On The Subject: Of Twin Movies: White House Down v Olympus Has Fallen

What happens when the OTS Crew pits two films against each other that are so similar you could call them twins? Lets find out has we get into our first ever Twin Movie Battle AKA It Takes Two!

This episode we are comparing two 2013 films about presidents and espionage, White House Down and Olympus has fallen.

Twin films are films with the same, or very similar, plot produced or released at the same time by two different film studios.[1] The phenomenon can result from two or more[2]production companies investing in similar scripts around the same time, resulting in a race to distribute the films to audiences.[3] Some attribute twin films to industrial espionage, the movement of staff between studios, or that the same screenplays are sent to several film studios before being accepted. Another possible explanation is if the films deal with topical issues, such as volcanic eruptions, reality television, terrorist attacks or significant anniversaries, resulting in multiple discovery of the concept.[3]


Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writers: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt

Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman | See full cast & crew »

BOX OFFICE Released March 22nd 2013

Budget: $70 Million

Domestic: $98.9 Million

Foreign: $71.3 Million

Cumulative: $170 Million

Opening Weekend: $30.3 Million

Opened #2 run 16 weeks

  • #1 The Croods

  • #3 Oz the Great and Powerful

  • #4 The Call

  • #5 Admission


While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writer: James Vanderbilt

Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal | See full cast & crew »

BOX OFFICE Released June 28th 2013

Budget: $150 Million

Domestic: $73.1 Million

Foreign: $132 Million

Cumulative: $205.3 Million

Opening Weekend: $24.8 Million

Opened #4 run 11.4 weeks

  • #1 Monsters University

  • #2 The Heat

  • #3 World War Z

  • #5 Man of Steel


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