Year 2018 would be one of the most anticipated year for the Hollywood lovers. Tones of great movies to be released and some of the upcoming Hollywood movies for year 2018 are briefed below. The below review is from forbes.com by the contributor
Last weekend was the standard prologue to the new year, with a cheap horror film (Insidious: The Last Key) opening up the month and the year before the calendar starts in earnest with the MLK weekend. Among the movies launching this weekend is the (delightful) Paddington 2. The film has already earned $95 million overseas, and it is expected to do decent business in the states as well.
One reason for optimism is a factor that it shares with a number of this year’s sequels. Paddington 2 is a sequel to a movie that was a well-liked and well-received hit. You’d think that would be how it generally works. In the proverbial olden days, you didn’t get a sequel if your movie didn’t make decent money and/or wasn’t well-liked. Sure, Planet of the Apes made $320 million worldwide in 2001, but folks hated it and Fox didn’t press their luck.
But in this franchise and IP-driven era, we often have a flurry of sequels where the filmmakers have to essentially beg for forgiveness for the previous installment and promise that this time will be different. Since franchises are of peak importance, merely making money has been reason enough to continue, even if folks didn’t like what they saw. There has been a lot of those kinds of sequels over the last few years, as getting a sequel has become not a reward for a job well done but an absolute bar for success.
Big movies like Terminator Genisys, Jurassic World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Jason Bourne, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Justice League essentially hoped that audiences would forgive and/or forget the not-terribly beloved prior installments. And some (but not all) fell into the Tomb Raider Trap (named for the “better than the first” Cradle of Life), whereby a better sequel tanks because the first film was a well-hyped/disliked hit. This year is a little different.
Yes, there is a boatload of sequels in 2018. But while there is certainly a fear that audiences will turn their noses at the next installment or the next chapter of a given studio property, quite a few sequels this year have the advantage of being continuations to films that both made money and generated relatively strong word-of-mouth last time. Folks liked Paddington, so it’s that much more likely that they’ll line up for Paddington 2. And that goes for a whole bunch of sequels in 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War will be the third film in the popular Avengers series and Deadpool 2 will be the follow-up to the exceptionally popular and buzzy Deadpool. Ditto Ant-Man and the Wasp (Ant-Man was Marvel’s second-leggiest movie ever, and this time the Wasp will be joining the team) and New Mutants (another Logan-ish digression for Fox’s X-Men franchise) and The Incredibles 2 (a long-awaited sequel to one if Pixar’s most beloved movies). Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may not match Jurassic World, but it will be riding high on the leggy and well-liked $1.6 billion-grossing predecessor.
Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation stood out in 2015 as a big sequel where folks generally loved the last one. But M: I6: Mission: Impossible will be just one big sequel to a much-loved predecessor this summer. Sony’s Hotel Transylvania films have been both successful (the last one made $473 million worldwide while being no less leggy than the first installment) and well-received. Thus, Hotel Transylvania 3 is a safe bet.
And so on and so on, with the likes of The Equalizer 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 ending the year in the hopes that the fact that audiences mostly liked their predecessors fueling interest in the next installment. Again, that should be common sense, but, well, we got The Huntsman: Winter’s War and folks are still talking about another Alien movie and a Fantastic Four sequel. Sure, that’s just talking (or giving a polite answer to an awkward question), but we are getting our third Terminator reboot next year.
It’s not all sunshine and roses, (Fifty Shades Freed, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Sicario 2 which ditches Emily Blunt, etc.), but there are many sequels this year that may well qualify as brand extensions that audiences want to see since the last ones were good/well-liked. This year will have a flurry of sequels to well-liked/well-received predecessors. It stands to reason that audiences will be willing to partake in another round with Scott Lang or Ethan Hunt in a way they didn’t (in North America anyway) with Optimus Prime or Jack Sparrow.
There are a few coin tosses sequels/prequels, to be sure. Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again is a ten-years-later sequel/prequel to a very well-liked $609 million grosser back in 2008 that seemingly begins with our old friends dead, missing or miserable. Ocean’s 8 is technically a sequel to Ocean’s Thirteen but with an all-female ensemble this time out. Super Troopers 2 could be a cult breakout or (relatively speaking) another Zoolander, No. 2.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story could be both helped and hurt by the mixed response to The Last Jedi, while Maze Runner’s absence may not make the heart grow fonder for The Death Cure. And expect Aquaman to be sold as a proverbial follow-up to Wonder Woman as opposed to a sequel to Justice League, while Bumblebee will have to emphasize how different it is from the prior five Transformers movies.
One of the big narratives last year centered around how moviegoers somewhat rejected the usual slate of Hollywood sequels, reboots and spin-offs. But part of that was due to the sheer number of properties that were on their last legs (Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean) or were coming off disliked prior installments (ditto and ditto). Audiences didn’t want new extensions of these old franchises, so they flocked to new stuff like Wonder Woman and sequels to predecessors they liked like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 instead.
The Mission: Impossible series has been on a roll, while Ant-Man is a well-liked MCU franchise and Jurassic World was leggier than The Avengers. And folks still love The Incredibles at least a lot more than they love Cars 2. A few of these (Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, etc.) have the potential to become “It made noticeably less than the first one even though it’s still an ungodly amount of money by any rational standard, the franchise is doomed!” situations, but that’s an if/when scenario.
Still, if most of these click, the lesson could be the simplest one of all: You probably shouldn’t make a sequel if folks didn’t like the first movie. Having a deep IP bench isn’t very useful if no one actually wants to see more of what you’re selling. That moviegoers like the last movie is no guarantee that they’ll like (or flock to) the sequel. War for the Planet of the Apes did everything right but audiences still comparatively skipped the bleak follow-up to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But it’s darn well better to be able to brag about your predecessor than apologize for it.
Thanks to ,forbes.com
Keywords: Hollywood upcoming movies 2018, Terminator Genisys, Jurassic World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Jason Bourne, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Justice League
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