A couple of moments ago I posted the trailer for The Predator – the new entry in the long-running Predator series. If you’ve not checked out the trailer yet, fear not, I’ve placed it at the bottom of this post too.

Will this new Predator movie be any good? Let’s hope so!

To date, there have been five movies revolving around the iconic aliens, starting with 1987’s Arnie-starring, Predator and running through to… sigh… Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem. But which Predator movies are worthy of your time and which are simply GOSH DARN AWFUL?

Well, with Predator in mind I thought today it would be good to take a look at the past success of the Predator movie franchise – both financially and critically. Utilising information gleamed from both Box Office Mojo and Rotten Tomatoes I’ve presented the rankings below.

Here are the box office rankings according to Box Office Mojo:

1) Alien Vs. Predator (2004) – $172,544,654

2) Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) – $128,884,494

3) Predators (2010) – $127,233,108

4) Predator (1987) – $98,267,558

5) Predator 2 (1990) – $57,120,318

As you can see from the list, financially the most successful movie of the series is Alien Vs. Predator – the first team-up between the Alien and Predator franchises. The least successful entry is Predator 2.

Does this surprise you?

For me, I kind of expected this, however I’m surprised that Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem achieved as much financial success as it did. While there are things in that movie that work better than they do in the first AVP film, the whole way the movie is shot is frustrating beyond belief.

Seriously, never try to watch this movie with the lights on – you’ll never see a thing!

So, that’s how well the movies did financially, now let’s look at the critical response to the series, to see if it matches up. Here’s the critical rankings according to Rotten Tomatoes:

1) Predator (1987) – 80%

2) Predators (2010) – 64%

3) Predator 2 (1990) – 28%

4) Alien Vs. Predator (2004) – 20%

5) Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) – 11%

OK, so there’s a big change around in this list, demonstrating that there is somewhat of a divide when it comes to money and… er… quality.

The original Predator ranks highest with 80%, while (not surprisingly) Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem is at the bottom with a measly 11%. Predator 2 fairs better this time, taking the midpoint, but even then it is only with a rating of 28% – not particularly amazing is it?

But what do you think? How would you rank the movies?

Do you think Rotten Tomatoes provides a fairly accurate representation of the movies or are the RT rankings way off? Sound off in the comments section below.

And in case you missed it, here is the first official trailer for The Predator