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Dawn Treader & Gulliver's Travels Go 3-D, But for How Long?

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March 24, 2010
Source: ComingSoon

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

When you hear rumors about a blockbuster heading into the third dimension, you pretty much accept it as fact. But ComingSoon went and confirmed the recent rumors that Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gulliver's Travels will both be in 3-D. The third journey into Narnia, directed by Michael Apted, will be released on December 10th while the Jack Black-led fantasy-comedy adaptation of Jonathan Swift's famous novel will hit theaters December 22nd. However, with the plethora of 3-D releases hitting theaters this holiday season, just how much will the box office, or for that matter, audiences, benefit?

November and December are already chock full of 3-D blockbuster fare, and as we heard previously, when James Cameron's Avatar was kicked out of a bunch of not only IMAX but 3-D screens, Fox stood to lose a decent chunk of money by losing those screens. So how exactly are other studios planning to make big bank with 3-D releases (spending millions of dollars in post-production conversions for most) when they can only spend such a brief amount of time in the limited amount of 3-D capable theaters? What's going to happen?

The current 3-D line-up has DreamWorks Animation's Megamind on November 5th, a limited release of Disney's Rapunzel story Tangled on November 12th (with a wide release on the 24th), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I on November 19th and then in December, Tron Legacy will hit 3-D IMAX on December 17th right smack in the middle of Narnia and Guillver's 3-D releases. That overhaul doesn't allow much breathing room to get the full box office potential from audiences, and it makes me wonder if 3-D will actually be worth the cost at that point, especially if the quality isn't going to be anything like what we've seen in Avatar. Cue the incessant arguing about love/hate for 3-D in the comments below!

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  • Cineprog
    There fludding the market with 3D people will just get tired of it and will not believe the films are any good most of the films are conversions anyway there not filmed with 3D cameras. To be honest i didn't like the first two film of chrionicles of Narnia anyway.
  • Daniel
    Urgh, not excited about the 3-D conversion crap. But I do like to see Dawn Treader when it comes out.
  • moonscar
    The Golden Compass was so much better... a shame we don't get to see more of it.
  • Will
    I agree that the first two narnia films were definitely lacking....but the Golden Compass was "so" much better? ugh....
  • Linkfx
    Kiddie fantasy crap dies not interest me, Narnia, compass, spiderwicks or otherwise...dawn treader will bomb...they can't oversaturate the market like this...and these are way too many tentpole winter releases...trying to replicate Avatar...not going to happen...spread it out, for them to think any of these films are maximizing their potential by releasing in 3d so close to one another...they can't see the forest for the trees, 3D won't be such an easy cashgrab
  • Nethanel
    @ 5 Did you ever watch children movies when you were young? Just because you are not a kid and don't watch children movies anymore, doesn't mean it is crap. And also, 3D is becoming a normative medium now. Nintendo is releasing the next generation handheld, 3DS, where you don't need glasses to see in 3D. Imagine the impact that will have on children let alone how much it will feed into their want for more things 3D. If you are getting into 3D now, you are in the race and it is looking good. 3D television, game consoles and films. The entire industry has been covered. That doesn't mean the uses of 3D will be great, but there is undoubtedly money in it.
  • Nethanel - thanks for your logic. 3D or no 3D, I'm really hoping the Narnia franchise can take off with this next installment. Not only is it no longer being helmed by Disney (which I see as a good thing - Disney sucked out all the weight and personality of the Narnia stories), but it's got a promising new director and very strong material to work with. Dawn Treader is a lot of people's favorite of the Chronicles. Mostly, I just want to see this series succeed so I can finally get movies of "The Horse and His Boy" and "The Last Battle"...
  • Cody w
    I actually like the Narnia franchise, suppose Ill still just see it in good ole' 2d. The 3d monster strikes again. Narnia has a very distinct feel to it compared to the other franchises of its type.
  • Cody w
    ALSO, Narnia is gotta be the best book to movie adaptation Ive ever seen besides LOTR. I read them all when I was a kid and though some stuff was cut out of Prince Caspian theyve done well staying true to the source material. Talking fighting Rodents FTW.
  • People's Champ
    boring
  • Al
    Did I mention I hate 3D?
  • Anthony
    I think I will take a good story vs. 3D ... so much for Avatar ... so I hope these movies do some meaningful justice to the 3D crazy.
  • Bonnie
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a big family favorite and we'll be going to the theater to see it. Imagine, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, old friends, musing up in heaven over all the fuss and 3D and CGI that it takes to make their stories come to life on the screen.
  • Al
    13: Considering they were able to create such visions with just word and were avidly against adaptations, im sure things arent looking to bright for them, even if they are in heaven.
  • Rachel
    3D won't really be completely accepted until (1) it doesn't require stupid viewing devices that never work for people who have glasses; (2) it doesn't make people nauseous (not everyone gets that reaction, but a lot of people do); and (3) you don't have to go to special theaters to see it. For some odd reason, 3D doesn't "work" on me; my husband and I went to see a 3D film, and I couldn't see anything 3D about it when everyone else in the audience clearly could. As far as I know, there is nothing wrong with my vision or my depth perception, but 3D just doesn't do anything. Weird.
  • Moviegimp
    Cinema Blend had an article on this subject last month but with a different twist. The twist is a bit scary. Basically what they said is as more and more movies are in 3D more and more screens will be converted to 3D capable. This will mean less 2D screens and we will have no choice but to see movies in 3D costing more money. This sounds like exactly what Hollywood wants. They release all these films at the same time. The theaters need more screens for 3D, Hollywood releases fewer non-3D films, we pay more money. I for one am tired of 3D already. We need to stand up or sit down as it were and only go to 3D movies that are shot in 3D. Show them that conversions will cost them money they won't make back. Stop this stupid thing before it starts. It's not to late. Give Hollywood a healthy dose of fear. Make them lost money on these films in the short run. Do not see 3D converted movies in 3D, go see them in 2D. My next 3D movie will be Tron Legacy.
  • Janny
    the rest of the dominows will fall like a house of cards.... check-mate
  • Han solo
    Going in 3D is fine, since we see in 3D, why we see movies in 2d... James cameron said. Its fine but you lose the sense of 3D once your are in to the movie until some scene kickstarts the feel. The theater have to pay more money to buy these movies and charge extra for viewing it. But usually post converted 3D puts some strain to your eyes at some point. if the movie is shot in actual stereo the its all good. not all 3D movies will make it to the theaters, there should be a revolution if this was to happen. If this 3D buzz is not a sudden burst in Hollywood industries, than its all good. Hope they constantly makes these 3D movies. Otherwise there will be a lot of pissed off Movies theater Managers.
  • SlashBeast
    #9 - Cody w You really need to watch more movies, philistine.

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