We are finally at the point where we are finally going to start looking at the new year which has dawned on us. This time round, though, I will be separating the preview into several different posts. This post will only feature the big sequels which are arriving for the next 12 months. For our preview on the original movies and the individual genres, please check back again as they should be up by the end of the month.
Before the start of this post, if you would like to have a look at our estimates for every film coming out in wide release this year, please click the link here to check it out.
2014, like all the previous years, will be ripe full of sequels. The trend has already began on the very first weekend of the year, when Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opened wide to the tune of $18.2 million. Let’s look at the rest of the pack coming out throughout the year.
The next film coming out would be a action thriller also known as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is partially a reboot, now starring Chris Pine. The trailers have been packed with thrilling moments, but will this film shine, despite having Chris and Kevin Costner? Nobody knows.
After a rather tepid January, February has a romance remake trying to vy for couple’s attention during Valentine’s Day. Endless Love tries to snatch people amid a crowd of films opening on Valentine’s Day (About Last Night being another choice). Also opening in that frame would be Robocop, which is a remake of a fan-favourite. This one tries to recreate the magic the original film gave by bringing in Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Sameul L. Jackson. The trailers have been appealing as of now, but will moviegoers want to watch a remake, or will they shun it (Conan The Barbarian, Dredd are just a few examples).
Another film, despite not really fitting into the category, would be Son of God. Basically a trimmed version of The Bible, this film isn’t really doesn’t have much potential, considering people might already have watched it on television.
A proper sequel finally comes after all the spin-offs and remakes which came before it. 300: Rise of an Empire is at a slight disadvantage of having a largely changed cast and Zack Snyder no longer helming the film. A Haunted House 2 arrives shortly after at the end of the month, despite the bad critic response of the first film, somehow trying to be the next Scary Movie 5 replica, which was really terrible. Hopefully, the cast has something surprising up their sleeves for the next one.
Somehow, studios are pushing out more and more blockbusters for April, perhaps planning to bridge the gap between the lucrative March period and the start of the summer movie season, or making summer start a month earlier. This year will see two big sequels pit out- Captain America: Winter Soldier and Rio 2, who will be competing with the usual crowd and Transcendence. Winter Soldier will most likely have a boost, alike the Thor and Iron Man sequel, therefore being a safe bet. Rio 2, meanwhile, has been the subject of an Angry Birds game which might have further boosted it’s reputation. Hopefully, Rio 2 can avoid the dip in box office which the Ice Age franchise faced.
The proper movie season kick starts with The Amazing Spiderman 2, which promises to be one which is jam packed of villains, making it look like one of the biggest Spiderman movies of all time. After the first film, which successfully reboots the franchise, this franchise’s future looks promising, and I hope that Sony can continue making this franchise more popular. Two weeks later would be the reboot of Godzilla, whose first trailer has been the subject of a lot of praise. The film is already on my anticipated film list of the year, so hopefully will successfully spawn sequels. X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives soon after, hoping to bring the past and current generation of X-Men characters together to face the Sentinels, which will definitely wow, considering Fox promised “the studio’s biggest investment since Avatar”.
June might end up having more sequels than original films, with Purge 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Think Like A Man Too, 22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2 all releasing. The Purge 2 will hopefully take advantage of the first film’s original concept to boost revenue, while the next installments of Transformers, Think Like A Man, Jump Street and How TO Train Your Dragon will try to improve on their predecessors.
Fast and Furious 7 sadly got pushed out of 2014, making their rushed production seem redundant. Meanwhile, getting back to the topic, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is taking a risk by only bringing back Caesar and ditching James Franco’s character for a new set of characters. Even the director changes, and it would be interesting to see how he continues this franchise to bridge the gap between the sequel and the later set films. Planes: Fire and Rescue would most likely benefit from the fact that there is less of an animated competition for the month, while Step Up All In, unless capable of reinventing the formula of this franchise to make it unique, will continue facing a drop, eventually leading to the end of the franchise.
The Expendables 3 brings in even more old actors, bringing in more stars than anyone can possibly wish for. However, Bruce Willis will be gone from this sequel, so hopefully the new cast, including Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, and continue the profitability of having old action stars face off against old action stars. Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will also be opening, and will hopefully be a bigger hit after the first film.
Dolphin Tale 2 is the only sequel coming this month. I wasn’t really wishing for yet another sequel for this, but well… it’s family entertainment with Morgan Freeman after all.
Paranormal Activity 5 is another attempt from Paramount to bring back the franchise to it’s peak, despite having seen so many reminders and reviews stating that the found footage concept might already be over-used too much. Just wishing the reviews would be good, and the franchise can rejuvenate after quite a number of failed attempts.
November comes with Dumb and Dumber To, which is really going to have a similar boost alike Anchorman 2, due to it’s popularity and it’s big fan base since the first film. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is hopefully going to at least improve on the first two film’s earnings, despite having a tougher challenge to face this time (a less action packed film). Meanwhile, Horrible Bosses 2 will arrive, once again featuring the same three guys killing their bosses? Or making them get into trouble?
And finally, we are at the last month of the year. The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the last film in the franchise, and with the most recent film promising a big war and a awakened dragon coming up soon, hopefully this film can at least come on par with the first film’s gargantuan gross.
Night at the Museum 3 would have the reputation of being the last sequel of the year before the daunting year of 2015 arrives, and with the previous film having quite a big drop-off from the first film, I can only wish that this film will fare slightly better.
And that is all for my preview of the sequels/ reboots/ remakes of the new year. Check back soon for more!