A year after Hollywood shifted into hurry-up mode for fear of strike-related production stops, the theatrical landscape is littered with notable movie flops.
Universal’s Kevin Costner starrer “Dragonfly” seems to be the latest casualty; an estimated $4.1 million in weekend box office pushed supernatural thriller’s cume to only $24.9 million through three frames.
U and co-production partner Spyglass split an estimated $60 million in “Dragonfly” production costs. Pic was directed by Tom Shadyac, best known for helming laffers like “Liar Liar” and “The Nutty Professor.”
Warner Bros.’ “Collateral Damage,” envisioned as a way for Arnold Schwarzenegger to stretch beyond mere shoot-’em-ups, itself was shot down by auds. Terrorist-themed drama grossed another $725,000 this weekend to run cume to just $38.9 million cume through five frames.
“Collateral” now is expected to end up barely north of $40 million domestically. Produced for more than twice that amount, pic’s release was delayed four months due to post-9/11 content sensitivities.
Schwarzenegger’s last pic, 2000’s “The 6th Day,” grossed only $34.6 million domestically, and his “End of Days” actioner took in $66.9 million domestically in 1999.
Warners’ “Queen of the Damned” also will be lucky to reap domestic B.O. matching its production costs, believed around $35 million. The second adaptation of an Anne Rice novel after 1994’s “Interview with the Vampire,” “Queen” grossed an estimated $2.3 million this weekend for a $27.9 million cume through three frames.
MGM also suffered a pair of recent B.O. disappointments. Lion’s “Rollerball” remake grossed another $200,000 this weekend to skate to a wobbly $18.5 million cume through five frames, and “Hart’s War” captured $361,000 for $18.6 million through four seshes.
Production costs on each pic ran at least $70 million. Lion defrayed a portion of those expenses via foreign-rights sales, but anticipated pic losses still prompted the studio to lower its first-quarter financial projections recently.