Rings Emerges 3 Years Late
Rings, the third film in the Ring franchise, opens this weekend, Friday, February 3, 2017. Although it wrapped up filming three years ago, the film has endured numerous delays. With a jam packed opening listing, this may be one to miss.
The Ring (2002) was based on the Japanese film, Ringu (1998). A journalist, played by Naomi Watts, investigates the deaths of four teenagers who died after watching a video recording. Shot on a $48 million dollar budget, the film grossed $128 million in the US alone. Worldwide, it grossed over $249 million. The first offering was wildly popular and profitable.
The Ring 2 (2005) followed shortly after. New clues emerge surrounding the curse of a videotape after the killings begin again. Filmed for $50 million, this sequel was not as popular. It only grossed $75 million in the US and $161 million worldwide. Still, it was very profitable.
Rings (2017) is also known as The Ring 3. Due to a curse, a woman will die seven days after watching a video. It brings a new cast to the franchise. Its budget was $33 million. The post-production delays are troublesome. Postponements such as this indicate a weak film. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.