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...And Why Didn't These Movies Get Sequels?

Here are five flicks that did gangbusters business — one even nabbed a Best Picture nomination — but we won’t be seeing second acts anytime soon… Huh?

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2012 2009
Budget $200 million
Total Worldwide Gross $770 million
Critics’ Average Grade C+
Why No Sequel? Despite the fact that the Roland Emmerich-directed film did big business at the international box office (which accounted for 78 percent of its total), the studio, Sony, says it couldn’t logically pursue a sequel to this end-of-the-world spectacle since it was, in fact, about the end of the world. Because, you know, no Hollywood movie has ever defied logic before.

District 9 2009
Budget $30 million
Total Worldwide Gross $211 million
Critics’ Average Grade A
Why No Sequel? Neill Blomkamp has other fish to fry — at least for the moment. The South African director had every door in Hollywood open to him after he broke out with his Oscar-nominated sci-fi allegory about aliens, but he decided to make Elysium (out Aug. 9) instead of, say, District 10. Still, he’s interested in the idea of revisiting District 9 — but as a prequel (or a videogame), which he sees as a riskier story to tell: ”If you go backward, I’d be intrigued by that.”

Inception 2010
Budget $160 million
Total Worldwide Gross $826 million
Critics’ Average Grade B+
Why No Sequel? Director Christopher Nolan wouldn’t dream of it. ”Not every story lends itself to a sequel — far from it,” he’s said. Warner Bros. would gladly settle for a second film with an entirely new story and characters, but Nolan is unlikely to give in. His next film is a mind-bender called Interstellar, due in November 2014.

Salt 2010
Budget $110 million
Total Worldwide Gross $294 million
Critics’ Average Grade B-
Why No Sequel? The action flick opened to $36 million with a strong female turnout — both good footholds for a follow-up, which Sony was eager to do. Angelina Jolie was open to the idea, and a screenwriter was hired last December. But with Jolie now planning to shoot her sophomore directorial effort, the WWII survival tale Unbroken, this fall, it’s looking like Salt 2 will be off the table for the foreseeable future.

Bridesmaids 2011
Budget $33 million
Total Worldwide Gross $288 million
Critics’ Average Grade B+
Why No Sequel? Star/co-writer Kristen Wiig doesn’t want to dip back into the same well. ”It wasn’t a hard decision,” she said recently. ”We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”

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