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Disney has four more “Star Wars” movies on the way, along with “Frozen 2,” a two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” and a reboot of the Indiana Jones series. Fox has three “Avatar” films and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Universal has another “Jurassic World” and is putting all of its classic monsters (Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein) into one megamovie. Warner Bros., deciding that Batman and Superman were too weak on their own, will roll out “Batman vs. Superman” in March and it has a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie, too.

— Excerpt from a New York Times article about the success of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Movie studios owned by big media conglomerates are betting big on remakes and sequels to carry their bottom lines over the next few years.