Next-gen 3-D shows it can work as Beowulf passes $100M abroad and $80M US. Audiences eagerly accepted the new effects but Jolie and Hopkins say the Magic is pure Zemeckis
By Loren Lankford
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 12/24/07 – “Beowulf” with Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie didn’t have the biggest box office this holiday weekend in its fifth week of release, but it passed a milestone that may make it one of the most important.
The groundbreaking 3D movie “Beowulf” hit the $100 million mark in overseas grosses and $80 million in the U.S. “National Treasure” and “I Am Legend” will make more eventually, but they aren’t the harbinger of a new force in filmmaking that had every studio watching the numbers like a hawk. It shows the next gen 3D is accepted by the public as well as theater owners, most of whom installed pricey new equipment for the 750 3D screens (out of 3,150 total).