Showbiz Sandbox 174: Is “The Hobbit” A Death Knell for 3D Movies?

December 17, 2012


All of the talk surrounding the release of “The Hobbit” was over high frame rate and whether audiences would reject a crisper image. It may have been more appropriate to discuss whether audiences have already shunned 3D. Only 49% of audiences chose to see the film in 3D over opening weekend. If moviegoers aren’t willing to see a film shot and meant to be seen in 3D, is the format ultimately doomed?

“The Hobbit” was noticeably absent on a number of important year-end top film lists. Nor was it among the nominations for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, which were announced last week.

The fantasy book from “The Hobbit” is adapted has been a perennial best seller, but with the explosion of e-book readers future generations may not even know what a book is. Can e-books and print co-exist?

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including this year’s Rock Hall of Fame inductees, the top grossing concert tours of 2012 and (finally!) an end to loud television commercials.


Networks and Studios Scramble to Reschedule Violent Programming

‘Hobbit’ Rakes In $223 Mil At Worldwide Box Office

Golden Globe Nominations; Lincoln Leads

SAG Awards: “Silver Linings” Tops Nominations

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: The Complete Nominations List,0,7312257.story

AFI Announces Its Top Film and TV Programs of 2012,0,3474335.story

Surprise! E-Books And Print Can Co-Exist!

Netflix Begins Monthly Ranking Of ISP Speeds

L.A. Reid To Exit ‘X Factor’ To Return To Record Label,0,2738133.story

Rush, Public Enemy and Heart Join Rock Hall Of Fame

Rolling Stones to Play Coachella?

Clear Channel Quietly Downsizing Radio Stations Across U.S.

Sporting News Shutters Print, Goes Digital

Loud Commercials Are Against The Law

TV-On-The-Go Service Aereo Adds Bloomberg TV As First Cable Channel

Whitney Houston, PSY Top Google’s 2012 Trends

The Top 25 Tours Of 2012

Foyles and The Bookseller To Re-imagine ‘The Bookshop’

Why Studios Don’t Pay to Make Movies Anymore (Analysis)