Reboots in Hollywood today are more rampant than original movie releases. It seems that for any movie that was made in the 80’s to present, if it generated any type of positive revenue the studios today are green lighting the reboot. Does the reboot mean immediate success again – if the handful of recent big name hollywood flops (Ghostbusters and Ben-Hur) are any indication, no. But like Leonard in Memento, the movie industry seemingly has a goldfish memory when it comes to movie failures.

Recent Flops by the Numbers (domestic)

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Ghostbusters (original VS reboot)
The original Ghostbusters
grossed: $242,212,467
estimated budget: $30,000,000
The reboot
grossed: $126,570,627
estimated budget:$144,000,000

Ben-Hur (original VS reboot)
The original Ben-Hur
grossed: $70,000,000
estimated budget: $15,900,000
The reboot
grossed: $20,686,581
estimated budget: $100,000,000

Robocop (original VS reboot)
The original Ben-Hur
grossed: $53,424,681
estimated budge: $13,000,000
The reboot
grossed: $58,607,007
estimated budget: $100,000,000

But, what is worse than a reboot – dragging a movie into franchise hell. Some movies just are not meant to be turned into franchises – the best and most recent example is Ghostbusters. As good as the movie (the original) was, the entire premise would have gotten fairly stale after a couple of movies. Had Paul Feig had his way the entire Ghostbusters universe would have expanded just as the Marvel / DC universe has “… as well as have fun with the ghosts he picks to carry out various tasks (could be all dead villains and famous criminals he recruits from the ghost world and – in what I think could be a billion dollar idea – recruits the ghosts of evil beings from other parts of the universe – yes, ghost aliens! “Our world isn’t the only place in the universe with bad and dangerous beings that have died, you know. There’s a lot of bored dead monsters out there who are just looking for something to do.”)” (leaked Sony emails) . One of the biggest separations from Ghostbusters (or in general to most attempted franchises) is that the movie’s core doesn’t depend on a single character or plot point to continue the franchise forward. For example, if the entire X-Men team was killed off (completely – no coming back ever) the entire universe could and would still be able to create a compelling story with its massive character base to select from.