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3D film revenue in UK continues to fall

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The total gross income generated by 3D films in the UK has fallen for the third year in a row, now down to 18 per cent for 2012.

Over the course of 2012, 43 films were released in 3D but only managed to generate 18 per cent of the UK’s gross box office revenue, down from 20 per cent in 2011 and 24 per cent in 2010.

Revenue generated by 3D films in the UK is showing a downward trend, even though a high number of blockbusters were released with a 3D viewing option.

Alex Stoltz, Head of Distribution at the British Film Institute, told Radio 4 that consumers were being more selective as to which films they wished to see in 3D.

“It does seem to be a bit of a slide… on different titles people are making different decisions,” said Stoltz. “On the big family films there seems to be a lower proportion of people opting to choose 3D.”

“There were very successful films like Madagascar 3 and Brave, and only about a third of their total revenue came from 3D ticket sales.”

The Life of Pi managed to achieve great 3D success, with 79 per cent of its viewers opting against 2D. This figure equated to 3D viewings accounting for £19 million worth of its £24 million box office takings.

“Life of Pi was conceived and produced by Ang Lee, an auteur, and audiences can tell the difference between an authentic 3D film rather than a bolt on”, added Stoltz.

Marvel Avengers Assemble was the best performing 3D movie with a total gross income of nearly £52 million. £30 million of those takings was generated by people watching it in 3D.

The premium price of 3D movies is inevitably being taken into account when making viewing decisions, especially by families who need to economise on multiple tickets.

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Via: BBC

Tim Sutton

June 14, 2013, 6:45 pm

I am not even slightly surprised. Simulated 3D on a 2D plane at its very best is just OK, and usually is just distracting and annoying.

Anecdotally, when a 2D option wasn't offered at my local Devon cinema for Avengers, my girlfriend and I travelled 20 miles to a different cinema just to watch it in 2D.

Gavin Martin

June 14, 2013, 7:18 pm

If only the London Waterloo IMAX was showing more than three showings of Man of Steel in 2D vs 70+ showings in 3D....

Chris Marsden

June 15, 2013, 8:40 am

"The Life of Pi managed to achieve great 3D success, with 79 per cent of its viewers opting against 2D"

I went to see Life of Pi in 3D not because I opted to but because I did not have the choice. I think this is why 3D had so much success in the early days because you had little to no choice to go and see a film in 2D.
Just wait until the next Avatar comes out and you can only watch it in 3D the studios will be saying that 3D is alive again.

Given the choice it would be 2D all the way for me as 3D adds nothing to the film expeince in my opinion.

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