Dredd 3D Released Date
Dredd premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con International on 11 July 2012. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 6 September, and at the Fantastic Fest in late September. The film was first theatrically released on 7 September in the UK and on 21 September worldwide. A South African release followed on 28 September.
Dredd earned $27.6 million from markets outside of North America and $13.4 million from North America, for a total of $41 million.
In the UK, Dredd grossed £1.05 million ($1.7 million) from 415 cinemas during its opening weekend. This made it the weekend’s number-one film, the first film restricted to audiences over 18 years of age to do so since Saw 3D in 2010. In its second weekend, the film placed number five, earning £769,381. Dredd was primarily shown in 3D in the UK, and 2D screenings were notoriously limited as the distributor denied cinemas’ requests for 2D prints; the decision was considered to have limited the film’s audience where 2D was their preferred format. Dredd earned a total of $6.9 million in the UK.
In North America, pre-release tracking estimated that the film would gross between $8 and $10 million during its opening weekend based on its adult rating and the poor reputation of the 1995 adaptation.
The film earned $2.2 million on its opening day and finished the weekend in sixth place, grossing $6.3 million from 2,506 cinemas—an average of $2,514 per cinema. The largest demographic of the opening weekend audience was over the age of 25 (69%) and male (75%). The film’s North American run ended on 1 November 2012, after 42 days.Outside of the UK and North America, Dredd had its most successful total gross takings in China ($4.5 million), Russia ($4 million), and Australia ($2 million).
Since its premiere screening at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International, Dredd received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 79%, based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Fueled by bombastic violence and impressive special effects, rooted in self-satire and deadpan humor, Dredd 3D does a remarkable job of capturing its source material’s gritty spirit.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 60 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade “B” on a scale of A+ to F. Some reviewers enjoyed its take on the titular character, IGN praising it as a “character study”.
Urban’s acting was frequently praised, particularly his ability to perform a characterless figure. Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich enjoyed his “credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-[Clint] Eastwood voice—and his chin”. Indiewire argued that with the film, he “continues to distinguish himself as a versatile performer who turns mimicry into emotional meaning”. Variety’s Geoff Berkshire wrote the actor “does a fine job embodying the more mythic qualities of Dredd as an upright law enforcer no lowlife would want to confront”.
Thirlby’s Anderson was also highlighted, such as by Berkshire for carrying the film’s emotional story and said, “one of the film’s true thrills comes in watching Thirlby effortlessly balance the conflict between a Judge’s merciless duties and a psychic’s compassionate understanding.” The New Statesman’s Laura Sneddon noted that Dredd passed the Bechdel test, lacking in sexism or misogyny and positively portraying female characters who are no weaker, more attractive or shown less than their male counterparts. Sneddon described Anderson as repeatedly shown to have power over men who underestimate her, while Ma-Ma displays more intelligence and sadism than any of her male gang members, and neither woman interacts with the other on the basis of their gender.