Hercules: The Legend Begins and Hercules: The Thracian Wars are this year's White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen. It happens all the time. Two similar movies competing for your attention at the box office within months of each other. History dictates that the first movie released is usually the breadwinner. White House Down, released June 28, earned $24.8 million on its opening weekend, going onto make $73.1 million in the U.S. and $205.3 million worldwide. Olympus Has Fallen, released three months earlier on March 22, proves the 'first earns more' notion, as it pulled in $30.3 million opening weekend, eventually earning $98.9 million at the domestic box office. It was the clear winner on American soil (globally, it only made $161). This year's two battling Hercules movies 'might' be the exception, unless folks get confused by all the early self-promotion The Rock has done for The Thracian Wars, thinking its Hercules: The Legend Begins instead. Dwayne Johnson is clearly a bigger box office draw than Kellan Lutz. But will that matter? It's really the title selling this one. Hoping to piggyback on some of Hercules: The Thracian Wars excessive promotion, Summit Entertainment moved the release date of Hercules: The Legend Begins to January, where it should actually do quite well. They've also released the second trailer to let you know that they even have a Hercules movie coming to theaters very soon. Check out the latest footage for this fantasy action epic. And decide who gets your money at the box office this New Year.

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B. Alan Orange