2018 could easily be titled the year of movie reboots and sequels. There were some flops, some mediocre entries, and some massive hits. Here are how three 2018 reboots did at the box office compared to their originals (all adjusted for inflation).
The Ocean’s Series
Ocean’s Eight (2018) vs. Ocean’s 11 (2001), Ocean’s 12 (2004) and Ocean’s 13 (2007)
2018 blessed us with a new Ocean’s movie spin-off. However, this Ocean’s featured an all female, star-studded cast, including Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and more. Bullock portrays Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s (George Clooney) sister who was recently released from jail. Once again it’s an action-comedy heist flick with an Ocean leading the likable gang of criminals. Fans and critics both assumed it might be yet another mediocre reboot, like the female Ghostbusters (2016). But Ocean’s Eight proved everyone wrong. In the first three days at the box office, the film grossed over $41 million, more than any of the previous three Ocean’s movies. Ocean’s 11 made $38 million, Ocean’s 12 made $39 million, and Ocean’s 13 made $36 million.
In conclusion: never underestimate a movie with female leading roles, especially when Rihanna is in it.
The Tomb Raider Reboot
Tomb Raider (2018) vs. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2000) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003)
Angelina Jolie is not just an incredible actress. She’s also a UN ambassador, human rights activist, fashion icon, and mother. However, there’s no denying her talent was a large part of the original Tomb Raider‘s draw. The first Tomb Raider film came out in the summer of 2001, making nearly $48 million in its opening weekend. The 2003 sequel, on the other hand, flopped, earning just over $21 million. In 2018, a reboot of the original Tomb Raider was released, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. It was merely a matter of time until this reboot came along, since it seems as though all Hollywood does nowadays are reboots. The 2018 movie grossed $23 million in the first weekend in the box office, underperforming compared to the original.
In conclusion: it is often impossible to recreate the success of a franchise’s first film, even for the original star.
The Star Wars Sequels
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) vs. the rest of the them
It seems like whenever Disney needs to cash in, they make a Star Wars movie. It could be really great, it could be terrible, it doesn’t matter. Fans will flood the cinemas and pay up. There are over ten Star War sequels and spin-offs, including a 2008 animated movie. The first Star Wars premiered in 1977, while future films are expected through 2020. The most profitable Star Wars yet, The Force Awakens, came out in 2015, making over $247 million in its first weekend. The second-most successful was The Last Jedi (2017), which made $220 million at the box office in its first weekend. This past May saw the premiere of the newest Star Wars spin-off, Solo. In its opening weekend, the film made a decent $84 million. However, adjusted for inflation, Solo is the second worst Star Wars opening ever, behind only the animated spin-off.
In conclusion, Disney, cut the spin-offs. Just do what you do best: Chewbacca, interspace battles, lightsabers, and Harrison Ford.