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2011 will break the all time movie sequel record

02.16.2011

We've all been moaning that Hollywood is now less original than ever, but now there's mathematical proof of that fact. BoxOfficeMojo stopped and counted and it turns out that in 2011, there will be 27 sequels released. This beats out last year's 19, and former champ 2003's 24.

What's the rundown?

The second movies are Cars 2, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, The Hangover Part II, Happy Feet 2, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Johnny English Reborn, Kung Fu Panda 2, Piranha 3DD and Sherlock Holmes: The Book of Shadows.

The third movies are Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Madea’s Big Happy Family, Paranormal Activity 3 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The fourth movies are Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Scream 4, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part One).

The fifth movies are Fast Five, Final Destination 5, Puss in Boots, X-Men: First Class and Winnie the Pooh.

The seventh movies are The Muppets and Rise of the Apes.

The eighth movie is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

I didn't even know some of these movies were happening like another CHIPMUNKS, JOHNNY ENGLISH, PIRANHA, SPY KIDS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY all on the way. I guess that last one is destined to be our new SAW franchise. It's really no surprise this is happening.

The rule is now officially "For as long as a franchise makes money, it shall continue to spawn sequels." And the fact is, even the shittest of these series all made money in their last installment so it's economically viable for them to make another one, no matter how much of an intellectual apostasy it may be.

Which of these are you actually looking forward to? I count four, maybe five.

Extra Tidbit: I'd love to see a counter for the amount of movies coming out that aren't sequels or based on ANYTHING else, be it a book, video game, toy or cereal box mascot.

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