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Theaters Prepare For The Summer Of Sequels

Chinese Theatre Turns 90

In this May 15, 2017 photo, tourists gather in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Older than the Academy Awards and still an industry standout, Hollywood’s storied Chinese Theatre turns 90 this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

By Peyton Zeigler SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCCNews) – It is finally summer movie season, and there is another full lineup of blockbusters.

Along with these comes a slew of sequels to previous movie hits. In the month of June alone, three sequels will be release one weekend after the other: Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Each one follows movies that are in the top 250 grossing movies of all time. July’s sequels include Ant Man and the Wasp, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Mission: Impossible – FalloutThe Equalizer 2 and more.

The first sequel released in June is Ocean’s 8, coming out this Friday, following the original Ocean’s trilogy –  11, 12 and 13, which came out in the early 2000s. Ocean’s 8 has Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie is planning a heist on the annual Met Gala with an all-female crew.

Coming out next on June 15 is Incredibles 2. The original Incredibles movie came out in 2004, and many millennials are excited for the super family to come back.

“I’ve watched the first one two times already in preparation,” Syracuse University grad student Eric Jackson said. “I’m so excited.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Incredibles 2 could surpass Finding Dory, the No. 12 grossing movie of all time, as the biggest domestic opening for an animated film.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the June finale, premiering in theaters on the June 22. This movie is part of another current trend in cinema: trilogy sequels.

The Star Wars franchise has one more to go in their current trilogy, which tells the story of what happened after Darth Vader and the Empire were defeated – and no there shouldn’t be a spoiler alert, because it’s been out for 35 years.

Jurassic World restarted the dormant franchise in 2015 and is the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. Fans of this franchise will get one more movie projected to release in June 2021.


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There is a chance at least one of these three movies cracks the top 25 all-time grossing movies by the end of the summer. Incredibles 2 is already projected to do well, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom could make $140 million outside of North America in the first weekend alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

There are other movies out that aren’t sequels like Adrift, Hotel Artemis, Hereditary – which is supposed to be one of the most psychologically disturbing movies of all time – and Tag. If these do well enough this summer, it could introduce the possibility of even more sequels in the coming years.


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