James Cameron is the biggest proponent of 3D technology, both in praising how important it is to the filmmaking process and also speaking out against movies that refuse to do it the right way. It was his movie “Avatar” that showed how amazing and immersive using 3D in a movie could be. With the movie that broke down the walls in his personal filmography, Cameron started looking into his back catalog to convert to 3D.
With one classic movie already converted to 3D and re-released, Cameron has announced that he is considering working on a second one. Cameron said that he is considering converting “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” to 3D, although he wouldn’t consider doing so with the first “Terminator” movie. With Cameron talking about converting “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” to 3D for a new big screen release, here is a look at what film fans have seen so far since 3D has started gaining more fans.
Of course, Cameron has already converted his most successful movie to 3D and re-released it. While “Avatar” has since surpassed it at the box office, “Titanic” was the highest grossing movie of all time for many years after Cameron released it in 1997. Plus, that was without the use of inflated ticket prices and the allure of 3D. However, when Cameron converted “Titanic” to 3D and released it once again in theaters in 2012, it helped push the movie past the $2 billion mark, one of only two movies to ever make that much money.
“Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”
George Lucas had huge plans to re-release the entire “Star Wars” franchise in 3D, staggering the releases over the years. His plans started in 2012 with “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” However, that movie was the least popular of the entire franchise and the turnout for the re-release was minimal at best. The audience for that film only added $102.7 million to the total box office take. Thanks in part to the disappointing box office and the fact that Disney purchased Lucas Films and started work on “Star Wars Episode VII,” the rest of the franchise was never released in 3D.
While converting older action movies to 3D is an interesting concept, the fact is that animated movies are the ones that look the best when converted. Disney has really grasped this opportunity and has been re-releasing a number of their back catalog in 3D re-releases, each one as beautiful as expected. Sadly, the box office takes have not been great so the continued trend might not continue. Families just might not be able to afford the higher prices for their kids to come see movies that are already on home video, because kids don’t care enough about what 3D brings to the movies. “The Lion King” was the most successful, but “Beauty and the Beast,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters, Inc.” each made less than the ones that came before.