ByTaly Andino, writer at
Taly Andino

London Has Fallen is now out, and it looks as insanely over the top as its predecessor Olympus Has Fallen did. The original was a twin movie, and in honor of being the better twin. Here are six notable twin movies and who won the box office battle.

1. Olympus Has Fallen/White House Down

The picture alone should give you a good idea what the concept is, but in case you don't see it. Here it is:

  • White House
  • President
  • Attack
  • One Man Army
  • Become President's Bodyguard

Box office comparison:

  • Olympus Has Fallen ($70 Million Budget) - $161 Million
  • White House Down ($150 Million Budget) - $205.4 Million

Even though White House Down made more money at the box office, it was still deemed an under performer due to it's more than double budget to Olympus Has Fallen. London Has Fallen currently sits with a budget total of $107 million.

2. Mirror Mirror/Snow White and the Hunstman

Even though the similarities are there, the tones of the movies are polar opposites. Mirror Mirror was a colorful and more comedic adaptation to the old tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White and the Huntsman took a more darker and grittier angle targeted more towards adults. No matter the tone, the similarities are a plenty with these two:

  • Orphan Princess
  • Exiled Princess
  • Evil Queen
  • Seven Dwarfs
  • Battle for the kingdom

Box office comparison:

  • Mirror Mirror ($85 Million Budget) - $183 Million
  • Snow White and the Huntsman ($170 Million Budget) - $396.5 Million

Both made more than double their budget, but Mirror Mirror was not well received by critics with a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes web site. While Snow White and the Huntsman came in a little worst at 48%. Only the faith in Chris Hemsworth's star power drove the studio for a sequel to Huntsman.

3. Shark Tale/Finding Nemo

These two movies have some similarities, but the plot is not as similar as the previous movies on this list. This was the battle of well known actors vs. Disney lore. The list of similarities is very short:

  • Talking Fish
  • Underwater Adventure
  • Shark friend

Box Office Comparison:

  • Shark Tale ($75 Million Budget) - $367.2 Million
  • Finding Nemo ($94 Million Budget) - $936.7 Million (Two Theater Runs)

Shark Tale did very well for itself despite the 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes compared to the 99% Finding Nemo received. Nemo was the clear cut winner here with total gross and longevity, but it was helped with a theater 3D release in 2012.

4. Antz/Bug's Life

Like the previous entry into this list. The concept is exactly the same with these movies, but have few similarities. Again, we have a star studded cast vs. Disney lore, and soon after 2003, studios started to realize not to go head-to-head with the mouse house. These movies were released within two months of each other.

  • Talking bugs
  • Battle for survival
  • Rogue ant
  • Colony saved

Box Office Comparisons:

  • Antz ($60 Million Budget) - $171.1 Million
  • A Bug's Life ($45 Million Budget) - $363.3 Million

A Bug's Life left Antz in the dirt in the global box office category, but they were both well received by critics with over 90% positive reviews.

5. Deep Impact/Armageddon

Nothing brings a family to the movies more than the idea of the world ending because of a space rock. The summer movie season of 1998 started of with emotional ride on humanity and how it could be over in a blink of an eye. Deep Impact was a very emotional, character driven movie about preparing for the end of the world. While Armageddon was directed by Michael Bay, and it showed us how to land on an asteroid and punch it in the face.

  • Asteroid
  • End of the world scenarios
  • Group of brave astronauts
  • Nuclear bombs
  • Countdowns
  • Many thousands dead
  • Save the world sacrifices

Box Office Comparisons:

  • Deep Impact ($75 Million Budget) - $349.4 Million
  • Armageddon ($140 Million Budget) - $553.7 Million

Just like their concept, these movies ended up about the same percentage in earnings according to their budget and were both rated very low with the critics.

6. Dante's Peak/Volcano

Pretty easy to see the same concept with these too. Dante's Peak went away from using anything related to a volcanic disaster in it's title, but it was for naught, as they are both the same movie.

  • Volcano
  • Lava
  • Lava Rocks
  • Family in peril
  • Lead scientist
  • In charge female
  • Law defying and unexplained vehicle stunts

Box Office Comparisons:

  • Dante's Peak ($116 Million Budget) - $178.1 Million
  • Volcano ($90 Million Budget) - $122.8 Million

After marketing and distribution fees, both of these movie were failures at the box office. Not including their dismal reviews and very low Rotten Tomatoes rating.


Which one these was your favorite twin movie combination?


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