The Report: Franchise Players

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A record number of familiar tales will fuel this year’s box office.

Will box-office attendance pick up this year after dropping more than 5 percent in 2010? If so, it will be thanks to more than two dozen sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots coming to multiplexes in 2011. Notably, 11 franchise pics are set to unspool, the most ever (the norm is five or six). “Some will say it’s a year of popcorn,” NATO president John Fithian admits. “That’s true, but that’s what sells.” To that end, many hot tentpoles are in 3D for the first time — Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars, Transformers, Harry Potter, Kung Fu Panda, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Happy Feet — upping earnings potential. And there’s plenty of action outside of summer and the holidays, when such franchise pics as Fast Five, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family and Spy Kids 4 arrive. Box-office gurus say 2011 could even outshine 2002 or 2007, the most recent time franchise installments were as plentiful.


Feb. 18 Big Mommas:  Like Father, Like Son (Fox) | Sequel

March 25 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (Fox) | Sequel

April 15 Scream 4  (Weinstein) | Sequel

April 22 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s  Big Happy Family (Lionsgate) | Universe extension

April 29 Fast Five (Universal) | Sequel 

May 6 Thor (Paramount) | Universe extension           

May 20 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney) | Sequel

May 27 The Hangover Part 2 (Warner Bros.) | Sequel

May 27 Kung Fu Panda 2 (Paramount/DreamWorks) | Sequel

June 3 X-Men: First Class (Fox) | Prequel

June 24 Cars 2  (Disney/Pixar) | Sequel

June 24 Rise of the Apes (working title) (Fox) | Prequel

July 1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Paramount) | Sequel

July 15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros.) | Sequel

July 22 Captain America: The First Avenger (Paramount) | Universe extension

Aug. 19 Conan the Barbarian (Lionsgate) | Reboot           

Aug. 19 Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (Weinstein) | Sequel           

Aug. 26 Final Destination 5 (Warner Bros.) | Sequel

Oct. 14 Footloose (Paramount) | Remake

Oct. 21 Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount) | Sequel

Nov. 4 Puss in Boots (Paramount/Dreamorks) Universe extension

Nov. 18 Happy Feet 2 (Warner Bros.) | Sequel           

Nov. 18 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I (Summit) | Sequel

Dec. 16 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) | Sequel

Dec. 16 Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol  (Paramount) | Sequel

Dec. 16 Sherlock Holmes 2 (Warner Bros.) | Sequel