'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith 3D' Opening Earlier than Expected
Hoping to capitalize on all of the buzz generated by the Disney/Lucasfilm acquisition – and the plans for three new Star Wars films – 20th Century Fox has shifted the release dates of its planned 3D presentations of the prequel trilogy chapters, giving fans two Star Wars movies in 2013.
According to a release, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones will open in theaters on Sept. 20, followed by Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith on Oct. 4. That’s one week earlier than anticipated for Sith, which might mean Clones gets less time in theaters (as both movies will be competing against The Little Mermaid 3D for theater screens).
Fox struck gold with the re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace back in February. The first installment of George Lucas’ prequel trilogy – despite its generally bad reviews – generated $102.7 million in worldwide ticket sales as lifelong Star Wars fans jumped at the opportunity to see these films on the big screen once again (and in 3D for the first time). It’s widely accepted that Clones and Sith are better movies, so they could (and should) do better at the box office upon re-release.
Of course, there’s far more interest in the films now that casual fans also will be preparing for Episodes 7-9 … films that are still seeking the proper director.
Tell us: Are you more excited to see all of the original Star Wars movies on the big screen – and in 3D – now that you know Disney and Lucasfilm plans to make more? And are you happy that Sith is now opening one week earlier than planned?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.