This Weekend Poised to Unleash Two Bombs at the Box Office

By February 7, 2015
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This past Friday, two films were released that were supposed to be box office boons for the early months of the year. Instead, it looks like two studios have gone on a bombing run on theaters, since those two films have apparently crashed on their opening days.

According to VarietyJupiter Ascending from Warner Bros. and Seventh Son from Universal and Legendary were both released in theaters yesterday, and both films are making a far less impressive debut than the studios were hoping. On a budget of $175 million, the estimated weekend take for the Wachowskis’ latest effort is a pretty dismal $18 million. While it’s not the lowest opening figure for a Wachowski film — that honor belongs to 2012’s Cloud Atlas — it’s still way under expectations and does not bode well for the remaining theatrical run of the film.

Seventh Son from Universal and Legendary Pictures is slated to open with $6.6 million. Previously,  it was estimated that the film is already on track to lose about $85 million, which is poor news for Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures. After already suffering a box office setback with Michael Mann’s Blackhat, the failure of Seventh Son would make for potential trouble at the studio.

In our reviews of each film, Eric D. Snider felt that Jupiter Ascending was messy and confusing, but largely fun. Seventh Son, on the other hand, was not a very worthwhile affair.

For more on the eventual weekend takes of both films, be on the lookout for our box office report tomorrow.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.