Why Sequels Have Taken Over the Box Office

There has been little original fare among recent box-office blockbusters


Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr., reprise their roles as Captain America and Iron Man in "Marvel's The Avengers."


It is true that Hollywood's interest filming sequels and remakes is nothing new—one need look no further than Rocky, Star Wars, and The Godfather for proof. But in today's action-fixated environment, says Turman, the famous mafia trilogy might have looked a bit different.

"Doing that today they'd probably spice it up with having Spiderman visit them or something," he says.

Danielle Kurtzleben is a business and economics reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter at @titonka or via E-mail at dkurtzleben@usnews.com.