Okay, with the possible exception of the Hobbit to be inserted here, the top 10 grossing films of 2012 are as follows (according to wikipedia):
Rank Title Studio Worldwide gross
1 The Avengers Marvel Studios / Disney $1,511,757,910
2 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures $1,081,041,287
3 Skyfall MGM / Columbia $951,066,000
4 Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox / Blue Sky Studios $874,992,418
5 Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 2 Lionsgate / Summit Entertainment $778,265,000
6 The Amazing Spider-Man Columbia / Marvel Studios $752,216,557
7 Madagascar 3 Paramount / DreamWorks $742,110,251
8 The Hunger Games Lionsgate $686,533,290
9 Men in Black 3 Columbia $624,026,776
10 Brave Disney / Pixar $535,272,145
Avengers - basically a sequel.
DKR - Sequel
Skyfall - possible considered a sequel? Set in the same universe at least as previous films
Ice Age - Sequel
Twilight - Sequel
Spider Man - Reboot
Madagascar 3 - sequel
Hunger Games - new adaptation
Men in Black 3 - sequel
Brave - new
And if the Hobbit jumps in there, it is in a similar place to Skyfall. Given the story is closely related to LotR.
So here is the question, does it bother you that movies seem to be very sequel orientated these days?
I think it bothers me, but in saying that I saw 4 of the sequels in the top 10 (and bought the Blu-Rays for Avengers and DKR). I also saw Expendables 2 and American Pie Reunion. I started off the year with Mission Impossible 4. I don't think I saw a film at the cinema this year that wasn't either a direct sequel type or a Skyfall/Avengers continuation of the same characters type. So, it can't be too much of a bother to me. I just worry that we are creating an atmosphere that stifles something new and exciting in place of either continuing the same thing or rebooting a film series that is not even that long since stagnated (Spiderman!). We also have another 2 X-Men films (A first class era one and another Wolverine one). All the Avenger's characters sequels and the like. I just worry that while the going is good, we are going to force Hollywood into a situation where they only want to make sequels etc and then when the sequels all turn to crap, we are left with nothing.
But maybe that won't happen.