Sometimes it happens that two movies with a similar plot come out at the same time. For example, everyone remembers the history of such famous films as Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America
As you can guess this is not the only such case in the history of cinema. Here are 20 cases when identical pairs of movies were released at almost the same time.
2005/2006: The Cave and The Descent
Box Office: The Cave $33.3 million, The Descent $57 million
They were released in August 2005 and 2006 and both tell about scary journeys deep below Earth’s surface.
2005/2006: Madagascar and The Wild
Box Office: The Wild $102.3 million, Madagascar $532.7 million
Madagascar definitely won among these two films. Adding penguins made this cartoon insanely popular.
2005/2006: Capote and Infamous
Box Office: Capote $49.2 million, Infamous $2.6 million
Both films tell the life story of Truman Capote.
2006: The Prestige and The Illusionist
Box Office: The Prestige $109.7 million, The Illusionist $87.9 million
These two movies are about magic. The Prestige is about the competition between two magicians and it has become much more popular than The Illusionist.
2006: World Trade Center and United 93
Box Office: World Trade Center $163 million, United 93 $76.3 million
The story about 9/11 that was told from different perspectives. Flight 93 became the third similar movie that was released in 2006.
2006: The Black Dahlia and Hollywoodland
Box Office: The Black Dahlia $49.3 million, Hollywoodland $16.8 million
Both films are unsolved murder stories. However, viewers liked The Black Dahlia more.
2006/2007: Happy Feet and Surf’s Up
Box Office: Happy Feet $384.3 million, Surf’s Up $149 million
Two cartoons about penguins could not become equally popular. Happy Feet won the competition.
2009: Mall Cop and Observe & Report
Box Office: Paul Blart: Mall Cop $183.3 million, Observe and Report $27 million
In 2015 the sequel of Observe & Report was released. However, it also did not become very successful.
2009: 2012 and Knowing
Box Office: 2012 $769.7 million, Knowing $183.6 million
Both movies tell us about the end of the world. The movie with John Cusack became much more popular than the movie with Nicolas Cage.
2010/2011: The Fighter and Warrior
Box Office: The Fighter $129.2 million, Warrior $23 million
These films are about tournaments. The movie starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg was much more profitable.
2011: Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached
Box Office: Friends with Benefits $149.5 million, No Strings Attached $147.8 million
Here we can see two very similar stories. By the way, No Strings Attached originally was planned to be titled Friends With Benefits.
2012: Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror
Box Office: Snow White and the Huntsman $396.6 million, Mirror, Mirror $166.2 million
The popularity of Twilight and Kristen Stewart definitely drew attention to Snow White and the Huntsman. The same cannot be said about Julia Roberts and Mirror, Mirror.
2012/2013: Captain Phillips and A Hijacking
Box Office: Captain Phillips $218 million, A Hijacking $60,180
Both films told the story of the 2009 hijacking of a cargo ship by Somali pirates. However, the film with Tom Hanks was much more popular.
2012/2013: White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen
Box Office: Olympus Has Fallen $161 million, White House Down $205 million
Despite data from the box office, the movie with Gerard Butler became more cost effective in the end.
2013/2015: Jobs and Steve Jobs
Box Office: Jobs $35.9 million, Steve Jobs $34 million
Both movies tells the story of life of Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO. None of them has become insanely popular. Ashton Kutcher was criticized for his game. In spite of this, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet both earned their Oscars.
2016: Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War
Box Office: Captain America: Civil War $1.1 billion, Batman v Superman $873.2 million
These films have similar plots, and even similar posters. Warner Bros.’ used the hashtag #WhoWillWin and Marvel - #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan to attract attention to the movies.
2016/2018: Disney and Warner Bros. released live-action versions of The Jungle Book.
Box Office: The Jungle Book $966.5 million, Mowgli N/A
Disney’s The Jungle Book invited Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Christopher Walken. The Warner Bros.’ Mowgli invited Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, and motion capture king Andy Serkis.
2017: Rough Night and Girls Trip
Box Office: Rough Night $47.3 million, Girls Trip $140 million
Girls Trip with Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Queen Latifah became more successful and received better reviews.
2018: Gnome Alone and Sherlock Gnomes
Box Office: Gnome Alone N/A, Sherlock Gnomes $90.3 million
Despite the fact that Sherlock Gnomes involved such stars as James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp neither it nor Gnome Alone became successful.
April 2019: Pet Sematary and Pet Graveyard
Box Office: Pet Sematary N/A, Pet Graveyard N/A
Pet Sematary will be a remake of Stephen King’s thriller about a cemetery linked to an ancient burial ground. Pet Graveyard will show how a group of people decides to do an experiment which allows them to revisit the dead.