Sunday, March 11, 2012

MOVIES: Whoopsies

Disney took a massive risk with John Carter. Although a lesser known tale, Carter is a sci-fi adventure that was the inspiration for some of our favorite fantasy tales like Star Wars. Recently Brad Bird made his first foray into live-action with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the result was one of the best movies of 2011. This time Brad Bird, another Pixar director (Wall-E and Finding Nemo) tried his hand at the live-action scene and the result was not quite as pleasant. Plagued by negative reviews out of the gate, John Carter failed to impress on a weekend where it should have dominated the box office, with no real competitors releasing this weekend.

The Lorax stayed on top for the second weekend in a row taking in an incredibly solid $39.1 million to bring its box office total to over $120 million already! John Carter massively underproduced taking the second spot with only $30.6 million on its opening weekend. Considering the movie took over $250 million to make, Disney might be in a bit of trouble with this one. Third place went to Project X which grabbed just over $11.5 million and the "one-shot" horror film Silent House took the fourth slot with $7.01 million. Act of Valor rounded out the top 5 with $7 million. So what do you think? Did you see John Carter? Are you still interested if you haven't already? 21 Jump Street comes out next weekend and I am beyond pumped to see that one as it currently sits at a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes!

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