Quiz yourself. What movie has the most sequels? Who were the original cast members? What year was it released? Enjoy a little bit of history and nostalgia:
10. Police Academy has 7 films in its series. The title has grossed $239,379,689 in the U.S. The comedy series originated in 1984. Roger Ebert gave the first film zero out of four stars.
9. National Lampoon also has 7 films in its series. The series has earned $269,314,382 in the U.S. The series started in 1978 in the form of National Lampoon’s Animal House which starred Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland, and John Belushi. Although this film had mixed reviews at the time of its release it has become one of the most profitable films of all time.
8. Batman has 8 films in the series. It has grossed $1,465,583,452 in the U.S. The original was released in 1989. The most successful film of the series to date is The Dark Knight. It earned $1,022,345,358 worldwide following the untimely death of Heath Ledger who played “The Joker.”
7. Star Wars also has 8 films in its series and has grossed $2,226,166,672 in the U.S, but $4,411,410,761 worldwide. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was the first film of this series. It released in 1977. The film’s $11,000,000 budget resulted in a $797,900,000 gross earning.
6. Nightmare on Elm Street has released 9 titles and has grossed $361,659,872 in the U.S. This slasher series began in 1984. Written and directed by Wes Craven, is credited with making a significant impact on the horror film genre.
5. Pink Panther has 10 films in its series. It has grossed $267,433,670 in the U.S. The first film of this series was released in 1964. This collection of comedy films features the French detective Jacques Clouseau. The animated “Pink Panther” and the notable theme are valuable trademarks of this series.
4. Halloween also has 10 films in the series and has grossed $308,435,291 in the U.S. This iconic horror film series originated in 1978 in the form of an independent John Carpenter film. The iconic villain, Michael Myers, set the stage for a long line of slasher films.
3. Star Trek has 11 films in its series and has grossed $1,014,325,878 in the U.S. The first film was released nearly a decade after the television series was canceled. This science fiction phenom has a sizable cult following and is the source of many pop culture references. William Shatner was originally cast in the star role of James T. Kirk.
2. Friday the 13th has 12 films in its series and has grossed $382,746,073 in the U.S. The first film was released in 1980. The most successful film of the series is Freddy Vs. Jason, a cross-over with Nightmare on Elm St.
So did you figure out what film has had the most sequels? Here it is:
1. James Bond has a whooping 23 films in its series. It is the second highest grossing series if all time at $1,609,487,453 in the U.S. and $5,074,402,453 earned worldwide. Dr. No was the first film in the series. It was released in 1963 with a budget of $1,000,000. It alone has earned $59,567,035, and paved the way for this highly rated series. The original “James Bond” was Sean Connery, of course. “M” was played by Bernard Lee. Ursula Andress played “Honey Ryder,” the first bond girl. Joseph Wiseman was cast as “Dr. No.” Lois Maxwell was cast as “Miss Moneypenny,” a role she would repeat in 13 additional James Bond films.
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Roger Ebert: Police Academy