Did you catch James Cameron's Avatar in 3-D yet? If not, there's no need to worry: Three-dimensional movies are here to stay. You will have plenty of opportunities to don the special glasses over the next few years.
Seventy-five percent of Avatar's $2.3 billion in gross receipts (and counting) came from a combination of 3-D and super-sized IMAX
In other words, expect to see a lot more of this three-dimensional fare. In fact, the success of Avatar inspired Time Warner
Less than 10% of America's 40,000 screens can show pictures in glorious digital 3-D today, but the conversions are rolling in at breakneck speed. Theater chains like AMC and Regal Entertainment
And the transition really can't happen fast enough. The limited number of 3-D-capable screens plus the oncoming rush of 3-D content adds up to a traffic jam at the theater. If Avatar is still playing on your theater's only 3-D screen, where will Alice in Wonderland go? There's a veritable crush of 3-D movies coming this spring (and more than 20 for the year), and this will be a trial by fire for the cinema chains.
But the trend is clear: Action movies and cartoons are destined for the 3-D treatment until plain old 2-D content becomes fashionable again. Avatar isn't breaking attendance records, but it is crushing box-office marks by the dozen. That's good enough for Disney, Sony
Thanks to 3-D technology, this looks like a great time to invest in entertainment stocks. Many of these companies are already riding high on this trend, but Lions Gate Entertainment