The franchises where sequels equal box-office bonanzas
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Thursday 09 August 2012
When a movie franchise with genuine cultural heft releases another instalment – The Bourne Legacy, say, or Terminator: Salvation – the world takes notice. But then there are the unlikely money spinners, the genre titles that spew a sequel every year or so, making a profit with little impression on the popular consciousness.
This week a new trailer was released for Paranormal Activity 4, the latest in a line of profitable micro-budget horror flicks. The gruesome, cheap, bizarrely box office-friendly Saw series boasts seven films. The latest in the (surprisingly satisfying) Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Six, is in production now, with a seventh under discussion.
Who's watching them? Enough of us, apparently.
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