So we have always complained about how everything is a sequel. But is this trend really that new?
The graph clearly shows that people our age grew up in a strange lull of movie sequels. The graph starts in 1988 where there was just about 15 sequels for the next 3 years
Sure we are looking at 20 a year nowadays, but the independent boom of the 90s is over. Horror franchises returning is the biggest factor.
For the amount of films that get a wide theatrical release, I’d say that 20 sequels is almost to be expected. If anyone finds this interesting, I’ll go back further.
All data was counted by eye off of wikipedia’s theatrical release pages and probably incorrectly counted.