Sequels and more

Sometimes movies are so fantastic that people demand to see more. Luckily, we have sequels to cover us on that.

But sometimes the story just needs to go on and thus, we get more than sequels, we get trilogies and much more.

Returning early this May is Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as the playboy genius Tony Stark in “Iron Man 3.”

Picking up where “Iron Man 2” left off, Tony Stark faces a powerful enemy known as the Mandarin. Along the way, he will discover the question that has always haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

With the first “Iron Man” making quadruple its budget and “Iron Man 2” making triple its budget, “Iron Man 3” is expected to do just as well at the box office.

Ever since the movie “Paranormal Activity” surprised audiences everywhere, it’s had many sequels over the last few years. Late this October, we’re being treated once again to another installment, this time, “Paranormal Activity 5”.

Each movie has a budget of only $5 million, with the first having a budget of about $15,000. The first four movies have made between $140 and $200 million and it’s expected the fifth will be a box office hit like its predecessors.

 Finally Lord of the Rings fans can rejoice because Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth once again to bring “The Hobbit” to life.

Based on the book of the same name, “The Hobbit” is being made into three separate movies: “An Unexpected Journey”, “The Desolation of Smaug” and “There and Back Again”.

 Starring Martin Freeman as the protagonist Bilbo Baggins, we follow him on an adventure with thirteen dwarves to the Misty Mountain where the dwarves once lived.

 With returning characters like Gandalf, Saruman, Gollum, Elrond and Legolas, Peter Jackson has set the bar enormously high by returning to Middle Earth.

 “An Unexpected Journey” has already been released on home media while the second installment “The Desolation of Smaug” is scheduled to come out Dec. 13 this year.

The final movie in the trilogy, “Here and Back Again,” is scheduled to arrive sometime in the summer of 2014.


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