How Avatar is creating a 3-D hell for movie theaters

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

You may be thrilled that so many 3-D films—including Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon—will soon be hitting theaters. But as for the studios and theater owners, well ... the glut of 3-D product has them more than a little nervous.

According to msnbc, by the end of March there'll only be about 3,900 to 4,000 3-D-ready screens available in the U.S. and Canada. But since a movie in wide release in North America will typically be shown on 3,000 to 10,000 screens, that leaves those three new 3-D movies going to war for your eyeballs. Each will likely end up with less of a chance to catch your attention because some theaters with only one or two 3-D screens will have to choose which movies to show in 3-D.

"One or all three are going to suffer in some way," said Patrick Corcoran, director of media and research for the National Association of Theatre Owners. "It makes it a much harder decision on exhibitors on what to keep or what to drop or what to add and probably should have been avoided."

There are 19 3-D movies scheduled for release this year, including Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After and Megamind. But don't worry—by the time Tron Legacy hits theaters Dec. 17, the number of 3-D screens in North America should reach around 5,000.

So—which movie do you most want to see in 3-D?

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