"John Carter" could be one of the biggest box office bombs of the 21st century, but don't tell Taylor Kitsch that.
Walt Disney says it could lose as much as $200 million on "John Carter," a film that for whatever reasons did not connect with audiences enough to have audiences, and which has grossed $62.4 million to date. Critics were split on the quality of the film, with Rotten Tomatoes tracking just 51 percent of critics liking it, while 70 percent of audiences recommended it.
And that's not bad for an action film, and something fans and observers should remember when they look back at "John Carter," said Kitsch, who played the title role.
"I would do 'John Carter' again tomorrow," Kitsch told Entertainment Weekly. "I'm very proud of 'John Carter.' Box office doesn't validate me as a person, or as an actor."
It was the first major movie role for Kitsch, one of the stars of NBC's "Friday Night Lights," who turns 21 on April 8. He has played smaller roles in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Snakes on a Plane." His casting in "John Carter" also pushed for him to take a starring role in Peter Berg's "Battleship," which releases May 18. Yet that film, loosely based on the popular board game, could also be a colossal failure, especially since it has a $200 million budget to make up.
Really hurting Disney right now, however, is the success of "The Hunger Games," which grossed more than $152 million at the box office in its opening weekend -- doubling what "John Carter" did in two weeks. Even more painful for Disney is the fact that "Hunger Games" had less than half the budget "John Carter" did.
Andrew Staunton, the popular Pixar director behind films like "Finding Nemo," was expecting to do a trilogy of films based on the John Carter universe, many of them originating from the century-old stories. However, those sequels are now highly in doubt.
Kitsch is unhappy that future films are most likely off the table.
"I'd love to go do 'John Carter 2. I really would,'" the actor said. "It;s just shitty I don't get to work with the ['John Carter'] family. It really was a special thing."
"John Carter" is currently in theaters in most parts of the world, including North America and Canada.
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