Thanks should be directed toward Box Office Mojo writer Brandon Gray, then, for putting on his lab coat and black-rimmed glasses, picking up a clipboard, and staring intently at "information" and "numbers" while occasionally letting out a "Hmmm..." or "Fascinating..." before jotting down illegible notes that turned into an article proclaiming 27 sequels are coming out in 2011. That's more than any year prior, with nine second movies, five third movies, five fourth movies, five fifth movies, two seventh movies, and one eighth. The last record for sequels was 2003, which had 24. Drop some knowledge, Professor Gray:
To reiterate, six movies are sequels to movies that came out last year. That's quick!
The majority of sequels are repeats of the last two years: Eight movies follow 2009 movies, while six follow 2010 movies. Sequels to 2006 movies are the next best represented at five. The longest time between sequels will be The Muppets' 12 years, followed by Scream 4's 11 years, Rise of the Apes's ten years and around eight years each for Spy Kids 4 and Johnny English Reborn. None of those are a match for the waits for last year's Tron Legacy (over 28 years) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (nearly 23 years).
Those numbers don't count a number of series reboots and other things that do not include a number or cleverly-written subtitle to a name you've heard of, and the article skips a few likely sequels that currently lack release dates, so it might actually be more like 30. Still, there's a bunch. I don't hate sequels with nearly the passion of others, but it's maybe getting a touch ridiculous that we're being so thoroughly inundated with unoriginal things. Whadda you guys think? Is this too much? Or does it even matter?