Sequel Overdose?

The Hollywood Reporter wrote an article implying that movie goers were tiring of sequels.  You can read it here…

Shrek 4 sucked because the franchise was stale and moldy after the second installment.  Sex in the City was stumbling when it was on TV.  It just so happened that a big screen “reunion” was what the public wanted the first time around.  If the audience wanted Sex in the City more often than that the show would still be on the air.  Iron Man 2 is proof that if you give the audience something fresh and relevant they will spend their money.  Shrek and Sex’s poor performances could be seen from 2008.  With that, I will let you know how 2010 will treat the other notable sequels so we won’t be jumping to conclusions again. 

 The Karate Kid (06.11.10) is getting good early word of mouth and will birth a new era of nostalgic remakes that has been plaguing the horror industry this decade.

 Toy Story 3 (06.18.10) will be huge, huge, huge this summer.  3 Things. One, Pixar quality.  Two, Toy Story 1 & 2 were two of the best diologies ever.  Three, a built-in fan base in addition to a new generation of kids will push this one to the top.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (06.30.10) will do well but won’t beat its predecessor’s epic numbers.  This franchise is on the downside (but still near the crest).

Hairspray 2: White Lipstick (07.2010) will struggle to make $60 million.  Not relevant.

Predators (07.09.10) will  probably gain praise by the fan base but limp along to solid but not stellar numbers.  Think Rambo 4.

Step Up 3-D (08.13.10) will fail but not kill this destined for the direct-to-television franchise.

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (08.20.10) will be better known for its late night monologue jokes due to its suggestive title than by its box office.

Piranha 3-D (08.27.10) will be the sleeper of the summer.  This should be just hokey enough to pull in surprisingly big numbers.

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (09.03.10) run may be so short it may actually come out on DVD before it is released in the theater.

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D (09.10.10) will do better than it should.  Think any Transformers movie.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (9.24.10) will be lackluster.  Nobody really remembers the first one and everyone still hates the real Wall Street. 

Jackass 3-D (10.15.10)  may have decent numbers because of the 3-D aspect but this franchise will kill itself off as the on-screen talent naturally kills itself off.

Saw VII 3D (10.22.10) (sequel) will outperform the last couple, once again because of the 3-D aspect, but this franchise is grinding to a halt.

Paranormal Activity 2 (10.22.10) won’t recapture the success of the low-budget original.  Think Blair Witch 2.

The Howling: Reborn (10.29.10) will be quite the talked-about movie for the Halloween season.  Unfortunately, with a release date two days before Halloween it will crawl into a dusty used DVD bin at a flea market in the midwest.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One (11.19.10) will be mammoth.

Poltergeist (11.24.10) will be like the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot.  It won’t surpass the original but it will  make the studio a profit.

Red Dawn (11.24.10) will be surprisingly successful as long as word-of-mouth doesn’t sink it first.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (12.10.10) will unfortunately not spark this sparkless franchise.

Tron Legacy (12.17.10) will bring good enough numbers to produce a third outing into the Tron franchise.

Little Fockers (12.22.10) will be a big box office disappointment.  This franchise is tired.  Think Shrek and Sex in the City.

So is the audience weary of sequels?  Maybe, to a point, but if the studios give them something fresh and relevant they will come.  They always do and they always will.


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