This is TERMINATOR GENISYS all over again. Sequels wont happen.
Don’t know how many people here are familiar with that whole sh!tstorm but it perfectly parallels this.
Word got out that TG was going to be PG-13 instead of R. Certain people became enraged. A war started on its board. People were spewing hate all over the place. Some guy named Bryan was doing hundreds of posts a day for months about how big of a bomb it would be.
It came out to mostly mixed reviews. Wasn’t as bad as expected. Had a similar budget (155m). It didn’t completely flop at the BO coming out of the gate but it wasn’t exactly killing it either. When it wasn’t a flop or a blockbuster hit, the debate on the board shifted to how much theaters take in different markets and how much was probably spent on advertising.
Two sequels were planned and already had release dates. There was a teaser in the end credits for the next one. When it was underperforming early on the studio said the sequels were still going as planned. Even after its theater run they were still trying to put on a good face about it.
It ended up making 440 worldwide and another 25 in DVD/blue-ray. 465 million on a 155 budget. Fans of the movie were saying by the time it gets to blue-ray and cable markets it’s gonna be all profit.
Studios don’t spend that kind of money (144 for GB) to make and market summer movies to hope their heads are above water by the time they hit the DVD racks. They shell out a couple hundred million hoping they’re going to be raking in the profits by the truckload. The fact that the debate for GB has shifted to theater percentages spells doom. Paul Feig said it best, “If this movie doesn’t make 500 million I’m in trouble.”
It’s not going to even come close to where the studio wanted it to be.
And the planned sequels for TG? Still currently shelved.
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