ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Moviepilot's celebrity savant.
Karly Rayner

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!

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.

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Which movie did you prefer?

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.

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Which movie did you prefer?

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.

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Which movie did you prefer?

The Cave and The Descent (2005)

Similarities: As their titles might suggest, both of these horror flicks involve cavers meeting their doom in the claustrophobic darkness. As if caves weren't scary enough as it is...

Who did it better?

  • The Cave: Widely regarded to be more boredom inducing than scary, The Cave has a shocking 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned unflattering reviews calling it, among other things, "a generic duffer that is as exciting as a hole in the ground." With a $30 million budget, the stunning sets and styling of the movie were the only things it had going for it, and its meagre $33 million earnings at the box office worldwide reflect that.
  • The Descent: Originally released around a month before The Cave in the UK, The Descent was much more well received. Dragging in 57 million at the box office despite its £3.5 million budget. The Decent current has an 85% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been described as "a riveting, claustrophobic horror film" that "doubles as a compelling meditation on morality, vengeance, and the depths to which we might go for survival." Its box office earnings are

    $57,051,053.

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Which movie did you prefer?

Babe and Gordy (1995)

Similarities: There's a pig that can talk?!

Who did it better?

  • Babe: Adapted from a book penned by one of my most beloved childhood authors, Dick King Smith, Babe won the hearts of cinema-goers, adult and child alike. With a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems like the whole world has a soft spot for porcine sheep dogs, and they don't mind coughing up to see one. The little pig with a big heart dragged $254 million at the box office worldwide.
  • Gordy: Although it was actually released before Babe, Gordy was regarded as a bit of a flop thanks to its simplistic plot and seemingly hurried production. Despite singing his heart out for his supper, Gordy only brought in a meagre $4 million at the box office. Not gonna lie, I loved it as a kid though.

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Which movie did you prefer?

This is the End and The World's End (2013)

Similarities: This is the End and The World's End are both apocalyptic buddy comedies from opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Who did it better?

  • This is the End: Poking fun at legions of celebrities, This is the End was met with mixed reviews, but despite this, the star-studded Seth Rogan penned comedy was a box office smash, bringing in an earth-shattering $126 million. Although critics were divided, the punters love it, and This is the End currently holds an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • The World's End: Pipping This is the End at the post with an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Simon Pegg's apocalyptic pub romp, The World's End completed 'The Cornetto Trilogy' with style.

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Which movie did you prefer?

Hercules, The Legend of Hercules and Hercules Reborn (2014)

Similarities: I think the title of these Herculean 2014 triplets alone makes that pretty damned obvious...

Who did it better?

  • Hercules: With Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as a major draw, Hercules fought its way to a bountiful $243 million at the box office and was generally regarded as a pleasant surprise in terms of its cinematic merit.
  • The Legend of Hercules: The Legend of Hercules was a 100% bonafide box office flop, making a loss of $10 million for Millennium Films and earning a critical bashing from both the public and the press.
  • Hercules Reborn: This movie doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, and you've probably never heard of it, which is all you need to know really...

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Which movie did you prefer?

Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Similarities: Despite having wildly different approaches when it comes to retelling this classic fairytale, both Mirror Mirror and Snow White & The Huntsman awoke Snow White from her glass casket in 2012.

Who did it better?

  • Mirror Mirror: The box office looking glass failed to proclaim Mirror Mirror the fairest of them all, but it did manage to be the third highest ranking movie during its opening weekend which isn't a bad effort seeing as it was competing with The Hunger Games. This flick put $183 million into Relativity Media's coffers and split public opinion, as its 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes reflects.
  • Snow White & The Huntsman: Despite earning mixed reviews, Snow White and the Huntsman was an enormous box office smash, probably helped in part from the publicity gleaned from Kristen Stewart's momentary indiscretion with married director, Rupert Sanders. This juggernaut cashed $396 million at the box office and secured itself a sequel in the process.

Octopussy and Never Say Never (1983)

Similarities: His name's Bond, James Bond. These two movies by rival studios were released in 1983 featuring two different Bonds, but who was victorious in this act of Hollywood espionage?

Who did it better?

  • Octopussy: With a premiere in London attended by British royalty, the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Octopussy still didn't manage to draw the anticipated crowds. Grossing at $187 million, it out performed Never Say Never Again, but didn't come close to the heady highs Bond movies had once enjoyed.
  • Never Say Never Again: Produced by an independent film company and released by Warner Bros., Never Say Never Again had the best opening weekend for any Bond film at the time and was praised by critics for its "superbly witty and entertaining dialogue" along with the imaginative fight scenes. Despite this, it didn't manage to outreach the many tentacles of Octopussy.

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Which movie did you prefer?

Despicable Me and Megamind (2010)

Similarities: Both Despicable Me and Megamind are both animated family comedy movies about super-villains who turned evil due to their rough upbringings, who eventually find themselves drawn over to the good side to defeat an even badder villain. They also both happen to be voiced by famous American comedians.

Who did it better?

  • Despicable Me: As the continued adoration for Minions infects Facebook feeds the world over, along with spawning a spinoff movie, the popularity of Despicable Me is easy to see all around us. Racking up a cool $543 million at the box office, it would be despicable to call this movie anything other than a smash hit.
  • Megamind: Despite having a cast featuring Will Ferrel, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt, Megamind didn't climb to the same heights as Despicable Me. That being said, it was still critically well received and many argue that it was the better movie. It was by no means a box offic flop, though and Megamind still managed to hustle $321 million into its coffers.

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Which movie did you prefer?

Armageddon and Deep Impact (1998)

Similarities: Two movies about colossal objects (a comet and asteroid, respectively) hurtling out of orbit toward Earth threatening to wipe out mankind. Luckily there are some small groups of heroic individuals who are willing to make great sacrifices to save humanity before it is obliterated forever.

Who did it better?

  • Armageddon: With Bruce Willis at the helm and that Aerosmith song that refuses to die to boot, Armageddon made a huge cultural impact (even though the comet didn't hit!), but time hasn't been kind to this disaster flick. With a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie has lost some of the esteem that allowed it to obliterate competition and bring in $553 million at the box office.
  • Deep Impact: In my opinion, by far the better movie, Deep Impact didn't reach the same lofty heights as Armageddon at the box office ($349 million worldwide). Praised by some for its "brooding, thoughtful tone," Deep Impact still only has a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.1 on IMDB.

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Which movie did you prefer?

(Source: Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB)