"John Carter" Box-Office Drama! Just How Much Will Disney Lose? 

It's very gloomy at the House of Mouse. Their $250 million plus project, "John Carter," failed to reach box-office Nirvana and one executive even suggested that this could be the biggest Hollywood flop since Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" in 1980.

Starring Taylor Kitsch and directed by Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo"), I enjoyed "John Carter," it was not a great sci-fi flick but it was a good popcorn movie that its targeted audience would eat up. ("John Carter" movie review)

Well, I was wrong. Its targeted audience pretty much ignored the film given its domestic box-office take last weekend of $30.2 million. "John Carter" did better overseas with 55 markets reporting $70.6 million box-office total. Combined, "John Carter's" revenues were still a far cry from its over-bloated budget.

But its curious how Disney over-spends and under-performs. It has happened before in 2011 with "Mars Needs Moms," and in 2010 with the double-floppy of "The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

So just how much with Disney lose with "John Carter?" Read the complete article right here and weep for the House of Mouse.

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"The Lorax" Beats "John Carter," Eddie Murphy Stumbles 

"John Carter" was virtually ignored!

This past weekend at the box-office, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" continued to shine while the out-of-this-world adventure, "John Carter," failed to match expectations or its reported $250 million budget!

The Walt Disney extravaganza from director Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo") only managed $30.6 million at the box-office, landing at No. 2. ("John Carter" movie review right here, and enter to win "John Carter" prizes right here)

Taylor Kitsch and company could not match the excitement surrounding Universal's "The Lorax" featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny Devito.

Based on Dr. Seuss' beloved classic, "The Lorax" maintained its No. 1 position for the second week in a row with $39.1 million. So far, the animated film about the beauty of our environment has made $122 million. ("Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" movie review right here)

And who knew that a found footage film about a wild party would be a hit? The Warner Bros. teen comedy "Project X" continued to party rock at the box-office finishing at No. 3 with $11.6 million and raising its domestic total to $40.1 million.

At No. 4 was the Elizabeth Olsen thriller, "Silent House," which debuted at 7.01 million. But the Eddie Murphy craptacular flick, "A Thousand Words," flopped at No. 6 with $6.4 million. This was finished in 2008 and Paramount kept it in their closet until now. They should have kept in the closet until all leaves from all the trees fell. Why would Murphy return to the loving arms of his "Norbit" and "Meet Dave" director Brian Robbins?

The best box-office news this past weekend was that revenues were up 8.7 percent from the same weekend last year according to Hollywood.com.

And to help soothe the pain of "John Carter's" under-performance, Walt Disney Pictures revealed that "John Carter" opened well in 55 markets internationally, making $70.6 million with a worldwide total of $101.2 million. Good, but still far from its gargantuan budget!

Here are the top ten movies for weekend of March 9th:

1. “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax,” $39.1 million

2. “John Carter,” $30.6 million

3. “Project X,” $11.6 million

4. “Silent House,” $7.01 million

5. “Act of Valor,” $7 million

6. “A Thousand Words,” $6.4 million

7. “Safe House,” $5 million

8. “The Vow,” $4 million

9. “This Means War,” $3.8 million

10. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” $3.7 million

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Win JOHN CARTER Exclusive Prizes from Walt Disney Pictures 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we have fantastic prizes from the film “John Carter” courtesy of our friends from Walt Disney Pictures. One lucky winner will take home the following:

*** “John Carter” t-shirt
*** “John Carter” towel
*** “John Carter” tattoos

Everything you need to take your own outerspace adventure! HA! :happy

How to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:


It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!

Sorry international friends, this is only for U.S. residents

Here’s more on “John Carter” from Walt Disney:


War-weary, former military captain John Carter is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris. In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

In Theaters • March 9, 2012
MPAA Rating PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Genres Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Run Time 2 hours 12 minutes


Andrew Stanton


Taylor Kitsch -- John Carter
Lynn Collins -- Dejah Thoris
Thomas Haden Church -- Tal Hajus
Willem Dafoe -- Tars Tarkas
James Purefoy -- Kantos Kahn

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Should You See "John Carter?" Check Out My Movie Review First! 
And here you go, my movie review of "John Carter" starring Taylor Kitsch in the title role from director Andrew Stanton, the guy who gave us "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E." How did Stanton do in his first foray into the world of live action? What about Kitsch? Check out how many kisses the movie gets! (For my newspaper review of "John Carter," click here)

Oh, and if you like my "John Carter" t-shirt I was wearing on this review, have no fear! I'm giving that away, a new T-shirt of course, very, very soon!


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Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" to Start Shooting in June! 

Whew, after three years in the planning stages, it's finally coming true! Back in May 2009, I was proud to say that we broke this news that Angelina Jolie will star as "Maleficent." Back then, it was attached with director Brad Bird. And yes, a little Disney friend of mine was the one who gave me the tip! (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)

Then it was supposed to be Tim Burton who was set to helm, but now, Robert Stromberg will direct from a script by Linda Woolverton. THR said that the director is already in the U.K. to prepare for the film. Why? Because "Maleficent" will begin shooting in June! It's about time!

I think that the "Wicked" narrative style of telling the story from the villain's point-of-view is fantastic! The character of the "Sleeping Beauty" villain will have a new, dynamic arc.

So who will play Aurora aka Sleeping Beauty? Well, the lovely and talented Elle Fanning is in talks to join the cast and I love it! I just adore Miss Fanning and she will be perfect as the beauty who is forced to sleep for a very long time by the evil Maleficent. (Check out my interviews with Elle Fanning for "Somewhere" here, or for "Super 8" right here)

It's kinda timely that after Jolie revealed that she wanted to do a Disney movie and that her kids were starting to call her "Mom-elicent," then the news that "Maleficent" is shooting in June progressed.

But I am happy. I can eat the poisonous apple now!

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