UPDATE: BOX OFFICE: JOHN CARTER Fails To Hit #1 Spot; Unlikely To Reach $30M

<font color= red>UPDATE:</font> BOX OFFICE: JOHN CARTER Fails To Hit #1 Spot; Unlikely To Reach $30M

The critics may be split when it comes to John Carter, but moviegoers are voting with their wallets and it would appear that the Disney film is on track to perform even more badly than first predicted. Read on for details.



Deadline report that The Lorax will hold on to the #1 spot at the US box office this weekend, holding off not so stiff competition from John Carter. The kicker? Universal's animated Dr Suess flick was made for only $70M while director Andrew Stanton's adaptation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novel has a budget of $250M. Despite a soft midnight opening, studio execs were keeping their fingers crossed that it would at least hit the $30M mark, but even that now seems like a lot to ask for. For any other film, this would be considered a decent enough opening. However, for a film with a budget as large as John Carter's this is an unmitigated disaster for Disney. Click HERE for my review of the film and stay tuned for another box office update in the next couple of days.

1. The Lorax (Universal) Week 2 [3,746 Theaters]
Friday $9.8M (-44%), Est Weekend $40M, Cume $124M

2. John Carter (Disney) NEW [3,749 Theaters]
Friday $9.6M, Est Weekend $26.5M


3. Project X (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,055 Theaters]
Est Friday $3.9M (-51%), Est Weekend $11.4M, Cume $40.1M

4. Silent House (Open Road) NEW [1,890 Theaters]
Est Friday $2.6M, Est Weekend $6.5M

5. Act Of Valor (Relativity) Week 3 [2,951 Theaters]
Est Friday $2.0M, Est Weekend $7.5M, Cume $56.2M

6. A Thousand Words (Paramount) NEW [2,124 Theaters]
Est Friday $1.9M, Est Weekend $5.7M

7. Safe House (Universal) Week 5 [2,144 Theaters]
Friday $1.3M, Weekend $5.0M, Cume $115.8M

8. The Vow (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 5 [2,478 Theaters]
Friday $1.2M, Weekend $4.4M, Cume $118M

9. This Means War (Fox) Week 4 [1,848 Theaters]
Friday $1.2M, Weekend $4.0M, Cume $47.1M

10. Journey 2 (Warner Bros) Week 5 [2,525 Theaters]
Friday $850K, Weekend $4.7M, Cume $91M


UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has slightly different figures up, with John Carter in first place ($9.8M) and The Lorax in second ($9.6M). However, they also confirm that the film is likely to finish the weekend with a disappointing $27M. Stay tuned for further updates.

STARRING:

Taylor Kitsch as John Carter
Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris
Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas
Thomas Haden Church as Tal Hajus
Dominic West as Sab Than
James Purefoy as Kantos Kan
Mark Strong as Matai Shang
Daryl Sabara as Edgar Rice Burroughs

RELEASE DATE: Out Now.


Posted By:
Josh Wilding
Member Since 3/13/2009
Filed Under "John Carter of Mars" 3/10/2012 Source: Deadline
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