Blockbuster Avatar to accelerate 3D revolution

Posted by Anne in Jan 10,2010 with 2 Comments

The runaway success of science fiction blockbuster Avatar will accelerate the 3D movie revolution, which has already powered Hollywood to a record year at the box office, analysts say.

James Cameron’s futuristic fantasy is on course to become the highest-grossing movie of all time after smashing the one-billion-dollar barrier in only three weeks.

The film, which has a reported budget of between $US300 ($A329) and $US500 million ($A548 million), has been hailed as a landmark in movie history and its impact will be felt across the industry, experts say.

“The ramifications of Avatar’s performance are huge,” said Jeff Bock, chief analyst with box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. “Ripple effects are going to occur fast and furiously.”

Bock said the stellar success of Avatar, which is already the fourth highest-grossing movie in history, would persuade other studios that big budget 3D films represented an attractive investment. 

“The gains far outweigh the risks right now and if you can have someone like James Cameron helming your 3D film, then you’re okay to spend 300 to 500 million dollars on your film because you’re going to get your money back and then some,” he added.

“Right now, 3D is going to be all the rage and studios are going to jump on a big bunch of 3D films.”

According to organisers of a recent 3D film festival in Belgium, more than 150 3D films are currently in various stages of production.

Among them is the long-awaited movie adaptation of comic-book hero Tintin, directed by Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg and tentatively scheduled for release in 2011.

Cameron meanwhile is reportedly mulling a 3D version of his 1997 mega-blockbuster Titanic, which remains the top-earning film in history with $US1.8 billion ($A1.97 billion).

The 3D boom has been made possible by technological advances, according to movie industry insiders.

“There has been a real resurgence in 3D because the technology of digital cinema has allowed 3D to be sharper and brighter on screen and a much better audience experience,” Mark Zoradi, former president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, said in a recent interview.

“It gives movie-goers just another reason to actually continue to go to the cinema. It’s something you can’t experience at home. It’s here to stay and on many movies it has to be experienced.”

Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate, whose properties include the Saw horror films, said 3D was more than just a passing fad.

“I think the experience of 3D is going to last for more than just a few years,” Constantine said. “I don’t think it’s just a moment in time.”

Action, adventure, science fiction and suspense films were all prime genres for 3D to exploit, Constantine said, provided there was “something intrinsic about the story that 3D will enhance.”

Lionsgate plan to unveil the seventh film in its Saw franchise this year with the movie designed from “day one as a 3D experience,” Constantine said.  [Source]

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2 Responses to “Blockbuster Avatar to accelerate 3D revolution”

  1. Comment by forouzan in January 11, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    James Cameron made the best decision in his life for choosing sam for the Avator and also the Terminator. I’ve seen de avator once and I am sure I will watch it again in de cinemas at least two more times. As a persian-australian who loves de australian acters I have to say Russel Crow has been replaced in my heart by Sam. I could have asked for anything for the christmas present but I only asked for a coy of the Terminator Salvation and I got it and I watch bits of it everyday. I love you sam and Natlaiie mark is the luckiest girl alive right now.Wish you both the best.

  2. Comment by Kelly in January 12, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    I have to say Hollywood better be careful. . . It wasn’t just that Avatar was in 3D that made it great; it was also the plot, the rythem, and the acting. With the movie being almost 3hrs. long it’s not just the 3D that keeps people in their seats or returning for seconds. If Hollywood starts to believe that all of their movies will be hits because it’s in 3D they are going to be very surprise.

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