This Friday, The Collection, a sequel to the 2009 horror film The Collector, will hit theaters nationwide. (Watch the trailer for The Collection after the jump.) If you somehow managed to avoid being swept up in Collector fever in 2009, you’re not alone: The original film — the story of a psychotic serial killer who prepares deadly, elaborate traps for his victims and then adds their corpses to his “collection” — grossed less than $10 million in theaters, and the sequel hardly seems poised for box-office glory either. If it bombs, as expected, it would only be the latest in a recent string of underperforming sequels seemingly mandated by Hollywood’s ongoing quest to create the next big franchise — even if audiences aren’t exactly clamoring for them.
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