“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is a massive flop; let the pointing (and wagging) of fingers commence! The project from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow landed with a thud after earning only $14.7 million domestically during its opening weekend off an estimated $175 million production budget, not to mention marketing costs. Not even overseas grosses... <a href="http://variety.com/2017/film/news/box-office-king-arthur-bombs-guy-ritchie-analysis-1202426548/" title="Read ‘King Arthur’ Bombs: Why Guy Ritchie’s Latest Was a Royal Miss">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
Each year, Forbes magazine brings out its list of the most overpaid Hollywood actors using a combination of data, weighing up the stars’ salaries against their movies’ financial return.
Four different directors, almost 10 years in the making and costing an alleged £100million, yet ‘Empires of the Deep’, China’s planned answer to ‘Avatar’, remains unreleased. “I think I’m the only one who’s seen it other than the creators,” says actor Steve Polites, who signed a three month contract in 2009 to play the hero of ‘Empires of the Deep’ (and weirdly two other characters), only to find himself still stuck in China nine months later. “[Jon has] a really good heart and the core of a great idea, but couldn’t let go of it,” says Mark Byers, a Hollywood veteran who came on in late 2007 as a producer to try and help.
Adapted from a cult comic book and exec-produced by George Lucas, the 1986 mega-flop was the first standalone movie starring a Marvel character. Thirty years on, some of the cast explain how they made one of the most derided films in Hollywood history.
On the list of Top 10 things you never knew about Marlon Brando, his passion for an algae dietary supplement might come near the top. Originally a low-budget, arty passion project of young, cult director Richard Stanley (above), it became a bloated ego-ridden mess resulting in Stanley’s firing and notorious bad behaviour on the part of Brando and co-star Val Kilmer.
Legendary and Universal Pictures’ “Warcraft” may bomb this weekend in North America, but it’s doing bang-up business overseas. The video-game movie broke records as it opened Wednesday in China — most notably beating the first-day, non-weekend box office mark held by Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” by nearly $20 million.
UPDATED: Disney CEO Robert Iger said the company expects to take a loss of $75 million on “The Finest Hours,” the sea-going ocean rescue film that opened the year as one of the conglomerate’s few flops. “We also had a miss this quarter,” Iger said at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference. “That will... <a href="https://variety.com/2016/film/news/disney-expects-to-lose-75-million-on-the-finest-hours-1201725537/" title="Read Disney Expects $75 Million Loss on ‘The Finest Hours’">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
Danny Boyle’s Apple biopic ‘Steve Jobs’ has been a bit of a flop in the US despite the pedigree of its Oscar-winning director, screenplay by acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin, and star-studded cast including Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. To add salt to the iWound, it’s emerged that the film has been beaten at the domestic box office by ‘Jobs’, the much-derided 2013 movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the tech icon, over their first 24 days on release. The data highlighted on Box Office Mojo reveals Fassbender’s film took just $14,540,683 (£9.4m) in its first 24 days, while Kutcher’s ‘Jobs’ took $15,524,128 (£10m).
Zac Efron’s new movie ‘We Are Your Friends’ wasn’t all that likely to break any records, but it now has at least one under its belt. - Daniel Craig: James Bond Is Sexist The figure is made all the more painful thanks to the box office predictions that put its debut more along the lines of $8 million. “This was a passion project for Zac Efron, and we believe in him,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. executive vice president for domestic distribution of the bomb. “Yes, the result was disappointing, but this was a small film.” The movie, which cost $6 million to make, stars Zac Efron as a wannabe DJ alongside Wes Bentley and Emily Ratajkowski, and is directed by Max Joseph, best-known for his work on the MTV show 'Catfish’.