With Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" hitting theaters nine weeks after Relativity's "Mirror Mirror," THR spotlights eight other genres with similar movies released (sometimes within weeks) at the multiplex.
Much has been made in the media about whether the Kristen Stewart-Chris Hemsworth action fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, which Universal releases June 1, would be hurt at the box office by Mirror Mirror, the Julia Roberts-Lily Collins adaptation of the same fable that Relativity Media opened nine weeks earlier to $159.6 million in worldwide grosses. A look at history shows that movies released in close proximity to similar rivals often outperform their predecessor -- sometimes by a wide margin.
Like Father Like Son (TriStar): Oct. 2, 1987 - $34.4M Vice Versa (Columbia): March 11, 1988 - $13.6M 18 Again! (New World): April 8, 1988 - $2.57M Big (Fox): June 3, 1988 - $115M
Tom Hanks' Big was the last of four body-switching movies to hit theaters within eight months, yet it more than doubled the domestic gross of the others combined.
DeepStar Six (TriStar): Jan. 13, 1989 - $8.14M Leviathan (MGM): March 17, 1989 - $15.7M The Abyss (Fox): Aug. 9, 1989 - $54.2M
James Cameron's The Abyss, starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, won the battle of the bottom-of-the-ocean thrillers, but it cost far more.