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3-D hits an all-time low with 'Despicable Me 2'

Blockbuster sequel Despicable Me 2 earned $143 million over the extended Fourth of July weekend — and although its debut marked a high point at the summer box office, it also marked a low point for 3-D ticket sales.

According to Universal, only 27 percent of Despicable Me 2‘s opening-weekend gross came from 3-D tickets, the lowest 3-D share in modern box office history. Notably, the record low comes just two weeks after Monsters University notched a 31 percent 3-D share on its opening weekend, which at the time was the worst 3-D performance ever. Poor 3-D ticket sales aren’t just plaguing recent animated films, either. Brad Pitt’s live-action zombie thriller World War Z only earned 34 percent of its debut total from 3-D tickets, and The Great Gatsby fared even worse. Despite the fact that Baz Luhrmann’s use of 3-D was a primary selling point for Gatsby, 3-D ticket sales only accounted for 33 percent of its opening weekend.

These percentages mark a decisive downturn in 3-D’s popularity with American moviegoers, who have generally embraced the enhanced format over the last five years.

In 2009 and 2010, during the heyday of 3-D, films like Avatar (71 percent share), Alice in Wonderland (70 percent), and Tron Legacy (82 percent) added tens of millions of dollars to their opening-weekend grosses with 3-D ticket sales. Hollywood quickly doubled down on the format — sending the number of 3-D wide releases skyrocketing from 15 in 2009 to 36 in 2012. By 2012, though, it already appeared that 3-D was losing some of its luster, as the industry observed lower shares for films like Transformers: Dark of the Moon (60 percent), Thor (60 percent), and The Avengers (52 percent). These days, even highly anticipated box office titans like Iron Man 3 (45 percent), Star Trek Into Darkness (45 percent), and World War Z have trouble cracking the 50 percent threshold.

Family films have been hit particularly hard lately. Of course, it should be noted that they’ve never been quite as popular as live-action films in 3-D — presumably because it costs so much to purchase 3-D tickets for an entire family — but animated titles like Shrek Forever After (60 percent), Toy Story 3 (60 percent), and The Lorax (52 percent) did prove that moms and dads were willing to shell out big bucks on the format. Not so much over the past year, though. Recent films like Brave (34 percent), The Croods (38 percent) and, obviously, Despicable Me 2 haven’t connected with 3-D ticket-buyers despite the fact that they succeeded at the box office.

Many think the 3-D gimmick has lost — or is losing — its novelty due to over-saturation and shoddy execution, and Avatar director James Cameron agrees. “I do not think Hollywood is using the 3-D properly,” Cameron remarked at the TagDF conference in Mexico City last week. “Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 and all those movies should not necessarily be in 3-D,” he continued. “If you spend $150 million on visual effects, the film is already going to be spectacular, perfect.”

What do you think? Is the 3-D fad officially ending?

Jeff Bridges talks about this summer's supernatural action-comedy 'R.I.P.D.' (and why 'the Dude' would enjoy it)

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Jeff Bridges is best known for appearing in dramas such as 2009’s Crazy Heart, which garnered the actor an Oscar, and the Coen brothers’ 1998 noir-stoner comedy classic The Big Lebowski, which garnered him an army of “Duderino”-quoting fans. But Bridges’ filmography also features a surprisingly large amount of sci-fi and fantasy movies, including 1976’s King Kong remake, 1984’s Starman,  the two Tron movies,  the first Iron Man film, and now this summer’s Robert Schwentke-directed R.I.P.D., in which he and Ryan Reynolds play dead, but still extremely active, law enforcers.

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Box office preview: 'Evil Dead' will try to put 'G.I. Joe' in the grave

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It’s been a tough year at the 2013 box office so far. Altogether, the film industry has racked up $2.267 billion worth of ticket sales, a whopping 12.5 percent decrease from the $2.55 billion that movies had earned at the same point in 2012.

It seems unlikely that the hordes of dead bodies and dead dinosaurs hitting theaters this weekend will resurrect the struggling box office — that won’t happen until May, when Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III debut — but The Evil Dead and Jurassic Park 3D should be able to achieve hearty numbers nonetheless.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. Evil Dead – $24 million
The brand new horror film, from Sony, FilmDistrict, and Ghost House, should top the box office this weekend. Evil Dead is a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, and it’s been earning positive buzz and geek-cred for months after screening at festivals like SXSW. The combination of built-in anticipation, nostalgia, and  reliable gore-loving audience members may drive the film, which carries a small $17 million budget, to a $24 million weekend. It could reach higher, though its R-rating limits appeal considerably. READ FULL STORY

Lucasfilm postpones 3-D release of 'Star Wars' prequels to focus on new film

Lucasfilm isn’t kidding in its aim to pour all of its efforts – every fiber of the Force, every ounce of Stormtrooper chutzpah – into its revival of the Star Wars franchise. It’s even pushing back scheduled 3-D re-releases of prequels Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

“Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Episodes II and III in 3D,” said the studio in a statement Monday to EW. “Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.”
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Watch the trailer for 'Top Gun 3D'

Goose and Maverick are back and quite literally bigger than ever.

Beginning on Feb. 8 and ending Feb. 13, Tom Cruise’s hit film Top Gun will return to theaters, but this time, you can feel the need for speed in a whole new way: IMAX 3-D. And if the movie’s 1986 success — it grossed more than $350 million in the box office worldwide — is any indication, we’d expect a large turnout.

Take a look at the Top Gun 3D trailer … which looks a lot like just another Top Gun trailer … which it kind of is. READ FULL STORY

'Texas Chainsaw 3D' star Alexandra Daddario on facing off against Leatherface and those 'Fifty Shades of Grey' rumors

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has a habit of casting actors on the cusp of fame, be they Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger in 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Jessica Biel in the 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s original classic shocker, or Matt Bomer in 2006’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. The latest thespian hoping to benefit from what we’re going to call “the Chainsaw bump” is Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) who plays the heroine in Texas Chainsaw 3D, which arrives in cinemas this Friday.

Below, the actress talks about facing off against the iconic Leatherface, the forthcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and why the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia aren’t as drunk as you might think. READ FULL STORY

'Texas Chainsaw 3D': Check out two photos of Leatherface in the horror sequel -- EXCLUSIVE

This Friday, the festive squeals of delighted children and the electrical hum of holiday lights will be replaced by the screams of tormented twentysomethings and the grinding of mechanical wood-slicing devices when horror sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D hits cinemas. A direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s infamous 1974 shocker The Texas Chainsaw Massacre this seventh entry in the franchise is directed by John Luessenhop (Takers) and stars Alexandra Daddario, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, and Dan Yeager as the iconic Leatherface.

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'Star Trek Into Darkness' sneak peek IMAX locations announced

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Strap on your Spock ears, and run to these theaters!

Paramount Pictures has officially announced the domestic locations previewing the first nine minutes of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3-D starting Friday.

The Star Trek sequel, written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will officially be released in May 2013. Friday’s sneak peek footage shows in 288 digital IMAX theaters, including this shortened list, below. For a full list of locations, click here for the movie’s website.  READ FULL STORY

'Top Gun 3D' has an official IMAX release date

It’s unlikely that Top Gun 2 will come together now, in the wake of the tragic death of director Tony Scott. But Paramount has finalized plans to re-release the original 1986 Top Gun, with a 3-D transfer, on the biggest screen possible. Paramount announced in a press release that Top Gun will play in IMAX theaters for six days starting Feb. 8. The addition of 3-D promises to add incredible depth to the airborne jet scenes, while also adding important depth to the various pectorals in the volleyball scene. READ FULL STORY

'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight,' 'Skyfall' qualify for Oscar visual effects nominations

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Finalists for the visual effects Oscar nominations are some of the biggest films of the year — and some of the biggest bombs.

The main thing they have in common — BIGNESS.

While visual effects have become more common even in smaller films such as Beasts of the Southern Wild or Chronicle, the field is still dominated by big-budget studio behemoths, many of them wearing capes or fighting aliens. READ FULL STORY

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