10 Would-Be Franchises That Stalled After One Movie

"Enders Game" was supposed to be a franchise based on the books of Orson Scott Card.  But it's probably not going to make enough money to earn its budget back, so there's a good chance there won't be a sequel.


With that in mind, "Time" magazine took a look at 10 more would-be franchises that stalled after one movie.  Here they are:

 

"Master and Commander:  The Far Side of the World",  2003.  Cost $150 million, made $94 million in the U.S.

"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events",  2004.  Cost $140 million, made $119 million in the U.S. 

"The Golden Compass",  2007.  Cost $180 million, made $70 million in the U.S..

"Speed Racer",  2008.  Cost $120 million, made $44 million the U.S.

"Jonah Hex",  2010.  Cost $47 million, made $11 million in the U.S.

"I Am Number Four",  2011.  Cost $60 million, made $55 million in the U.S.

"Green Lantern",  2011.  Cost $200 million, made $117 million in the U.S.

"Cowboys and Aliens",  2011.  Cost $163 million, made $100 million in the U.S.

"John Carter",  2012.  Cost $250 million, made $73 million in the U.S.

"The Lone Ranger",  2013.  Cost $215 million, made $89 million in the U.S.

 

(Money was the main determinant, but not necessarily the only factor in killing these franchises. )



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