So is the John Carter flick doomed? Oh, and there’s a new poster too . . .

With one month to go before its release, bets are on as to whether the upcoming Disney flick John Carter will make its money back.

Mars flicks do poorly at the box office, which is why they dropped any reference to “Mars” from the title.

Last year’s Mars Needs Moms (also Disney) cost a whopping $150 million to produce, but only made about $21 million at the U.S. box office – you do the maths on the gazillions it lost!

With a budget of around $250 million for John Carter (excluding marketing costs) I’m sure there are some Disney execs having sleepless nights right now.

Our personal prediction?

John Carter will make the same sort of money the Prince of Persia movie did (around $335 million globally) if they’re lucky. But Disney can definitely forget the $400 million Tron: Legacy made across the globe.

Add in expensive marketing costs and the cinemas’ ticket sale share and the picture becomes murky. John Carter may eventually make its money back, but it won’t be easy.

We hope it does better than this. After all, it will decide how many big budget sci-fi spectacles Hollywood will make in future and we do actually like them making those, don’t we?

Anyway, what do you think is going to happen?

 

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