'Die Hard' Doesn't Have to End This Way: Five Sequels That Saved Dying Franchises

The fifth Die Hard sequel is a modest box office hit (an estimated $25 million opening over a holiday weekend), but a critical failure. With 159 reviews filed on Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently stands with a 16% Fresh grade… putting it on par with such films as Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (15%), Parental Guidance (19%) and the Red Dawn remake (11%). Not good company. It doesn’t have to end this way, though, Die Hard. You can still go out on top, and not conclude your beloved franchise with a critically panned, financially underperforming installment. Over the years, we have seen a number of film series rebound from what appears to be rock bottom. And just like John McClane, we believe that Die Hard can get up from the...

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