M*A*S*H and JAWS and Frozen

Reruns of M*A*S*H can be seen every night, Monday-Friday on MeTV. I tune in when I can, even though I’ve caught every episode about a thousand times and have the lines  just about memorized. Love the programs when all hell breaks loose in the middle of the night.

Then there’s the original “Jaws” movie. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched. Same M*A*S*H deal. I know the entire plot and order of scenes. Doesn’t matter. I’m spellbound. How doggone cool.

So popular was “Jaws” that “Jaws 2” was inevitable, once again starring UW-Madison graduate Roy Scheider as the Amity police chief fighting a band of idiots.

In “Jaws 2” Scheider as Chief Martin Brody was alone. Unlike the first movie he didn’t have Robert Shaw (Quint) and Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) to help him carry what was a terrific, spellbinding thriller.  “Jaws 2” had its moments, but it was nowhere near as good as the first in the series that also included a third and fourth edition.

Movie sequels generally don’t work, and never enjoy the same success  as what came before.

That leads to “Frozen 2.”

“Frozen” from 2013 has a total gross revenue of  $1,276,500,000. That’s $1.27 billion. Only 43 movies have ever hit $1 billion at the box office.

The movie that won two Oscars currently holds the #1 spot as the highest-grossing animated feature of all time.

“Frozen 2” couldn’t possibly do better, right?

I wouldn’t be so sure.


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