(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Despite concerns that filmgoers are losing interest in 3D films, seven of the top ten blockbusters in 2011 were in 3D. The novelty may have worn off but 3D offers audiences an experience they cannot get at home or on their phones.
Even when the 1994 animated movie The Lion King was converted and rereleased in 3D, it was the top film in the US for two straight weeks.
In 2008 only seven films were released in 3D, while 2011 saw almost 50 films produced in 3D, many of which didn’t pay off at the box office, such as The Three Musketeers and Green Lantern.
While 3D may not have caught on with disappointing sales of 3D televisions, the format in cinemas appears to still be a crowd pleaser.
As the converting process improves, more classics are being released in 3D. 2012 will find the animated hits Beauty and the Beast and Finding Nemo coming back to the big screen in 3D. Director James Cameron, a proponent of the 3D format, will rerelease Titanic in 3D for the 100th anniversary of the sinking ship and George Lucas will begin to roll out his Star Wars series in 3D.
Not all directors are fans of 3D. Christopher Nolan will not release the finale of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Night Rises, in 3D, preferring the IMAX format.
In 2012, 3D films slated for release will drop to about 30 to 35, closer to 2010 numbers. These are some of 2012’s highly anticipated 3D films, with their US release dates:
– Mirror Mirror (March 16) – the fairy tale of Snow White starring Julia Roberts
– Wrath of the Titans (March 30) – the epic mythic sequel with Sam Worthington
– Men in Black III (May 25) – the horror comedy threequel starring Will Smith
– The Avengers (May 4) – the super adventure with all of Marvel’s superheroes
– Prometheus (June 8) – Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi with Charlize Theron
– The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3) – the reboot with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
– Gravity (November 21) – sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
– The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey (December 14) – Peter Jackson in Middle Earth
– Life of Pi (December 21) – Ang Lee’s adaptation with Tobey Maguire
– The Great Gatsby (December 25) – the classic redone and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
The following animated kids’ movies, a popular format for 3D, are scheduled for release:
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Ice Age: Continental Drift,Pirates! Band of Misfits, Madagascar 3 and more.
Horror and sci-fi films pop in 3D and 2012 has a load of sequels and reboots:Underworld Awakening, Resident Evil 5, Ghost Rider 2, Halloween III, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mad Max: Fury Road, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.