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9. “The Scorpion King” (Universal Pictures, 2002)

Domestic gross: $91 million
Adjusted for Inflation (2012): $115 million

1999’s “The Mummy” was based on the 1932 Boris Karloff movie of the same name, and its international box office take of almost $416 million made a sequel a foregone conclusion. That sequel, 2001’s “The Mummy Returns,” featured former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a supporting role as an undead warrior called the Scorpion King. It was even more successful than the original, so it spawned 2002’s “The Scorpion King,” which expanded Johnson’s small role to that of the main character.

The movie didn’t match the success of the “Mummy” films, and critics dismissed it as a substandard knock-off of “Conan the Barbarian.” It did well enough, however, to spawn the 2008 direct-to-DVD feature “The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior,” which is a prequel to the 2002 film, making it a prequel to a spin-off of a sequel to a remake.

Universal Pictures