Two big weekends for 'The Lion King 3D' and suddenly Hollywood is abuzz with talk of 3D conversions. But is the format the reason for the success of the returning modern classic?
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Not so fast, say a range of analysts, moviegoers and academics. While 3D may have helped propel the film’s winning streak, it is not a silver bullet.
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“After ‘Avatar’ did so well, everyone thought that 3D was where filmmaking was going,” says Paul Degarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com. But then, 3D took a beating at the box office after a number of films such as “Clash of the Titans,” did poorly and were critically drubbed for a poor 3D conversion.
Other observers say Hollywood should be careful not to take the wrong lesson from the triumph of a returning modern classic to the big screen.
“As a parent, I can tell you why ‘The Lion King’ beat ‘Moneyball’ at the box office,” says public relations expert Sandi Straetker via email.