Remember when “Finding Nemo” and “Shark Tale” were released around the same time? Or when “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War” came out just months apart?
Friday, “Girls Trip” opens in theaters with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith where the two reunite on retreat to New Orleans where they wind up getting into some mischief. If the premise sounds familiar it’s because a similar movie called “Rough Night” premiered in June with Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Ilana Glazer reuniting at a Bachelorette party that goes awry.
This phenomenon of “twin” movies is actually somewhat common. Forbes contributor Mark Hughes explained in a 2011 Quora post that while sometimes the release of two similar films is just coincidence, it could be to piggyback off a competitor’s potentially successful — or already successful — project.
Read the rest of his explanation here, and keep scrolling to see more “twin” films that have come out months apart in theaters over the years.
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1993/1994: “Tombstone” and “Wyatt Earp” are both centered around Western lawman Wyatt Earp.
Neither film did overwhelmingly great at the box office. “Tombstone,” starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, edged out the Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid film from Warner Bros.
1997: “Dante’s Peak” and “Volcano” both revolve around the cast outrunning erupting volcanoes.
Fox got a little excited with its over-the-top posters for “Volcano.” The film did nowhere near as well as Pierce Brosnan’s volcano epic in the states; however, the Los Angeles centered movie picked up overseas.
1998: The Earth was nearly destroyed in both “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact.”
Bruce Willis saves the world from an asteroid in the first film, while Robert Duvall tries to stop a massive comet from colliding with the planet.