I always sound like a crotchety old man when it comes to Hollywood and the unlimited number of sequels offered up each year to appease moviegoers who would rather shell out their hard-earned cash for something as easily identifiable as a rebooted Marvel flick like Fantastic Four over an original story they've never heard of like The Lobster.
Are film studios seriously running out of ideas? Probably, but it's not the real reason for the ridiculous amount of sequels that hit theaters annually.
Bottomline: Sequels bank. Last year alone, eight of the 10 highest-grossing movies were sequels and pulled in over $9 billion worldwide. Last week, Finding Dory - the sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo - broke the record for an animated film debut in the U.S. with $136.2 million in a single weekend. We might get more crazy stats at the box office this Friday when Independence Day: Resurgence - the long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi action movie from 1996 - invades multiplexes.
Let's not kid ourselves. Sequels are embedded in today's cinematic fabric and there's nothing we can do about it. So, instead of complaining (at least for today), let's play along. Here are 8 movies from the 90s that might be fun if studios produced follow ups 20-plus years later.
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