It is common for movies to take some inspiration from other movies but sometimes we see two movies with the exact same plot releasing at the same time. Whether one movie copied the other or it’s just coincidental, these movies are exactly the same. But the fans don’t seem to mind as long as they are getting good content. Right? Here’s a list of 10 movies with the same plots that came out at the same time.
#1: Deep Impact and Armageddon (1998)
Deep Impact Box Office: $349 million
Armageddon Box Office: $554 million
These two movies are practically based on the same concept. The Earth is threatened by Asteroids in both the movies, but the execution is a bit different. Armageddon is flashier, and has more action, whereas Deep Impact tries to be more scientifically accurate. Armageddon is purely a guilty pleasure movie, and that is why fans prefer it over Deep Impact.
#2: Dante’s Peak and Volcano (1997)
Dante’s Peak Box Office: $178 million
Volcano Box Office: $123 million
Both movies are about a Volcanic disaster and in both the movies, the threat of a Volcanic eruption is ignored by the authorities. Volcano is a better disaster movie as it does not focus much on the people. Whereas Dante’s Peak mainly focuses on the characters, and it also throws in a lot of romance.
#3: White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
White House Down Box Office: $205 million
Olympus Has Fallen Box Office: $170 million
The White House is under attack by terrorists to access the nuclear weapons, and the President is saved by a single man, who takes on the terrorists all by himself. We just described the premise of both these movies. Both the movies are equally entertaining and earned similarly at the box office.
#4: Red Planet and Mission to Mars (2000)
Red Planet Box Office: $33 million
Mission to Mars Box Office: $111 million
In both movies, the central theme is Mars. The Earth is no longer capable of sustaining human life, so humanity tries to find a new home on the planet Mars. Val Kilmer’s Red Planet, which is more action-packed, completely failed at the box office whereas the more realistic Mission to Mars just made a little over its budget.
#5: A Bug’s Life and Antz (1998)
A Bug’s Life Box Office: $363 million
Antz Box Office: $172 million
These two movies about the life of Anthropomorphic insects have caused a huge divide between fans as both these movies are equally hated by the fans of the other movie. Pixar’s A Bug’s life ultimately won the battle at the box office over Dreamworks’ Antz even though Antz was released a month earlier.
#6: Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached (2011)
Friends with Benefits Box Office: $149.5 million
No Strings Attached Box Office: 149.2 million
Both movies are based around the concept of a casual relationship that eventually ends in love. Friends with Benefits is a bit over-the-top compared to the grounded No Strings Attached. Apparently, the fans loved both the movies equally, and it is evident in their box office collection.
#7: The Prestige and The Illusionist (2006)
The Prestige Box Office: $110 million
The Illusionist Box Office: $89 million
Both these movies were released within a span of two weeks, and both these mystery thrillers are exceptional movies, with amazing actors and are about illusions. Nolan’s masterpiece The Prestige is hailed as the better movie, but that does not imply in any way that The Illusionist is a bad movie.
#8: Tombstone and Wyatt Earp (1993 – 1994)
Tombstone Box Office: $57 million
Wyatt Earp Box Office: $25 million
Wyatt Earp, the legendary lawman is the central figure in both these movies and both the movies end after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The only major difference is that Tombstone focuses a lot more on Doc Holliday. Tombstone was released earlier and perhaps that helped its box office.
#9: Snow White and The Huntsman and Mirror Mirror (2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman Box Office: $397 million
Mirror Mirror Box Office: $183 million
Both movies are based on Snow White’s magical life and the only major difference is the tone of the movies. Snow White and the Huntsman is darker, grittier, and more serious whereas Mirror Mirror relies on comic relief. Even though Mirror Mirror is closer to the source material, fans preferred the darker version.
#10: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Batman V Superman Box Office: $874 million
Civil War Box Office: 1.153 Billion
In 2016, we all saw our beloved superheroes fight the hell out of each other. Batman fought Superman and Team Cap went against Team Iron Man. The result was nothing but pure entertainment for the fans. Both the movies have a huge fan following and no side is ready to back down.