Sequels and Remakes: Are They Always Necessary?

Victoria J. Sadauskas, West Hills Staff

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Fans might get a little nervous when they hear their favorite movie is getting a remake or sequel, especially if the original cast is not included, there is no follow up to what happened in the last film, and if the removal of any elements that made the series what it is.

It seems that 2019 may be the year of sequels. With movies such as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Avengers: Endgame, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Toy Story 4, and several others were already released this year. These sequels have all had successful box office ratings and opening weekends.

Toy Story 4 was released in June of this year and dominated the box office. According to Variety, the movie collected $118 million in ticket sales when it debuted in 4,575 North American theaters. However, not all sequels and remakes receive the same great turn out with ratings and sales.

The 2016 Ghostbusters remake only made $46 million domestically in its first weekend according to The Hollywood Reporter. The earnings did not add up to much, considering the CGI-heavy film cost $146 million to make.

As for recent sequels, one in particular was estimated to have an insanely successful opening weekend. Frozen 2, released on November 22, has been approximated at $242 million for the opening weekend. This won’t come as a shocker considering the original film made history as the highest-grossing animated movie ever, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide in 2013, according to Variety.

Respectively collecting $93 million during its initial five days of release back in November 2013. To get kids hyped up for the Frozen 2 movie, Disney already released countless toys and costumes based on the film. Just in time for the holiday season.

If you don’t end up seeing the movie, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be hearing the soundtrack for the next several years. Whether you like it or not.

So when it comes to sequels and remakes, they tend to do well in the box office if they have a massive fan following, and or if the movie is actually good in the eyes of critics.