Encore! Encore!

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWhile horror films and comedies are often remade and do well at the box office, remakes of dramas can be a risky proposition commercially, as was illustrated in May with the major failure of “Poseidon,” a new version of 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure” and with the current flop “Wicker Man.” But last year, remakes of both “War of the Worlds” and “King Kong” grossed more than $200 million domestically and recent updated versions of “The Italian Job,” “Ocean’s Eleven” “Planet of the Apes” and “Mr. Deeds” grossed more than $100 million. “It all depends on the individual movie and the genre,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “Horror remakes go over quite well, even for famous movies like `Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ or `Amityville Horror.’ Horror isn’t the sacred genre as a comedy or a drama.” Since 1980, there have been about 30 comedy remakes, 17 of which grossed more than $50 million at the box office, according to Gray. In the past 12 months alone, such comedy remakes as “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “Yours, Mine and Ours” and “The Pink Panther” have done well at the box office, as did updates of “The Longest Yard” and “Cheaper by the Dozen.” The remake of “All The King’s Men,” starring Sean Penn and Jude Law, is among the new movies opening today that Hollywood is hoping will stop a two-week box-office slide. But remakes aren’t always welcomed by the public. While the Paramount Pictures’ comedy “Jackass: Number Two” is expected to dominate ticket sales, there will be much attention being paid to the new version of “Men,” a movie on which Sony Pictures Entertainment has placed Oscar hopes. The remake of the 1949 political drama that starred Broderick Crawford and John Ireland had been due to come out last December, but director Steven Zaillian needed more time for editing. Regardless of when it is being released, history indicates that it could have a tough time becoming a major hit. Sometimes, the remake ends up being even more memorable than the original, as was the case with the Jamie Lee Curtis-Lindsay Lohan version of “Freaky Friday,” which was far better regarded than the 1977 original, which starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. But the box-office landscape is littered with failed remakes in all genres. In the past five years, “Alfie,” “Get Carter,” “Rollerball,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “The In-Laws,” “Walking Tall,” “The Bad News Bears” and the “Charade” remake called “The Truth About Charlie” have all bombed, while new versions of “The Stepford Wives,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and this year’s “The Shaggy Dog” have all managed to barely cross the $60 million mark. “Oftentimes, remakes are of films that younger audiences aren’t even aware of, which is interesting from a marketing standpoint if you are chasing a younger audience,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. “In the case of `All the King’s Men,’ audiences interested in that are probably older. Either way, these films have to be able to stand on their own and be marketed to a contemporary audience.” Also, the more indelible the original movie, the tougher it is to sell to another generation, as was 1998’s “Psycho,” a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic that bombed at the box office. Moviegoers just didn’t buy Vince Vaughn and Anne Heche in the roles made famous by Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. “It would be difficult to pull off a remake of, say, `Casablanca,’ `Citizen Kane’ or `Singin’ in the Rain,”‘ Gray said. “`All the King’s Men’ isn’t famous enough to affect a lot of people’s perception of the new movie. I don’t think the fact that it’s a remake will help it or hurt it.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *