Total Recall: Part Fives

With Resident Evil: Retribution hitting theaters, we look at other movie franchises with stories too big for just four installments.

Part Fives

Sequels! We love to complain about them, but clearly, we can't get enough of 'em -- or at least that's the message we keep sending at the box office, where they seem to take up a greater percentage of the grosses every year. Of course, nothing lasts forever, and when it comes to film franchises, the audience's fondness for the characters tends to run out around the third film -- but there are some notable exceptions, such as the Resident Evil series, which makes its fifth(!) trip to the big screen this weekend with Resident Evil: Retribution. In honor of this momentous achievement, we decided to take a look at other fifth installments, and came up with a list that's more impressive (and less reliant on horror sequels) than you might think. One, two, three, four, five: this Total Recall's working overtime!

Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

38%

Why Five? Mainly because the execs at 20th Century Fox couldn't help themselves -- even though the Planet of the Apes sequels had been a study in diminishing box office returns, the films were still cheap enough to make that they all turned a healthy profit, so a fifth installment was more or less inevitable.

Franchise Changes: As the ticket receipts slowed for the series, the studio's purse strings tightened, making Battle for the Planet of the Apes a rather cheap-looking affair; in addition, screenwriter Paul Dehn, who'd written the second, third, and fourth films, had to bow out -- although he was later brought in to polish the eventual script, resulting in a cobbled-together story (and an eventual credit tussle in front of the WGA).

The End? Sort of, although Apes lived on as a pair of TV series before returning to the screen in 2001 (with Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake) and 2011 (the series reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

The Dead Pool

52%

Why Five? Because the fourth Dirty Harry movie, 1983's Sudden Impact, was the highest-grossing in the series, raking in nearly $70 million in the U.S. while spawning the endlessly parroted catchphrase "Go ahead -- make my day" and proving that when you have a squinty guy with a gun, the sequels pretty much write themselves.

Franchise Changes: Each Dirty Harry movie has a different director, and The Dead Pool was no different; Buddy Van Horn, a onetime stunt double for Clint Eastwood who went on to direct him in a number of films, steps in here. Other than that, Pool adheres pretty strictly to the formula (which is exactly as it should be).

The End? Yes. Despite having a prime summer opening slot, Pool went down as the least profitable entry in the series, and Dirty Harry Callahan was finally allowed to retire -- although not before sharing screen time with the members of Guns N' Roses and a young Jim Carrey.

Death Wish V: The Face of Death

0%

Why Five? Because even over the age of 70 (and just a few years away from hip replacement surgery), Charles Bronson wasn't finished with the Death Wish series -- and there were still people willing to cut a check to make another sequel happen.

Franchise Changes: Habitual vigilante Paul Kersey (Bronson) is now a member of the Witness Protection Program, which has given him a new alias (and bizarrely decided to move him back to New York City, site of the original Death Wish and Death Wish 3). Other than that, not much has changed -- there are bad guys who need killing, and Kersey's there to help.

The End? Most definitely -- Bronson was much too old to convincingly portray an action hero, and the box office returns for Death Wish V were awful. Still, every so often, someone floats the idea of a remake; although Sylvester Stallone apparently thought better of it after publicly mulling taking over the series in 2006, it seems likely that someone will eventually (ahem) pull the trigger.

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Fast Five

77%

Why Five? Because just when it seemed like the Fast and Furious franchise had run its course -- or at least veered off into a Bring It On-style series of endless, vaguely connected sequels -- 2009's Fast & Furious pulled it back on course with a $363 million hit that reunited members of the original cast. Clearly, it couldn't stop there.

Franchise Changes: Well, it added Dwayne Johnson and sent the action to Rio. But other than that, this series has a formula that you don't alter -- fast cars, furious drivers -- and Fast Five reaped more than $625 million in exchange for not messing with it.

The End? Nope -- Fast Six is scheduled to roar into theaters on May 24, 2013.

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Final Destination 5

61%

Why Five? People like watching teenagers die ugly, apparently.

Franchise Changes: The vast majority of the cast members in any Destination movie don't last long enough to pop up again in a sequel, so fans know each film is going to give them a whole new crop of victims. This time around, one small wrinkle was introduced in the form of some advice from recurring character Coroner Bludworth (Tony Todd), who reveals that anyone who cheats Death has to claim someone else's life in order to stay alive.

The End? It remains to be seen, although the last installment's $157 million worldwide gross would seem to suggest future Destinations in store.

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Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning

17%

Why Five? The fourth Friday the 13th was billed as "the final chapter," but the enduring commercial popularity of the series meant it was only a year before a hockey mask-wearing maniac would once more terrorize the randy teens of Crystal Lake.

Franchise Changes: This Friday lives up to its "A New Beginning" subtitle by leaving Jason Voorhees dead and buried, instead imagining a grim future for young Tommy Jarvis, his killer in Part 4. Now grown up and played by John Shepherd, the understandably troubled Tommy is sent to a camp for wayward teens -- only to find himself forced to contend with a wave of killings perpetrated by a seemingly revived Jason.

The End? Absolutely not -- the Friday the 13th movies would continue to provide teen scream fodder throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and aughts, sending Jason to Manhattan, Hell, and outer space before pitting him against Freddy Krueger (more on that guy later) and ultimately rebooting the series with 2009's Friday the 13th.

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

14%

Why Five? Because Michael Myers needed to get revenge, silly. Also, 1988's Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers put the slasher franchise back on track (after 1982's Myers-free Halloween III: Season of the Witch), and producer Moustapha Akkad wanted to keep the gravy train rolling.

Franchise Changes: While the ending of Halloween 4 suggested that Myers' niece Jamie (Danielle Harris) was going to follow in his serial-killing footsteps, Halloween 5 mostly stuck to the established formula of having Myers begin the film in some sort of coma, wake up in late October, and embark on a murderous rampage. One significant twist this time around was the introduction of the Man in Black, a Myers accomplice whose purpose would eventually be revealed in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.

The End? Nope. Like Myers himself, the Halloween franchise just keeps lumbering along, with H20 and Halloween: Resurrection following in 1998 and 2002, and the Rob Zombie-directed reboots Halloween and Halloween II hitting theaters in 2007 and 2009. We're sure we haven't seen the last of Michael Myers.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

79%

Why Five? Because J.K. Rowling wrote seven Harry Potter books -- and with each film adaptation grossing an average of nearly $300 million in the United States alone, there was no way we weren't going to see all seven of them on the big screen.

Franchise Changes: The fifth Potter film brought a new director (David Yates) and screenwriter (Michael Goldenberg), as well as the franchise's first foray into IMAX 3D; in terms of casting, it marked the first appearances of Helena Bonham Carter as the gleefully wicked Bellatrix Lestrange, as well as Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood. A fair amount of change -- but it didn't put a dent in the reviews, which were again largely positive, or the box office tally, which topped out near $940 million worldwide.

The End? No; in fact, thanks to Warner Bros.' decision to split the series-concluding Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two chapters, the film franchise went on to outnumber the books.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

69%

Why Five? Because the Muppets had been missing from the big screen for too long -- their last appearance was in Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird -- and after Jim Henson's untimely death in 1990, the company that bears his name needed to prove that the show must go on. What better way than with a Muppetized interpretation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol?

Franchise Changes: Apart from the obvious major change -- Steve Whitmire stepping in as the voice of Kermit the Frog in Henson's absence -- Carol also finds human actors figuring in more prominently than previous Muppet movies. An annoying development for hardcore fans, perhaps, but one mitigated by the presence of Michael Caine, who lent his signature charm to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

The End? Certainly not. Although the Muppets' box office fortunes weren't exactly spectacular during the 1990s, and they spent the early aughts absent from theaters, they returned in a big way with 2011's The Muppets -- and with a sequel in development, we should be seeing more of them soon.

Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Revenge of the Pink Panther

Sep 12 - 04:50 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

82% beats all of these.

Sep 12 - 04:51 PM

Dave J

Dave J

"Revenge Of The Pink Panther" is an excellent one, but here are some other ones also number 5 "(1973) Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons", 1943 "Sherlock Holmes in Washington" with Basil Rathbone, 1963 "Zatoichi on the Road", (1936) "The Case of the Black Cat", Perry Mason (1933) "The Kennel Murder Case" Philo Valance, (1926) "The Lone Wolf Returns", "Zorro", Laurel And Hardy", "The Marx Brothers", (1951)"Sailor Beware" via Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, "Dr. Phibes", "Tarzan", (1947) "Song of the Thin Man", (1994) "Once Upon a Time in China V" and other "Wong Fei Hung" films, (1947) "Road to Rio" via Bing Crosby & Bob Hope, "The Exorcist" among other films. Discuss this amongst yourselves!

Sep 13 - 12:28 PM

Dave J

Dave J

5th Godzilla movie called "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster" from 1964, 1940 "The Saint Takes Over" starring George Sanders, 5th film starring The Bowery Boys from 1946 called "Mr. Hex", 5th Dr. Kildare film from 1940 called "Dr. Kildare's Strange Case", 1949 "The Sun Comes Up" is the 5th Lassie the dog movie and depending on how you look at it "Batman Begins" would be the 5th theatrical batman movie and "Superman Returns" be the 5th Superman film before George Reeves, "The Spy in the Green Hat" is the 5th film of The Man From U.N.C.L.E and 2007 Diary Of The Dead would be director George Romero's 5th zombie movie. ... and again discuss this amongst yourselves!

Sep 13 - 04:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Dave, it gets a lot more complicated when we take it back to the pre-TV days of serialized pictures. I might as well through Flash Gordon in there. And I think there were like 20 Zatoichi films, I certainly haven't seen them all. 30 Django pictures. We need to reign in some parameters.

Sep 14 - 08:36 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Listen, you can argue all you want but I made sure that the movies I jotted down all got proper screenings theatrically as any film would've, probably except for "The Man From UNCLE" which originally were films made for tv in the U.K. but did receive proper 'theatrical' release upon showing them to the United States. And a good 85% of them for the exception of super hero films, "Wong Fei Hung", "Zatoichi" and the "Baby Cart" movies can all be seen on 'Turner Classic Movies' channel!

Anyone who loves films shouldn't disregard other possible films that also made up to number 5 just because they're older than most users coming on here on RT would be labelled as somewhat should I say stereotypical, so in my opinion parameter shouldn't even be applied here!

Sep 14 - 01:56 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

By all means, don't let me obstruct your opinion parameter.

Sep 14 - 02:52 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

82% beats all of these.

Sep 12 - 04:51 PM

Nick Vitto

Nick Vitto

Technically Empire Strikes Back should now be the 5th Star Wars sequel, which also happens to be the greatest film of all time.

Sep 12 - 06:39 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

BS. George Lucas cannot change time.

Sep 12 - 06:45 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Challenge accepted (Bring me my ILM Minions!!!)

Signed George Lucas

Sep 17 - 08:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

No. "Empire" will always be the SECOND Star Wars movie. Lucas ain't Cher, and can't turn back time.

Sep 17 - 11:22 PM

John Koh

John Koh

Well, that's personal opinion. I think that films like Citizen Kane and Lawrence of Arabia are much better, but Star Wars is very good too.

Sep 12 - 08:01 PM

bassbait t.

bassbait the monkey

2001: A Space Odyssey is the best film of all time. Yes, better than Citizen Kane.

Empire Strikes Back is just the best popcorn film of all time.

Sep 12 - 09:09 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

I haven't seen 2001, but A Clockwork Orange is the best film to me. PS: I don't believe Empire is better than the original Star Wars. However, it deserves credit for providing mainstream entertainment with artistry.

Sep 13 - 09:17 AM

Liiam Cruz

Liiam Cruz

Thankyou! Absolutely correct. 2001: A Space Odyssey is indeed, by some distance, the greatest motion picture of all time. By the same token, Achilles' Last Stand is the greatest hard rock song of all time, and indeed, the greatest single song of the modern era (post-WWII). People who say that The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest motion picture of alltime are in the wrong business; they ought to be stand up comics.

Sep 15 - 07:54 PM

Liiam Cruz

Liiam Cruz

Oh and on the topic of g.o.a.t's, albeit totally off topic, might I just add that Daydream Nation is, inch for inch, dollar for dollar, all things considered, with deference to John Lennon et al, surely the greatest music album of the modern era (1950s on).

Sep 15 - 08:10 PM

Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson

Empire is one of the best movies ever but the greatest film of all time is Casablanca.

Sep 13 - 12:05 PM

Liiam Cruz

Liiam Cruz

No. Casablanca, along with Citizen Kane, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Rosemary's Baby, and a few others, are the runners up in the greatest of all time list. But 2001 is clearly out on its own in the G.O.A.T. stakes.

Sep 15 - 07:57 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Opinion, look it up. Also, "perspective" while you're at it.

Sep 17 - 08:31 PM

Ryan Downs

Ryan Downs

Incorrect. Everyone knows Mannequin is the greatest film of all time.

Sep 13 - 12:32 PM

Liiam Cruz

Liiam Cruz

Everyone, that is, except everyone apart from you. (:

Sep 15 - 07:59 PM

Praveen Fernando

Praveen Fernando

The Godfather is the best film of all time,and that cannot be argued.End of story.

Sep 17 - 02:44 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

While a very good film, I think Donkey Kong is the greatest film ever...sadly, like you guys, no amount of vehemence on my part will make an absolute out of an opinion.

Sep 17 - 08:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

BS. George Lucas cannot change time.

Sep 12 - 06:45 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Challenge accepted (Bring me my ILM Minions!!!)

Signed George Lucas

Sep 17 - 08:28 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

No. "Empire" will always be the SECOND Star Wars movie. Lucas ain't Cher, and can't turn back time.

Sep 17 - 11:22 PM

Thiver

Thierry Verhoeven

I'm pretty sure The Muppet Christmas Carol was only the fourth Muppet film...

Sep 12 - 06:52 PM

Cal Doritosaurus

Cal Doritosaurus

Yeah...

Sep 12 - 09:37 PM

Dan Mancini

Dan Mancini

Technically, it is, but the write up points out that they are counting the Sesame Street movie as a Muppet's movie, which would make Christmas Carol the fifth movie. Using that logic though, both Batman Begins or even Batman and Robin (due to "Mask of the Phantasm") would be Batman 5 and could appear on this list.

Sep 13 - 12:08 AM

Thiver

Thierry Verhoeven

Going by that logic you could even declare Live Free or Die Hard to be the fifth Die Hard film, because John McClane briefly showed up in Loaded Weapon 1...

Sep 13 - 03:21 AM

Adam Foidart

Adam Foidart

"Mask of the Fantasm" and the Christopher Nolan Batman series are in a different continuity with different actors and completely different styles, it would be like calling Disney's "Hercules" a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Hercules In New York" because they both have a character called "Hercules" in the films.

Sep 13 - 01:13 PM

Sir Phobos

Sir Phobos

Halloween 5 was decent. Usually it's only the horror movies that can survive that long.

Sep 12 - 07:17 PM

William Samuel

William Samuel

Silent Night, Deadly Night went to five movies? Who the bloody hell bought them? Drunken frat boys and stoner?

Sep 12 - 07:55 PM

John Koh

John Koh

Well, that's personal opinion. I think that films like Citizen Kane and Lawrence of Arabia are much better, but Star Wars is very good too.

Sep 12 - 08:01 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Fast 5 did change the formula somewhat. It's more of a heist movie (in which cars are important) and a superhero movie (where people gain superpowers when driving cars). In fact, Fast 6 is basing itself on Fast 5 more than the other films. It also happens to be the best F&F movie, as well as a superior team-up movie to the Avengers. And amazingly enough, only one white main character is an summer blockbuster.

Final Destination 5 is (SPOILER ALERT) a prequel. Notice all the things in the film that points out to the fact that it's set in he 1990s? It also continues the tradition of FD being one of the best horror franchises ever, that is also comedy. Seriously, few other movies makes you eager to see the main characters die. Whoever writes, films and directs this film are having a lot of fun.

Sep 12 - 08:08 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

lol fast 5 is a better team up movie than the avengers? "Vin Diesel..... with the power to... DRIVE!!!... And Paul Walker, with the INCREDIBLE ABILITY to... DRIVE ABOUT AS GOOD AS VIN DIESEL!" haha not hatin' but Tony Stark can fly, he wins a team up movie all by himself.

Sep 12 - 11:26 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

And I also disagree about Final Destination... because I was pretty happy to see all the people in The Happening die as well

Sep 12 - 11:28 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

Just kidding about Happening, that was lame, although this post can probably go unsaid

Sep 12 - 11:32 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yeah, but he's REALLY white, Paul Walker is white enough for any three normal white actors.

Sep 17 - 08:38 PM

bassbait t.

bassbait the monkey

2001: A Space Odyssey is the best film of all time. Yes, better than Citizen Kane.

Empire Strikes Back is just the best popcorn film of all time.

Sep 12 - 09:09 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

I haven't seen 2001, but A Clockwork Orange is the best film to me. PS: I don't believe Empire is better than the original Star Wars. However, it deserves credit for providing mainstream entertainment with artistry.

Sep 13 - 09:17 AM

Liiam Cruz

Liiam Cruz

Thankyou! Absolutely correct. 2001: A Space Odyssey is indeed, by some distance, the greatest motion picture of all time. By the same token, Achilles' Last Stand is the greatest hard rock song of all time, and indeed, the greatest single song of the modern era (post-WWII). People who say that The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest motion picture of alltime are in the wrong business; they ought to be stand up comics.

Sep 15 - 07:54 PM

Liiam Cruz

Liiam Cruz

Oh and on the topic of g.o.a.t's, albeit totally off topic, might I just add that Daydream Nation is, inch for inch, dollar for dollar, all things considered, with deference to John Lennon et al, surely the greatest music album of the modern era (1950s on).

Sep 15 - 08:10 PM

Cal Doritosaurus

Cal Doritosaurus

Yeah...

Sep 12 - 09:37 PM

Dan Mancini

Dan Mancini

Technically, it is, but the write up points out that they are counting the Sesame Street movie as a Muppet's movie, which would make Christmas Carol the fifth movie. Using that logic though, both Batman Begins or even Batman and Robin (due to "Mask of the Phantasm") would be Batman 5 and could appear on this list.

Sep 13 - 12:08 AM

Thiver

Thierry Verhoeven

Going by that logic you could even declare Live Free or Die Hard to be the fifth Die Hard film, because John McClane briefly showed up in Loaded Weapon 1...

Sep 13 - 03:21 AM

Adam Foidart

Adam Foidart

"Mask of the Fantasm" and the Christopher Nolan Batman series are in a different continuity with different actors and completely different styles, it would be like calling Disney's "Hercules" a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Hercules In New York" because they both have a character called "Hercules" in the films.

Sep 13 - 01:13 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

lol fast 5 is a better team up movie than the avengers? "Vin Diesel..... with the power to... DRIVE!!!... And Paul Walker, with the INCREDIBLE ABILITY to... DRIVE ABOUT AS GOOD AS VIN DIESEL!" haha not hatin' but Tony Stark can fly, he wins a team up movie all by himself.

Sep 12 - 11:26 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

And I also disagree about Final Destination... because I was pretty happy to see all the people in The Happening die as well

Sep 12 - 11:28 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

Just kidding about Happening, that was lame, although this post can probably go unsaid

Sep 12 - 11:32 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

Just kidding about Happening, that was lame, although this post can probably go unsaid

Sep 12 - 11:32 PM

Dan Mancini

Dan Mancini

Technically, it is, but the write up points out that they are counting the Sesame Street movie as a Muppet's movie, which would make Christmas Carol the fifth movie. Using that logic though, both Batman Begins or even Batman and Robin (due to "Mask of the Phantasm") would be Batman 5 and could appear on this list.

Sep 13 - 12:08 AM

Thiver

Thierry Verhoeven

Going by that logic you could even declare Live Free or Die Hard to be the fifth Die Hard film, because John McClane briefly showed up in Loaded Weapon 1...

Sep 13 - 03:21 AM

Adam Foidart

Adam Foidart

"Mask of the Fantasm" and the Christopher Nolan Batman series are in a different continuity with different actors and completely different styles, it would be like calling Disney's "Hercules" a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Hercules In New York" because they both have a character called "Hercules" in the films.

Sep 13 - 01:13 PM

Thiver

Thierry Verhoeven

Going by that logic you could even declare Live Free or Die Hard to be the fifth Die Hard film, because John McClane briefly showed up in Loaded Weapon 1...

Sep 13 - 03:21 AM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

I haven't seen 2001, but A Clockwork Orange is the best film to me. PS: I don't believe Empire is better than the original Star Wars. However, it deserves credit for providing mainstream entertainment with artistry.

Sep 13 - 09:17 AM

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