'Tron Legacy' Passes $100 Million Mark

Tron-Legacy_DiscThe Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision noted that as of Tuesday, Disney’s TRON LEGACY passed the $100 million mark in 12 days of release in the USA. It also picked up about $75 million in overseas markets.
The article points out that the $170 film pulled in about $25 million in IMAX showings alone, which is quite remarkable.  However, the article wonders if the film will have staying power, meaning repeat viewings by fans, and an apeal to wider audiences.
It’s said the rule of thumb is that a film need to gross about three times its cost to be profitable, which in theory would mean that the TRON sequel would have to make about $510 million world wide to put it safely in the black. With home video and ancillary rights, this should be achiveable in the long run. The original TRON was not a big hit in its theatrical run, but it’s generated some revenue ever since. 
With other big budget genere films in the works, including the Marvel projects and  Guillermo del Toro ‘s in-development re-boot of THE HAUNTED MANSION, and David Finchers 20,ooo LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, a cross-over audience is needed — without alienating the often hard-to-please genre fans.

Tron Legacy: December 17

tron-legacyWalt Disney Pictures releases the seuqel to TRON nationwide, including a run at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The first TRON was, to put it mildly, a disappointment – a weak story propped up by (then) amazing computer graphics and an electronic score by Wendy Carlos (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE). Supposedly, the original has developed a cult following, which Walt Disney Pictures hopes will turn out for the sequel. Joseph Kosinski directed from a screenplay by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, from a story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugmam & Lee Sternthal, based on the original concept by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird. Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner are back, with newcomers Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, James Frain, and Beau Garrett.
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Bridges talks Tron Legacy at Cinematical

Cinematically has posted an interview with Jeff Bridges, who talks about appearing in TRON LEGACY 28 years after starring in the original TRON. Unfortunately, you won’t learn much: in the great tradition of Robert DeNiro (who could give entire interview while saying very little), Bridges keeps mum on plot details, speaking only in generalities:

Well, this is kind of a challenge for me because I don’t want to deprive anybody of the enjoyment of seeing the film with any kind of twists and turns. So I’m probably not goanna answer too many of your questions about [the plot] because I want to make it fun for people without telling the whole plot. But it’s certainly a different deal. We made Tron, there was no internet, man. No cell phones. No laptops or any of that stuff. So it’s completely different world that we’re showing up in here and the look of the film it certainly, you know, benefits from that.