2015 was a very big year for 3D movies with 63 features released. This includes both major releases and some releases only released in specific markets. It appears that 2016 has 37 3D features planned for release at this time. I found an excellent list listed at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3D_films. The following chart shows a breakdown of the number of 3D releases shown by Wikipedia:
In March of this year MPAA will release its Theatrical Market Statistics for 2015. I am looking forward to analyzing these numbers once they come out. I have always found interesting that the number of movie screens capable for 3D does not come close to matching the percentage of receipts that come from 3D versions of the movies released. In 2012, approximately 34% of movie screens in the US and Canada were 3D capable. In 2013 this rose to approximately 37%, and in 2014, these numbers did not rise significantly and still remained around 37%. Box office receipts for 3D movies only comprise less than 13% of the total box office receipts for 2014. There appears to be a definite room for growth based on the 3D capable infrastructure already in place. As I have looked at the numbers over the years, many of the 3D movies are viewed primarily in 2D and only a few movies are viewed primarily in 3D. With such a large release of 3D movies, I am hopeful that these numbers have improved or at least the percentage of 3D movies that are viewed in 3D has gone up.
One positive point that I am seeing relates to the negative press on 3D movies has significantly reduced since 2011. Either the movies are getting better and the industry is learning to create better 3D or the press is just gotten bored with the subject.
Once I have the MPAA statistics in hand, I will further analyze the numbers to ascertain what these statistics tell us about the 3D theatrical market.