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Data predicts John Carter could be a major box office disaster | Blastr
Wow. Not good. This is seemingly already a disaster. Word of mouth is going to have to be GODFATHER pt 1 like to get any traction for this. D.O.A.It's no secret that Disney's John Carter has a massive budget, so massive that it's going to need to earn upwards of $700 million at the box office just to earn the right to a sequel. But according to new tracking on the flick, it might not even come close. Could the Martian adventure be this year's biggest flop?
With the onslaught of trailers, posters and images getting heavier just three weeks out from the film's March 9 release, Disney is getting feelers out to see just how aware prospective moviegoers are of the flick, and how many of them are interested in seeing it. Disney won't share their tracking numbers, of course, but Deadline's Nikki Finke is hearing from rival studios that the situation looks pretty grim.
"'Not good. 2 unaided, 53 aware, 27 definitely interested, 3 first choice,' a senior exec at a rival studio emails me," Finke wrote Thursday. "Another writes me, 'It just came out. Women of all ages have flat out rejected the film. The tracking for John Carter is shocking for a film that cost over $250 million. This could be the biggest writeoff of all time.' I'm hearing figures in the neighborhood of $100 million. And the studio isn't even trying to spin reports of the 3D pic's bloated budget any more."
But it's not like Disney wasn't aware of this before. According to an executive close to current Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross, it wasn't their movie to begin with. The project began under previous studio head Dick Cook (who left in 2009), and now it's their job to try and make it worthwhile.
"It's the last leftover from the previous regime of Dick Cook," the exec said. "We're not running away from the movie. Our job is to sell it."
Rich Ross and his regime have been able to sell previous Cook leftovers, too, like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but this flick isn't carrying Johnny Depp's name. Plus, the hope of word-of-mouth buzz pushing the flick to sustained moneymaking is a little dimmed by the fact that two weeks after it opens, The Hunger Games will hit theaters and steal most of whatever thunder it has.
Still, Disney isn't giving up. This Sunday they're amping up their John Carter media push even higher, and by release day you won't be able to turn on a TV without seeing a trailer for the flick. It might not be enough for the film to earn its keep, but John Carter won't go down without a fight.
They needed data to predict that???
All those trailers and posters and I have NO idea what the hell the movie is about. And I have a vague awareness about the movie.
"Only a numbskull thinks he knows things about things he knows nothing about."
"It's understanding that makes it possible for people like us to tolerate a person like yourself."
Dude somehow shows up on Mars and cus of the lowered gravity he can jump far and punch hard. For some reason Mars people are fighting other Mars people. Dude helps the good Mars people win.
That's my guess.
Horrible ad campaign for what looks like a very pedestrian movie. The story of how many creative teams attempted this prior would make a better story. It's a shame. I mean this is an Edgar Rice Burroughs written story. A lot of the problem is Taylor Kitsch and the other 'actors' involved. The fact that the bulk of the tease material came out before the effects were incorporated really did not help. This character is in the Conan the Barbarian realm of beloved properties...and yet this looks just so...mediocre. The cost and scope of this potential failure may cost Andrew Stanton(Wall-E) his career...at least in live action.
Disney's Matterhorn Finds a Writer to Breathe Life into its Yetis | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
We're still pondering just how Disneyland ride The Matterhorn is going to make the transition from mini-rollercoaster to big screen event, but a writer has been tapped to bring it all full circle. So who's taking the reins? Read on!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ehren Kruger (Scream 3, Scream 4, The Ring, The Ring 2, Skeleton Key) has landed a gig to work on Disney’s untitled explorers movie project.
First-time feature director Brian Beletic is attached to helm the pic, whose first draft was written by Jason Dean Hall. Justin Springer (Tron Legacy, Prom) is producing the project.
The story centers on five young adventure seekers -- an action sports guy, travel guide, cartographer, archeologist and escape artist -- who venture into the Alps for mysterious reasons and face Yetis that guard a secret.
The project formerly was associated with the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland, but its scope has since been broadened. The studio is hoping to keep part of the movie grounded in hardcore adventuring and has brought on Brain Farm Cinema, the boutique production house that is known for filming extreme sports, as production consultants.
JOHN CARTER Final Trailer
This new trailer looks better simply because a lot of the effects are complete and the mere presence of Mark Strong helps. I want this to succeed despite what looks like certain failure. I don't think that even spectacular word of mouth can save this though. Crosses fingers!!!!I’ve heard good things about John Carter from people who have seen it, but sadly the film’s marketing has been a mess. A recent featurette finally showed off the film’s scope and so does the final trailer. But none of the trailers (except one that was fan-made, and far better than any of Disney’s trailers) took a single moment to explain who John Carter is, how he got to Mars, and why he has special powers. Does any audience member who is unfamiliar with the source material, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars, know anything about the character beyond “Shirtless Dude Who Fights Weird Creatures”? The movie is titled “John Carter” and Disney never took the time to tell us anything about him.
Hit the jump to check out the final trailer. The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Haden Church, and Willem Dafoe. John Carter opens in IMAX and 3D on March 9th.
Still not gonna see it.