Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Box office hits: Are 3D films getting worse?

In this chart (data from boxofficemojo) you can see the films that have done (worldwide theatrical box office) above 200 million US$ after 1985 (Toy Story).
Green dots indicate 3D movies.
"Titanic" (1,845 Mill. US$) has been removed to gain detail.


You can see that 3D movies between 1985 and 2002 perform between 350-550 Mill US$. Suddenly comes a top with "Finding Nemo" (2003, 854 Mill. US$) and "Shrek 2" in (2004, 920 Mill. US $), and right after that comes a severe drop, with some films performing under 250 M.

Moving on to a more subjective analisys, I have a feeling that 3D movies are getting worse every year. This feeling comes from two factors:

- There are too many 3D films per year lately. Until 2004 there were 1 to 4 films per year. Then the number rises steeply: 6 in 2005, and 11 so far in 2006

- Most of these films have no appeal at all: Aren´t you bored of "twin films" about "funny animals" (2 x ants, 2 x fishes, 2 x penguins...)

- On top of that, living in spain means an even worse handicap: Films are dubbed into spanish by humorists or actors, not by professional dubbers, and they even dare to put their own jokes into the film! As the number of films per year increases, this is getting worse and worse.

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