And “Ocean’s 13,” with more Matt Damon. Why so many? Believe it or not, it’s good business. Even thousands of theaters near you when the theater owners have a known quantity. More sequels? “Fantastic Four 2″ is coming. Why didn’t they call it “Fantastic 5″?
Made on a different scale for a different audience, these films won’t compete in the billion-dollar derby, 50 million to 100 million means they make money, though. It’s easier to get into a theater near you. “Live Free or Die Hard,” with one stunt they give away in the trailer: Bruce flips his cop car 50 feet in the air to bring down a helicopter.
There are 17 sequels scheduled to open this summer. “Spiderman 3″ should make more than $100 million on its first weekend.
“Harry Potter 5″ is opening simultaneously in 10,000 theaters around the world. But this summer Hollywood’s gone hog wild (and “Hog Wild” did a hundred million in the spring when no one is supposed to go to the movies).. “Pirates of the Caribbean 3″ opens in May. And I’m with Hollywood.
More buzz — they’re calling “Knocked Up” this summer’s “40-Year-Old Virgin.” There are even some real movies for real people coming this summer. That one CGI stunt is reason enough for “Die Hard 4.”
Will these movies steal one another’s audiences? Hollywood’s betting they’ll get more people to go. If a film made money in the last 15 to 20 years, you’ll see a part two or three or five starting next weekend with “Spiderman 3.”
“I was out of bullets,” is his reason. This summer Hollywood finds out if three’s a company, or if three’s a crowd. “Spidey 3″ has already opened in Asia.
“Evan Almighty,” a Jim Carrey-less sequel to “Bruce Almighty” with Steve Carrell building an ark will be sailing into a theater near you. On both sides of the screen. In “Ocean’s 14,” Brad Pitt adopts George Clooney.
Not long ago, $100 million total box office made a movie a blockbuster hit. “Rush Hour 3.” Finally. It’s cheaper — studios spend less on advertising and promotion. Daniel Pearl in “A Mighty Heart.”
But notice the number after the name. “Pirates 2″ did a billion around the world all by itself.
But three’s the number they like best. Like “Hairspray.” A remake with a difference, John Travolta plays … “Shrek the Third” opens in May. And it’s nice in the summer for grown-ups to have a place to go.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Abigail Breslin star in “No Reservations.” Angelina Jolie, the word is she’s terrific as Mrs. “Bourne 3,” with Matt Damon. India, China and Russia are opening up, and as I’ve long said, most Hollywood films play better if you don’t speak English.
Hollywood’s predicting its biggest summer ever, a $4 billion box office leading to a $10 billion dollar year, and I think they are going to make it.
That’s one reason we are seeing so many sequels this summer. Last year it was “The Devil Wore Prada,” a real movie that out grossed “Superman.” This summer? Ann Hathaway is back in “Becoming Jane.”
If it’s not a sequel, odds are it’s a remake. At $175 million, it’s the most expensive comedy ever made.
One reason, international box office is way up. the mom! Big comedy buzz.
Hollywood had a bummer summer last year. “Shrek 2″ was the biggest-grossing domestic film of the last decade.
Bruce is back, but Bruce Willis, not Bruce Almighty. They started at “Ocean’s 11″ so it’s really Ocean’s 3