‘Avengers’ and ‘Star Wars’ Sequels to Fight For Box Office Supremacy

February 25, 2015

Disney John Boyega stars in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm 2015

To paraphrase the great Yoda, have a nerdy new year, you will.

The geeks shall inherit the multiplex, if not the earth, in 2015 with sci-fi and other speculative fiction releases blasting into theaters like so many shots from the Death Star. And trust a lady who calls herself the Pop Culture Professor to consider this triumph of the geek as downright chic.

“It’s looking very sexy, if I can say that,” said Rebecca Housel, a pop culture expert and speaker on the Wizard World comic book and pop culture convention tour.

Housel credits Disney for championing so much geekdom in theaters. After all, she said, the House of Mouse owns Marvel and Lucasfilm, two powerhouses behind two of the year’s biggest box office contenders — “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Then you have other classic sci-fi franchises getting a second (or make that fourth) life, like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Jurassic World.” The two decades-old properties should draw the fans who first rode with their respective road warriors and roaring dinosaurs back in the day, as well as those fans’ kids.

Of course, we are talking about mostly sequels here. Kathryn Arnold, a producer and entertainment consultant who runs the website theentertainmentexpert.com, said studios now make fewer films, instead focusing more on their tent-pole movies.

“They are taking franchises that are well-known to audiences and have been very successful, and they’re doing the next version,” Arnold said. “And what’s going on is that they’re taking great pains to actually hire strong directors and really take care of the story a little bit more so that the franchise succeeds. … A lot of the sci-fi genre flicks are based on prior material. Either it’s a book, it’s a video game or it’s a movie like the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.”  Read full article


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