Hollywood film franchises that are still popular with moviegoers

Jul 05, 2015, 13:55 IST | Ria Lawrence

Nostalgia driven franchises seem to be the flavour of the season. Here are a few to watch out for

Sure, Jurassic World was set to be huge, but the staggering response to the movie put dinosaurs above the league of Spiderman and Superman.

Jurassic World

If numbers are to be believed, the reboot of the original Jurassic Park has opened to an astounding $511 million worldwide, making it the first movie ever to have grossed more than $500 million in one weekend. This puts the spotlight on other cult hits that are getting a reboot.

The idea of franchises and familiarity that comes with them is more than being embraced by moviemakers and moviegoers. We give you a lowdown on some of the biggest films of the last two decades that are making a comeback in style.


Terminator: While many debate that the best days of this particular franchise are long gone, one can’t help but wonder what Arnold Schwarzenegger can still bring to the table. While news of a new Terminator movie was received with excitement by fans, the makers are banking on the response to the film to launch a new trilogy.


Poltergeist: If you’ve seen the original, you’ll probably wonder how a movie so replete with drama and horror can be remade. The original movie released in 1982, still stands as one of the best horror films of that decade. And going solely by the trailer, the reboot might be equally interesting to watch.

Top Gun

Top Gun: Thirty years after the original movie released in 1986, Top Gun 2 is all set to hit screens and, yes, it will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as Maverick. Rumours of a sequel have been doing the rounds since the original released three decades ago, and it’s finally happening.

Independence Day 2

Independence Day 2: In more ways than one, Independence Day can be considered the pioneer of mysterious and powerful alien-invasion movies. After almost two decades, the movie is getting a reboot and it’s titled Independence Day: Resurgence.


Jumanji: The 1995 adventure fantasy film remains , a favourite among kids and adults. While rumours of a reboot were going strong, especially with the passing away of Robin Williams, the project hit a wall. Now, it seems the makers are planning to give it another shot.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing: Back in the day, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey captivated us with their passion and chemistry on screen. Not only did the movie put Swayze on every teenage girl’s wall, it was considered one of the most succesful films of the ’80s. After putting the project on the backburner for some time, the makers have finally decided to go ahead with the reboot of this romantic drama. Nobody puts Baby in a corner; not for long anyway.

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