You’ve probably read that yesterday Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old earned $3.1 million domestic at 1,122 theaters (i.e., Thursday). So who saw it and what’s the verdict? Here’s my 11.12 review.
The color-and-3D-enhanced World War I doc has now taken in $5.4 million in two days of showings in North America. It gathered $2.3 million on 12.17 — the largest single-day gross for a Fathom documentary in the U.S. Warner Bros. will launch a tri-city theatrical release (New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC) on Jan. 11, and then expand to 25 markets on February 1st.
The enhanced-footage doc (colorized, digitally sharpened, converted to 3D) is about the arduous experience of British troops in the European trenches during World War I.
Roughly six million British troops were sent to fight in Europe between August of 1914 and September 1918. Just over 700,000, or 11.5% of the total, were reportedly killed. Then again the World War I Wiki page says 1,114,914 Brits died in the conflict — who knows?
It begins and ends with conventional black-and-white footage of young troops preparing for battle and then a closing section depicting the aftermath and return to the home front. Only the brutality of war section. which lasts a bit more than an hour, is shown in color and 3D. The opening black-and-white section lasts around 19 or 20 minutes, and then into the colorized carnage and then a wrap-up that last between 10 and 12 minutes, not counting closing credits. The film runs 99 minutes.