Taking It Up to 11

With movie attendance across America dropping precipitously this year, Hollywood is turning to its most reliable source of box office gold: sequels and franchises. The website Box Office Mojo has reported that studios will send at least 27 follow-ups to theaters in 2011. In fact, as Fast Five, Scream 4, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides demonstrate, many of these films aren't just the second or even third installment in their respective franchises. The hottest movie properties are metastasizing at a fantastic rate, which puts them on course to match some of these infamously never-ending cinematic stories. Trilogies are so 2010.
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