John Carter was infamously one of the biggest box office bombs in recent years, reportedly losing around $200 million dollars. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred when a movie preforms this awfully at the box office it is written off as a total failure, remembered only mockingly or as a cautionary tale.
Every once in a while, however, a movie will find a second life after its initial release, developing a following of small but devoted fans. Speculation that Carter would find a new audience on DVD has come from everyone from RedLetterMedia (of the famed 170 minute Phantom Menace review) to John Carter’s director himself, Andrew Stanton, who recently said he hopes the film joins other cult movies and finds an audience over time.
John Carter has already fared much better on DVD than it did in theaters, and fan support has been encouraging. Fans on sites such as Twitter and Facebook have called on Disney to start work on a sequel, proof that the film is gaining a following even though the sequel will never happen.
Unlike last year’s big sci-fi flop, Green Lantern, John Carter was well received by fans of its source material and science fiction in general. Could John Carter have the same fate as previous box office flops like; Blade Runner, Princess Bride, and Fight Club? Only time will tell.