With Mad Max: Fury Road hitting theaters nationwide on Thursday evening, we decided to take a closer look at how some of Hollywood’s recent attempts at reinvigorating popular brands have performed on opening weekend. It’s hit and miss. Man of Steel is an example of a best-case scenario, while Robocop and Dreddfailed to catch on.
Buzz plays a huge role in any reboot’s success or failure. Are fans reacting to the trailers in a positive way? Do critics like it? For Mad Max, the answer is a resounding “yes” on both fronts. Critics, who tend to react to many reboots with snark, are already tripping over each other in order to praise the action flick.
The success or failure of Mad Max–and we’re betting on success for this one–will set the tone for a summer that’s full of reboots. Coming up we have Poltergeist (May 22), Jurassic World (June 12), Terminator Genisys (July 1), Vacation (July 29), and The Fantastic Four (August 7).
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