BOX OFFICE: 2013's Next Big Budget Flop? 47 RONIN Kicks Off Run By Bombing In Japan

BOX OFFICE: 2013's Next Big Budget Flop? 47 RONIN Kicks Off Run By Bombing In Japan

If a samurai movie can't even succeed in Japan, what chance does it have in America? 47 Ronin - which stars Keanu Reeves and has a budget of at least $175 million - opened in Japan this weekend with a paltry $1.3 million. As many predicted, it looks set to be yet another flop!

Universal's 47 Ronin won't open in North America until December 25th, but it kicked off its international run this weekend in Japan. However, the samurai movie (which is heavy on the CGI and light on star power) took only $1.3 million, finishing third behind two local-language films. While the majority of foreign releases struggle in the country, it's not a good sign for the studio that a movie about a story famous in Japanese folklore starring popular Japanese actors like Hiroyuki Sanada and Rinko Kikuchi has failed to find any real success this soon. Such a sluggish start is an indication that the same will happen elsewhere, especially as awareness of 47 Ronin domestically is extremely low. Analysts are already predicting an opening of only $10 million, with a final total of around $50 million. Not a good result for a movie which cost $175 million to produce...
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PrinceOfCrime - 12/8/2013, 1:17 PM
just as I expected
kylo0607 - 12/8/2013, 1:19 PM
Well, I have to say that this is not a surprise for me as well.
duncboy - 12/8/2013, 1:19 PM
American Neo > Japanese Neo
VISIONaryNPa - 12/8/2013, 1:25 PM
EKKKK that's not good! I was surprised either, my uncle said it was destined to flop, no one in the general audience would have liked this.
OnePunchBaldy - 12/8/2013, 1:29 PM
Lol at the pun
REPOMAN - 12/8/2013, 1:29 PM

What do they expect; Americans producing Samurai films and presenting it to Japan is a disaster in the making much like when they presented a Kaiju film with Pacific Rim.

MericawithanM - 12/8/2013, 1:32 PM
good i hope this movie does miserably. They could have made it a good reality-grounded samurai movie but they had to add in al this really weird fantasy stuff. I love fantasy movies but only when it is called for, and a story like this one is not one of those times.
AlternateNo4 - 12/8/2013, 1:33 PM
yeah i don't care. my kids are psyched for this one and we'll definitely be seeing it. i'll just have to make sure to see it quick before it's gone lol.
VISIONaryNPa - 12/8/2013, 1:33 PM
So Keanu Reeves comes out with his first feature film debut in over 5-6 years, and it's a samurai epic that will fail miserably? what was he actually thinking taking this role? honestly. what was he thinking?!
Brainiac13 - 12/8/2013, 1:36 PM
Was this a comic book?
Ashleyh8su - 12/8/2013, 1:36 PM
the Japanese are very protective of their culture and folklore and the story of the 47 Ronin is their national treasure.

the problem is there is nothing in the story about a half-breed samurai and magic and monsters! of course the Japanese are gonna scoff at it.
InfiniteMonkey - 12/8/2013, 1:37 PM
Damn, that was rather not unexpected. LOL
Arrow96 - 12/8/2013, 1:38 PM
Well that was to be expected.
TheVirgin - 12/8/2013, 1:39 PM
I really hope Marvel Studios pick Keanu Reeves as Doctor Storage, so he will get his star power back, just like he did with The Matrix as Neo..
SaxoWolf - 12/8/2013, 1:39 PM
rorywilliams - 12/8/2013, 1:40 PM
"If a samurai movie can't even succeed in Japan, what chance does it have in America?"

You must not know much about Japan. Did you expect them to react well to stupid Americans taking one of their cultural stories and then making it entirely about an American actor (who isn't Japanese)?

Ocelot - 12/8/2013, 1:40 PM
Rinko Kikuchi is not popular in Japan.
jazzman - 12/8/2013, 1:45 PM
no one is not surprise at this since they changed the japanese story.
number1hero - 12/8/2013, 1:46 PM
And how is any of this a surprise? LOL
CherryBomb - 12/8/2013, 1:46 PM
An American movie "bombing in Japan" hmmm .... I'm gonna keep quiet...
REPOMAN - 12/8/2013, 1:47 PM

Josh Wilding - "If a samurai movie can't even succeed in Japan, what chance does it have in America?"

That's insular thinking; it's the equivalent of a Japanese film studio making a Western and trying to sell their 'cowboy' film to the US.

Priest - 12/8/2013, 1:49 PM
Makes you wonder how well would a Japanese movie about American cowboys would do in the United States.
Priest - 12/8/2013, 1:49 PM
With a Japanese actor as the main cowboy character.
JasonBlue - 12/8/2013, 1:52 PM
SuperCat - 12/8/2013, 1:53 PM

SCURVYDOG619 - 12/8/2013, 1:55 PM
Apparently you haven't seen the Japanese version of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven"....
SoundWave - 12/8/2013, 1:57 PM
It has awfull trailers and totaly uninteresting synopsis and setting, and it look like a TV-series, not as a big blockbuster movie. Even "Noah" look better, but it will 90% became a flop too.
Priest - 12/8/2013, 1:58 PM
@ Scurvydog619,

And how well did that Japanese remake of Unforgiven did in the United States?
symbiotics - 12/8/2013, 1:59 PM
@SyamAgsa14 Doctor Storage, with the power of stuffing things in boxes!
TheDemonsHead - 12/8/2013, 2:01 PM
I support Keanu Reeves, so I will be watching this
SuperCat - 12/8/2013, 2:02 PM
Optimist18 - 12/8/2013, 2:05 PM
It's pointless by this point, but as always, f*** any and all haters.

It's true there's no fantasy elements in the original story of "47 Ronin", but who cares? Do you think if it was just like the original story it would do any better?

I personally think this looks great; another awesome modern fantasy film.

I think the people pointing out it's an American movie made about a piece of Japanese folklore are spot-on; Japan doesn't take too kindly to that kind of stuff. "Pacific Rim" is a good example, but the Kaiju genre in Japan has gone the same way the Western has here in America: more or less extinct, so it's not the best comparison.

Still, I hate it when people hate on a movie because it isn't trendy (like superhero movies, etc.). Whether the CBM community wants to admit it or not, they're guilty of it as much as the general public is too.
CaptainAmerica31 - 12/8/2013, 2:05 PM
Lmao that titles funny idk why but, it is
ZULUmonk - 12/8/2013, 2:08 PM
of course it bombed, another movie where the culture of a people cant be saved with out a white guy to head the revolution. might have been alright if it was an all japanese cast (main character included) i am sure this is just a project he felt strong about and decided to star in it. fail!
xcan - 12/8/2013, 2:10 PM
Rory? Keanu ain't "American". He's a global child, but seeing that his developmental years were spent in Toronto, AND the crazy fccker was a 'central' character in the worst/best hockey movie ever (Youngblood), he is as Canuck as they come!

DVonShakari - 12/8/2013, 2:11 PM
They loved the Last Samurai with Tom Cruise....I don't get it...

so is this better or worse than the Man With the Iron Fists??
xcan - 12/8/2013, 2:13 PM
Cherry, I was going to ask "Too soon"?, but a near century later I guess jokes are accepted ;-)
novaprime - 12/8/2013, 2:15 PM
Fuuhhkkk Japan itll make his money in the Us!!!
HavocPrime - 12/8/2013, 2:18 PM
What the hell did that expect, they took a well known Japanese legend and made an american the focus of the story
mk - 12/8/2013, 2:19 PM
will watch it anyway
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