Percy Jackson 3 – Sequel Plans12.08.13 # Sequel # 819 Comments
There’s been some Percy Jackson 3 talk in recent weeks. So what has been said and how likely is a sequel?
There are five books in the Percy Jackson series, so far. The next installment is ‘The Titan’s Curse’ which sees Percy ambushed by Manticore (half-human, half-lion) as he brings two new demigods into camp. Annabeth is kidnapped and the general of the Titans prepares to release a skeleton army onto the world. Percy and four friends must undertake a dangerous quest to put things right, even though the Camp’s Oracle has prophesied that not all of them will survive…
At the box office over the weekend Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters earned $14 million, less than half of Lightning Thief’s $31m. However this time it opened midweek, internationally it’s opened bigger so far, and it has the added bonus of 3D. All in all it looks like it will get close to Lightning Thief’s final total of $88m domestic, $137m foreign. Its production budget was also around $90m.
Among 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 more likely than not 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.
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.