John Carter will lose Disney $200 million. Ouch.
Well, we knew it wouldn’t be good news for Disney, but we weren’t quite prepared for just how much poor old John Carter would cost them. Having grossed a fairly dismal $184 million world-wide (roughly what John Underwood spends on cravats annually), there’s very left to do except count up the expenses and try and measure out the damage. Poor Andrew Stanton. We believe in your directing skills, Andrew Stanton.
According to the New York Times, the film cost a little over $350 million to make (including marketing), meaning that it was always going to be a bit of a challenge for the inter-galactic warrior to make an impact, especially when he had the name of a doctor off of ER. Experts are still scratching their heads as to why the sci-fi epic failed to attract audiences world-wide – confusion as to the source material? Boring posters? Taylor Kitsch? – but in a statement issued by Disney today, the studio confirmed that they expect to lose $200 million on the project.
So where did it all go wrong? It had the right studio, the right director (Stanton’s got Finding Nemo and Wall-E under his belt for God’s sake) and an audience that cannot get enough of the superhero genre. We blame Noah Wyle.
Damn your cheekbones, Noah Wyle.