The Record-Breaking Movies of 2015-2016: Recreated Favorites

By Daniel D’Amico, Trending Writer

Recently, many movies have achieved record breaking success. They have exceeded expectations in many cases while meeting them at others. Some film series have been brought back while at other times classics have been remade.

One film in which a series has returned is Jurassic World. The preceding film was Jurassic Park 3 in 2001 with the original film, Jurassic Park, premiering in 1993. It holds the spot for second most successful weekend in the domestic box office as well as most successful weekend in the summer.

The movie exceeded expectations and yielded largely positive results. The plot is similar to its predecessors as it involves a new dinosaur who escapes and wreaks havoc in the park. However, many aspects of it were both imaginative and new in comparison to the old ones. Conversely, many say that it did not have the same iconic scenes that Jurassic Park had. Chris Pratt among other actors lent his talents to help the movie out. His role was engaging and Variety states he did, “a minor-key variation on the stoner-surfer Indiana Jones routine.”

Another instance of this is the Star Wars series when Star Wars VII: the Force Awakens came out. This movie was very highly anticipated and took the box office by storm. It was the top movie of 2015 as well as the movie with the most successful opening weekend. It was also the fastest movie to reach $900 million dollars, which it did in 50 days.

There are many reasons for its large success. Many regard it as a great mix of new and old as it not only incorporates new heroes and villains, but also includes familiar characters from the original trilogy. The iconic plot and characters make it memorable. The first installment in the series, A New Hope, had tremendous success in its time. Many claim that The Force Awakens is the best in the series since the original trilogy.

There has also been a recent trend to remake older classics. This has been done chiefly by Disney as they have remade titles such as Cinderella in 2015, Alice in Wonderland in 2010 and Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent in 2013. An earlier example is the 1996 remake of 101 Dalmatians. Despite the mixed reviews, all of these films have fared well in the box office. As innovative as the animations of previous Disney films were for their times, it is truly something to see those timeless movies put into live action.

These movies have all had a significant impact on the movie industry. They have also all enjoyed relative success in the box office. From revivals of some older series to remakes of classics, these movies can all be celebrated for a variety of reasons.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 23rd print edition.

Contact Daniel at
daniel.damico@student.shu.edu

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