I invited indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin and Eric Kohn to join me in a debate about the present and future of 3-D for Moviefone Movies. Here’s a sample (read the full piece here):
Maltin kicked off the conversation with his take on ‘Jackass 3D’ opening with $50 million a few weeks back. “I felt they ought to have a huge asterisk next to that saying, ‘And we built most of that out of overages in the admission price,'” he argued.
Thompson agreed that the movie wouldn’t have brought in as much money in standard 2-D, but also felt that the format itself greatly helped drive audiences to theaters to check it out. “If you want to be surrounded by poop,” said Thompson, “don’t you want to do it in 3-D?”
Kohn noted that the fast and loose usage of 3-D equipment in the film was novel; it was as if the filmmakers didn’t care if the cameras got banged up or vomited on. “There is probably something historical about that alone,” he quipped.