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"The Whole Ten Yards" (2004)
Sequel to: "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000)
Did it kill the franchise: Yes
Why it was so unnecessary: Made in the latter stages of the industry's concerted, ultimately doomed, effort to make movie stars of the "Friends" cast members not named Jennifer Aniston, "The Whole Nine Yards" was a moderately amusing farce with a logline -- "I'm living next door to a contract killer!" -- that was already pretty stale a year after "The Sopranos" and "Analyze This" introduced audiences to the idea of mobsters meeting bourgeois suburbia. It tickled America's funny bone to the tune of $57 million: a respectable domestic return for a mid-sized comedy budgeted at $41 million and anchored by the odd couple of Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry, but hardly the kind of breakout hit that should have had studio execs going, "Whoa! Sequel!" They learned that the hard way with "The Whole Ten Yards," a strained, dismal rehash of an already threadbare premise from a new writer and director, the not-very-clever title of which was the funniest thing about about it. While the first film found Bruce Willis still hot off "The Sixth Sense," the sequel followed a four-year streak of flops for the bullet-headed star; Perry, meanwhile, was a month off the end of "Friends" and largely a spent commercial force. Completed at the same cost as its predecessor, "Ten Yards" brought in a mortifying $16 million in North America, and didn't even clear its budget with its international gross. To date, it's the last film to have Perry as a headline star.