The year’s almost over, and it’s being called a record breaker at the box office, yet along with a number of big hits, including the Hobbit, there have also been a number of cinematic money losers as well. While The Hobbit may be ending the year on a high note, Ronin 47, the new Keanu Reeves movie, could end up becoming the biggest flop of 2013.
With movies costing so much these days, we guess it should be expected that there could be some real manic depressive returns at the box office, and this year especially had some major highs and lows.
Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the most successful producers in Hollywood history. His track record includes Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, The Rock, Armageddon, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and many other huge blockbusters. (Not to mention he reinvented himself with CSI on television.) But Bruckheimer’s hit a cold streak lately, and after many years of hits, he’s lost his deal with Disney.
Before The Lone Ranger and After Earth, the big fanboy whipping boy was Battleship. We’ve covered the film extensively here on TGD, and like The Lone Ranger, it was one of those projects that was seemingly doomed from the get-go. It also infuriated fans because it ate up so much money at Universal, there was nothing left to potentially make Guillermo Del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, or The Dark Tower movie series.
Along with the Lone Ranger, no movie had worse buzz than World War Z, and the press had a field day with reports of the third act having to be redone from scratch, budget over-runs reaching the moon, and reported fighting between Brad Pitt and director Marc Foster.
It’s been a very hard summer at the box office with over six weeks of flops in a row. The most notorious of a long stream of summer failures will either be The Lone Ranger, or After Earth. We at TGD followed both films closely, and despite so many efforts to try and turn things around, the Jerry Bruckheimer western seemed doomed from day one.
Several months back, the word of mouth on The Conjuring was pretty good, and the trailer looked pretty scary too. But we had no idea it would actually do better at the box office than Pacific Rim and The Lone Ranger.
We just reported on the critical response to Pacific Rim, which so far has been mixed. There are critics that liked it, some who thought it was okay, and at least one overall negative review, which to be fair didn’t say the movie was dreadful, but it didn’t say it was anything to get excited about either.
This has been a very chaotic summer for blockbuster movies. Reports are everywhere about how The Lone Ranger could be a big turning point because it cost so much money, and is now facing a potential $150 million dollar write down, which puts it in the John Carter league of failure.
Love it or hate it, 3D is probably going to stick around for a while, especially now that Life of Pi has been garnering rave reviews for significantly enhancing what’s already considered a remarkable story.
It’s been a long, hard road for The Lone Ranger, but a new trailer for the reboot of the classic western recently debuted.
Disney has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming old west, crime-fighting fantasy.
Many of you have probably already seen what Johnny Depp's going to look like in the big screen version of The Lone Ranger, which hits theaters May 13, 2013.
Hi-yo silver and away! Yes, The Lone Ranger has finally kicked off production after a long and almost fatal delay.
The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) recently confirmed The Lone Ranger will be filming in the state from February to August this year, giving us a good sign the movie's financial troubles are finally over.