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Disney (DIS) says it will take a $200M write-down related to the mega-flop John Carter, worse...

Disney (DIS) says it will take a $200M write-down related to the mega-flop John Carter, worse than the $120M-$160M forecast by analysts. The loss will result in Disney's studio division reporting an operating loss of $80M-$120M in the March quarter, compared with a $77M operating profit in the December quarter. Disney hopes The Avengers and Pixar's Brave will give its studio ops a lift later this year.
Comments (16)
  • Should I be embarassed to admit that I liked it?
    19 Mar 2012, 06:49 PM Reply Like
  • Ishtar did terrible and I actually found it quite funny in a quirky sort of way.


    "If you admit you can play the accordion, no one will hire you in a rock and roll band."
    19 Mar 2012, 07:16 PM Reply Like
  • yes you should
    20 Mar 2012, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • Well management at Disney these days seems utterly clueless. Thank goodness they have their old stuff to fall back on. Disney stores = terrible. Disney amusement parks = way overpriced and fully monetized at the cost to children. Disney movies - Pixar = goodness gracious lets hope their TV station can hold this company up financially.
    19 Mar 2012, 09:02 PM Reply Like
  • This movies was great. My family went to it and loved it.Told my friends at work and they went a liked it alot also....don't understand why it didn't make as much money? My theory is that the marketing was all wrong.
    20 Mar 2012, 12:12 AM Reply Like
  • Saw it in a foreign country. The audience loved it. I did too. Really surprised it got bashed and lost money
    20 Mar 2012, 04:00 AM Reply Like
  • Probably the worst title for a movie ever--completely non-descriptive and flat.
    20 Mar 2012, 05:24 AM Reply Like
  • The movie was a bore, and totally cliche. It looked like he went and saw Attack of the Clones and made his own version of it. This movie used cliches like a bad suit, and I am sorry, bad books make bad movies. Ever heard of Atlas Shrugged? Neither have I, ever heard of the book John Carter? Neither have I. The main actor was totally wrong for the part. It was supposed to be a rugged cowboy, not a Versace poster boy. Cliches and spoofs work in animated movies such as Cars, Shrek, ect because its funny, any serious attempt to cliche a sci-fi movie will crash and burn.


    Remember in this genre, Star Wars is the gold standard, and a director has to do everything in his power to differentiate himself in regard of that. I saw a piece of every major sci-fi film put into this movie as a direct rip off, and without attempt to be original. Give it 2 .5 stars. Wait for dollar theater or DVD.
    20 Mar 2012, 05:37 AM Reply Like
  • The story was written long before George Lucas was a twinkle in his mother's eye, and most Sci-Fi Movies and books have borrowed from the John Carter books. It only seems cliche because it has been copied by so many others.
    20 Mar 2012, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • Kind of agree with you on the lead actor though.
    20 Mar 2012, 01:26 PM Reply Like
  • Yes, I know. I understand it was written long before it, however, the style of the art direction and feel of the movie was cliche in that, all the predecessors in the genre have already done, conceptually what the director did. Had he made this film, in a art deco/nuvou circa 1920 Flash Gordon with a modern twist. It might have been seen as original.
    20 Mar 2012, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • You may be right about the film originality aspect, but I still think the story was great, even compared to all the modern sci-fi stuff. I may be biased from reading the books though. I thought the acting was pretty weak across the board but that might just be a symptom of shoddy scriptwriting, which you must admit is pretty common these days. (Star Wars was no better IMO, still love them though)


    I am surprised you haven't heard of the book, I thought Burroughs was fairly well known. You should give it a try sometime, I wouldn't call it a literary classic, but very imaginative and entertaining. (Disclosure: I loved Atlas Shrugged.)
    20 Mar 2012, 04:30 PM Reply Like
  • I am facinated by all sci-fi pre 20th century, loved war of the worlds ect. I plan to give it a shot on the books. The newer Star Wars were horrid, my fellow geek. For me, the gold standard is the original trilogy in its original form. I will not buy a new copy of the films unless they include copies of them in their theatrical release format. Until then, George won't get another cent out of me.


    Waiting to see what the TV series will bring. Hope its better than the prequels.


    Back to John Carter though, the lead actress was amazing though, she upstaged the lead actor, still don't care what his name is, by a long shot. She could do a lot of action movies as she just looked so authentic with her stage combat.


    Have you read The Foundation? That was the book that supposedly inspired Gene Roddenberry.
    20 Mar 2012, 05:16 PM Reply Like
  • Oh yeah I meant the new Star Wars, and I still liked them for the visual effects. The original trilogy is of course beyond reproach.


    Yeah Lynn Collins was awesome, I didn't like her accent, but she is ridiculously hot.


    Foundation series by Asimov?? Yes, I would put it in my top 5 books of all time, probably #1 for Sci-Fi.
    20 Mar 2012, 08:07 PM Reply Like
  • I guess the main thing I liked about the movie was the twist in the end. It was just so unique.**Spoiler alert**


    I am not even much of a romantic, but that idea that the one you love is on another planet and you cannot reach them just awed me. I have never experienced such a feeling before. Most movies are so formulaic, I can predict almost everything that will happen in them. This was truly unique.
    20 Mar 2012, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • Oh boy, you couldn't see him marrying her since the first 5 minutes of the movie?


    The whole, I just met you but I love you forever! Typical Hollywood slobber fest! :)
    20 Mar 2012, 03:59 PM Reply Like
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