JOHN CARTER Has Earned It's Budget, Still Not Profitable But Trending In The Right Direction
The reputable Forbes gives some optimism to all the John Carter faithful in it's latest report which says that the film will probably turn a profit....eventually.
BoxOfficeMojo reported recently that John Carter has earned $254.5 million at the box office. That's a smidgen over its $250 million dollar production budget but Forbes acknowledges that the cost of marketing has to be accounted for [it's rumored John Carter spent $100 million on marketing, giving it a cumulative budget of $350 million]. John Carter has earned a mere $66 million domestically but has earned $188 million internationally, with the film still to open in Japan later this month, several more millions are likely to be added to the film's gross.
Recently it was reported that John Carter would put Disney in the hole by $200 Million for their second fiscal quarter. The key part of that sentence being "second fiscal quarter". The film will surely go on to earn more money in Disney's third and fourth quarters and it's possible that the film could eventually turn a small profit. According to Amazon, pre-orders for the John Carter blu-ray are #1 in Science-Fiction, #2 in Action & Adventure and Fantasy and #13 overall. Forbes goes on to point out that Waterworld (1995), the film Hollywood will always view as a massive failure, with it's then colossal budget of $175 million and measly $88 million domestic earnings, actually earned $264 million when international and VHS and DVD sales figures are factored in. A similar fate could be in store for John Carter.
Running Time: 2 hours and 3 minutes
Release Date: 9 March 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Thomas Haden Church and Willem Dafoe
Directed By:Andrew Stanton
Written by: Andrew Stanton (screenplay), Mark Andrews (screenplay, )Michael Chabon (screenplay) and Edgar Rice Burroughs (story "A Princess of Mars")
John Carter is a 2012 Disney-made epic science fiction film featuring John Carter, the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series. The film marks the centennial of the character's first appearance in 1912.
Former Confederate captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars ("Barsoom") where he becomes part of a conflict between the various nations of the planet, whose leaders include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Carter takes it upon himself to save Barsoom and its people.
The film is the live-action debut of director/writer Andrew Stanton and is co-written by Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon. It is produced by Jim Morris, Colin Wilson, and Lindsey Collins, and scored by Michael Giacchino.
The film is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and will be released in the United States on March 9, 2012. Filming began in November 2009 and principal photography spanned from January 2010 to July 2010. This project marks the first time that Andrew Stanton has worked on a live-action film, as his previous work includes the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo and WALL-E. The film will be released in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D formats.
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