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Flicks Flashback: Trio of sequels commemorate anniversaries

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Sequels are nothing new in Hollywood, but this release weekend has produced a larger than usual number of them over the years with three celebrating milestones. Here’s a look back:

1 Year Ago
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Original Release Date: March 29, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $140, Opening: $40.5, Total: $122, Worldwide: $371.9

Flashback: Turns out international audiences love The Rock about as much as they love 3D. The combination wiped out the sour taste of the original in some ways, but the franchise still has a little ways to go in the plot department.

10 Years Ago
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Original Release Date: March 26, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $25, Opening: $29.4, Total: $84.1, Worldwide: $181.1

Flashback: Like G.I. Joe’s sequel, this one had a lot of creative issues to work through, but it did perform well and on a shoestring budget.

20 Years Ago
D2: The Mighty Ducks
Original Release Date: March 25, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $10.3, Total: $45.6, Worldwide: NA

Flashback: While not as successful as the original creatively and financially it certainly served its purpose.

Other Notable Milestones

5 Years Ago
Monsters vs. Aliens
Original Release Date: March 27, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $175, Opening: $40.5, Total: $59.3, Worldwide: $381.6

Flashback: You’d think a $175 million production budget would be ridiculous for a studio to greenlight just to launch a franchise and yet clearly it worked!

15 Years Ago
Original Release Date: March 26, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $60, Opening: $8.3 Total: $22.5, Worldwide: $35.3

Flashback: Remember how awesome Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were in True Detective…that wasn’t the case here.

Next week: Bullet time turns 15!


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