It’s no mystery that The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) loves a good sequel. After all, sequels can be an exceptional way for the entertainment giant to build its existing popular brands by taking advantage of the work that’s already been done to develop great characters and storylines.
Oh, and they’re also ridiculously profitable
Take The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)’s Iron Man films, for instance, the first of which brought in more than $585 million at the box office worldwide. Then Iron Man 2 took in nearly $624 million globally. And now, there’s the still-in-theaters Iron Man 3, which itself has pulled in more than $1.2 billion in box office receipts around the world so far.
That’s not to mention Iron Man’s involvement in The Avengers, which grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide and has at least two sequels in the works.
Or consider the four movies that made up The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with a collective box office total of more than $3.7 billion. Of course, there’s also the three Toy Story films and their own $1.9 billion worldwide gross, and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)’s upcoming slate is jam-packed with sequels as well, including Pixar’s Planes (a follow-up to Cars and Cars 2) to be released in August, and Finding Dory slated for a 2015 launch.
And heck, while I was hoping The Lone Ranger would have what it took to become Disney’s next huge franchise, it certainly doesn’t look like that will happen, after the good ol’ cowboy film got trounced at the box office recently by — you guessed it — a well-made sequel, in the form of Despicable Me 2 from Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)‘s Universal Studios.
In fact, just 13 days after its theatrical release, Despicable Me 2 has already proved a huge winner for Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) after bringing in more than $477.2 million worldwide, with a production budget of just $76 million — and, for those of you keeping track, that’s well on the way to exceeding the $543 million take the first Despicable Me achieved.
Disney could win big with this one
So what should come next, you ask?
While Disney Pixar is on its sequel kick, I know my children wouldn’t be alone in appreciating a reprise of 2004’s The Incredibles.
Come to think of it, I’d thoroughly enjoy an Incredibles sequel, too. Just earlier this week, when our kiddos asked to watch the original, I found myself repeatedly sucked in to the fun flick, despite my best efforts to finish various chores around the house.