Hollywood’s fascination with sequels and franchises really kicked into high gear in the ’80s, and it’s never left us.
And a recent article by MarketWatch.com points out that of the Top 15 movies of the 1980s, only THREE haven’t had a sequel, a prequel or a remake. If you expand it to the Top 20 highest-grossing movies, there are still only FIVE.
Those five are: “E.T.”, “Tootsie”, “Rain Man”, “Fatal Attraction”, and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. “Top Gun” is in there, too . . . and technically that one’s still untouched. But TOM CRUISE recently said the sequel IS happening.
Now, some of them haven’t been touched in a long time . . . like “Gremlins”, “Three Men and a Baby”, “Crocodile Dundee”, and the “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Back to the Future” movies.
But plenty of them have been exploited recently, like “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. Nobody needs to be told that there have been five more “Star Wars” movies since then . . . AND COUNTING.
The first three “Indiana Jones” movies were among the Top 10 highest-grossing movies of the ’80s. But they didn’t get around to making a fourth until 2008. And they have another one planned for 2020.
(Scroll down here for the Top 20 movies of the ’80s.)