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2011 will break the all time movie sequel record

Feb. 16, 2011by: Paul Tassi

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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8:02AM on 02/17/2011

Book Of Shadows

"Book of Shadows" was the subtitle for Blair Witch 2. Sherlock Holmes 2's subtitle is "Game of Shadows".
"Book of Shadows" was the subtitle for Blair Witch 2. Sherlock Holmes 2's subtitle is "Game of Shadows".
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1:09AM on 02/17/2011

Thank you, Nolan!

I have nothing against sequels, in fact I'm a sucker for cliffhangers and good sequels, but it gets worrying to know that dozens of movies this year are sequels ie using an old concept with a tweaked storyline. Thank God people like Nolan, Scorsese, and Fincher exist to give us something new here and there. Yes yes, Nolan makes the Batman movies, but stuff like Inception, Prestige, Memento, and (hopefully) his upcoming Howard Hughes biopic are some of the most original works in recent memory.
I have nothing against sequels, in fact I'm a sucker for cliffhangers and good sequels, but it gets worrying to know that dozens of movies this year are sequels ie using an old concept with a tweaked storyline. Thank God people like Nolan, Scorsese, and Fincher exist to give us something new here and there. Yes yes, Nolan makes the Batman movies, but stuff like Inception, Prestige, Memento, and (hopefully) his upcoming Howard Hughes biopic are some of the most original works in recent memory. In fact, his take on Batman itself is fairly original.
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12:19AM on 02/17/2011
That is crazy amazing.
That is crazy amazing.
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11:06PM on 02/16/2011

-5? Really?

Hey, at least I didn't say I was looking forward to the CHIPMUNKS or BIG MOMMAS. LOL
Hey, at least I didn't say I was looking forward to the CHIPMUNKS or BIG MOMMAS. LOL
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11:02PM on 02/16/2011

-5? Really?

Hey, at least I didn't say I was looking forward to the CHIPMUNKS or BIG MOMMAS. LOL
Hey, at least I didn't say I was looking forward to the CHIPMUNKS or BIG MOMMAS. LOL
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10:20PM on 02/16/2011

I'll go with..

In theaters: M.I:G.P., X-Men (I have faith in Vaughn), Fast Five (Rock vs. Diesel), Sherlock, and Pirates. 2012 is gonna be AWESOME year to have "sequelitis".
In theaters: M.I:G.P., X-Men (I have faith in Vaughn), Fast Five (Rock vs. Diesel), Sherlock, and Pirates. 2012 is gonna be AWESOME year to have "sequelitis".
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10:18PM on 02/16/2011

great

another crap movie
another crap movie
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10:07PM on 02/16/2011

About the Extrabtidbit

I think every second great movie was based on a book, so I don't mind that.

Without book adaptations, we wouldn't have the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Godfather, James Bond series, among Forrest Gump, The Shawshank redemption, Gone with the Wind, Schindler's List, The Wizard of Oz, Ben Hur, 2001, Shining, GoodFellas, Fight Club, etc.
But because Fight Club was based on a book, doesn't mean to me the movie is not original.
I think every second great movie was based on a book, so I don't mind that.

Without book adaptations, we wouldn't have the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Godfather, James Bond series, among Forrest Gump, The Shawshank redemption, Gone with the Wind, Schindler's List, The Wizard of Oz, Ben Hur, 2001, Shining, GoodFellas, Fight Club, etc.
But because Fight Club was based on a book, doesn't mean to me the movie is not original.
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9:21PM on 02/16/2011
28... isn't there a Quarantine 2 to be released?
28... isn't there a Quarantine 2 to be released?
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9:11PM on 02/16/2011
How is it the 5th X-Men movie? Are they including Wolverine or something?
I don't mind sequels as long as they come from good movies. So most of the movies on that list don't cut it for me...
How is it the 5th X-Men movie? Are they including Wolverine or something?
I don't mind sequels as long as they come from good movies. So most of the movies on that list don't cut it for me...
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9:52PM on 02/16/2011
They count it as the fifth part of the franchise. The story doesn't, but the characters and the world connect - so in the case of the Muppets.
They count it as the fifth part of the franchise. The story doesn't, but the characters and the world connect - so in the case of the Muppets.
10:32PM on 02/16/2011
Indeed, while all the main Muppets have appeared in all the Muppet movies, the only X-Man to appear in "Wolverine" was Wolverine. It was a series SPINOFF, not a proper series entry.
Indeed, while all the main Muppets have appeared in all the Muppet movies, the only X-Man to appear in "Wolverine" was Wolverine. It was a series SPINOFF, not a proper series entry.
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8:58PM on 02/16/2011
I support sequels when they are warranted. If a movie is good, then why not have a sequel or two. And no one complains when the sequel is actually good, like Spiderman 2. What I can't understand is how bad movies make so much money. I understand that there is entertainment value to be had from certain things, like the Chipmunks films. Kids like those and it's most likely them and their parents that bring about so many tickets sales. But a third Big Momma? Really? You're telling me enough people
I support sequels when they are warranted. If a movie is good, then why not have a sequel or two. And no one complains when the sequel is actually good, like Spiderman 2. What I can't understand is how bad movies make so much money. I understand that there is entertainment value to be had from certain things, like the Chipmunks films. Kids like those and it's most likely them and their parents that bring about so many tickets sales. But a third Big Momma? Really? You're telling me enough people saw the first two films that a third film was green lit? While I can accept that people saw the second one, what I can't believe is that enough people saw the second film to let a third film get green lit. To me, that makes no sense.
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8:38PM on 02/16/2011
Should "Winnie the Pooh" really count since the first 4 entries were shorts? And should reboots (a la "Apes") and spinoffs (a la "Puss in Boots" and the fourth "X-Men" movie) really be numerically lumped with the originals? I'm not so sure. : ?
Should "Winnie the Pooh" really count since the first 4 entries were shorts? And should reboots (a la "Apes") and spinoffs (a la "Puss in Boots" and the fourth "X-Men" movie) really be numerically lumped with the originals? I'm not so sure. : ?
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8:18PM on 02/16/2011

Dear God people do not support MOMMA!

I used to enjoy sequels for the most part until about 15 years ago everything seemed to be getting them. Films that have no potential for a sequel somehow gets one now. I hope to god people don't go see the this hack shit that is "Momma." I refuse to type that title it has. Martin, you had your day, it's gone, go away. Go do some more sweatsuit running.
I used to enjoy sequels for the most part until about 15 years ago everything seemed to be getting them. Films that have no potential for a sequel somehow gets one now. I hope to god people don't go see the this hack shit that is "Momma." I refuse to type that title it has. Martin, you had your day, it's gone, go away. Go do some more sweatsuit running.
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8:04PM on 02/16/2011
I guess every moderately successful action, horror, or kids film will be a franchise now. Oh well, we still have a lot of promising non-sequels coming this year. Super 8, Battle:L.A., TinTin, Green Lantern, Thor, and Captain America.
I guess every moderately successful action, horror, or kids film will be a franchise now. Oh well, we still have a lot of promising non-sequels coming this year. Super 8, Battle:L.A., TinTin, Green Lantern, Thor, and Captain America.
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8:11PM on 02/16/2011
Lets not forget about Sucker Punch. I'd have to say i'm more excited about the films you listed than anything in the sequels list. I am curious about Sherlock 2 though.
Lets not forget about Sucker Punch. I'd have to say i'm more excited about the films you listed than anything in the sequels list. I am curious about Sherlock 2 though.
7:53PM on 02/16/2011

Wait?!?

In a different article it said Sherlock's sequel would be titled Game of Shadows and in this article it's called Book of Shadows. Which is it?
In a different article it said Sherlock's sequel would be titled Game of Shadows and in this article it's called Book of Shadows. Which is it?
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7:26PM on 02/16/2011

What percent of releases are sequels?

That's the truer stat. Although I Inception was probably my least favorite Christopher Nolan movie, I'm stoked it made so much dough! I want to see a shitload of high-budget auteurs have their original ideas greenlit. Another reason I hope Sucker Punch is good and does well, even though I'm not holding my breath b/c I've found none of Snyder's movies to be anything other than OK.
That's the truer stat. Although I Inception was probably my least favorite Christopher Nolan movie, I'm stoked it made so much dough! I want to see a shitload of high-budget auteurs have their original ideas greenlit. Another reason I hope Sucker Punch is good and does well, even though I'm not holding my breath b/c I've found none of Snyder's movies to be anything other than OK.
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6:56PM on 02/16/2011

Surprisingly, 8 of them

I'm really surprised to realize that I actually am looking forward to 8 of the movies listed:

Hangover 2
Sherlock Holmes 2
Rise of the Apes
M:I4
Pirates 4
Scream 4
Fast Five
X-Men: FC
I'm really surprised to realize that I actually am looking forward to 8 of the movies listed:

Hangover 2
Sherlock Holmes 2
Rise of the Apes
M:I4
Pirates 4
Scream 4
Fast Five
X-Men: FC
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7:22PM on 02/16/2011
hear ye hear ye.. except fast five, I could care less about that sh*t
hear ye hear ye.. except fast five, I could care less about that sh*t
6:27PM on 02/16/2011

Harry Potter!

I don't think I've ever been as excited for a movie as I am for Deathly Hallows: Part II.
I don't think I've ever been as excited for a movie as I am for Deathly Hallows: Part II.
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5:42PM on 02/16/2011

Wait a minute...

... either there's a typo or Sherlock Holmes will be taking on the Blair Witch in the sequel. Pretty sure yesterday's article said the title was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
... either there's a typo or Sherlock Holmes will be taking on the Blair Witch in the sequel. Pretty sure yesterday's article said the title was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
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5:03PM on 02/16/2011

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I am most looking forward to MI4, Sherlock2 and Hangover2.

I didn't know half the movies in that list were being made! But seeing we still have Green Lantern, Thor, Capt america, Sucker Punch, Tintin and several others as [link] it will still be a good year overall.
I am most looking forward to MI4, Sherlock2 and Hangover2.

I didn't know half the movies in that list were being made! But seeing we still have Green Lantern, Thor, Capt america, Sucker Punch, Tintin and several others as [link] it will still be a good year overall.
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5:01PM on 02/16/2011

Meh

Sequels are like any other movie to me. Sometimes they are well made, and sometimes they aren't.
Sequels are like any other movie to me. Sometimes they are well made, and sometimes they aren't.
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4:13PM on 02/16/2011

Damn, that's too much...

Extra Tidbit:

The number of non sequel/non existing property related films definitely outnumbers this list, but this list is so high-profile that it makes the saturation painfully obvious.

I might take up the challenge...
Extra Tidbit:

The number of non sequel/non existing property related films definitely outnumbers this list, but this list is so high-profile that it makes the saturation painfully obvious.

I might take up the challenge...
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4:03PM on 02/16/2011
I don't mind sequels. Just as long as they are good or serve some sort of advancement or ongoing of the plot of the previous movie.

The ones that I am looking forward to the most are Sherlock Holmes 2, X-Men: First Class, Piranha 3DD, The Hangover: Part 2, Paranormal Activity 2, Mission Impossible 4, and Scream 4.
I don't mind sequels. Just as long as they are good or serve some sort of advancement or ongoing of the plot of the previous movie.

The ones that I am looking forward to the most are Sherlock Holmes 2, X-Men: First Class, Piranha 3DD, The Hangover: Part 2, Paranormal Activity 2, Mission Impossible 4, and Scream 4.
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3:59PM on 02/16/2011

Piranha 3DD

FUCK YEAH!!!
FUCK YEAH!!!
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3:51PM on 02/16/2011
When did they make another Big Momma's House?! It just seemed to pop out of nowhere.
When did they make another Big Momma's House?! It just seemed to pop out of nowhere.
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3:43PM on 02/16/2011

This is awful, BUT.....

at least 2 of them feature adult black men dressing as fat black woman!....(its hard to type sarcasm)
at least 2 of them feature adult black men dressing as fat black woman!....(its hard to type sarcasm)
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7:24PM on 02/16/2011
now that's an avatar!
now that's an avatar!
3:32PM on 02/16/2011
Paul didn't know another Paranormal Activity was coming to theaters? Wasn't that obvious? lol
Paul didn't know another Paranormal Activity was coming to theaters? Wasn't that obvious? lol
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3:31PM on 02/16/2011

Here are the ones I'm excited for

POTTER 7, MUPPETS, CARS 2 (but only because it's Pixar, the first is my least favorite Pixar film), HANGOVER 2, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, and SCREAM 4 (my top movie on this list). Maybe X-MEN, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, and PIRATES. I'm pretty much indifferent to the rest.
POTTER 7, MUPPETS, CARS 2 (but only because it's Pixar, the first is my least favorite Pixar film), HANGOVER 2, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, and SCREAM 4 (my top movie on this list). Maybe X-MEN, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, and PIRATES. I'm pretty much indifferent to the rest.
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3:23PM on 02/16/2011
Are the Spy Kids even kids anymore? Why not call it Teen Spies?
Are the Spy Kids even kids anymore? Why not call it Teen Spies?
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3:29PM on 02/16/2011
Don't you mean "Spy Teens"
Don't you mean "Spy Teens"
4:04PM on 02/16/2011
It's a whole different family in this new one. So they're kids again.
It's a whole different family in this new one. So they're kids again.
3:23PM on 02/16/2011
Piranha 3DD? *sigh*
Piranha 3DD? *sigh*
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3:26PM on 02/16/2011
AWESOME
AWESOME
3:28PM on 02/16/2011
I agree. Who needs this piece of shit.
I agree. Who needs this piece of shit.
3:09PM on 02/16/2011

Not really fair...

To count some of those as "sequels".

Winnie the Pooh, The Muppets, Madeas movie are really just seperate entries into a film series. Its not like they are going off a previous film.
To count some of those as "sequels".

Winnie the Pooh, The Muppets, Madeas movie are really just seperate entries into a film series. Its not like they are going off a previous film.
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