Although Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace was released in February of this year, the rest of the prequels won’t receive a proper theatrical release until 2013, according to Cinema Blend. If all goes accordingly, Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones will hit theaters on September 20, 2013, followed closely by Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith on October 11. Considering how weak these months usually are for new releases, George Lucas’ franchise shouldn’t have any trouble making some money.
Despite the backlash that most 3D movies have received as of late, apparently a lot of people are interested in seeing the Star Wars franchise upgraded to the third dimension. Coming Soon reports that the re-release of The Phantom Menace amassed $43.5 million during its theatrical run in the United States. Worldwide, the film brought in an impressive $102.7. Not bad for a movie that most of its audience probably owns on Blu-ray.
Although the re-releases will surely draw moviegoers back into theaters, the films may experience some stiff competition from Disney’s The Little Mermaid 3D, another high-profile re-release geared towards those who love watching old movies that have been converted over to the new technology. Also slated for release around the same time is directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the highly-anticipated sequel to their 2005 endeavor starring Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba.
According to Screen Crave, the announcement of the re-releases came with a banner which reads, “Star Wars 3D,” which may indicate the same process will be applied to the original trilogy as well. Once all of the 3D versions have made some substantial theatrical dollars, chances are fans can expect to shell out some serious cash for yet another Star Wars Blu-ray box set. Start saving your money now.
Are you excited to see the Star Wars prequels in 3D?