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Dr. Strangelove (1964) Fail Safe (1964) Both films feature the President of the United States collaborating with the Soviet Union to avert imminent nuclear Armageddon. Interestingly, the books were at war too, with Red Alert, the precursor to Strangelove, winning out. When Kubrick heard that Fail Safe was being made into a movie, he tied the production up in legal issues to get Strangelove out first. The tone of the films is entirely different; Strangelove is a Black Comedy, while Fail-Safe is all about the horror. Though both are generally received as classics, Fail-Safe didn't feature Slim Pickens riding a nuclear bomb to annihilation, and that crucial oversight cost it in the long run. Dr. Strangelove wins due to several Academy Award nominations and being regarded as the best satire in cinema history. The two movies share so many plot points that Fail-Safe tends to be Hilarious in Hindsight.
Silent Running (1972) Frogs (1972) Both are ecologically-themed films released on March 10, 1972. Silent Running is a sci-fi drama while Frogs is a horror film. Silent Running is now considered a sci-fi classic, whereas Frogs was generally panned as a ridiculous, unfrightening mess.
Cannonball (also known as Carquake)(1976) The Gumball Rally (1976) Both 1976 films were inspired by the Real Life illegal cross-continent road race "The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash", that took place for a number of years in the United States. The Gumball Rally, however, was a comedy, while Cannonball was an action suspense film. Cannonball was largely a rehash of the previous year's Death Race 2000, both directed by Paul Bartel and starring David Carradine, only in a modern-day setting and without the comedy. The Gumball Rally, which is remembered by many as also being superior to the later Cannonball Run.
Mazes and Monsters (1982) Skullduggery (1983) Films aimed to exploit fears that the growing Dungeons & Dragons craze was being used as a way of introducing young people to the occult and/or Satanism. Mazes and Monsters was a drama film Based on a True Story and noteworthy for being the first leading role for Tom Hanks, whereas Skullduggery was a more a comedy-horror film. Coincidentally, both films have Wendy Crewson playing the lead character's girlfriend. Mazes and Monsters was definitely the better-received of the two, albeit only in the sense that it was made relatively competently, and it only really got attention at the time due to being based on a best-selling novel, and in the years since due to Hanks's involvement. That's still a lot more than can be said for Skullduggery, which was regarded as an absurd, incomprehensible mess, and proved so obscure that it hasn't even gotten a DVD release. If nothing else, it's at least got some who like it as an enjoyably So Bad, It's Good film.
Dreamscape (1984) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) A madman must be stopped from killing people in their dreams. Said madman uses blades on his fingertips to kill someone at least once. Scripts for both films were written in 1981, and were released in 1984 with three-month gap between them. Elm Street was a supernatural Slasher Movie, whereas Dreamscape used the dream-concept to display a variety of genres. Elm Streets similarity to Dreamscape is also the reason why Paramount didn't pick it up for distribution. A Nightmare on Elm Street. Critics loved how both movies used their dream-settings, but in the end Elm Street made more money in the box-office, launched a succesful movie franchise, and its villain became a pop culture icon.
Footloose (1984) Streets of Fire (1984)

Purple Rain (1984)
3 movies released in 1984 with elements of music and melodrama. Footloose was based on true events of a ban on dancing in Nebraska, Streets of Fire was more action-oriented, and Purple Rain was the one with Prince. These movies were released by Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros. respectively. Financially, Footloose did better than the other two, but all 3 of these movies managed to be Cult Classics in their own right, although Streets Of Fire bombed, and the circumstances surrounding its greenlighting destroyed producer Larry Gordon's relationship with Paramount/Disney head Michael Eisner for 2 years.
The Exorcist III (1990) Repossessed (1990) Two films released a month apart from each other, both having something to do with The Exorcist The first example is a straight horror sequel, while the latter is a quasi-sequel/parody of the first movie with Linda Blair getting repossessed, of course, and must be exorcised by Leslie Nielsen. Neither did well, though Exorcist III did a lot better.
Die Hard 2 (1990) Predator 2 (1990) 1990 released action films that serve as the first sequels to popular 80's action films that were directed by John McTiernan helmed by Nightmare on Elm Street franchise directorial alums. Them being Renny Harlin and Stephen Hopkins respectively.  Each is largely considered to be a step down from its predecessor, however Die Hard 2 did noticeably better with critics and made a good deal more at the box office, though Predator 2 does have a devoted cult following.
The Rescuers Down Under (1990) Home Alone (1990) Two Thanksgiving 1990 films, opening on November 16. The Rescuers Down Under is the 29th Disney Animated Classic, coming in between The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, and is the first direct sequel to an earlier Disney Animated Classic, that being The Rescuers from 1977. This installment has the titular mice duo, Bernard & Bianca of the Rescue Aid Society, sent to Australia to rescue a boy, Cody, from the clutches of a ruthless poacher who intends to use him to track down and kill a large golden eagle and her eggs, and fly Albatross Airways to get there. Home Alone is a Chris Columbus directed/John Hughes produced film from Disney rival Fox, and stars child actor Macaulay Culkin as a kid who is accidentally left behind in his family's mansion in Chicago when they wind up in a rush to get to Paris, and sees him take care of himself and outwit a pair of burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern who attempt to rob the house while his mother hitches a ride with a jazz band to get back. Both films have John Candy in them, as Wilbur the Albatross in The Rescuers Down Under and the jazz musician on the truck in Home Alone. Rescuers also had an opening act, The Prince and the Pauper starring Mickey Mouse, prior to showings of that movie (with an intermission to refill popcorn and drinks between the short and the film's opening Walt Disney Pictures logo.) Home Alone wound up being the victor, holding Rescuers to a small $5 million opening weekend. This led to the chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Jeffrey Katzenberg, calling up director Mike Gabriel on the phone and informing him, "It's over". He did have a Pet the Dog moment with Gabriel, but pulled Rescuers's marketing, ensuring the film would be a Box Office Bomb, falling $10 million short of its original budget in spite of receiving better reviews than Home Alone (Siskel & Ebert gave Rescuers "Two Thumbs Up" and Home Alone "Two Thumbs Down"). This locked up any ideas of producing more Rescuers movies (the death of Bianca's voice Eva Gabor, who reprised the role from the original film, was also a factor) AND producing any more sequels that were part of the Disney Animated Canon period for over 25 years; the next sequel, The Return Of Jafar, a sequel to Aladdin, was sent Direct-to-Video and was made by Disney's television animation unit rather than Feature Animation, leading to THAT trend for 10 years (Jafar was the only other sequel made during Katzenberg's employment at the studio, and the sequels after it had the tendency to fall into Sequelitis until Pixar's John Lasseter put the kibosh on them after Katzenberg's boss Michael Eisner was sent packing). It would take Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph's success for Disney to consider any more canon sequels. In addition, while Disney did recover in a mammoth way with Beauty And The Beast, that film's success and this film's failure convinced them to make films that had at least two big musical numbers for the rest of the 90's; most of these films have aged well, but when it got tired toward the end of the decade, this film's failure coupled with the rise of Pixar and Katzenberg and his new studio DreamWorks Animation launching the trend right back at Disney with Shrek.

As for Home Alone, that film's success made it a Star-Making Role for Macaulay Culkin and, along with Problem Child, which defeated another Disney project, Ducktales The Movie earlier that year, started the "smart child" film trend and got a sequel in 1992 titled Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, which brought back the cast and pitted it against another Disney Animated Classic, Aladdin. It fell into Sequelitis with a third installment in 1997, which had a completely different story, and these films have not aged all that well. Culkin dropped off the big screen halfway through the 90's after a series of critical and commercial flops, by the way.
The Austin Powers trilogy (1997) The Shrek series (2001) Two Mike Myers comedy/parody movie franchises that take direct aim at two other noteworthy film franchises/companies; for Austin Powers, it targets the James Bond movies, while Shrek is directed towards The Walt Disney Company, the former employer of Shrek maker DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg (as a side note, Katzenberg entered Hollywood through United Artists, leaving for Paramount at about the time they released The Man with the Golden Gun, connecting Katzenberg to both targets). Austin Powers started in 1997 and saw Myers play a legendary spy and his archnemesis Dr. Evil, with Myers taking an additional role in each subsequent film. The Shrek series started in 2001, one year before the last Austin Powers film, Goldmember, and Myers voiced the titular ogre in an adventure to get his swamp back and eventually fall in love.   Shrek wins due to the franchise having one more installment than Austin Powers and having a better critical and commercial reception overall. The first Shrek film was a major hit, and so was its sequel, but the third and fourth weren't so well received. All three of the Austin Powers movies were commercial successes, but Myers's career was derailed after the last one and he has only done Shrek work since. Both film franchises convinced their targets to change up their games; for Bond copyright holder EON Productions, they rebooted the series with Casino Royale in 2006 and took a Darker and Edgier turn, while the first two Shrek films were part of the dominoes that ultimately got Disney CEO Michael Eisner ousted one year before Casino Royale and replaced with current CEO Bob Iger, who immediately bought Pixar.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Robin Hood (1991)

Disney's Robin Hood (1973 Originally, 1991 Theatrical Re-relase)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Prince Of Thieves is an 1991 epic from Warner Bros starring Kevin Costner, as he deals with the Sheriff of Nottingham murdering his father while he was in Jerusalem. The other one is from Fox, and has a French Robin Hood angle going for it, and its villain isn't as bad. The Disney version is the 21st Disney Animated Classic from 1973, has a furry ensemble, and mostly adapts the actual tale, albeit with a few alterations. Finally, Men in Tights is a spoof from Mel Brooks along the lines of Space Balls, and was released a few years later. The animated Disney version is in this duel thanks to it making a Take That! to Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves in its marketing campaign for the home video re-release of the film (which was around the time Prince Of Thieves came to theaters), and it actually featured Prince John as the main antagonist. The Fox version dropped out of the duel at the box office when it came straight to cable in the U.S. (although it still saw a cinematic release internationally). Prince Of Thieves proved to be a decent box office and critical draw, while Men In Tights got panned by critics, but it was successful too (Brooks faded out of cinema on his next and last movie, Dracula: Dead And Loving It. As for the Disney version, it also was a box office success in the 70's, but got some derision for reusing animation from other Disney films (it's the first film where Walt didn't play a part, and is part of the Dork Age for Disney). This made it the first of the "Untouchables" to hit video under the Classics name, paving the way for Pinocchio's success later, and the film became a Cult Classic, especially with the Furry Fandom.
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996) All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (1996) Movies about dogs in 1996 San Francisco. The Homeward Bound sequel was just the first movie all over again, but in San Francisco, while All Dogs was about Charlie and Itchy retrieving Gabriel's horn. Incidentally, both Chance and Charlie find love. Both movies didn't do so well, but Lost in San Francisco had more staying power and raked in more money.
Evita (1996) Eva Peron: The True Story (1996) Both films are biopics of former Argentinean First Lady Eva Peron, the "Spiritual Leader of the Nation". The former is the film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical; the latter is an Argentinian-produced biopic. Eva Peron was put into production by the Argentinian Government to counter the musical's less-than-flattering account of Peron. Both films were released in the U.S. a week apart in December, 1996. Evita ended up getting the most notice (it starred Madonna), including the Academy Award for its song "You Must Love Me."
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) Kazaam (1996) As Roger Ebert pointed out, both movies are Disney productionsnote  that involve the protagonist discovering his long-lost father is the leader of a group of thieves, and with the help of a Genie defeats the gang and convinces his father to go straight. Kazaam was a live-action theatrical release and Non-Actor Vehicle for Shaquille O'Neal, while Aladdin and the King of Thieves was the second direct to video sequel to Disney's 1992 animated feature. Kazaam was a major box office and critical bomb that helped make Shaq and director Paul Michael Glaser's cinematic careers disappear (Shaq's attempt to recover with Steel the next year instead ensured he'd stay down and take DC Comics with him). While critics at the time weren't particularly kind to Aladdin and the King of Thieves either, it is still fondly remembered by fans of the series and clearly won out over Kazaam in all departments.
Independence Day (1996) Mars Attacks! (1996) 1996 Alien Invasion films. Mars Attacks! is a deliberately cheesy Black Comedy parodying tropes of a 1950s Alien B-Movie to which Independence Day; being a melodramatic, action-heavy Disaster Movie; plays straight and, at times, takes Up to Eleven. Both films got mixed reception upon their releases, but have gained considerably large followings in the years since. Independence Day, however, got the much bigger fanfare, not only getting a sequel (albeit 20 years later) but was also the year's highest grossing film and won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Mars Attacks!, on the other hand, barely surpassed it's budget by a percent in spite of the movie's All-Star Cast. Nowadays, Mars Attacks! is considered a fun Cult Classic among viewers for it's satire of corny sci-fi while Independence Day, though highly entertaining, is viewed by many critics as just that.
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) Titanic (1997) (1997) 1997 released blockbuster sized films that largely take place on a large cruise ship in deep peril and have a human antagonist who is out to get his hands on "jewelry" of some kind.   Is the question of who between these two won even worth dignifying with an answer? Well, if you feel it is, then it's Titanic by a long shot, receiving great critical acclaim, one of the all-time greatest grosses at the box office, and being the recipient of 11 Academy Awards. In contrast, Speed 2 pops up regularly on "Worst Sequels Ever" lists and is a mammoth Old Shame for Sandra Bullock.
Anna and the King (1999) The King and I (1999) Both films are connected to the true account of Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut of Siam, famously depicted by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The latter is an adaptation of the classic musical The King and I. The former is a non-musical starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat. Anna and the King attempted to more faithful to historical accounts than Margaret Landon's quasi-biography Anna and the King of Siam, which served as the basis for the musical The King and I and its subsequent film versions. The animated King and I'' isn't even faithful to its own source material, turning it into an Aladdin knockoff complete with an evil sorcerer and comic-relief animal characters. Both films failed critically and commercially, with the animated film faring even worse.
Lilo & Stitch (2002) Men in Black II (2002) Two movies filled with lawful aliens and an ex-government agent in an all-black suit who is connected to them. Lilo & Stitch is the 42nd Disney Animated Classic and concerns a fugitive artificial alien lifeform, Experiment 626, escaping the alien federation's clutches and landing in Hawaii, where's he's adopted by young girl Lilo and her older sister, Nani, who were orphaned and are dealing with a black-dressed social worker (Ving Rhames), who is in fact a former CIA agent who dealt with the aliens. The aliens also send 626's creator, "Evil Genius" Jumba Jookiba, down to capture the now-named Stitch. MIBII is the sequel to the 1997 film, and sees Agent J having to bring the now-retired K back into the MIB to deal with an old threat from his past. Both movies also ironically feature a major "King of Musical Genre". Lilo & Stitch uses the most noteworthy songs from the King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley in several key scenes, including a musical number with Nani trying to find a job. Presley was also referenced in the original MIB; the sequel has King of Pop Michael Jackson in a cameo (fun fact; Jackson actually tried to persuade maker Sony to give him the starring role). Lilo & Stitch wins; it was one of two major bright spots for Disney in 2002 (alongside the grand premiere installment in the Kingdom Hearts series), got a lot of great reviews, and started another franchise that included three TV shows. It also put directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois on the map, but they found themselves at DreamWorks Animation by the end of the decade, moving on to the How to Train Your Dragon movies. MIBII was a commercial success too, but not to the same extent as the original film, and got a negative reception from critics; there would be a 10-year hiatus before a third installment in that series hit theatres.
Die Another Day (2002) Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Entries in major multi-media franchises, both with an action and sci-fi bent, that were released in a few weeks of each other in December 2002. Both were landmark entries for their respective series, with Die Another Day being the 40th Anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise and 20th film overall, and Nemesis being the 10th Star Trek film and celebrating the 15th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Die Another Day did extremely well at the box office. Reviews were far more mixed, though, and it came off the heels of the third Austin Powers movie (each of those films were released the same year as the final three Pierce Brosnan Bond films) which resulted in a major Retool and reboot for the next Bond film. However, this is still far more than can be said for Nemesis, which got horrible reviews, and was not only a Box Office Bomb, but essentially a Franchise Killer for the original incarnation of Star Trek (and a Creator Killer for director Stuart Baird; it also nearly became this trope for real for Big Bad actor Tom Hardy, who has ZERO desire to talk about this film, as do the TNG crew and the film's writers, who saw their careers hammered). It would be seven years before another movie, which rebooted the series.
Rugrats Go Wild! (2003) Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Family films that utilized special technology to make it feel like the viewers were part of the movie. Rugrats Go Wild used Odorama cards that were given away with Burger King kids' meals and at Blockbuster video during random points in the movie, while Spy Kids used 3D glasses at a time when the technology was not as common as it was today. Ironically enough, the fourth Spy Kids film would also use Odorama cards. Rugrats Go Wild received mixed reviews, and while it did make enough moneynote  to make back it's budget, it had the misfortune of being released at the same time as Finding Nemo, which would become the highest-grossing animated film domestically at the time. Spy Kids, however, topped the box office and made $111 million dollars domestically. The success of that movie helped 3D movies become popular again, which lead to the birth of technology such as RealD 3D. Spy Kids wins this duel.
Chasing Liberty (2004) First Daughter (2004) Two films released eight months apart in 2004, both about the daughter of the President of the United States. Both films circles on the first daughter seeking a romance with a seemingly random man, only to reveal that the guy works for the White House in order to keep an eye on the young woman. Neither did particuarly well with critics or at the box office, but Chasing Liberty got a slightly better reception on Rotten Tomatoes with a 19% compared to 8% for First Daughter.
Dawn of the Dead (2004) Shaun of the Dead (2004) Both zombie films based off the work of George A. Romero. The former was a "reimagining" of the 1978 horror classic, and the latter an affectionate comedy homage with some gruesome elements thrown into the mix. Release of Shaun was pushed back a few weeks so as not to contend with the release of Dawn, due to the similar nature of the films. Both did extremely well, with Dawn labeled a worthy remake of a landmark horror film and Shaun jumpstarting the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy for Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. Both were successful at the box office, although Shaun fared better with critics, maintaining a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. George Romero himself saw both movies and sang more praise for Shaun, so it's likely the winner.
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Repo Men (2010) Both sci-fi films about a massive corporation in a Crapsack World that offers organ transplants to the masses, and who send "repo men" assassins to murder those who can't pay their debts. The former is a musical, while the latter is an action film based on the 2009 novel, Repossession Mambo.

Despite the names, neither film is a sequel to the '84 SF cult classic Repo Man, whose spiritual sequel Repo Chick was released in fall 2009. Confused yet?
Although it has been reported that the concept for Repo Men was conceived in 2003, some two years after the stage version of Repo! debuted, the author's essay at the back of the novel reveals that Repossession Mambo was his first novel, the one he fell in love with but couldn't sell, and had been in parallel development with the screenplay since 2001. Repo! did OK business in a very, very limited release (i.e. 11 screens nationally), and has since become a cult classic. Repo Men's first weekend gross, although easily bigger, did not match its multi-million dollar production and advertising budget. It also has a lower percentage of positive reviews than Repo! on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Road (2009) The Book of Eli (2010) Both are post-apocalyptic movies about a man safeguarding something he holds dear. The former is trying to survive with his son and the latter is keeping the last Bible on Earth from the Big Bad. Whilst the two movies deal with some similar themes, The Road is a much more methodical and bleak in its approach whilst The Book of Eli placed more emphasis on action and had a more Fallout-esque scenario The Road fared much better critically, but just about broke even money wise. The Book of Eli had a significantly better box-office gross.
Avatar (2009) Alice in Wonderland (2010) Big movies from famously imaginative directors with extensive 3D visual effects about a person who undergoes a physical change (and considerable Clothing Damage) in a dangerous World of Chaos where they're compelled to lead the oppressed animals/residents into battle against a person with a facial deformity and a Dragon. They also get admonished by blue people with glowing spots. Dreams and eyes are a big motif. Avatar has a male protagonist who chooses to stay in the new world after fighting a ship called the Dragon; Alice decides to go back to the real world after fighting an actual dragon but has the option of returning. Both also include nods to The Lord of the Rings: Avatar had the same effects company and Alice had a few shout outs. Both made a lot of money, both would be nominated for special effects awards. Avatar got significantly better reviews, however. Their respective DVD releases are a bit odd: Avatar released a Vanilla Edition while Alice rushed its DVD only a few months after its premier, which annoyed some UK distributors to the point where they didn't bother to play the film at all.
Catfish (2010) The Virginity Hit (2010) Internet sites (Face Book and YouTube, respectively) are used to chronicle uncomfortable intimate relationships. Catfish is a documentary while Virginity is a regular comedy shot with Jitter Cam. Both have had controversy in that Catfish is suspected of being fake (not helping was the director's next project being the third Paranormal Activity film) and Virginity's ads coincided with (or possibly inspired) two real-life college students filming their roommate's intimate encounter, outing him as gay and causing him to kill himself. Catfish wins this one as its success in limited release far surpasses The Virginity Hit, which had one of the worst nationwide openings. The Virginity Hit had Matt Bennett though, so time will tell.
Shutter Island (2010) Inception (2010) 2010 Mind Screw thrillers starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a man apart from society who can have difficulty telling dreams from reality and is alternately helped and tormented by his meaningfully-named, mentally troubled wife who he killed. DiCaprio's characters are a bit different. In Shutter Island, he's a man jailed for killing his wife after ignoring her mental illness, which causes her to murder their kids, and he creates a delusion that he's after the man who killed her. In Inception, he's a "dream thief" who tested his theory of implanting ideas on his wife which caused her to think reality wasn't real, killed herself, and framed him for murder so he'd want to join her. Both movies opened to great reviews, but Inception was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars as well as being more financially successful than Shutter Island.
Young Adult (2011) The Great Gatsby (2013) Delusional thirty-something hopes to restart their life by reconnecting with teen-era lover, despite said lover getting married and having a kid, under a "friend's" disapproving eye. Gatsby's obsession with Daisy spanned an entire world war and is the reason he acquired all that cash while Young Adult's Mavis's obsession with her high school boyfriend Buddy seems to be more of a midlife crisis. Also, Buddy is Happily Married while Daisy... kind of isn't. Young Adult garnered really great reviews, while Gatsby's reception was rather mixed.
Mirror, Mirror (2012) Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) 2012 live-action versions of "Snow White". Mirror, Mirror is more humorous and family friendly, whereas Snow White and the Huntsman is more of a horror movie. (Incidentally the director of SWATH isn't worried about competition since one is for kids and the other's for adults.) The former has Lily Collins (Touhy) as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the evil queen; the latter has Bella and Thor as the title characters and Eileen Wournos as the evil queen! Disney cancelled their movie, Order of the Seven (which had the dwarves replaced by an international group of martial artists) since they thought a third movie would be overkill to the Snow White story. Both had mixed reviews (Mirror, Mirror has a slightly bigger Rotten Tomatoes score), but SWATH grossed more (though its budget was also bigger) and earned a sequel.
Chronicle (2012) Project X (2012) Two Found Footage Films released in 2012, both made on budgets of $12 million and promoted with Viral Marketing, each starring three relatively unknown teenage leads who come of ages, albeit in very different ways. The former is a Genre-Busting sci-fi film where the three teens gain psychic abilities and learn how to use them, while the latter, produced by Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame, is a comedy that centers around the three teens' quest to have the wildest Wild Teen Party ever. While both grossed over $100 million worldwide, recouping their budgets several times over and making sequels almost inevitable, Chronicle made slightly more in its total box office cume, debuted at #1 in the United States despite stiff competition and opening on Super Bowl weekend, and received a Certified Fresh rating on RT, garnering much more critical acclaim than Project X.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Lincoln (2012) Films about Abraham Lincoln, opening six months apart. One of them is slightly more historically accurate than the other (hint: it's the one directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis). In terms of critical reception, Lincoln won out, as it opened to critical acclaim, with special praise going to Day-Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln, which got him an Oscar for Best Actor, his third. Vampire Hunter, on the other hand, received a more mixed reception. Box office wise, Lincoln grossed over 275 million worldwide, more than double what Vampire Hunter got. Lincoln also had a lower budget and thus is easily the more commercially successful.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Now You See Me (2013) Both films on the subject of magic released within a few months from each other. The former is a comedy about rival magicians, while the latter is more of a caper film about magicians that use sleight-of-hand to steal from the audience and outwit the police. Wonderstone was a box-office bomb and critical failure, with most of the praise going to the performances of Jim Carrey and Alan Arkin, and it made Don Scardino's major-league theatrical directing career vanish after just one movie. Now You See Me was successful at the box-office and with audiences, although it received mixed reviews from critics, getting a sequel that got caught in the 2016 Summer Bomb Buster.
Carrie (2013 version) Beautiful Creatures (2013) Films based on novels about misunderstood teenage girls with supernatural abilities, released in 2013. They were originally slated for release within a month of each other, but Carrie was pushed back to October in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. Despite having similar subject matter, the films are in two very different genres. Carrie is a Stephen King horror story in which the eponymous heroine is driven over the edge by bullying, while Beautiful Creatures is a young adult fantasy story about a girl from a family of witches. This also marks the third time that Carrie has been adapted for the screen, the first being Brian De Palma's 1976 horror classic and the second being a Made-for-TV Movie in 2002. While both films received mixed reviews and disappointed at the box office, Carrie wins on account of at least making its money back, while Beautiful Creatures was a Box Office Bomb.
The Conjuring (2013) R.I.P.D. (2013) Lovecraft Country-set films released on July 19, 2013, whose heroes are required to eliminate malicious spirits. The Conjuring is a Genre Throwback to '70s Haunted House movies and Religious Horror, based on a case experienced in 1971 by American paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. R.I.P.D. is a visual-effects-driven horror-action-comedy based on a twelve-issue graphic novel by Dark Horse Comics. These two finished as polar opposites. R.I.P.D. grossed only three-fifths of its budget back and has a 13% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It, along with DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, buried Ryan Reynolds's career until he resurfaced with Deadpool. The Conjuring, on the other hand, has an 87% rating from RT, grossed nearly sixteen times its budget (which was less than a sixth of R.I.P.D.'s), and got a spinoff/prequel in the form of Annabelle the following year, and a sequel set to be released in June 2016 and has similarly positive reviews from critics from its advance screenings.
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) The Irate Gamer: Rise of Red (2014) Both films are based on internet review shows in which a Caustic Critic reviews video games. However, while both movies are action/adventure stories involving fantastic threats, the AVGN movie takes inspiration from Wayne's World in focusing more on the character than the show, while the IG movie is somewhat of a Film Serial, released in an inconsistent schedule spanning less than five years as part of the show's fourth season. The AVGN movie builds up to a video game review at the end, while the IG movie is a string of video game reviews that happen concurrently with the story. Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie wins, having stronger support from fans and effort in addition to a higher budget, while The Irate Gamer: Rise of Red was a notorius Follow the Leader that was developed ahead of the AVGN movie, only managing to finish months before the movie's actual premiere.
Spectre (2015) Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) Two long awaited continuations of two of the biggest franchises in Hollywood history. Both films feature Nebulous Evil Organisation groups in them that rose from the ashes of their predecessors in the franchises: Quantum in Bond, and the Galactic Empire in Star Wars. Spectre is the first Bond film to use the titular organization in an official Bond film since Diamonds Are Forever in 1971, and the first period since Never Say Never Again. This film's plot features Bond investigating the underground organization, which actually owned Quantum, the villain group in Daniel Craig's first two Bond films, and discovering he has connections to them since before he ever entered MI-6. The Force Awakens is the continuation of the Star Wars series, and features a new villainous group, the First Order, who are out to find and kill Luke Skywalker and destroy the new Galactic Republic. Both films have Daniel Craig in them; he's the star of Spectre, but his role in The Force Awakens is in a Stormtrooper suit cameo and his face is never seen in that film (the film came from J.J. Abrams, who is the man behind another film Spectre dueled, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). Also, in a bit of irony, the villain of Spectre is Ernst Stavro Blofeld, as played by Christoph Waltz; Waltz is a veteran of Inglorious Basterds, which had Mike Myers, who spoofed the Bond franchise with Austin Powers. Meanwhile, the last person prior to Waltz to play Blofeld was Max Von Sydow in 1983, and Sydow appears in the opening of The Force Awakens as an old ally. Sydow's Bond film, Never Say Never Again, was directed by Irvin Kershner, who is the director of The Empire Strikes Back. AND Spectre has Dave Bautista, one of the leads of another Disney film, Guardians of the Galaxy, plus it mentions Disney's mascot, Mickey Mouse. Both were successful, but Star Wars wins in the box office and in the critical field.
Into the Woods (2015) Cinderella (2015) In a rare case, two fantasy films released by the same studio (Disney) within a span of 4 months will feature Cinderella as one of the central characters. Into the Woods is a musical with Cinderella as a central supporting character although with many others (Rapunzel, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.), and part of Cinderella's story is based on the Brothers Grimm version. But Into the Woods is a inversion of the traditional fairy tale, especially in the second half of the musical. Cinderella is a more straightforward live action drama adaptation of the Disney Animated Classic and the Charles Perrault version of the fairy tale. Into the Woods has grossed $213.1 million worldwide ($128 million domestic). Cinderella has grossed 543.5 million worldwide (201.1 million domestic) and is thus the clear box office winner. Both have received generally positive reviews though Cinderella has a slight edge (Into the Woods at 71% fresh, and Cinderella at 83% certified fresh).
Annie (2014) Daddy's Home (2015) A rich father tries to impress children that he takes the custody of. While Annie was based on the musical of the same name and the Little Orphan Annie comics, Daddy's Home is an original story. Annie not only was leaked during the infamous Sony hack, but it also opened the exact same weekend as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the United States. It was more successful overseas, particularly in Japan. Daddy's Home, despite being released during The Force Awakens' reign of the box office, stayed in the top 5 for 6 weeks and became Will Ferrell's highest-grossing film of all time. It also managed to outgross other family films that were released around the same time, and got greenlit for a sequel three months after its' release. Daddy's Home wins this duel.
Spectre (2016) The Jungle Book (2016) Two adventure films with orphans who were raised in a new family as the main protagonist. Spectre is the fourth Daniel Craig James Bond film and has him going up against the titular organization, while The Jungle Book is the remake of Walt Disney's final Classic (which was released at the end of the year that the Bond film You Only Live Twice was released) where an orphaned man cub named Mowgli must escape the jungle. Ironically, the two James Bond films where Bond meets Big Bad Ernst Stavro Blofeld for the first time were released months ahead of both of Disney's major Jungle Book films (the one from Walt that is part of the Platinum/Diamond Editions lineup, and Jon Favreau's remake). The major connection is both movies use the Cuckoo bird as a plot device as to how Bond/Mowgli got into their families. For Blofeld, Bond was adopted by his father and "he had to treat him like a brother", while Mowgli was adopted into the wolf pack, with Big Bad Shere Kahn relaying the story of the cuckoo to the cubs and how the cuckoo is successful at getting the chicks to starve. Disney and The Jungle Book win. This film is one of the biggest successes of 2016 both critically and commercially. Spectre did well at the box office, but got mixed reviews for how it implemented Blofeld and Spectre into the Daniel Craig Bond films.
Gods of Egypt (2016) London Has Fallen (2016) Two movies with Gerard Butler in them that were released a week apart in 2016. Both are also action-adventure films, however, Gods of Egypt is also a fantasy/sci-fi flick, while London Has Fallen is non sci-fi and is a sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen   London Has Fallen. Gods of Egypt was sent up the Nile by critics and then the box office receipts, barely making it back to its budget of $140 million, which required the international gross (this came after complaints about the film whitewashing Egyptian Mythology prompted an apology from Lionsgate, and director Alex Proyas lashed out against the critical reviews of the final movie after its first weekend). London Has Fallen has fared better with critics, but not enough to avoid being considered one of the dopiest films of the year as well. Both movies also came out in the wake of Deadpool, and they also got run down by Disney's Zootopia. However, London significantly beat its budget, in sharp contrast to Gods, making it the clear winner.
Doctor Strange (2016) (2016) Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Two movies who have a medical lead character that refuses to harm or kill anyone, and is confronted with moral dilemmas regarding their beliefs. Dr. Strange is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the second film in Phase 3. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, who goes to a mystic sanctuary after injuring his hands, but finds himself becoming a sorcerer who has to confront the end of the world. Hacksaw Ridge is based off the story of medic Desmond Doss, who refused to carry a rifle into the Pacific theater in World War II, and he saved a lot of wounded soldiers. The latter is the first directing effort from Mel Gibson after his anti-Semitic rant and his DUI in 2006 derailed his mainstream career. That movie also involves several people who were once part of Marvel and Disney (sort of for one). It stars Andrew Garfield, who played the second incarnation of Sony's take on the Spider-Man film series, but only made it through 2 films before Sony rebooted a third time, this time with Disney/Marvel directly involved. Another is Hugo Weaving, who plays Doss's father; Weaving also played the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. The other is producer Bill Mechanic, who was the boss of Walt Disney Home Video during all but the last year of Frank Wells's and Jeffrey Katzenberg's careers there. Plus Mel Gibson was in Pocahontas. Doctor Strange wins. Both movies are critically acclaimed, but Hacksaw Ridge's Box Office was eclipsed by Dr. Strange and one of Katzenberg's last DreamWorks Animation films, Trolls, which also was released that day. While Hacksaw's Box Office isn't much compared to its competition, it made back its budget and it's pretty much agreed to be Gibson's Career Resurrection. Strange looks to be another winning entry and franchise-starter for Marvel.
Doctor Strange (2016) (2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Both films are related to a larger shared universe of movies. Doctor Strange is the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Fantastic Beasts is the 9th film in the Harry Potter film franchise (and the first in it's own spin-off series); both stories deal largely with the mystical and the main cast largely comprises of wizards/sorcerers. Each film also makes use of an Audience Surrogate character for those who may be uninitiated with their respective settings. The comparisons end there, however, and some would say are largely superficial. In fact, two villains, Baron Mordo (Doctor Strange) and Gellert Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts) have complete opposite goals by the end of their films. Mordo wants to rid the world of magic users like himself, seeing them as a blight for playing with the laws of nature; Grindelwald wants to expose magic society to No-Majs and then rule over them to proliferate magic. As Doctor Strange is a Marvel film, it falls comfortably into the Superhero genre despite heavy high-fantasy elements and multiple Disney Acid Sequences. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on the other hand, is definitely a fantasy flick with elements of Steam Punk and Diesel Punk for good measure. It also has a heavy, dark atmosphere due to being directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films. Both win, though Doctor Strange had a slight edge; both belong in financially successful series with different appeals there, and there was no audience separation because they opened two weeks apart, despite being in the same month. Doctor Strange made $85 million domestically opening weekend, and Fantastic Beasts made $75 million domestically in its own. They are also certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (with Doctor Strange at a 90% and Fantastic Beasts at a 76%, respectively).
Passengers (2016) Collateral Beauty (2016) Movies where the main characters fool or are fooled by, respectively, people they trust: In Passengers a Sleeper Ship's pod malfunctions and after some time alone the guy awakens another person because he's lonely, essentially trapping her with him until they die (the reviews claim there are other twists too). In Collateral Beauty an ad man's three partners hire three actors (or are they?) to portray the Anthropomorphic Personifications of Death, Time, and Love so he will either get out of his depression following his daughter's death or go insane so they can sell the company. Passengers is sci-fi, Collateral Beauty is Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane Oscar Bait. Both films were eviscerated by critics who aren't exactly cool with people screwing with their friends' hearts and minds for essentially selfish reasons, however Passengers got higher Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores than Collateral Beauty (31% vs the former's 12% and 7.1 vs. the former's 6.5). Both made a profit, but Passengers also wins in that regard ($330 million against an $110m budget, in contrast to the other earning $88 million against a $36 m budget). Additionally, it also got two (technical) Academy Award noms, in contrast to Collateral Beauty earned at most a Golden Raspberry Award nomination due to being manipulative Glurge.
Christine (2016) Kate Plays Christine (2016) Independent films released at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, covering the on-air suicide of Floridian reporter Christine Chubbuck in 1974 and her preceding battle against depression in their own unique ways. Christine is a partly research-driven biopic, written by Craig Shilowich out of influence from his own, seven-year depression post-9/11. Kate Plays Christine, a documentary, takes a more complex turn on the story. It follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil taking further investigation into the conspiracy to learn how to accurately portray Chubbuck. In itself, it's a thriller about obsession and reality vs. fiction that eventually questions why audiences demand to see true-life casualties fictionalized in the first place. Christine was obviously the crowd-pleaser compared to Kate, and did better financially and critically. Certain cinephiles, however, prefer the latter due to its originality and boldness.
Suicide Squad (2016) Rogue One (2016) Two movies based off very popular franchises that were both released in 2016, and serve as a A Day in the Limelight for minor characters not previously seen in the series. Both involve a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who have been sent on a very risky mission assigned by their superiors. Both also have a female main protagonist, and also prominently feature a fan-favorite villain (Joker for Suicide Squad and Darth Vader for Rogue One) in their advertising. Suicide Squad is the third DC Extended Universe instalment, while Rogue One is the eighth Star Wars film and first spin-off film in the franchise. Rogue One wins by critical response (a 85% score on Rotten Tomatoes vs. Suicide Squad's 26%) and box office gross ($1.04 billion vs. Suicide Squad's $745.6 million).
Wonder Woman (2017) Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) Two films about...well...Wonder Woman in some form! Whether it be an adaptation of the comics themselves or a historical drama centering around her creator and her inspirations.   Wonder Woman, of course. While both were hugely acclaimed, only the actual adaptation was meant to have mainstream appeal.
Saban's Power Rangers (2017) The Order (2018) Action movies related to the Power Rangers franchise. Saban's Power Rangers is a big-budget cinematic reboot of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, while The Order is a crowdfunded action/espionage movie with a cast full of actors from the various Power Rangers series (along with Star Trek: The Original Series actress Nichelle Nichols and Farscape actress Gigi Edgley). Saban's Power Rangers fared ok with critics but opened against the live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast plus DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby; it did not make a profit in cinemas.
Alpha (2018) AXL (2018) Two A Boy and His X films released in August 2018. While Alpha is a prehistoric survival film showing how man and dog came together, A.X.L. is a futuristic action/adventure film in which the "dog" is a highly advanced AI in the form of a robot dog. Neither was a box office success; however, in terms of critical reception, Alpha beat out A.X.L. by a mile.
Outlaw King (2018) Robert the Bruce (2019) Two historical films about Robert the Bruce released less than a year apart. Outlaw King was produced by Netflix, is intended to be watched on the streaming service and stars Chris Pine as Robert. Angus Macfadyen reprises the role of Robert from Braveheart and Robert the Bruce is having a limited theatrical release in UK. Critics seem to favor Outlaw King (63% on Rotten Tomatoes) against Robert the Bruce (45%, though only about a dozen critics have reviewed it on RT so far).
Charlie Says (2019) note  The Haunting Of Sharon Tate (2019) / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Films released in 2019 that are either directly about Charles Manson or are adjacent to him, some of which featuring Sharon Tate as a character. Each film is in a different genre: horror, crime thriller, and black comedy, respectively. TBD. The Haunting of Sharon Tate was released to universally negative reviews and was a box office bomb in limited release. TBD on the others, but Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time is likely to finish with the highest sum based on name recognition towards himself and stars Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt. It certainly helps that that film opened at Cannes with some of the best reviews Tarantino has had since Kill Bill.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Two gritty and R-rated installments from action movie franchises that originated in The '80s and starring major action movie actors from that time (and rivals back then), Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both also see the return of an aged protagonist of the franchise, John Rambo (Stallone again) and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), who stills kicks ass left and right.   
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