We are saddened to report the 3D theatrical re-release of arguably the best science fiction sequel ever created Terminator 2: Judgment Day, had a poor showing its opening weekend in the United States. Yes, the actual box-office numbers are in and T2 in 3D ultimately underperformed.
It’s been a long time since audiences have been treated to a 3D re-release of an older film, over three years in fact. Yes 2014, 2015, and 2016 all have been years without a 3D conversion of a classic film.
The last time cinemas screened a 3D conversion of a classic film was 2013. That year there was three: Jurassic Park 3D, Top Gun 3D and The Wizard of Oz 3D. Like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” only two of these three conversions had limited releases. (“Jurassic Park 3D” opened big on 2,771 screens so it’s unfair to use it as a comparison.)
So lets take a closer look at the performance of T2 in 3D, and compare it to both “Top Gun 3D” and “The Wizard of Oz 3D”:
Yes the estimates originally reported were inflated, and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” opened with a paltry $552,773 on 371 screens. Compare that to “Top Gun 3D” and “The Wizard of Oz 3D” which both films screened in less theaters than T2 but grossed approximately 4 times and 6 times more than James Cameron’s beloved Terminator sequel.
Unless international audiences can turn this ship around and make “Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D” a financial success, this might be the final nail in the coffin for converting older popular films into 3D.
We’ll be back.