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Despite a $230 million worldwide box office (and $102 million Stateside), David Fincher’s remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is said to be a “loss” for MGM. That’s, uh, pretty surprising. The film was made for $90 million (admittedly way too much for a simple crime drama without outrageous CGI or invading aliens), but it also had a very expensive advertising campaign that essentially blanketed the airwaves ahead of the film’s release.
Of course, this could all just be MGM’s way of trying to get more of the percentage of profits from Sony, who apparently pocketed most of the money from the film’s success. Assuming it doesn’t cost the same ridiculous amount, I don’t see why Sony/MGM wouldn’t team up to make the sequel to “Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who Played With Fire”, and possibly the third movie as well.
But hey, at least the studio MADE money on “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Disney, meanwhile, is still trying to swim out from underneath the stink of “John Carter”, which has just barely passed the $50 million mark after two weeks of release. On the plus side, the sci-fi actioner has done very well overseas, with $126 million in worldwide box office so far.
Disney is already publicly saying that the film will be a lost of around $100-$120 million for their film division (and $200 million overall) when all the receipts are counted. Sounds like heads will roll when this is all over.
I don’t think it’s possible for “John Carter” to ever become a profitable movie, but eventually, it might end up breaking even. You know, like in 20-30 years or something…