Movie ticket sales are flat, but Hollywood thinks a sword-wielding Nordic warrior seduced by Angelina Jolie in 3-D can pump them up.
Loosely drawn from the Old English epic poem favored by high school English teachers, "Beowulf" is set to be a test case for the revival of 3-D movies that Hollywood studios and theater operators hope will entice a new generation away from its big-screen TVs and computer monitors.
The $160-million production, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is the first movie targeted to adults made with so-called performance-capture digital animation technology, which Zemeckis pioneered with "The Polar Express" three years ago. Although "The Polar Express" earned lukewarm reviews and opened modestly at the box office, it nonetheless has become a profitable holiday chestnut at Imax theaters.
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