8 YA Movie Sequels That Didn’t Live Up to the Original Film

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The only thing better than reading is when our fave YA book get a big-screen makeover and it’s a success. Too often, our favorite novels haven’t been chosen to make the transition from page to screen, and even when they are chosen it doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes the casting is totally wrong or the story doesn’t translate well and leaves fans and audiences disappointed.

Even when a book-turned-movie franchise is a success, that doesn’t mean it’s immune to failure. Even some of the biggest sagas and series have total flops and sequels that don’t compare in the box office to the original. We rounded up some of the sequels that missed the mark:


As the third installment in the massively successful Divergent series, Allegiant has made quite a bad name for itself. Not only did it make the least amount of money at the box office, but it didn't even make HALF of what the original did, garnering $66,184,051 compared to Divergent's $150,947,895. The movie did so poorly that Lionsgate had a decrease in stocks and caused a massive downturn in the Ascendant movie budget.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

This is one of the most surprising names on the list. Final installments of a successful movie franchise usually bring in the most money and positive reviews, but it was the opposite for The Hunger Games. With the highest budget of the series, last episode made $281,723,902, which is still a huge number, but not as huge as the $408,010,692 that The Hunger Games made. Audiences believed that it wasn't necessary to split the final book into two movies and showed their disatisfaction by not heading to the theaters to see the conclusion.

Photo: Lionsgate

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

While some fans may be shocked and rally behind the film saying that it is an important stepping stone in the series, the numbers tell the truth about how the rest of the world felt.

The third installment in the Harry Potter franchise didn't appeal the masses and raked in $249,541,069 at the box office. That number is pretty impressive, but compared to the rest of the series, it was a flop. It made $20 million less than the second-to-worst movie and a whopping $132 million less than the best-selling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Photo: Warner Bros.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight movies were met with crazed fans and intense criticism. Although the third chapter of the vampire romance didn't flop at the box office, it is known as the worst in the saga due to the plot, choppy camera work and lackluster acting. The book is the root of most of the issues, but the movie just didn't deliver.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Even with a strong book fanbase, the Percy Jackson movies had a difficult time gaining the same momentum. The first movie was met with tough criticism and barely made a splash in the box office, earning $88,768,303. When it was announced that a second movie would be made, fans were hopeful for it to be the movie they wanted in the first place. Unfortunately, Sea of Monsters did as poorly as expected and only made $68,559,554. We still love Logan Lerman, though!

Photo: Fox 2000 Pictures

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

It's no secret that Dylan O'Brien is one of our all-time faves, but the latest installment of the action sci-fi franchise fell short at the box office. Earning $81,697,192 made The Scorch Trials come in $21 million less than the original. The movies continue to satisfy the strong book fanbase and the production company is hoping to make up for lost money in The Death Cure, but with Dyl out for recovery and Kaya Scodelario being pregnant, who knows when filming will begin.

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

When The Chronicles of Narnia first made its way to the big screen, it was a huge success. The original raked in a huge $291,710,957 and continued to make fans happy for its sequel. The third and latest movie, though, did not have the same fate. Voyage of the Dawn Treader made less than half of the profits as the original and left fans less than satisfied. The production for further movies was put on hold and the last we heard was that a whole new cast and creative team would be used to make the rest of the beloved books come to life.

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

The Princess Diaries: Royal Engagement

It pains us to put this on the list, but the facts are in the numbers. The Princess Diaries series is one of the best, and is known for its incredible heart-warming storyline and hilarious moments. Who knew we ever needed to see Julie Andrews slide down a staircase on a mattress? As much as we love the sequel, it just didn't measure up to the original, earning $13 million less than the OG diary.

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

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