Universal lost $70 million from The Huntsman: Winter's War


That's what losing 70 million looks like

Universal Studios, the folks that brought you nearly SEVEN BILLION dollars worth of brain food last year with hits like Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7 and Minions may lose as much as $70 million dollars, according to Variety. But don’t worry, The Fast and the Furious franchise didn’t get it right again until film number four: there’s hope yet! You may be wondering how they possibly got it wrong after a grossing $397 million off the Kristen Stewart led Snow White and the Huntsman.

Personally, I knew Universal was doomed when they announced they were making a prequel about a ketchup delivery man, starring Chris Hemsworth, in lieu of the Team Edward vampire chick. Maybe Chris should have worn a red cape? Or carried a hammer. And I’m not even joking (the red cape, at least, would make sense for a ketchup delivery dude). 

Chris Hemsworth carried titles, excluding those from the Marvel Universe, are no sure bet at the box office:

  • Rush (2013): production budget 38M; total gross 90M (only 27M domestically)
  • Blackhat (2015): production budget 70M; total gross 20M
  • In the Heart of the Sea (2015): production budget 100M; total gross 94M

That’s not even factoring in advertising budgets. But let’s not put this all on Mr. Hemsworth: I’m sure the story and filmmaking had something to do with it. Currently, the film is sitting on a rotten throne of 16% critic approval on RottenTomatoes and even the more forgiving audience score it teetering on opinions of terrible and pure horse sh*t, at 51%. Box office franchises don’t survive with approval ratings equivalent to those of sitting presidents.

The truth is, a prequel, of a reimagining of a classic story, minus its original formula and star power and director, faces an uphill battle. 

[via Variety

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