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‘Ishtar’ Lands on Mars ('John Carter' a colossal bomb for Disney, $165M writeoff, layoffs...)
NY Times ^ | 3/11/12 | BROOKS BARNES

Posted on 03/11/2012 1:32:54 PM PDT by jimbo123


“John Carter,” a big-budget science fiction epic from Walt Disney Studios that opened Friday and flopped over the weekend. Disney spent lavishly (some say foolishly) on the movie in large part to keep one of its most important creative talents happy: Andrew Stanton, the Pixar-based director of “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E.”

“John Carter,” which cost an estimated $350 million to make and market, and was directed by Mr. Stanton, took in about $30.6 million at the North American box office, according to Rentrak, which compiles box-office data. That result is so poor, even when factoring in about $71 million in overseas ticket sales, that analysts estimate that Disney will be forced to take a quarterly write-down of $100 million to $165 million.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: andrewstanton; barsoom; disney; edgarriceburroughs; findingnemo; hollyweird; johncarter; pixar; walle; waltdisneystudios
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To: TangoLimaSierra

My boys and I like the SciFi movies. They are soo bad they are good.

121 posted on 03/11/2012 4:03:54 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cripplecreek

Megan Ward? I don’t she ever did porn.

122 posted on 03/11/2012 4:04:50 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Kickass Conservative; Melas; Fee

Serenity was a terrific movie, and was another of those heartbreaking examples of how the studios can completely blow the promotional strategy.

Like naming this movie simply “John Carter”, which means nothing to those not familiar with the books, the promotions and TV ads for Serenity told absolutely nothing about what the movie was about. The Browncoats turned out to see it of course, but people unfamiliar with the Firefly TV series were given no reason to go see it.

123 posted on 03/11/2012 4:10:55 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Klaatu Barada Nikto

Saw it with the kids and liked it. It actually didn’t portray all humans as evil, and actually heroic! The native 4 arm guys were pretty cruel, shocking to say the least coming from Hollywood these days!

124 posted on 03/11/2012 4:13:27 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: mylife

John Carter ten minute clip.

Wow. We didn’t go see it because of the weak reviews, but this ten minutes looks really cool.

You know, maybe I will go see it after all.

125 posted on 03/11/2012 4:14:23 PM PDT by garjog
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To: dfwgator
Stupid to just name the movie after somebody’s name? I mean if the movie was just called “Indiana Jones” instead of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” who would have seen it? Who the heck is John Carter? Sure the people who read the books know....but outside of that?

The reasoning was that the last 3-5 movies with "Mars" in the title flopped like fish out of water.

For the record I jsut got back from seeing John Carter, and enjoyed it. I am 1/3 of the way through the first book so i can't say how well they stuck to the original by ERB.

126 posted on 03/11/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: cripplecreek

In the foreword, which is part of the fiction, Burroughs describes him as a “tall, dark, athletic man” with black hair. When he sees him for the first time since he had gone off to war he says, “I was much surprised to note he had not aged apparently a moment.”

So you guys are all wet. I felt the casting was right on. The movie drew a lot from the book, and followed it in outline. The biggest deviation they made was the Thune business, but they made this work pretty well.

Overall the movie was pretty good. Everything looked good, and the opening airship scene drew me into it. There were a few draggy parts, but the plot moved well and had some twists. Its biggest problem is that the whole conception is so familiar to the public in so many other treatments, notably Star Wars, of course. I think this greatly reduces its pull and the action and dialogue are in the same familiar mold. I guess they weren’t going to commit $250 million to some kind of retro treatment.

127 posted on 03/11/2012 4:22:55 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: pjd

These stories were actually written in 1911 and 1912, more than 100 years ago.

“John Carter was the lead character in the first novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, set on a fictionalized version of Mars known as Barsoom. Written between July and September 28, 1911, the novel was serialized as Under the Moons of Mars in the pulp magazine The All-Story from February to July 1912. It later appeared as a complete novel only after the success of Burroughs’ Tarzan series. For its October 1917 hardcover publication by A.C. McClurg & Company, the novel was retitled A Princess of Mars.”

128 posted on 03/11/2012 4:23:56 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: verga

Mars Attacks! was great, though.

129 posted on 03/11/2012 4:24:19 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dr_lew
So you guys are all wet.

Or I could just be mixing up my books but go right on ahead.
130 posted on 03/11/2012 4:26:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: pjd

That’s what is so nice about anonymous one really needs credibility.

131 posted on 03/11/2012 4:28:52 PM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: garjog

Looks pretty compelling to me as well.

132 posted on 03/11/2012 4:29:33 PM PDT by mylife
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To: dr_lew

Just saw it at our Movies10 theatre.Where every single movie always cost just4.00 and popcorn,hotdogs,and soda costs only 1.00.Very good movie,and the theatre was standing room only,showing on 2 screens,,both full.Im a fan of ERB,and thought they did an excellent job.Fantastic story,showing heroism,and the values this country used to support.Shame on most of you for badmouthing it without seeing it.

133 posted on 03/11/2012 4:31:24 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: dfwgator

Please tell me you forgot the /sarc tag.

134 posted on 03/11/2012 4:35:59 PM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: 9YearLurker

She’s 43 (I guess 40-41 in that movie photo).

135 posted on 03/11/2012 4:37:05 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: verga

Yes it was great, when the Martians fired on Congress, everybody in the theater cheered.

136 posted on 03/11/2012 4:37:54 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Yeah. She was only 16,,,, but very,,,,errrrr, very talented!

137 posted on 03/11/2012 4:38:18 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Craftmore

“Shame on most of you for badmouthing it without seeing it.”

I am with you there. Since when did the NY-Slimes become a trusted source. geez

We saw it last night and had a full theater. It was a great movie probably go see it again.

138 posted on 03/11/2012 4:39:04 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: JediJones

-——John Carter...who’s that and what’s the movie about?-——

Exactly right. I knew nothing about it, but caught the commercial today.

I thought:

“John Carter”

Lots of special effects.

What the?

Oh well, who cares.

And that would have been my last impression if I hadn’t read this.

139 posted on 03/11/2012 4:39:08 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Craftmore

Critics and the media are chewing on this movie, but most people that actually SAW it seem to like DID make $100 million world-wide in three days...disappointing, perhaps, but bomb? Not so sure. Word of mouth may give this movie some legs...

140 posted on 03/11/2012 4:39:23 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the
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