Where would Hollywood be without sequels? A lot poorer, for starters. Even as far back as cinema’s silent era, audiences have perennially clamored for the return of favorite characters in beloved franchises.

Clearly, the modern box office continues to support this trend. Of the 20 top-grossing films of 2017 thus far, 10 are straightforward sequels (including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Cars 3 and War for the Planet of the Apes), while another four can at least be counted as continuations of larger stories already in progress (e.g. Wonder Woman as part of the DCEU, 15 Worst Sequels Ever Made (According To Rotten Tomatoes)