Hollywood Looks To The Past To Reignite The Box Office
There is no doubt that Hollywood has had a rough go of things lately, with several new high-profile films flopping and fading away quickly. The year got started off nicely with huge hits like Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World, but somewhere around mid summer things started slowing down and the flops started piling up. Now in order to reignite the 2015 box office, Hollywood is placing their bets on several films that bring back memories of the past.
Opening this weekend in North America is the 24th official installment of the James Bond franchise, Spectre. Daniel Craig reprises the role for a 4th time, and the film is the most expensive one made in the series. Can a spy who first appeared on the big screen in 1962’s Dr. No still possibly be relevant? Well the movie is all ready a hit in Europe, and it’s looking like it will be huge over here as well.
Another franchise returns to the big screen, albeit in a slightly different, computed animated form. Charles Schulz’ Peanuts can draw its origins all the way back to the 1940’s, but it didn’t hit theatres until 1969’s A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Four films were made in all, with the last in 1980. Wouldn’t it be ironic if lovable loser Charlie Brown managed to help add fuel to the box office fire? It has yet to be seen if The Peanuts Movie, will be a hit, but it has a pretty good chance.
And what about Rocky? Do people still want to stand up and cheer for him? Sylvester Stallone returns to the role that made him a superstar in Creed, but thankfully as a mentor and trainer to his former opponent Apollo Creed’s son, and not a boxer. Can you imagine if Rocky decided to enter the ring once again? 2006’s Rocky Balboa worked, but really we can’t see it working again.
Of course the most nostalgic of all the upcoming releases this Winter has got to be Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all return to the roles that made them household names for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Perhaps this will help revitalize the careers of the stars we knew and loved. More likely though it will just give them all one last hurrah.
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