Best movie franchise: Round 2

Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ might have the competition beat at the box office, but in round one of our greatest franchise poll, Peter Parker couldn’t topple The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola’s mafia saga took down everyone’s (not-so) favourite web-slinger.

In fact, there were many upsets as we pitted 32 of the all time best film franchises against one another.

It’s no surprise that readers got behind fan favourites like Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. But we were caught off guard by your utter dislike for Twlight, which was demolished by Scream, and George Clooney’s Ocean’s 11, which only managed to scrounge up 20% of the vote against James Bond.

But we promised a celluloid bloodbath and you certainly delivered.

Without further adieu, if you’re just joining us, here’s a recap of our opening battle as well as our matchups for this week.

Check back later this week for round three. Scroll below the survey to read your comments on last week's matchups.

Ding, ding.

ROUND 1 RECAP

Round 1: ‘Harry Potter’ vs. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

So as it turns out, ‘the boy who lived’ zapped Captain Jack Sparrow with 59% of the vote. Here’s what some of you said about the matchup:

“Harry Potter wins because it was consistently good and didn't rely on gimmicks to draw people in.”

“Harry Potter is a real hero that makes us believe that true compassion, bravery, and morality still exists somewhere (or in someone) in the world.”

“The first couple of Pirates were fun... but Harry kept most of his sparkle.. and evolved along the way. Pirates couldn't say the same thing.”

“Depp doing Keith Richards is unamusing.”

In fact, for many of you, it seems the Pirates sequels ruined the franchise.

“The first Pirate of the Caribbean was great - action, romance, comedy - great acting and cinematography. I don't even remember the 2nd one. Hated the 3rd one and didn’t see the last one.”

“The only good Pirates movie was the first one.”

Round 1: ‘Twilight’ vs. ‘Scream’

Edward and Bella might rule the box office, but according to your votes you really aren’t Twi-hards. Scream demolished Twilight with 74% of the vote, which is surprising considering the fourth instalment released last year flopped. Many of you cited bad acting as the main culprit with the Twilight series.

“Twilight was massively lame. Sparkles....Really? At least Scream provided a scare or two.”

“Neither is very good, but Scream will age better.”

“Twilight is an abomination and an insult to true vampire fans.”

“Kristen Stewart’s acting is not too impressive.”

Funnily, some of you objected to the matchup claiming it guaranteed Twilight’s advancement in the competition. Clearly, the votes spoke differently.

Round 1: ‘Indiana Jones’ vs. ‘Back to the Future’

In your comments, many of you said this was the hardest choice. But when it came time to vote, the swashbuckling archaeologist sent Michael J. Fox’s time-travelling teen packing with 67% of the vote.

“This was a hard question. I loved the first Indiana Jones movie but wasn't crazy about the sequels.”

“I didn't like this choice. I love the whole time travel paradox thing! But Indy is the action hero of the two, so in this case action wins. But if you make a treasure hunting time traveling movie, sign me up!!!”

“This was a very tough decision... but Indy just wins out by a hair.”

Round 1: ‘Rambo’ vs. ‘Rocky’

When it comes to Sly Stallone, it seems story goes a long way. While most of you liked Rambo’s action, it was the character development of Rocky that engaged you as a filmgoer. The boxing saga KO’ed the Vietnam vet with 63% of the vote.

“Rambo is just action, no real depth to the character, while with Rocky we got to see his life go from nothing to an aging, ex champ. There was a constant theme throughout all the movies to never let your dream go.”

“You just fell for Rocky. There’s a lot you can learn from him.”

“Rocky moved me...so it wins.”

“Rocky Balboa is the ultimate example of getting what you want most if you put your heart into it. ‘It ain't about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.’ Words to live by!”

“Rocky's underdog storyline can't be beat.”

Round 1: ‘Die Hard’ vs. ‘Mission: Impossible’

While a lot of you loved Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, film fans are not in love with Tom Cruise. Die Hard slaughtered Ethan Hunt with 73% of the vote. Cruise’s recent split with Katie Holmes didn’t garner him any extra sympathy either.

“Bruce just brings it! Tom is an over-rated nerd.”

“I hate Tom Cruise. 'Nuff said.”

“Willis' early acting is better than Cruise at any point.”

“Not a big Tom Cruise fan these days.”

“Tom..... you’re done......”

“I think the individual Mission movies are far superior but Cruise is so creepy these days.”

Round 1: ‘Meet the Parents’ vs. ‘The Hangover’

Apparently, many of you do not give a hoot about the Fockers. Stiller and DeNiro’s family comedy was clobbered by the Wolf Pack, which took 61% of the vote. That’s not to say you’re ‘Hangover’ fanatics; most of you are cringing at the prospect of a third instalment.

“The Hangover was good, and the second was god-awful. I'm afraid that The Hangover 3 will be a visual abortion.”

“Hangover 2 was awful, enough said.”

“Hangover is awesome but the sequel sucked.”

Round 1: ‘Toy Story’ vs. ‘Shrek’

Surprisingly, the battle between Woody and a green ogre was our closest matchup. But in the end, Toy Story edged Shrek with 55% of the vote. Your comments were a ringing endorsement for both.

“While Toy Story is heart warming, the Shrek franchise offers more multi age appropriate humour and Mike Myers rules.”

“I love both of these series, but Pixar is king, and the end of Toy Story 3 was very difficult to hold back the emotion. I remember being told the end would be emotional and I am seeing them in the fire scene going OK this is a bit crappy, but I just don't feel the emotion I was warned about...then the actual end happened...and wow.”

“Oh man - this one was hard - they're both great! Mike Myers as Shrek just kills me. I love the humour.”

“Toy Story boasts better writing while Shrek is funnier. It's a toss up in my opinion... if I had to pick, based on what society thinks, I'd pick Shrek.”

Round 1: ‘James Bond’ vs. ‘Ocean’s 11’

Yikes. Clooney and Pitt might have box office cache, but their buddy caper flicks can’t hold a candle to 007. James Bond mopped the floor with Danny Ocean’s crew taking 81% of the vote. Your comments weren’t pretty.

“007 all the way!!! Not even close.”

“Cmon , really? Pitt, Clooney and Damon couldn't carry Connery's shorts . Plus Bond is just kick ass.”

“Bond. James Bond. Now name an Oceans quote.”

“A classic vs ??”

“How can you mess with a series that stands up to the test of time?”

“Bond is far more recognizable and marketable than Danny Ocean.”

Round 1: ‘X-Men’ vs. ‘Batman’

Well, considering how much press the latest Batman has been getting, Bruce Wayne wasn’t exactly a slam dunk over Professor Xavier’s mutant crew. But in the end, the caped crusader had more than enough fans to shred Wolverine, Gambit and the rest of the X crew; Batman won with 64% of the vote.

“X Men is fantastic overall, but Batman never drops below the level of brilliance.”

“Batman all the way! The first Tim Burton movie is classic, even the second was worth watching. The newest imagining by Nolan is freaking amazing!”

“Very close, but the Dark Knight triumphs.”

“Hands down on Batman, awesome story line great acting and great budget made one of the all time best movies ever, although I did not like to many of the older ones”

Round 1: ‘Lethal Weapon’ vs. ‘Beverly Hills Cop’

Mel Gibson’s career might be in the toilet (actually, you can say that about Eddie too), but film fans sure love Riggs and Murtaugh. Lethal Weapon walloped Beverly Hills Cop with 75% of the vote. A lot of you personally disliked Mad Mel, but the buddy cop chemistry between Gibson and Glover resonated strongly.

“Just watched the first two again this last few days. Truly timeless and nothing beats the buddy cop duo of Danny and Mel.”

“Lethal Weapon was great through all the 4 movies. I love Mel Gibson - I don't know if I would watch any more from him at this time as he got older and not as likeable as he used to be. But I always loved the relationship of the main characters.”

“Danny Glover and Mel Gibson are great together.”

“The dynamic between Glover and Gibson set this series apart from others.”

Round 1: ‘The Matrix’ vs. ‘Star Trek’

Apparently, a lot of you are Trekkies. Either that or you don’t appreciate cerebral sci-fi, head scratchers. Star Trek set its phaser to kill as it vapourized The Matrix with 69% of the vote.

“A 45-year history and a re-invention for a re-boot - the possibilities are amazing for where Star Trek can go.”

“The Matrix is an acquired taste - I had to watch it 3 times before I liked it. Star Trek appeals to everyone...the first time.”

“The Matrix movies were awesome, but already the new Star Trek is better and has more opportunity to dominate!”

“Don't get me wrong, I liked the first Matrix movie, but the rest stunk. One of my favourite movies of all time is Wrath of Khan. I could watch Star Trek anytime.”

“If this was The Matrix Part 1 vs The New Star Trek, I would feel differently, but The Matrix has to be taken as a whole, and ON the whole, even Star Trek V was better than The Matrix Revolutions.”

Round1: ‘Iron Man’ vs. ‘Superman’

Marvel’s Avengers is making quite the noise at the box office, so it’s no surprise that Iron Man beat Superman. But Tony Stark didn’t just eek out a victory over the Man of Steel; he downright smothered him taking 75% of the vote. Even the prospect of next year’s reboot, didn’t help Clark Kent slightest. Dare I say, DC may have a bomb on their hands next summer?

Here’s what some of you had to say:

“Iron Man crushes Superman in regards to the latest movies...although Supe is the better superhero.”

“Thanks Bryan Singer for ruining the Superman franchise.”

“There's never been a really good Superman movie where as I enjoy both Iron Man films. Superman is still my favourite hero but they've never quite captured him right on film.”

Round 1: ‘Friday the 13th’ vs. ‘Saw’

Perhaps the battle of the horror franchises should have been between Jason and Freddy. But in the end we chose to pit an old slasher fave against a new scare icon. And it seems you’re all nostalgic for the hockey-masked killer from Crystal Lake: Friday the 13th shredded Saw with 69% of the vote. Some of you forgot that it’s about the movies – not the villains.

“Jason vs Jigsaw is a joke. Jason would finish the puzzle then hack his head off.”

“Jason is a horror legend. What's a Saw?”

“Jason is still the fearsome f---er he's always been. Who else could chase a running victim down while walking, catch up to the guy and fold him in half backward, snapping his spine? JASON!”

Round 1: ‘Terminator’ vs. ‘Star Wars’

You might have all been pretty lukewarm on the prequels, but there is a definite love still for the Star Wars franchise. The force was with George Lucas’ sci-fi epic as it cut down Arnie’s seminal action series with 79% of the vote. In fact, many of you seem to be predicting Luke Skywalker and friends will make it all the way to the finals.

“Star Wars is the Terminator of movie franchises... nothing can ever or will ever beat it...”

“Terminator is great but... come on. Just have Vader breath for 3 hours and I'll watch it.”

“My vote goes to Star Wars - what other movie franchise starts on the 4th book, and STILL manages to capture millions of fans?”

“Holy crap this comparison isn't even close. As entertaining as Terminator was, Arnold cannot act very well. Star Wars had everything and is immortal amongst all movie franchises.”

Round 1: ‘Lord of the Rings’ vs. ‘Transformers’

Michael Bay’s Transformers might make oodles of cash at the box office, but there are a lot of you who, er, don’t exactly like the guy. We didn’t say a peep about Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit, but Lord of the Rings still dominated against Transformers taking 76% of the vote. Literature beats toys everyday.

“Lord of the Rings is in the top 3 best movie franchises and easily beats the Transformers... Easily...”

“Lord of the Rings is possibly the best series ever made. Amazing, timeless story and career defining performances by the director and cast.”

“Lord of the Rings is oscar winning filmmaking, Transformers is a bastardization of a once enjoyable franchise. An excuse for Michael Bay to make things explode.”

Round 1: ‘The Godfather’ vs. ‘Spider-Man’

We had a lot of complaints about our final match: an Oscar-winning crime saga against a comic adaptation. But we wanted to pit one of the most popular, current series against an icon. And The Godfather knocked out the webslinger (barely) with 56% of the vote.

“Godfather is epic. Spiderman had two great instalments with a not so good third film.”

“Even the 3rd Godfather ( the lesser of the series) is great cinema. The Spiderman films are also great but just not in the same league - they are not nearly as complex.”

“Really? I hope no one votes for Spider-Man in this category. A completely lacklustre film about a sarcastic geek... basically myself if I was bitten by a super spider. Big deal. Meanwhile who hasn't impersonated Marlon Brando at least once? You come to me... on this, the day of my daughter's wedding...”

Which brings us to this week’s battle - make your picks in the survey that follows and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Check back Friday, July 13, to see which movie franchises will go on to the next round.


Videos

Photos