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First Two Are Good, Third Is Bad, Fourth Is Awful (A Common Franchise Trend)

Ever since I first started getting into film and film reviews I noticed a commonality among franchises. Almost any time a movie series got to it's fourth, it had become a hot mess. It would start strong with the first two, then the third would be poorly received but not terrible, and then the fourth would be universally crapped on. I am basing this on general critical consensus of the films, not my own opinion. Occasionally I've included examples where the second film isn't hotly received either, but compared to the third and fourth are much better (like the Jaws films)
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1
Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)
2
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Returns (1992)
3
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
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Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)
5
Alien (1979)
Alien (1979)
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Aliens (1986)
Aliens (1986)
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AlienĀ³ (1992)
Alien³ (1992)
8
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
9
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
10
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
11
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
12
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Terminator Salvation (2009)
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13
X-Men (2000)
X-Men (2000)
15
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
16
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
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Superman (1978)
Superman (1978)
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Superman II (1980)
Superman II (1980)
19
Superman III (1983)
Superman III (1983)
20
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
21
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
22
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
23
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
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25
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid (1984)
26
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
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The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
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The Next Karate Kid (1994)
The Next Karate Kid (1994)
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Airport (1970)
Airport (1970)
30
Airport 1975 (1974)
Airport 1975 (1974)
31
Airport '77 (1977)
Airport '77 (1977)
32
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
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Predator (1987)
Predator (1987)
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Predator 2 (1990)
Predator 2 (1990)
35
Predators (2010)
Predators (2010)
36
The Predator (2018)
The Predator (2018)
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Jaws (1975)
Jaws (1975)
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Jaws 2 (1978)
Jaws 2 (1978)
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Jaws 3-D (1983)
Jaws 3-D (1983)
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Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
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