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To the delights of many film fans, Fox has confirmed that Ridley Scott's Alien-ish prequel Prometheus will hit theaters with an R rating, but what does this mean for its box office potential?
While at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman Tom Rothman spoke with Collider about fan concerns that Prometheus would be a watered down version of its predecessors if given a PG-13 rating in order to get younger audiences into the theater to potentially garner more box office dollars. Rothman assured fans that the film would not be compromised in any way and they would release the film they wanted to make regardless of the rating. It appears that Rothman stuck to his word and the film will in fact be released with an R rating.
Rumors of an R rating first cropped up when a ticket appeared with the rating on it. Fox later confirmed that MPAA had given the film the rating based on " sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language". The only Alien film to garner a PG-13 rating before was 2004' Alien vs Predator.
One person that will be watching the box office closely will be director Guillermo Del Toro whose 'At the Mountains of Madness' project was shelved due to the budget of the film and it's need for an R rating. If a big budget R-rated sci-fi film can bring in audiences, his film may actually see the light of day after all.
So what do you think of Prometheus being rated R? Do you think it will affect the film's box office potential? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to subscribe to ClevverMovies to stay in the know on all things movies. I'm Misty Kingma and I'll see you next time.