Going to the movies can leave you overcome with a sense of unmistakeable déjà vu, but this mystical feeling is generally triggered by Hollywood's copycat tendencies and thirst for profit as opposed to your neurons wildly misfiring.
A desperation to jump on the bandwagon of popular topics means that plenty of movie twins, and even triplets, have been birthed into the box office at the same time to fight to the death for profits.
Below is a list of just a few of the movie clones out there, the question is which one is the ultimate winner in your eyes? Have your say in the polls below and let's decide the victors in these box office battles once and for all!
1. A Bug's Life and Antz (1998)
Similarities: When Jeffrey Katzenberg, a disgruntled and under-appreciated Disney employee, left the studio, he formed Dreamworks with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen and one of their first animated features directly locked horns with the Disney giant.
Antz and A Bug's Life both pretty much have a shared synopsis of a free-thinking ant who proves he's no mindless drone after falling for the princess and saving his previously close-minded colony from an army of bad guys.
Who did it better?
A Bug's Life: Scoring an impressive 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, A Bug's Life certainly wasn't squashed by the critics. Along with gaining glowing reviews from columnists and the public alike, this macro buddy meets action movie also gathered an enormous $363.4 million at the box office. Antz: Leapfrogging over A Bug's Life with a sky high 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Antz was a colossal victory for the underdog. Although the movie only obtained $171.7 million at the box office, it successfully launched Dreamworks animation as a big player and paved the way for hits like Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon.
2. Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line (1998)
Similarities: Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line both take a cold, hard look at war from the harrowing experiences of soldiers on the frontline during WWII. The way both of these move highlight the insanity and inhumanity of warfare and encourage us to view the men involved as individuals as opposed to numbers lost on the battle field unites them in theme and tone.
Who did it better?
Saving Private Ryan: With 11 Oscar nominations and 5 wins under its army regulation belt, there is no doubt that Saving Private Ryan is a true cinematic gem. Along with wowing the critics and relentlessly hammering on the general public's delicate hearts with its emotional storyline, Saving Private Ryan also made a small fortune in the box office. $216.1 million to be precise. The Thin Red Line: The Thin Red Line ensured that the 1998 Oscars were truly a war zone by receiving 7 nominations (including one for 'Best Picture' in the same year as Saving Private Ryan. Unfortunately, the movie didn't scoop any Oscars and it only made $36.4 million at the box office.
3. Weird Science, Real Genius, and My Science Project (1985)
Similarities: 1985 was clearly the year of geek because not two, but three movies featuring nerdy teens dabbling with mad science were released. Weird Science, Real Genius and My Science Project all feature central characters who are geeky outcasts trying desperately to fit in with the popular crowd using their superior intellects.
Who did it better?
Weird Science: Now regarded as a nostalgic cult classic by many children of the '80s, Weird Science still only manages to scrape a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. It did grab $38.9 million at the box office though, which isn't bad considering the time of release and the fact it only cost $7 million to make. Real Genius: Starring '80s icon Val Kilmer, real genius has aged a lot better than some of its contemporaries and still retains a positive 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this fact, it still only made $13 million in the box office at the time of release. My Science Project: Almost universally regarded to be a dismal flop, this science project never really captured public imagination. With a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a dismal $4,122,748 total at the box office, this movie is definitely the bottom of the class.