The Walt Disney Co. said it expects to book a loss of $200 million on the movie in the quarter through March. That ranks it among Hollywood’s all-time biggest money-losers, CBS News writes.
Directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, the 3-D film shows the adventures of a Civil War veteran who was transplanted to Mars was already headed to the ‘Red Ink Planet.’
Walt Disney Co. revealed that the movie has brought in about $184 million in ticket sales worldwide so far. Ticket sales are split into two halves with theater owners. The ‘John Carter’s budget is estimated at $250 million with about $100 million spent on marketing.
A spokesman confirmed: “In light of the theatrical performance of John Carter, we expect the film to generate an operating loss of approximately $200million (£126million).”
Reviewing the film on BBC 5 Live, Mark Kermode said: “The story telling is incomprehensible, the characterisation is ludicrous, the story is two and a quarter hours long and it’s a boring, boring, boring two and a quarter hours long.”
The movie was based on a series of books written by the late Edgar Rice Burroughs, starting with ‘A Princess of Mars’ in 1912 and ending with ‘John Carter of Mars,’ published in 1964.
The film features such stars as newcomer Taylor Kitsch as Carter along with British actress Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds.
Nevertheless, Disney admitted that the movie will probably l lose millions after it failed to impress critics and the public alike. Audience reviews have branded it ‘dull’, ‘pointless’ and ‘too long’.
With a 51 percent ‘Tomatometer’ rating on movie site Rotten Tomatoes, the film got average reviews. The poor reception was a shock given Stanton’s directing success with movies like ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Wall-E,’ each of which won an Oscar for best animated feature.
David Nusair of Reel Film wrote: “ The movie’s disappointingly flat atmosphere perpetuated by Kitsch’s competent yet bland work and by the pervasive lack of thrilling moments.”
He kept on talking: “By the time the fairly anticlimactic finale rolls around, John Carter has definitively established itself as a disappointingly erratic endeavor that might appeal to hardcore fans of the source material but will surely leave newcomers scratching their heads.”
Tom Clift of Movie Dex agreed: “Although splendorous on a visual level, the film’s mediocre script and crudely constructed characters fail to make use of the spectacular world that they inhabit.”
“Cumbersome, boring and at least half an hour to long, John Carter doesn’t recall Avatar as much as it does the equally disappointing Star Wars prequels,” the expert added.
Still, there were different opinions on the film. Michelle Alexandria of Eclipse Magazine claimed that the movie is not the worst one. She wrote: “This movie is not as great, or epic as it wants to be, but it is thoroughly enjoyable.”
Pete Vonder Haar of Houston Press supported his colleague, adding: “it is a thoroughly entertaining adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s second most famous literary creation, with enough adventure and humor to satisfy all but those who are wholly dead inside.”