List Of Film Sequels By Box-office Improvement

This is a list of film sequels that outgrossed their predecessors. This list only includes North American grosses (United States and Canada), not worldwide totals. It is not adjusted for inflation.

  film currently playingBackground shading indicates films playing in the week commencing 18 August 2017 in theaters around the world.

List of first sequels by box-office improvement

Title Year Gross (North America) Title (original) Year (original) Original's gross (North America) Improvement
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day 2009 $10,273,188[1] The Boondock Saints 1999 $30,471[2] 33,714%
Desperado 1995 $25,405,445[3] El Mariachi 1992 $2,040,920[3] 1,170%
Clerks II 2006 $24,148,068[4] Clerks 1994 $3,151,130[5] 677%
The Color of Money 1986 $52,293,982[6] The Hustler 1961 $7,600,000[7] 588%
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 $204,843,345[8] The Terminator 1984 $38,371,200[8] 434%
Tron: Legacy 2010 $172,062,763[9] Tron 1982 $33,000,000[10] 421%
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 $206,040,086[11] Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997 $53,883,989[11] 282%
Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 $150,415,432[12] First Blood 1982 $42,754,105[12] 252%
Pitch Perfect 2 2015 $183,532,105[13] Pitch Perfect 2012 $65,001,093[13] 183%
Mad Max 2 1981 $23,667,907[14] Mad Max 1979 $8,750,000[14] 170%
Highlander II: The Quickening 1991 $15,556,340[15] Highlander 1986 $5,900,000[15] 164%
The Dark Knight 2008 $533,345,358[16] Batman Begins 2005 $205,343,774[16] 160%
Evil Dead II 1987 $5,923,044[17] The Evil Dead 1981 $2,400,000[17] 147%
Lethal Weapon 2 1989 $147,253,986[18] Lethal Weapon 1987 $65,207,127[18] 126%
Bad Boys II 2003 $138,608,444[19] Bad Boys 1995 $65,807,024[20] 110%
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 2008 $38,108,728[21] Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004 $18,250,550[21] 109%
Next Friday 2000 $57,328,603[22] Friday 1995 $27,467,564[22] 108%
John Wick: Chapter 2film currently playing 2017 $91,762,194 [23] John Wick 2014 $43,037,835[24] 113%
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015 $162,994,032[25] The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2004 $85,417,988[25] 90%
Transporter 2 2005 $43,095,856[26] The Transporter 2002 $25,296,447[26] 70%
Meet the Fockers 2004 $279,261,160[27] Meet the Parents 2000 $166,244,045[27] 69%
Logan 2017 $221,656,574[28] The Wolverine 2013 $132,556,852[29] 67%
Shrek 2 2004 $441,226,247[30] Shrek 2001 $267,665,011[30] 65%
The Matrix Reloaded 2003 $281,576,461[31] The Matrix 1999 $171,479,930[31] 64%
Rush Hour 2 2001 $226,164,286[32] Rush Hour 1998 $141,186,864[32] 60%
Saw II 2005 $87,039,965[33] Saw 2004 $55,185,045[33] 58%
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 $83,586,447[34] Insidious 2010 $54,009,150[34] 55%
From Russia with Love 1963 $24,796,765[35] Dr. No 1962 $16,067,035[35] 54%
The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 $296,623,634[36] Twilight 2008 $192,769,854[36] 54%
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 $127,352,707[37] Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004 $85,288,303[38] 50%
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 $108,385,533[39] Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 $72,217,396[40] 50%
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 $259,766,572[41] Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 $176,654,505[41] 47%
The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 $57,761,012[42] Pitch Black 2000 $39,240,659[42] 47%
Despicable Me 2 2013 $368,061,265[43] Despicable Me 2010 $251,513,985[43] 46%
The Bourne Supremacy 2004 $176,241,941[44] The Bourne Identity 2002 $121,661,683[44] 45%
Split 2017 $137,827,505[45] Unbreakable 2000 $94,999,143[46] 45%
Finding Dory 2016 $486,295,561[47] Finding Nemo 2003 $339,714,367[48] 43%
American Pie 2 2001 $145,103,595[49] American Pie 1999 $102,561,004[49] 42%
Die Hard 2 1990 $117,540,947[50] Die Hard 1988 $83,008,852[50] 42%
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 $423,315,812[51] Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 $305,413,918[51] 39%
22 Jump Street 2014 $191,719,337[52] 21 Jump Street 2012 $138,447,667[53] 38%
X2 2003 $214,949,694[54] X-Men 2000 $157,299,717[54] 37%
For a Few Dollars More 1965 $15,000,000[55] A Fistful of Dollars 1964 $11,000,000[56] 36%
The Devil's Rejects 2005 $17,044,981[57] House of 1000 Corpses 2003 $12,634,962[58] 35%
The Mummy Returns 2001 $202,019,785[59] The Mummy 1999 $155,385,488[59] 30%
Toy Story 2 1999 $245,823,397[60] Toy Story 1995 $191,796,233[60] 28%
Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 $75,986,503[61] Hellboy 2004 $59,623,958[61] 27%
The Karate Kid Part II 1986 $115,103,979[62] The Karate Kid 1984 $90,815,558[62] 27%
Hannibal 2001 $165,092,056[63] The Silence of the Lambs 1991 $130,742,922[63] 26%
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 $402,111,870[64] Transformers 2007 $319,246,193[64] 26%
Madea's Family Reunion 2006 $63,257,940[65] Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 $50,633,099[65] 25%
Resident Evil: Apocalypse 2004 $51,201,453[66] Resident Evil 2002 $40,119,709[66] 25%
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010 $52,474,616[67] Wall Street 1987 $43,848,069[68] 20%
Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 $28,202,109[69] Ernest Goes to Camp 1987 $23,509,382[69] 20%
Underworld: Evolution 2006 $62,318,875[70] Underworld 2003 $51,970,690[70] 20%
Mission: Impossible 2 2000 $215,409,889[71] Mission: Impossible 1996 $180,981,886[71] 19%
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985 $29,999,213[72] A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 $25,504,513[72] 18%
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 $208,545,589[73] Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 $176,760,185[73] 18%
Blade II 2002 $82,348,319[74] Blade 1998 $70,087,718[74] 17%
Thor: The Dark World 2013 $206,362,140[75] Thor 2011 $181,030,624[75] 14%
A Shot in the Dark 1964 $12,368,234 The Pink Panther[76] 1963 $10,878,107[76] 14%
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice 2016 $330,360,194[77] Man Of Steel 2013 $291,045,518[78] 13%
Jackass Number Two 2006 $72,778,712[79] Jackass: The Movie 2002 $64,255,312[79] 13%
Magnum Force 1973 $39,768,000[80] Dirty Harry 1971 $35,976,000[80] 11%
Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 $195,321,662[81] Ice Age 2002 $176,387,405[81] 11%
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear 1991 $86,930,411[82] The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 $78,756,177[82] 10%
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 $339,789,881[83] The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 $313,364,114[83] 8%
Aliens 1986 $85,160,248[84] Alien 1979 $78,944,891[84] 8%
Shanghai Knights 2003 $60,476,872[85] Shanghai Noon 2000 $56,937,502[86] 6%
Monsters University 2013 $268,492,764[87] Monsters, Inc. 2001 $255,873,250[87] 5%
Before Sunset 2004 $5,820,649[88] Before Sunrise 1995 $5,535,405[88] 5%
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 $424,668,047[89] The Hunger Games 2012 $408,010,692[89] 4%
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 2012 $103,860,290[90] Journey to the Center of the Earth 2008 $101,704,370[90] 2%
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 $219,614,612[91] Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007 $217,326,974[91] 1%
Quantum of Solace 2008 $168,368,427[35] Casino Royale 2006 $167,445,960[35] 1%

List of second sequels by box-office improvement

Title Year Gross (North America) Title (Predecessor) Year (Predecessor) Predecessor's gross (North America) Improvement
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 $56,359,780[3] Desperado 1995 $25,405,445[3] 122%
Goldfinger 1964 $51,081,062[35] From Russia with Love 1963 $24,796,765[35] 106%
Army of Darkness 1992 $11,502,976[17] Evil Dead II 1987 $5,923,044[17] 94%
Skyfall 2012 $304,360,277[35] Quantum of Solace 2008 $168,368,427[35] 81%
Toy Story 3 2010 $415,004,880[60] Toy Story 2 1999 $245,852,179[60] 69%
Jackass 3-D 2010 $117,229,692[79] Jackass: Number Two 2006 $72,778,712[79] 61%
Friday the 13th Part III 1982 $34,581,519[92] Friday the 13th Part 2 1981 $21,722,776[92] 59%
Captain America: Civil War 2016 $408,084,349[93] Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 $259,746,958 57%
Scary Movie 3 2003 $110,003,217[94] Scary Movie 2 2001 $71,308,997[94] 54%
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 $36,230,219[14] Mad Max 2 1981 $23,667,907[14] 53%
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 $44,793,222[72] A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985 $29,999,213[72] 49%
Clear and Present Danger 1994 $122,187,717[95] Patriot Games 1992 $83,351,587[95] 47%
Rocky III 1982 $124,146,897[96] Rocky II 1979 $85,182,160[96] 45%
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 $71,319,526[97] National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 $49,364,621[97] 45%
Madea Goes to Jail 2009 $90,508,336[65] Madea's Family Reunion 2006 $63,257,940[65] 43%
The Godfather Part III 1990 $66,666,062[98] The Godfather Part II 1974 $47,542,841[98] 40%
Before Midnight 2013 $8,114,627[88] Before Sunset 1995 $5,820,649[88] 39%
Iron Man 3 2013 $409,013,994[99] Iron Man 2 2010 $312,433,331[99] 31%
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 $111,761,982[100] Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 $85,846,429[100] 30%
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 $227,471,070[44] The Bourne Supremacy 2004 $176,241,941[44] 29%
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 1966 $25,100,000[101] For a Few Dollars More 1965 $15,000,000[55] 27%
Paranormal Activity 3 2011 $104,028,807[102] Paranormal Activity 2 2010 $84,752,907[102] 23%
Return of the Jedi 1983 $252,583,617[103] The Empire Strikes Back 1980 $209,398,025[103] 21%
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 $216,391,482[104] Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 $180,010,950[104] 20%
The Enforcer 1976 $46,236,000[80] Magnum Force 1973 $39,768,000[80] 16%
Final Destination 3 2006 $54,098,051[105] Final Destination 2 2003 $46,961,214[105] 15%
Batman Forever 1995 $184,031,112[16] Batman Returns 1992 $162,831,698[16] 13%
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 $377,027,325[83] The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 $339,789,881[83] 11%
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 $197,171,806[106] Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 $179,870,271[106] 10%
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $234,362,462[54] X2 2003 $214,949,694[54] 9%
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth 1992 $12,534,961[107] Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988 $12,090,735[107] 4%
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 $213,307,889[11] Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 $206,040,086[11] 4%

List of third sequels by box-office improvement

Title Year Gross (North America) Title (Predecessor) Year (Predecessor) Predecessor's gross (North America) Improvement
Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 $151,155,930[14] Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 $36,230,219[14] 317%
Jurassic World 2015 $615,640,390[108] Jurassic Park 3 2001 $181,171,875[108] 240%
Fast & Furious 2009 $155,064,265[109] The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 $62,514,415[109] 148%
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 $317,101,119[106] Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 $197,171,806[106] 61%
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011 $209,397,903[71] Mission: Impossible III 2006 $134,029,801[71] 56%
Sudden Impact 1983 $67,642,693[80] The Enforcer 1976 $46,236,000[80] 46%
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 $109,713,132[110] Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 1984 $76,471,046[110] 43%
Live Free or Die Hard 2007 $134,529,403[50] Die Hard with a Vengeance 1995 $100,012,499[50] 35%
Thunderball 1965 $63,595,658[35] Goldfinger 1964 $51,081,062[35] 24%
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 1988 $17,768,757[111] Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 $14,400,000[111] 23%
Resident Evil: Afterlife 2010 $60,128,566[66] Resident Evil: Extinction 2007 $50,648,679[66] 19%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 $290,013,036[112] Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 $249,541,069[112] 16%
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988 $49,369,899[72] A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987 $44,793,222[72] 10%
Rocky IV 1985 $127,873,716[96] Rocky III 1982 $124,146,897[96] 3%

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