Top 10 Most Disappointing Third Installments in Movie Franchises

I while back, I did a list showing how good third movies in franchises could be. But, even those are very good movies, most of them suck. Yep, the second movie usually sucks, but third movies almost 100% suck. It really is the minority that are good. Some of them had tons of potential but failed, and even some due to a studio intervening. Most of these movies suck.

The Top Ten

1 The Godfather, Part III

The first Godfather movies are among with some of my favourite movies. In a matter of fact, they are my favourites. The first two are the definition of a perfect film. The first one shows how good a film can be, and the second shows how good a sequel can be. The third showed us that third movies in franchises usually suck hard. Now first of all the deaths have changed from the previous movies. The deaths in the first two felt quiet, in this people get shot in a thing you might see in your typical action movie. The fact that this movie sucked, and the Al Pacino did not give a marvellous performance, along with the fact that Sofia Coppola cannot act. - iliekpiez

Indeed, this is the biggest disapointement because of how nearly perfect the first two movies are.

Yep, this was pretty gosh-darn disappointing. Especially the daughter's performance. She really hurt the movie, I think. - ShuhBanggg

Not a terrible film but nepotism in a crucial role creates a black hole. - truckturner

2 Spider-Man 3

The first two Sam Raimi 'Spider-Man' films were amazing. I love both of them and have seen both quite more than a few times. Now, Spider-Man 3 came round. I can safely say it was pretty bad. The first thing some scenes are horrendous and whoever put them in there needs a supervisor for life as the dance scene is on par with some Batman & Robin scenes. Venom is a terrible villain, and the fact that plot kind of sucked is mind boggling to me. Harry Osbourne is a ok villain, and the Sandman is also a bad villain in my opinion. The fact that the movie messes up so many things that should have really worked in my eyes, makes it one of the most disappointing movies of all time. - iliekpiez

This was a downgrade from the first two solid movies, but it is still a big guilty pleasure. - DapperPickle

It's a decent flick. Just not nearly as great as the first two were. - OnyxDash

This wasn't good but not as bad as amazing spiderman 2 5/10 - B1ueNew

Agreed. Andrew Garfield was a terrible Spider-Man. Box office results plunged with him - BonJovi17

3 Shrek the Third

I really like the first two 'Shrek' movies. I find them pretty funny. However, I highly dislike the third movie, Shrek The Third sucked hard. Heck, it even had very good potential considering the plot was really good for the movie on paper. However, this turned out to be Dreamworks Animation's most disappointing and maybe worst sequel they have ever done in their history. And remember, Dreamworks needs 1919191919 sequels in their history to make them to stop making sequels to every movie of theirs that does well (nearly). It wastes my personal favourite Shrek character (Puss in Boots). The villain is reused from the previous film which is Prince Charming, I wish that we had another famous Disney character like Snow White, Belle or Cinderella as the villain as they could have been far more entraining in the role, and the villain does feel very reused. The humour sucks. It sucks pretty hard in my eyes. For those reasons and more this is the worst 'Shrek' movie. - iliekpiez

Honestly, the best Shrek movie in my unpopular opinion (come at me haters) - darthvadern

This movie had a more dark yet engaging plotline. The first movie is good but overrated, and Shrek 2 is just SLIGHTLY weaker than this one - darthvadern

I thought it was a good movie although not nearly to the standard of the first two. - ParasN2000

I thought it was okay

4 Alien 3

I love the first two 'Alien' movies. I believe Alien is one of the best horror films I have seen, and Aliens is one of the best action movies I have seen. On paper we have David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) and a very good plot on paper as well. This could have been good. The key word is "good" because the structure is so messy and goes all over the place and that in the end it just is a terrible movie. However, this shows how much of an issue it is when studio intervene with movies. Fincher should have been allowed to take whatever direction we wanted to take it in as a whole. Combined with the fact that the thrills and scares did not scare as much people as before, makes it very disappointing. - iliekpiez

Seriously underrated, it's better than Alien in my (minority) view. - truckturner

Not just horror fans, movie fans in general would disagree with me. - truckturner

Should be number 1 alien should have ended after aliens this is a obvious cashgrab

5 X-Men: The Last Stand

A movie about the dark phoenix saga should not have been bad. In fact, it should have been very good. Unfortunately, this movie sucked pretty hard. The first thing is killing off half your characters, and replacing them with mostly bad characters. Because I really like Beast. Now, second of all, they are too many new characters. The franchise grew and grew until it just got too crammed for its own good. The start of the movie is a mess, 20 years ago, to 10 years ago, it really should just pick up itself as was failing already. The direction is missing Singer's versatility in the role. However, the climax was also pretty fun but again, this was nowhere near as good as X2 turned out to be and won't get you attached like X2 did. - iliekpiez

Apart for everyone dying, I didn't find it that much of a bad movie - MaxPap

Actually my favourite X-Men film, but I'm not a series fan. - truckturner

Ha This one is actually my favourite - BreakFastBeast2005

6 Home Alone 3

The order of of the movies is the order of how good they are. The first being the best. - ParasN2000

I actually liked this, it's just not best one in the franchise - jameshoward

Compared to the first two it kind of sucks...

Not bad - darthvadern

7 Batman Forever

I'm putting this lower on the list, as if it did look that colourful, we should kind of been expecting it to suck pretty hard. And it sucked harder than that. First of all, the Riddler is your typical Jim Carrey character and is completely devolved from the cartoon and the comics as a whole. However, Val Kilmer in my opinion, was a bad Batman. Two-Face was such a bad villain and was severely overacted and it felt like the villains were trying to be funny but considering how dark the previous film was, it really did not suit the franchise. Did I mention the romance? The romance is one of the most atrocious romances I have ever seen in filmmaking. Chris O Donnell is a horrendous Robin and somehow devolved in the atrocious sequel 'Batman & Robin' - iliekpiez

So bad! Val Kilmer is the worst Batman ever! That's what makes it bad. Also, Bat-nips, Bat-ass, and Riddler-Crotch-grab. It's super cheesy. I mean, Batman and Robin was worse, but this one was just as bad as I saw it. I can't even bare to watch it. - asantalo

The only necessarily great part of this movie is Kiss From a Rose, which I did not expected to be associated with THIS. - DapperPickle

This and Batman & Robin are huge guilty pleasures of mine. - OnyxDash

8 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Although this shifted the Terminator franchise from Horror/Thriller to Action/Adventure, it was still a decent Terminator installment. You can tell that they were at least trying to replicate the terror of a robotic assassin with the TX. Not the best Terminator at all, but far better than its sequels.

Please don't hate me for this, but it's the best Terminator movie - darthvadern

9 Jurassic Park III

I love the original 'Jurassic Park' and I enjoyed 'Jurassic Park: The Lost World', however, the third movie was pretty awful. We receive Alan Grant yet again, my personal favourite 'Jurassic Park' character, and he does one really good line that really does suit his character really well. In fact, the ending makes no sense. So at the end, they go on the helicopter, but fly next to the dinosaurs that were trying to kill them and seem kind of happy about it. That makes no sense and the director should have realised that much sooner. The movie's structure makes no sense, and it has some nice action scenes, but they all have nice action scenes in them. - iliekpiez

Now that I think about it, that ending was stupid, thanks for reminding me - MickeyMouse

Overhated in my opinion, Honestly the most entertaining of the trilogy, it just felt more intimidating (The Lost World is amazing too, and the original is also very awesomne) - darthvadern

CGI is terrible.

10 Avengers: Infinity War

What? It's the best movie of all time (in my opinion)

EDIT: Opinions change - darthvadern

This is easily the best Avengers movie. (And I honestly don't think Spider-Man 3 was that bad. Not very loyal to the comics, but it's not boring.) - BonJovi17

This is the best movie of all time! Why would you even pit this on the list?!

Bad grammar and spelling, yep definitely a young kid who hasn't much more movies other than marvel and star wars - B1ueNew

If the second part of this film sucks, I demand a refund. Worst sequel(s) to a good movie ever.

Bloated mess with lame dialogue. All of the characters are two dimensional hence why I didn't care when they died.

The Contenders

11 Halloween III: Season of the Witch

At least it did something different from, the typical Michael Myers formula.

The worst Halloween movie next to Resurrection!

12 Toy Story 3

Look, it's not a bad movie by any means, but once I saw it, I found it a good example of a movie that had an amazing concept, but it was ruined by some stupid and disgusting scenes, on top of that, it doesn't have any of the charm the first two had (Toy Story 2 may remain as one of the best movies of all time and the best Pixar movie tied with Wall-E) - darthvadern

It was nominated for best picture

And? Many members of The Academy just get their maids to pick the categories and don't watch all of the movies nominated, their opinion matters way less than it's built up to be. - nerffan8000

The other two are amazing but this one kinda sucked.

I like it better than 2. - JCHOW

13 The Matrix Revolutions

This was a horrible movie that paled in comparison to The Matrix.

What a cop out of an ending.

Cop out Garbage.

14 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

The only good Elmstreet sequel.


The squels are stupid as ever (maybe not The new nightmare)
But Kinda Weird to watch.

15 Blade: Trinity

I really like the first two 'Blade' films. I personally enjoy the second one more, but I still really like the first movie. But Blade: Trinity, sucked got damn hard. Luckily we still get Wesley Snipes as Blade. You are up against Dracula, how was this not brilliant and good? Well Blade, is a supporting character unfortunately we have to focus on the other two who are not at all interesting or engaging in the slightest. Now, Dracula is also a bad villain, he looks atrocious and that he is wearing a tan. There isn't even that much needed to pull off a good Blade movie, but they failed miserably and is an interesting failure of a movie. - iliekpiez

16 Cars 3

Better than the first, but I still think Cars 2 is slightly better (which is a masterpiece by the way in my opinion) - darthvadern

Yeah no offense but at this point I think you like twilight and hate the godfather... - B1ueNew

This was great.

Sucks animation ever Cars 2 is so Dope and Perfect

What, this was better than the 2nd one and mostly even the 1st, 7.5/10 - B1ueNew

17 Jaws 3

I know people say revenge is the worst, heh... Not to me - RustyNail

Don't you mean...

3 D - DapperPickle

18 The Muppets Take Manhattan

This movie was good, it was sad at the beginning but things got happier quickly, and we finally got to see Kermit and Miss Piggy get married! - SailorSedna

19 Rambo III

That's just because James Cameron isn't here to direct it - GAMEKNIGHT999

20 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

This started the downhill of the quality of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies. It puts a not so good love between Elizabeth and Will, and places it as more important as Jack Sparrow, one of Disney's best characters they have created of the 21st century, and maybe of all time. 'Dead's Man Chest' which I did really like by the way, ended on a cliffhanger, and unfortunately 'At World's End' turned out to be massive, big disappointment. There is a bad parts which do not mix with other parts of the film. It also showcasing all of the special effects, and I do mean all of them. And Depp only has a little charm to the role this time. - iliekpiez

For me it's great, the fourth is the culprit that the franchise would go lame - MickeyMouse

Only liked the first one to be honest. - PeeledBanana

Definitely the weakest PotC movie. Felt way too long and not particularly interesting. The other movies are all masterpieces though - darthvadern

21 Iron Man 3

The Mandarin Twist was such a cop out.

Throw every copy of this movie in the trash - B1ueNew

22 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Thought it was great in my opinion - PeeledBanana

No way does this deserve to be on the list. - truckturner

Was an excellent movie. - ParasN2000

This film was awesome - SailorSedna

23 High School Musical 3: Senior Year

The three new kids?

24 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection

Still a great movie but I think it's the weakest out of the Lyrical Nanoha movies so far due to how it felt like a 1-hour-long trailer for the next movie (Detonation) and the rushed M. Night Shyamalan-esque plot twist at the end (SPOILERS: The pinkish-orange-haired girl who was helping one of the pink-haired girls [the one who got a schoolgirl outfit] turned out to be the main villain and wasn't helping her save her and her sister (the other pink-haired girl)'s planet but was trying to awake some ancient demon. It was something that we didn't see coming [except for the scene where she awakened Stern, Dearche, and Levi earlier in the movie] and Nanoha for some reason has the Formula mode even though it was made just for the 2 pink-haired girls that were fighting over their dying planet.). - PerfectImpulseX

25 The Dark Knight Rises

So... how did batman survive the bomb? they just said oh, let's just say batman survived being blown to bits and give no legit explanation

Eh, nope. I respect your opinion if you don’t like it but I LOVE it. - BlazingParasol

26 Predators
27 Superman III
28 The Lego Ninjago Movie

Two words: Cash Grab. - Drawbox

It's ok - darthvadern

29 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

No Europe's most wanted was Hitler unless Marty or Alex are Hitler in disguise. - TeamRocket747

Circuses is, in reality, cruel to the animals and promotes animal abuse. - DinoLover4242

Worst of tjr trilogy, it's just so bad and boring, the circus ruined it for me - darthvadern

Besides the terrible thing with the circus, this movie looked like a Grade A suckage anyway, just thinking random slapstick/noises = comedy, when it doesn't. - SailorSedna

30 Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

It literally killed off a lot of things that made the franchise interesting and endearing, the characters were all made into a**es, the story made little to no sense, the ''new direction'' of the franchise actually went nowhere, literally, every character development was led to a waste

Hear this people, this movie was so bad its been more than 10 years without having an actual trailer, not even Divergent went through that - Enmanu16

31 The Lion King 1½

Can't stand it. They took the most annoying character and made him the protagonists. I would have preferred a movie about what the pride landers life was like with scar as leader. Or the hyenas life because I love banzai.

I think this is mediocre, you can do better but you can also do worse...

This film is not bad - jameshoward

This movie sucks

32 Ocean's Thirteen

Ocean's Eleven is the best heist movie of the century in my opinion. Now, the third one turned out to be a massive huge humungous mess. The sequel did try to retain the charm and enjoyment of the original. However, the third one is one of the most disappointing movies of the 2000s. It like 'X-Men: The Last Stand' has the habit of sequels cramming for too many characters in and us not caring about all of them because not many are focused on or do not receive character development. It barely had any care or that much thought put into it and I felt it was a way too get extra dough from the fans of the first two movies and therefore, the third 'Ocean's' movie turned out to suck. - iliekpiez

It was not great but it was better than Twelve. - Tia-Harribel

33 X Men: Apocalypse

Terrible, terrible movie.This was typical comic movie, it was clichéd, the acting of the new cast was bad, can't blame them though as many of these actors are good actors and the villian..Generic

34 The SpongeBob Movie: It's A Wonderful Sponge

For some weird reason, I figured this would be on here. It's stuff like this that makes me occasionally lose faith in the site. - Gg2000

Not even out yet.

So apparently someone on this website has the ability to time travel and went into the future to see this movie. Considering there aren’t any trailers or footage yet and we don’t even know the plot. - MegaSoulhero

35 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Loved the first two, this one hurt, Martin short was really bad

36 Resident Evil: Extinction
37 The Karate Kid Part III

This was a good movie

38 Cars 2

Why is this here? not that it wasn't disappointing, but it's not the third installment - tgbhj

39 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

So you're telling me that I just watched a series built up by the first two movies as a descent into more vehicular carnage with each movie, only for the third movie to have the ingenious Thunderdome idea thrown out the window early on in the movie, making the rest of it a glorified kids cartoon with Mad Max managing a post-apocalyptic daycare with kids that speak a "cutesy" gibberish language and nullify the baddies to slapstick material? What franchise am I watching again? - nerffan8000

40 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

Your telling me this is the worst installment of the prequels? It made the first two look like a joke! That being said, I still love all 3! I never understood the hate! Empire strikes back was definitely my favorite Star Wars movie! I really like the sequels too because I'm really interested in kylo Ren.

-Only a Sith deals in absolutes.
-Are you sure?

41 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles

But this ranks among the best of all time, not just for third installments but movies altogether

42 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
43 Captain America: Civil War

Should be Number 1 - Gtastic05

Very overrated, not good, not deserving of being known as the best MCU movie in my opinion - darthvadern

44 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Spy Kids used to be something I liked when I was like eight or something, but looking back at it... it definitely was not that great.

45 Friday the 13th Part III
46 Tremors 3: Back To Perfection

Tremors never was a good series to begin with...

47 Critters 3: You Are What They Eat
48 Scream 3
49 Thor: Ragnarok

If it is so bad then why did most people skip the first two and watch this one? - ParasN2000

Aww nope, this is one of my favourite movies, superhero movies and my most favourite MCU movie. I legitimately respect your opinion if you hate it or are neutral over it. - BlazingParasol

50 Die Hard with a Vengeance
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