Disney’s John Carter was number one internationally on a weekend that was otherwise very slow. An extremely distant 2nd was the spy comedy This Means War while former leader Journey 2: The Mysterious Island landed in 3rd.
John Carter took home $70.6 million on its debut weekend according to Disney, somewhat unexpected considering early reports were suggesting a lower number. While this is good news for the really expensive John Carter, don’t be fooled for a second into thinking this will make back its money in theaters. As much as I’d want to believe that, it’s not going to happen unless the two big markets that have yet to open John Carter, China and Japan, really blow it out of the park. For now John Carter sits at $103.3 million worldwide and while the box office final tally for the film isn’t looking as grim as it did a week ago, we still have to be realistic. The best case scenario right now for John Carter is $400 million worldwide when all will be said and done. Keep in mind this sci-fi epic cost $250 million to make so about $500 million worldwide should be achieved and not even that would guarantee a sequel, not with the house of mouse in charge. On the bright side, if John Carter does end up with $400 million worldwide, then there might be a studio around town willing to shell $100 to 150 million for a The Gods of Mars adaptation.
This Means War was 2nd with $9.2 million for an international total of $57 million that adds to $104.2 million worldwide. Not a bad gross but still ways to go before it can double the $65 million budget spent on the film.
In 3rd place Journey 2: The Mysterious Island slowed down a bit more with about $9.2 million for a $200 million international take. Worldwide the 3D flick has gathered $291 million and it should reach the $300 million milestone sometime this week. A sequel is already confirmed.
French comedy Intouchables finished 4th with $8 million and at this point the box office legs on show here baffle me. So far it has made $270.9 million internationally and as I mentioned in the past, a limited release in the States is scheduled to start May 25th.
In 5th and 6th were Safe House and Hugo, both with $5.8 million. The Denzel Washington thriller has made $61.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $177.6 million. Hugo on the other hand has $92.5 million internationally and $164.8 million worldwide.