These are all well-known film series, but somehow they all fail to succeed at the 4th installments.
Men In Black
With 3 successful movies, “Men In Black 3” in 2012 was thought to be the grand finale for the franchise. But this was destroyed when the producers decided to release “Men in Black: International” in 2019. With Will Smith not returning, the 4th film fell short of expectations and earned poor reviews.
Pirates of the Caribbean
“Captain Jack Sparrow” Johnny Depp and “Pirates of the Caribbean” became a cultural icon after the trilogy came out. The fourth movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” released in 2011 unfortunately failed to keep up. It is deemed unnecessary in terms of story and couldn’t gain the same achievements as the previous 3.
“Shrek” is said to revive the saturated market of animated movies with a fun, unique, and iconic trilogy. But when the 4th installment, “Shrek Forever After”, came out, many viewers were not impressed. This movie is even said to ruin “Shrek” franchise as a whole.
“Alien: Resurrection”, the fourth film of the “Alien” franchise, is another example of the “number 4” curse in movies. Lacking compared to the first 3 movies, “Alien: Resurrection” ruined the good impressions that viewers had for the trilogy.
Similar to “Alien”, the fourth “Terminator” film, “Terminator Salvation” is considered out of place and mediocre in comparison with the previous 3 films, which were massive hits.
Even “Star Wars”, dubbed the best sci-fi franchise of all time, can’t escape the curse with its fourth installment “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” that is less outstanding than its predecessors.