10 Movie Pairings Released At The Same Time With The Same Concepts (Including Antz & A Bug’s Life)
With hundreds of movies being produced every year, some similarities inevitably occur. After all, there are only so many ways to put a fresh spin on a genre. This could be something as small as a character, or as big as the entire concept of the film.
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But two movies are rarely released at the same time with strikingly similar premises. This is never a good idea and inevitably leads to one become dominant and the other flopping hard. With this in mind, here are 10 pairs of movies that were released at the same time with the same premise.
10 A Bug's Life / Antz
Pixar and Dreamworks Animation went head to head in 1998 when they both released animated films starring ants. Much has been speculated about if it was a coincidence or if something more sinister was at work.
Both movies were released in 1998 and A Bug's Life went onto dominate the box-office and grossed more than double what Antz made. There's no denying that the films share more than just a few similarities, the only thing separating them is that A Bug's Life went for a more traditional family-friendly tone, where Antz featured many many more adult-oriented jokes.
9 Jobs / Steve Jobs
Steven Jobs, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Danny Boyle, went on to be nominated for many awards and received critical acclaim. Jobs, on the other hand, did not. The film was criticized for being shallow and sentimental, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak dismissing the film.
8 The Truman Show / EDtv
It's hard to believe that there was another film that shared more than just a few similarities to the iconic The Truman Show. The unfortunate other film was EDtv.
EDtv, too, had a character's life play out on television for the whole world to see but it was destined to live in the shadow of The Truman Show, which received universal acclaim upon its release and went on to become a classic. EDtv, on the other hand, has gone on to be forgotten.
7 Paul Blart: Mall Cop / Observe and Report
Mall security guard comedies are few and far between, but in 2009, we got two of them, one starring Kevin James and the other featuring Seth Rogen. Paul Blart: Mall Cop went on to become a big-office hit, despite negative reviews, and a sequel was released a few years later.
Observe and Report featured more adult humor and received better reviews than Paul Blart, despite this, it underperformed at the box-office and was accused of being a copy-cat.
6 Despicable Me / Megamind
We've seen so many superhero movies over the years that it was inevitable that eventually, supervillains would get their own movies, too. 2010 was that year, which saw the release of Despicable Me starring Steve Carell and Megamind starring Will Ferrell.
Both films received positive reviews and neither flopped at the box-office. But Despicable Me started a franchise that is still going and shows no signs of stopping, with every entry making more and more money.
5 Madagascar / The WIld
Madagascar was released in 2005 and went on to become one of Dreamworks Animation's most successful franchises, spawning multiple sequels and spin-offs.
Less than 12 months later, Disney released The Wild, which had more than just a passing resemblance to Madagascar and was unfavorably compared to the Dreamworks hit. It went on to underperform and represented one of the many failures Disney produced as it transitioned to computer-generated animation.
4 Armageddon / Deep Impact
In an interesting twist, neither film received positive reviews, but Armageddon went on to earn more money and was the highest-grossing movie of 1998, worldwide. This is likely due to its star-studded cast that included Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.
3 White House Down / Olympus Has Fallen
Both White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen saw the White House attacked by terrorists and the president's life put in danger. Both were ludicrous action movies that received mixed reviews, however, it was Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, that came out on top.
It was made for half the budget of its rival and went on to earn around the same amount. As a result, it began a franchise that has since seen two more movies released.
2 Friends With Benefits / No Strings Attached
Both No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits were released in 2011, and both films saw a pair of friends try and decide to casually hook-up together while having their friendship unaffected by it. Despite the similarities, neither film cannibalized the other.
Both films were a success and went on to gross around $150 million worldwide on a similarly modest budget. There's some debate which is the better film, but Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake were regarded to have better on-screen chemistry.
1 First Daughter / Chasing Liberty
2004 saw the release of a pair of movies with the most banal and bizarre premise. The two romantic comedies featured the daughter of the POTUS go off to college and fall in love.
The awful premise saw both films flopping at the box-office, ultimately earning back half of their respective production budgets. On top of that, both films earned negative reviews all-around, with critics dismissing them both, calling them formulaic and inauthentic.