7 movie sequels that outdid the original at the box office

With 'Star Wars' making box office history, we take a look at other times when lightning struck twice in Hollywood.

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Box office mojo

With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on track to become the top grossing film of all time, we thought it would be fun to look back at some other Hollywood sequels that managed to out-perform their predecessors.

While the Hollywood sequel machine has long been a valued aspect of moviemaking, there are certainly no guarantees that audiences will be interested in a second helping of just any original idea. More often than not, attempts to create a new film franchise are met with indifferent critics and empty seats. Every now and again, however, studios reap the benefits of lightning striking twice.

The following films are just a handful of those that succeeded in transforming from blockbuster to bonafide franchise. Grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and enjoy this cinematic trip through box office history.

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