Coming off a movie that was universally panned for deciding to move forward with a 3D conversion is not an easy task. Two years ‘Clash of the Titans’ was released to mostly negative reviews and controversy over the last minute decision to go 3D, in order to make box office returns larger. To avoid negative press for the 2012 sequel, ‘Wrath of the Titans,’ the film featured a new director and was always planned to play on 3D screens. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ continues to cover Greek mythology and is the story of half-God, half-Human Perseus. In this adventure, Perseus has decided to lead a more simple life, until he is forced to return to battle against a giant, multi-headed creature and rescue his father, Zeus, from the Titans.
Actor Sam Worthington plays Perseus, while Liam Neeson plays his father Zeus, with the promise of more air-time in this sequel. Ralph Fiennes and Edgar Martinez play the antagonists, Hades and Ares who are hell bent on destroying the legacy of the gods. Liam Neeson has a track record of playing powerful, intimidating men and has been a box office draw in movies such as ‘Unknown’ and ‘Taken.’ In ‘Wrath of the Titans’ and its predecessor, Liam plays similar roles that naturally bring in a more male audience. In addition to masculine and strong actors playing the titular characters, the war between the Gods and Titans, as well as the marketing for the film, which puts heavy emphasis on the Greek creatures and you’ve got a movie expected to be full of action. I wouldn’t expect to see a large audience of females for date night going to see this film.
‘Clash of the Titans’ earned a good $163.2 million in North America, and close to 500 million with worldwide totals added. Despite the 3D controversy, the film made back its budget of $125 million. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ was made on a budget between $125 million – $150 million, with marketing efforts likely pushing the total to over $200 million. While the film is expected to be a success, industry experts are pegging the opening at somewhere between $42 million – $56 million. While the story isn’t terribly original (replace the kidnapped father with a kidnapped girlfriend, wife, love interest, etc), fans of Greek mythology are likely to want to check this film out. ‘Wrath of the Titans’ opens in theaters tomorrow.