Why Sequels Have Taken Over the Box Office

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

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

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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.