Lord of the Rings cost a lot of money. But, given what was turned out, it was comparatively cheap when you think about single movies since that have spent 2/3 as much for their one outing. (Avatar, I am still looking at you, but not just you.) Jackson managed this by shooting all three back-to-back, and doing pickups in one chaotic go. In due time, LOTR's cumulative box office again communicated something that isn't true without the Jackson & Co. context; that you can make more for less, and that audiences will always, always want that "more".
If that "more" is Lord of the Rings.
Which is, um…a trilogy.
"Trilogy" is one of those fantasy-genre casualties that brings to mind a certain importance, or grandeur. What it means, theoretically, is; there are three of these because we've really got that much to say. (I'm not including multiple-movie runs like the Star Trek films, because they are not, for the most part, a single, continuous story. They're more like a series with recurring characters that happens to have 90-minute high budget episodes.) Now, thanks to LOTR, we shall forever have three of everything…no matter how little we want, or need, another two. As with almost all the items on this list, Hollywood smells money, and immediately loses higher cognitive function. Not to beat a dead horse (or a drunk pirate), but who really needed three Pirates movies (not to mention 4, or the rumored 5 and 6)? What about the word on the street that Cameron's shooting Avatar 2 & 3 back-to-back to cut costs? Maybe it's just this reviewer, but do we really need a second Avatar? Or a third? No matter how small the chance of a sequel being made, it is now standard practice to sign actors to trilogy contracts at minimum. Even if you enjoy a few of the bloated blockbusters mentioned here, as I indeed have, it all begins to smack of excess taken to a new level. Combine ever-growing overseas receipts and record-busting midnight openings with the industry's worsening scaredy-cat syndrome regarding new properties, and we're looking down the barrel of a boring moviegoing future.
So, congratulations, Hollywood! You're having triplets! Until we make a viable franchise with four continuous movies.
Um…guys? No, there's not enough plot in Breaking Dawn for two movies.
Look, just because Harry Potter did it with it's last book doesn't mean... Guys?
Why are you getting that gleam in your eyes?
Stop. Stop. Don't try to look innocent. I can see Robert Downey Jr.'s number on your call screens from here, and that copy of Mockingjay with a bookmark in the middle of it. Back away.