Hollywood adaptations of asian movies

A lot was riding on the success of Ghost in the Shell. The upcoming wave of anime adaptations such as Death Note and Akira, Paramount Pictures’ chance for a new sci-fi franchise led by Scarlett Johansson, and the chance to stymie the steadily-growing outcry against whitewashing.

But when Ghost in the Shell limped into theaters last weekend, bringing in a meager $20 million domestically on a $110 million budget, that may have spelled the end for Hollywood adaptations of anime classics. But this is not the first time Hollywood has tried and failed to remake a critically and financially successful film based on an Asian property — nor will it be the last time. The question I’m interested in answering is whether or not these Hollywood adaptations of Asian movies actually make money. Let’s look at the numbers. 

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shia labeouf movie man down sells one ticket

Man Down, indeed.

Shia LaBeouf‘s post-apocalyptic war thriller may have opened in the United States last year to negative reviews and an anemic $454,490 but that’s much better than the mere £7 that Man Down made in the United Kingdom on its opening weekend. That’s the equivalent one movie ticket.

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Logan box-office

20th Century Fox film chairman Stacey Snider recently said a couple of execs at the studio were at once cautious about the direction Logan was heading in. Some of them were asking: Is James Mangold‘s R-rated comic book movie too dark? Will a more contemplative look at the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) bore audiences to tears? Those nervous nellies will likely soon breathe a big sigh of relief, because not only has Logan been championed by critics, it’s projected to make around $65 million domestically and even more overseas this weekend.

Below, learn the Logan box office projections.

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the Lego Batman Movie villains

We’ll wait and see if The LEGO Batman Movie will get a sequel, but the lego character will return in The LEGO Movie 2, coming out on February 8th, 2019. director Chris McKay recently teased the character’s future in addition to discussing some LEGO villains he considered for the film (Spoilers below).

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Ben Affleck / Live By Night box office

Live By Night probably sounded good on paper. Ben Affleck‘s last three directorial efforts were all well received, with Argo even snagging Best Picture in 2013, and Affleck’s career as a star is burning bright as ever thanks to Batman. All of which would have made Live By Night seem like a solid next step, possibly even an awards contender. But the gangster drama didn’t just disappoint — it flat-out flopped, and now Warner Bros. is looking at a reported $75 million loss on the movie.  Read More »

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Forbes has released their annual listing of the top 10 most overpaid actors in Hollywood. This year’s most overpaid actor was also the most overpaid actor of last year, proving that little changes in Hollywood. Who could it possibly be? Find out who the most overpaid actor of 2106 is after the jump.

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story

In many ways, Rogue One is different from all the other Star Wars movies. It’s the first spinoff, centered on a bunch of characters we’ve never heard of before and may never hear about again. It’s the first without an opening crawl and the first without a John Williams score. It’s described as a “darker” affair, more akin to a war drama than a lively space adventure.

But one way Rogue One is like every other Star Wars movie before it? It’s expected to make tons and tons of money. Early Rogue One box office tracking suggests it’ll open to about $130 million domestically, which would make it the second-highest December debut of all time — behind The Force Awakens, of course.  Read More »

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Tracking for $75 Million Debut

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Theme

It’s rare for a school textbook to serve as the basis of a box office hit, but when the school in question is Hogwarts and the textbook promises to reveal everything you’ve ever wanted to know about magical creatures, well, the usual rules go flying out the window. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is reportedly on track to open at around $75 million in the U.S., getting the first Harry Potter spinoff off to a promising beginning.  Read More »

Doctor Strange box office tracking

Eight years and over a dozen films in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about as reliable as movie franchises get. They’re very often among the top grossers of the year, and reliably draw positive reactions from critics, hardcore fans, and casual moviegoers alike. At this point, you’d have to be a fool to bet against them.

Still, Doctor Strange presents a bigger challenge than many Marvel films. It’s not a sequel, but an all-new adventure, featuring characters who are largely unknown to the general population. Can Doctor Strange keep Marvel’s winning streak going, or will it be their first stumble? We’ll find out for sure in a couple of weeks, but for now we’re happy to report that early tracking suggests Doctor Strange will be just fine. At the very least it’s likely to top Ant-Man, the last new superhero to come out of the MCU.  Read More »

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Finding Dory

David Chen, Jeff Cannata, Peter Sciretta, and Germain Lussier reconvene to discuss the results of their 2016 box office summer movie wager results. Did Peter take it all by betting his money on Finding Dory over Captain America: Civil War? Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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