by Carla Renata for UBNRadio.com and CarlaRenatasCorner.com This summer's box office seems to be relying heavily on a "Summer of Sequels" ranging from Finding Dory to Conjuring 2. Do some of these films require a second look or are studios just cashing in on the success of days gone by?
I don't know about you, but I could care less what the reason is. I just want to grab my popcorn and snacks and get my movie groove on...lol. Take a look at the sequels taking over the screens for the summer of 2016.
This flick about the "little fish that could" is shattering box office records, kicking tail and taking names (did you like that one...lol). Finding Dory has already grossed 400 million dollars making it the fastest and highest grossing animated feature of all time! Thanks Ellen!
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
I loved the original Independence Day! It made a bonafide box office summer star out of Will Smith and was just an overall great film. This sequel does not have Will Smith and word on the street is that it's just ok. I guess in some cases, some things are better left alone. Hope they can at least make their money back and break even. Don't hate on a sister'...I'm just the messenger...
CAPTIAN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
So, I am all about my action adventure flicks, but what is the need to kill off superheroes this year? First Superman meets an untimely demise in Batman vs Superman, now this! Having said that, I heard this one is actually pretty good, but is already on it's way to a Blu-Ray DVD release in September.
Having been a publicist in a past life, I have a theory. Whenever you see a major publicity blitz on a film pre-opening and then the film opens and it's crickets...chances are the film doesn't stand up to tall the hype. Sad to say that was the case with the X-Men franchise this year. No Halle, No Wolverine leaves you with things that make you go hmmm...
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
The prequel to this did extraordinarily well at the box office. Although word on the street is that the sequel isn't really that bad, Johnny Depp's personal life eclipsed the film and it's potential at the box office.
NOW YOU SEE ME 2
According to Variety, “Now You See Me 2 is the kind of sequel that has all but gone out of fashion: a follow-up to a blockbuster so flaky and off-center that even those who made the original probably never expected it to spawn a second chapter." Boom...enough said
I'm sure you are starting to see a pattern by now, so I won't bother highlighting the other sequels that include Conjuring @, The Purge 3, Neighbors 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. At the end of the day, if you are a fan of the franchise, it won't matter what the word on the street is. Which is exactly why I am all over the new Star Trek and Star Wars films due to hit theaters this year. Having the force be with a trekkie is a beautiful thing.