The next two Harry Potter will be in 3D. Warner Bros has been testing footage from its upcoming “Clash of the Titans” — converted into 3D by an outside vendor — and the tests have gone so well that the studio has decided to release not only “Titans” but also the two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 3D.
Each movie will cost just $5 million to change into 3D. They also will absorb an additional $5 million expense per picture to pay for 3D glasses for exhibitors handling the movies.
Warners will push back the release of “Titans” one week to April 2. “Deathly Hallows: Part I” is set to unspool November 19, and “Deathly Hallows: Part II” is slotted for July 15, 2011.
Other wide openers set for April 2 include Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” a likely PG-rated film adapted from a book series popular with middle-schoolers; Disney’s PG-rated Miley Cyrus starrer “The Last Song,” adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel; Universal’s futuristic action thriller “Repo Men,” starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker; and Lionsgate’s latest Tyler Perry pic, “Why Did I Get Married Too?”
Released in 3D, Warners figures to reap well north of $200 million, with 2007’s $211 million domestic grosser “300” considered a beatable benchmark.
“Titans” in 3D also is considered a safe bet to best the $245 million in foreign coin that Warners fetched with “300.”
Furthermore,Sony might send “Spider-Man” into the third dimension with the webslinger’s next pic.