Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip apparently did not have to wait until its theatrical release to start upsetting fans and critics.
— Alien Bee News (@AlienBeeNews) November 26, 2015
The newest installment of the rebooted movie franchise, which is scheduled to be released on December 18, has been targeted on Twitter by a vast number of people that are simply not happy about the idea of a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.
Just a reminder that they’re making a 4th Alvin and the Chipmunks movie called Road Chip and you could have stopped it — Jack Douglass (@jacksfilms) November 24, 2015
Although I consider myself a huge movie #nut, I’m definitely going to pass on Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
— The Web’s Sam Grady (@TheSamGrady) November 29, 2015
I’m very upset that I had to watch a trailer for Alvin and the chipmunks: Road Chip :( — magnolia (@MagnoliaPearl) November 25, 2015
Perhaps one of the most noteworthy highlights of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is the movie’s release date. As mentioned, it is scheduled for release on December 18.
This means that the fourth installment of this popular franchise is going head-to-head against the seventh installment of another popular franchise: Star Wars.
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 27, 2015
When it comes to ruling the box-office during its opening weekend, chances are that Star Wars will crush the competition. Many of the most loyal fans of Alvin and the Chipmunks will more than likely choose the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens when the big day arrives in exchange for seeing the musically-talented chipmunks on the same day.
It may not win the box-office that weekend (or any weekend during the month of December), but that does not mean that this fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film will be a box-office flop either.
Keep in mind that the first three films of the franchise were considered box-office hits.
The first film, Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), made over $361.3 million at the box-office worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
The same source reveals that the follow-up sequel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) made over $443 million worldwide. Even the third film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked(2011) made over $342.6 million.
It is not very surprising that Fox would greenlight a fourth installment of the franchise — a collection of films that has already generated over $1.1 billion in just three films.
With that type of track record, the probability of another four movies being made with Alvin and the Chipmunks is very likely — especially if their Road Chip comes anywhere near the box-office success of its predecessors.
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. took the torch of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise after his father (the franchise’s original creator) passed away in the early 1970s. Along with his wife Janice, Ross has worked hard to keep Alvin and the Chipmunks in the spotlight through animated series, televised specials and box-office hit movies — including the upcoming fourth film.
What is the story this time around? On what new adventure will Alvin and the Chipmunks find themselves exploring, enjoying and singing their way through on the big-screen?
According to Slash Film, a “series of misunderstandings” leaves the three brothers believing that Dave is going to propose to his girlfriend in New York City shortly before finally dumping them. The report further states that Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip will focus on their three-day timeline to get to Dave “and stop the proposal, saving themselves from losing” him.
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