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Eleven Recent Instances (and a couple old ones) of Competing Films with Identical Themes

Eleven Recent Instances (and a couple old ones) of Competing Films with Identical Themes

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It’s no surprise that blogs and message boards are screaming for some amped-up creativity in media entertainment.  Hollywood has long been looked to as the source of suspended disbelief and a way to kill a few hours in air conditioning.  Unfortunately, it seems as if the powers that be in La La Land have taken the audience’s faith for granted and begun a trend of pumping out movies with plots so similar to other recent ones, that the comparisons can no longer be ignored by the dollar vote of filmgoers. Of course broad themes such as love/ death, good vs. evil, and servitude will transcend genres. However, if one looks at instances when films that have particular plot similarity and the competitive proximity in release date, the results begin to reflect a trend of quality at the box office. Instead, some films have decided to take the franchise route like Disney/Marvel: a bunch of similarly-plotted super hero films telling one loose, linear story released within a few months of one another with a television series to boot. Instead of just making similar films, the time is taken to connect the films making them all the more compelling. Who isn’t going to catch the next Marvel movie? Star Wars?  The real test arrives May 6, 2016, when the third Captain America film squares off against the Man of Steel sequel featuring Batman. All box office statistics can be attributed to boxofficemojo.com.

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