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Old 10-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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Demand for 3D tickets to the opening weekend showings of “Gravity” shot into the stratosphere Thursday.

Online ticket broker Fandango reported that 91 percent of its advance sales for “Gravity were for showings on 3D screens, and Movietickets.com said 3D made up 80 percent of its presales for the space epic. At Fandango, sales for “Gravity,” which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, represented 60 percent of the tickets sold for this weekend’s movies.

“The ultra-strong buzz for the movie is as much about its groundbreaking visuals as it is for its A-list, Oscar-winning stars,” said Fandango’s chief correspondent Dave Karger.

Director Alfonso Cuaron’s dynamic camera work and visual style have been the hallmarks of films like “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and “Children of Men,” so audiences are eager to see what he does with the format in this, his first 3D outing.

To what extent this will make a difference at the box office – 3D tickets typically bring a $3-$4 premium – remains to be seen. Distributor Warner Bros. as of early Thursday hadn’t divulged how many of the roughly 3,575 locations that will be screening “Gravity” will offer the format.

For the sake of comparison, when the studio rolled out “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” last December, 3,160 of 4,045 theaters – about 78 percent – offered 3D (which got an extra bounce for the high-frame-rate format). Since the format is a big part of the appeal of the space saga, it’s reasonable to expect that a similar number of the “Gravity” screens will be in 3D.

The buzz around “Gravity” is easily the most heat generated around a movie because of 3D since Fox rolled out Angl Lee’s “Life of Pi” last year.

While 3D remains popular overseas, it has taken a major hit domestically over the past year. This summer saw Disney and Pixar’s box office hit “Monsters University” post the lowest percentage of 3D returns ever for an animated movie, while Paramount and Brad Pitt’s “World War Z” was the weakest 3D showing for an action film.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #2
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While 3D remains popular overseas, it has taken a major hit domestically over the past year.
I really hate how reporters continue to misrepresent the overseas market. A lot of times, people outside of the US aren't given a choice. They either have to watch a movie in 3D (with the 3D surcharge), or they can't watch the movie at all. No choice ≠ popular.
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I really hate how reporters continue to misrepresent the overseas market. A lot of times, people outside of the US aren't given a choice. They either have to watch a movie in 3D (with the 3D surcharge), or they can't watch the movie at all. No choice ≠ popular.
Post some links to the cinemas websites that do this?
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:58 AM   #4
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My theater WAS doing it with "Gravity" this weekend. Now they're not. Tix went up for sale for the weekend on Tuesday night. At the time, there was only "Gravity" 3D on one screen. Now they've added a 2nd screen of 3D showings and a screen of 2D showings.
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My theater WAS doing it with "Gravity" this weekend. Now they're not. Tix went up for sale for the weekend on Tuesday night. At the time, there was only "Gravity" 3D on one screen. Now they've added a 2nd screen of 3D showings and a screen of 2D showings.
Well I can't trust your word of mouth. I need to see it.
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Well I can't trust your word of mouth. I need to see it.
oh, I believe him. The theatres in my area of the U.S. did the same thing.

However, that is NOT the same as not giving the audience the choice (playing only the 3d version and never ever playing the 2d version on any day) like the other poster claims.

It is simply the movie you want to see not playing at that particular time but will play at a later time (later day) or already played at an earlier time (earlier day) and you missed it.

I have never yet seen a theatre that did not play both the 2d and 3d versions of a movie for all current 3d movies.
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They do it in Australia for pre-sales as well. I couldn't find a 2D ticket anywhere for the Hobbit so I just ended up going to the 3D. I think the 2D starts later on. Gravity has pre-ordered tickets available for both though.

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They do it in Australia for pre-sales as well. I couldn't find a 2D ticket anywhere for the Hobbit so I just ended up going to the 3D. I think the 2D starts later on. Gravity has pre-ordered tickets available for both though.
For movies like Gravity and Hobbit the studio puts up the 3D pre-orders early exclusively because they are 3D movies and the 2D is optional. Movies like these, Prometheus and Life of Pie are they only ones I've seen them only pre=order the 3D versions. They are 3D movies and are meant to be seen in 3D.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:05 AM   #9
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Well I can't trust your word of mouth. I need to see it.
And I can't show it to you because they changed it. I don't think it was always planned. I can't remember another time when they changed the showtimes after putting them up on Tuesday afternoon/evening. I asked the magager when I went in to see "Rush" tonight. She said they occasionally they add showtimes if demand warrants it. That is what they did in this case. I really don't think it was planned to be shown in 2D. Will never know now.

I'm the OP. I'm not pissing on 3D. The article was about strong 3D sales. But I'm sure there are times theaters only offer 3D showings. I don't like that the times are fractured when (to me) the movie isn't worth seeing in 3D (all too common anymore). If a theater is showing it 10 times a day, half in 3D/half in 2D....I'm more limited if I have no desire to see it in 3D. I can't tell you how many times I've paid the $3 (or now $3.50) upcharge and been pissed at the crap 3D.

BTW, here's the theater:

http://www.fandango.com/amcstardubuq...date=10/6/2013

When sales went up Tuesday, they only had the 3D showings (11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20). They've since added the other 3D showings and the 2D showings.

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I really hate how reporters continue to misrepresent the overseas market. A lot of times, people outside of the US aren't given a choice. They either have to watch a movie in 3D (with the 3D surcharge), or they can't watch the movie at all. No choice ≠ popular.
UK has choice I believe. Go 3D, Avatar beating box office!
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