Every year, it feels like Hollywood churns out more and more sequels, though you might be surprised to know that's not actually the case. According to Box Office Mojo, the amount of sequels to hit theaters over the past decade has fluctuated, with the highest amount (23) coming in 2003 and the lowest (10) in 2001. The years in between ranged from 19 in 2010, to 17 in 2008, to 21 in 2004 and 2007.
That all changes in 2011, though, as this year will set a new record with 27 sequels arriving in theaters. Not only that, but 2011 will host the highest amount of part fours in history: five. 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' 'Scream 4', 'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World,' and 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part One)' are all on the way. Not content with stopping at merely two records, 2011 will also see another record broken when it comes to part fives, with, fittingly, five part fives arriving in theaters ('Fast Five', 'Final Destination 5,' 'Puss in Boots,' 'X-Men: First Class,' 'Winnie the Pooh'). Oh, and we should also tack on those two part sevens ('The Muppets,' 'Rise of the Apes'), and the one part eight ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2') for extra measure.
So what does it say about originality and our own movie-watching habits when 27 sequels -- almost one-fifth of all wide releases -- are released in one year? Is Hollywood seriously running out of ideas, or are they just providing more of what's proven to be popular with moviegoers in the past?