There's nothing like a trip to the movies. The lights go down, the smell of hot, buttery popcorn fills the air and people settle in together to escape into a story. But if you're watching a movie prequel, you may be a little apprehensive about your cinematic adventure.
Sometimes a movie prequel can be a refreshing look into the past of your favorite characters. But sometimes they just leave you feeling like you've wasted your money.
As the launch of a new prequel, Monsters University, is about to hit the silver screen, we thought it was appropriate to focus on prequels of the past, those that have been major hits and those that flopped miserably.
Star Trek comes in as the most satisfying prequel combining elements of backstory and exciting drama to appease die-hard fans and captivate new audiences.
Batman Begins also makes the list as one of the best rebooted prequels to hit the big screen. Though the film made significantly less in the U.S. box office than the 1989 Batman movie, the newest renditions have gained massive popularity.
In fact, many believe the new Batman films sparked the superhero phenomenon taking over the silver screen today.
On the other hand, Dumb and Dumberer was dubbed the most ridiculous movie prequel. Apparently, viewers didn't need or want to see the backstory of Harry and Lloyd. The prequel made less than 15 percent of the 1994 original's box office haul.
Many know the horrors of movies created from bad book translations. The Hobbit is a prequel that makes no exceptions. Though many loved the movie, the film took a lot of liberties when turning the 310-page book into a series of three movies.
Take a look at the infographic to see what movies made the list as well as what categories you may or may not agree with!