<div><p>"<i>Secret of the Ooze</i> was fun; then they got too serious in <i>III</i>."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xvunx/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/pizza-chit" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/pizza-chit</a></p></div><span> New Line Cinema / © New Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Secret of the Ooze was fun; then they got too serious in III."

u/pizza-chit

New Line Cinema / © New Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection

16.The Terminator

<div><p>"After <i>Terminator 2: Judgment Day</i>...was there anything better than that?"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2ydhz1/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/MrBroBotBrian" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/MrBroBotBrian</a></p></div><span> Orion Pictures Corp. / Orion Pictures Corp. / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"After Terminator 2: Judgment Day...was there anything better than that?"

u/MrBroBotBrian

Orion Pictures Corp. / Orion Pictures Corp. / Courtesy Everett Collection

17.Poltergeist

<div><p>"Sure, they probably could've stopped after the first one, but the second had moments. After that it became a giant mess."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y2r3f/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/RachelMcAdamsWart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/RachelMcAdamsWart</a></p></div><span> MGM / © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Sure, they probably could've stopped after the first one, but the second had moments. After that it became a giant mess."

u/RachelMcAdamsWart

MGM / © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

18.X-Men

<div><p>"They really could’ve bowed out gracefully after <i>X2</i>."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xv69u/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Chilulu3" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/Chilulu3</a></p></div><span> 20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"They really could’ve bowed out gracefully after X2."

u/Chilulu3

20thcentfox / © 20thCentFox / Courtesy Everett Collection

19.Halloween

<div><p>"It’s what John Carpenter wanted. However, the remakes are pretty good!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2y44pb/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/BassKing69" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/BassKing69</a></p></div><span> Compass International Pictures / Compass International Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"It’s what John Carpenter wanted. However, the remakes are pretty good!"

u/BassKing69

Compass International Pictures / Compass International Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

20.Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

<div><p>"The first one was great and had heart, the second one was a crude repeat, and the third one was a repeat of a repeat."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xutye/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/</a><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xutye/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:square3481" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">square3481</a></p></div><span> New Line Cinema / © New Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The first one was great and had heart, the second one was a crude repeat, and the third one was a repeat of a repeat."

u/square3481

New Line Cinema / © New Line Cinema / Courtesy Everett Collection

21.The Hobbit

<div><p>"I don't care about Azog, Tauriel, the forges/gold, or even much of the battle of the five armies. The worst part is, I can see the justification for splitting the book into two movies, especially the way they cut the first two. The third is just so much unneeded filler."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2yigox/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/rpgaff2" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/rpgaff2</a></p></div><span> Warner Bros. / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I don't care about Azog, Tauriel, the forges/gold, or even much of the battle of the five armies. The worst part is, I can see the justification for splitting the book into two movies, especially the way they cut the first two. The third is just so much unneeded filler."

u/rpgaff2

Warner Bros. / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

22.And finally: The Matrix

<div><p>"An unpopular opinion maybe? Honestly, maybe they should've stopped even after the first one."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/o7bmha/what_movie_franchise_shouldve_stopped_at_2/h2xspae/?context=3&utm_medium=web2x&utm_source=reddit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/izz123456" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">u/izz123456</a></p></div><span> Warner Bros / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"An unpopular opinion maybe? Honestly, maybe they should've stopped even after the first one."

u/izz123456

Warner Bros / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

Now it's your turn! What's a movie franchise that really should've stopped after the first two films? Share your pick or picks in the comments below!

Note: Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.