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(Digital Spy)   The conundrum of the twin movie release, when two near-identical movies are released at the same time and go head-to-head at the box office   ( digitalspy.com) divider line
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2017-10-03 04:26:24 AM  
33 votes:
No The Prestige and The Illusionist?
2017-10-03 03:06:24 AM  
25 votes:
No Volcano vs Dante's Peak?
2017-10-02 11:58:09 PM  
22 votes:

Mugato: Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.


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Also from 1999.
2017-10-02 11:56:37 PM  
18 votes:
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And sometimes it's three of them.
2017-10-02 11:37:31 PM  
18 votes:
Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.
2017-10-03 12:07:45 AM  
16 votes:
....and Wyatt Earp and Tombstone. And the two Christopher Columbus movies. I should get paid for writing this shiat.
2017-10-03 12:14:00 AM  
13 votes:
....and the two Mission to Mars movies
2017-10-03 06:46:49 AM  
12 votes:
Skyline and Battle:Los Angeles
Capote and Infamous
Truman Show and Ed TV
Terminal Velocity and Drop Zone
2017-10-03 01:01:45 PM  
8 votes:
I'm going to say it: Megamind was better then Despicable Me in almost every way except for those darn Minions. If not for them, it wouldn't have been a hit.
2017-10-03 09:43:24 AM  
7 votes:

Cortez the Killer: FTA: Entrapment vs The Thomas Crown Affair

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I wonder why Entrapment came out the winner.


Rene Russo in the former is orders of magnitude (pop pop) hotter
2017-10-03 07:53:01 AM  
6 votes:
Paul Blart Mall Cop and Observe and Report. I'll forgive the article for leaving these out as they don't fit the format. No one "wins" when those are released excerpt for Kevin James's inexplicable career.
2017-10-03 05:13:51 AM  
6 votes:

Mugato: ....and Wyatt Earp and Tombstone. And the two Christopher Columbus movies. I should get paid for writing this shiat.


Tombstone wins by a mile
2017-10-03 12:12:14 PM  
5 votes:
And for the nerds:
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2017-10-03 05:53:39 AM  
5 votes:
You guys are forgetting about the cinematic fight that ripped society in two
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2017-10-03 03:15:35 AM  
5 votes:
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2017-10-03 09:04:34 AM  
4 votes:
Did they include Sixth Sense and the vastly superior Stir of Echoes?
2017-10-03 03:28:09 AM  
4 votes:

maddermaxx: Ah, Mission to Mars and Red Planet, what a terrible waste of sci-fi budgets those pieces of crap were.


Mission To Mars COULD have been pretty damned good, actually. PARTS of it were.

Parts.
2017-10-03 01:04:47 PM  
3 votes:

isamudyson: I'm going to say it: Megamind was better then Despicable Me in almost every way except for those darn Minions. If not for them, it wouldn't have been a hit.


This.

Megamind was great.
2017-10-03 10:40:00 AM  
3 votes:

Get Rich or Try Dyin': [img.fark.net image 300x421]
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Yeah, try RTFA next time:
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natazha: I've only seen two of these movies and haven't even heard of most of the rest.


Well, are't YOU edgy?

Far Cough: Guess TV doesn't count.
Battling Buttafuocos.
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Movie adaptations of current events doesn't count. Of course you're going to get a doubling up.

mjbok: Cortez the Killer: FTA: Entrapment vs The Thomas Crown Affair

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I wonder why Entrapment came out the winner.

Rene Russo in the former is orders of magnitude (pop pop) hotter


Yeah, I've watched Thomas Crown a few times. Entrapment? Once. It was OK, but Thomas Crown is just the better movie, despite TFA/
2017-10-03 09:37:46 AM  
3 votes:
FTA: Entrapment vs The Thomas Crown Affair

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I wonder why Entrapment came out the winner.
2017-10-03 07:57:42 AM  
3 votes:

puffy999: maddermaxx: Ah, Mission to Mars and Red Planet, what a terrible waste of sci-fi budgets those pieces of crap were.

Mission To Mars COULD have been pretty damned good, actually. PARTS of it were.

Parts.


The wife and i watched Mission to Mars in the theaters. I turned to her after the movie and said something to the effect of "The actors did well, it had good characters, some decent action scenes, and the Mars sets were great. How did that movie still manage to be terrible?" She was just as baffled as I was.

It's like all the elements of a good movie were there, but it just couldn't mesh them all together.
2017-10-03 03:25:48 AM  
3 votes:
There were two f*cking STEVE PREFONTAINE movies within a short amount of time, for crying out loud.

It was a "thing" for awhile, it seems.
2017-10-03 12:19:14 AM  
3 votes:
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... and when Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger we're brothers.
2017-10-03 12:09:03 PM  
2 votes:
List fails without including "Sinbad's Shazaam" and "The Berenstein Bears meet The Genie." They were each so legendary in their own ways, it's really hard to pick a winner.
2017-10-03 12:04:49 PM  
2 votes:

Cortez the Killer: FTA: Entrapment vs The Thomas Crown Affair

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I wonder why Entrapment came out the winner.


Uh no sorry, pretty sure that was Stunt Butt.
2017-10-03 11:27:13 AM  
2 votes:
List is missing the most glaringly obvious example:
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2017-10-03 11:26:34 AM  
2 votes:

rwdavis: There was also Speed and Blown Away released about the same time. I think Speed came out better financially, but Blown Away was the better movie.


Eh.  Speed is one of the best action films of the 90s.  Blown away was an alright movie that felt like Backdraft with bombs
2017-10-03 08:56:42 AM  
2 votes:
They left out the time that "Comedic retellings of Frankenstein" was a thing...

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2017-10-03 08:14:57 AM  
2 votes:
Guess TV doesn't count.
Battling Buttafuocos.
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2017-10-03 08:05:13 AM  
2 votes:
Hard to believe eXistenZ was a box office bomb. They added an X AND a Z in the name and even capitalized them. The kids should have been flocking to see it. Their marketing department swore it would work.
2017-10-03 05:32:55 AM  
2 votes:
Dante's Peak
Volcano

Both from 1997

Preferred Dante's Peak
2017-10-03 03:27:11 AM  
2 votes:
By the way, the Billy Crudup-starring Pre movie was better (especially since Bill Bowerman was Donald Sutherland), but Jared Leto was apparently the other Pre, and I think Al Bundy was Bowerman in that one.
2017-10-03 03:16:23 AM  
2 votes:

Mugato: ....and the two Mission to Mars movies


Ah, Mission to Mars and Red Planet, what a terrible waste of sci-fi budgets those pieces of crap were.
2017-10-03 08:01:42 PM  
1 vote:

gwowen: HideAndGoFarkYourself: Has anyone mentioned White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen yet?

You mean besides TFA?


Did it? I couldn't get it to load on my phone.

If so, good.  Those movies sucked balls.
2017-10-03 06:53:04 PM  
1 vote:

wildcardjack: Does the problem start with writing workshops or are there other spawning actions for the same script synopsis to make it to different production companies?

/lets do dances with wolves, but with blue creatures
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My understanding is it is generally a case of someone shopping a script around and one of the studios really liking the idea, but not wanting to pay for the script.  So, they get someone else to write a script cheaper.  Meanwhile another studio buys the script and starts production not knowing a competitor is planning on doing something similar or the same. By the time they find out it's a case of 'we spent to much money to stop now'.
2017-10-03 06:45:44 PM  
1 vote:

StopDaddy: Hard to believe eXistenZ was a box office bomb. They added an X AND a Z in the name and even capitalized them. The kids should have been flocking to see it. Their marketing department swore it would work.


Thought it was a movie for boner pills.
2017-10-03 06:21:51 PM  
1 vote:

Ecobuckeye: I remember being confused by this:

October 5, 1997:
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October 17, 1997:
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The Devil's Advocate was awesome.
2017-10-03 04:14:34 PM  
1 vote:
Has anyone mentioned White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen yet?  Two movies with the exact same plots released within 3 months of each other, which both coincidentally sucked.
2017-10-03 03:01:07 PM  
1 vote:

T.rex: 1987 thru 1988... 3 of 'em.
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Also 1988:
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2017-10-03 01:20:22 PM  
1 vote:
Babe/Gordy - pig movies

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2017-10-03 01:17:24 PM  
1 vote:
1987 thru 1988... 3 of 'em.
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2017-10-03 12:58:13 PM  
1 vote:
Does the problem start with writing workshops or are there other spawning actions for the same script synopsis to make it to different production companies?

/lets do dances with wolves, but with blue creatures
//ferngully and avatar
2017-10-03 12:20:03 PM  
1 vote:

Far Cough: Cortez the Killer: FTA: Entrapment vs The Thomas Crown Affair

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I wonder why Entrapment came out the winner.

Uh no sorry, pretty sure that was Stunt Butt.


Your point being...?
2017-10-03 12:09:20 PM  
1 vote:
From the 80s teen spank-bank:
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2017-10-03 07:08:53 AM  
1 vote:
Nearly-identical.  Adverbs still exist.
2017-10-03 06:31:39 AM  
1 vote:

Get Rich or Try Dyin': [img.fark.net image 300x421]
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Deep Impact...
Armageddon...
What year did "Fist of an Angry God" get released?
2017-10-03 06:26:07 AM  
1 vote:

johnsoninca: [img.fark.net image 320x240]
... and when Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger we're brothers.


And Rainman
2017-10-03 05:38:29 AM  
1 vote:

Witty_Retort: It was one of the last big budget Hollywood releases without computer animation.  Everything was miniatures and matte paintings.
That is about the only thing I remember from that movie.


As far as realism goes, it had some decent moments before they actually made it to Mars. At least, relative to standard Hollywood practices.

Plus, crazy Don Cheadle is always a good thing, even if he's literally "totally normal" five minutes later.
2017-10-03 03:39:48 AM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: Mugato: Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.

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Also from 1999.


Yep.  Article invalid.
2017-10-03 03:04:24 AM  
1 vote:
The Maltese Falcon and The Baltic Hawk
2017-10-03 02:26:46 AM  
1 vote:

Mugato: ....and the two Mission to Mars movies


Yeah, TFA misses a lot of examples.
 
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