Talking about Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse movie plans, Movie Moron has an exclusive article.
There are five books in the Percy Jackson series, so far. The next installment is ‘The Titan’s Curse’ which sees Percy ambushed as he brings two new demigods into camp by the doomsday monster Manticore (half-human, half-lion). Annabeth is kidnapped and the general of the Titans is preparing to release an army of skeleton warriors on the world. Percy and four friends must go on a dangerous quest to put things right, even though the Camp’s Oracle has prophesied that not all of them will survive…
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters earned $14 million at the weekend, less than half of Lightning Thief’s $31m. However it did open two days earlier on a Wednesday, has yet to launch internationally, and has the added bonus of 3D. All in all it looks like it will likely match Lightning Thief’s final total of $137m. Its production budget was also around $90m.
Amongst the critics, Sea of Monsters didn’t do as well as Lightning Thief (35% vs 49% on RT) but, more importantly, fans reacted better to it, with a user score of 6.5 on IMDB compared to 5.8 – in IMDB language that’s a significant difference.
The studio knows Sea of Monsters would have opened stronger if they hadn’t waited three-and-a-half years since the previous movie. Potter and Twilight never had gaps of more than two years. They need to get Titan’s Curse out in 2015 for maximum return. Indeed there’s an unconfirmed rumour that Fox has its eye on October that year.
Summing up, a third film is likely given the numbers and fan reaction, but this is a series that’s limping forwards, not charging. Unlike Potter, the studio will be judging whether to keep going one film at a time. For comparison, the Chronicles of Narnia reached its third film before the studio called it a day.
What would you like to see happen in Percy Jackson 3 (Titan’s Curse)? Did you prefer Sea of Monsters or Lightning Thief? How can they improve on both? Leave your thoughts in the comments.