In Theaters: 'John Carter', 'A Thousand Words', 'Silent House'

Posted 8:29 AM March 9th, 2012 by Binh Ngo


With a price tag of $250 million, Disney's John Carter ranks up there as one of the most expensive movies ever made.

After an unimpressive and unsuccessful marketing campaign, the moment of truth for John Carter is finally here and it probably couldn't come soon enough.

Even with increased ad spending, the movie wasn't tracking well with potential audiences. There's probably nothing more the marketing department can do to increase interest in the movie short of super-imposing Johnny Depp's face over Taylor Kitsch's.

It doesn't help that John Carter is not getting help from the critics either. As of this writing, the movie has a Tomatometer of 47% with 129 reviews tallied. That's in the "eh, it's okay" category.

Since John Carter needs to make an estimated $700 million worldwide to break even according to that LA Times article I've referenced, Disney will most likely take a loss on this one.

John Carter is projected to make somewhere between $25-$45 million this weekend.

Eddie Murphy's latest comedy A Thousand Words has been sitting on the shelf since 2008 and is finally getting released.

Let's be frank: if Paramount knew they had a gem on their hands, they wouldn't be sitting on the movie until now.

Maybe they want enough time to pass so people can forget that the director for A Thousand Words also directed Eddie Murphy in disasters that are Norbit and Meet Dave.

A Thousand Words currently has a Tomatometer of 0% with 23 reviews tallied. It's one of those movies where it's more entertaining to read the reviews than to watch the movie.

While A Thousand Words cost $40 million to make, it is projected to bring in only $4 or $5 million this weekend.

The team who gave us 2003's Open Waters has another horror movie in theaters this week called Silent House.

The movie stars Elizabeth Olsen and is a remake of a Uruguayan movie called La Casa Muda.

If you like long takes and like staring at Olsen's face as she goes through several horrified expressions for an hour or so, then this movie is for you...or not since the movie only has a Tomatometer of 49%.

Silent House is projected to make between $10-$11 million this weekend.

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