8 April 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Looking ahead at the 2014 schedule, which movies*if any*have a chance at reaching the coveted $1 billion mark?With Frozen recently passing $1 billion and the Summer movie season right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to dive in to this question.To date, only 16 movies have reached this level in their initial runs (Jurassic Park and The Phantom Menace needed 3D re-releases). With the rapid expansion of the foreign marketplace and the addition of 3D premiums, the chance of getting to $1 billion is higher than ever: in the past three years alone, nine different movies have made it there. Of those nine, only one (Frozen) was an original movie. The rest are sequels, which were all able to grow an existing fanbase (rather than create one from scratch). It should be no surprise, then, that the 2014 releases with the best chance of reaching $1 billion are mostly franchise titles. »

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