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The good news for Disney this weekend was that their big-budget science fiction epic John Carter did manage to make over $100 million worldwide. However, the film barely passed the $30 million mark domestically, failing to overcome Universal’s The Lorax.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax came in first for the second straight weekend, making $39.1 million. Entertainment Weekly reports that this was just a 44 percent drop from the weekend before, when it surprisingly had the best opening weekend of the year. In total, the film has already made $122 million in just 10 days of release.
John Carter, which is based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs character created in 1912, ended the weekend with a dismal $30.6 million, reports The Hollywood Reporter. However, the film was a much bigger hit overseas, bringing in $70.6 million in foreign markets. The film, which is directed by WALL-E’s Andrew Stanton, cost Disney $250 million to make. On top of that, Disney spent as much as $100 million on marketing the film, so chances are that it will take years for the film to turn a profit, even after it reaches home video. It is being compared to Disney’s last failed attempt to create a franchise, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which only grossed $90.8 million domestically in 2010.
However, Disney was not the only studio that was handed a bomb. According to Deadline, both Silent House with Elizabeth Olsen and Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words did not do as well as hoped. Silent House, which was released by Open Road Films, made just $7 million.
A Thousand Words did much worse though. The Dreamworks/Paramount film, which was made back in 2008, proved that Murphy may just have become box office poison. It was another flop for the comedian, making just $6.3 million.
Other holdovers from the past weeks did well. Project X added another $11.5 million, easily besting Warner Bros.’ expectations for the low-budget comedy, while Act of Valor made $7 million. Safe House and The Vow have both been in theaters for nearly a month now, but they made another $4.9 million and $4 million, respectively. This Means War made $3.8 million while Journey 2 made $3.7 million.