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Post by WyldeMan on 12/12/2014, 3:52 pm

From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.


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Post by UltimateMarvel on 12/12/2014, 9:38 pm

You know, I watched the first trailer for this movie a LONG TIME ago. I can't believe it comes out next year. Should have came out this past summer because I'm sure they were done with it.
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Post by WyldeMan on 12/13/2014, 9:59 am

@UltimateMarvel wrote:You know, I watched the first trailer for this movie a LONG TIME ago. I can't believe it comes out next year. Should have came out this past summer because I'm sure they were done with it.

The film was initially to be released on July 25, 2014, but it was later shifted to July 18, 2014. On June 3, 2014, the film's release was delayed to February 6, 2015 due to additional time needed to complete over 2,000 special effects shots of the film and prepare an effective marketing campaign.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 12/13/2014, 11:31 am

Reminds me of G.I. Joe Retaliation.
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Post by WyldeMan on 2/9/2015, 1:32 pm

The Wachowskis’ Expensive ‘Jupiter Ascending': What The Hell Happened?

While this year’s domestic box office is off to a great start with $1.2B, it’s also produced too many bombs. Following Universal/Legendary’s Blackhat ($70M cost, $16.6M global B.O.) and Lionsgate’s Mortdecai ($60M cost, $19.1M global B.O.), this weekend brought Jupiter Ascending from Warner Bros./Village Roadshow (estimated cost $205-$210M) and Seventh Son (estimated cost $105M-$110M) from Universal/Legendary.

Both were flagged as disappointments some time ago; Jupiter Ascending is worse because of its exorbitant cost and the fact that it’s the third straight self indulgent disappointment from Lana and Andy Wachowski, following Speed Racer ($120M cost, $93.9M global B.O.) and Cloud Atlas ($100M cost, $130.5M global B.O.). They are a long way from the $1.6B The Matrix franchise and sources tell me this is it for them at Warner Bros. The first Matrix in 1999 was a crowning VFX achievement and while the second and third film disappointed by comparison, they made money. Nothing has, since.  

Jupiter Ascending might have relaunched the siblings as forces in the sci-fi genre. An $18.37M domestic opening per studio reporting this morning indicates that isn’t going to happen. Jupiter‘s B- Cinemascore doesn’t bode well with Fifty Shades Of Grey and Kingsman: Secret Service coming right on its heels next weekend. Sure, Warner Bros. is crowing about Jupiter’s overseas $33.8M in 65 territories (as of Monday morning), making it the No. 1 film on the int’l chart. That would be a great result if its budget hadn’t swelled from an original $130M to over $200M, plus an estimated marketing cost of $100M. That means Jupiter has to make big money abroad. Even if Jupiter takes in $150M-$165M abroad, the studio’s rental is 40-42% of the foreign B.O.  In China, the majors only take 25% of a title’s box office home. Cloud Atlas‘ anemic $27.1 M domestic gross was bolstered by China ($27.7M), Russia ($17M) and Germany ($12.7M), leading to an offshore gross four times its domestic result. Jupiter started with $4.7 M in Russia, with Australia, Japan and China still to open. Warner Bros may have made a mistake by not opening abroad first to build momentum, however, the studio went day-and-date with Jupiter in an effort to capitalize on school vacations. Universal’s Seventh Son, at a much lower budget, doesn’t look nearly as bad after opening foreign first and posting a $90.7M global B.O. Even though Legendary took a $85M writedown, Seventh Son‘s numbers look much better than what Warner Bros and its cofi partners are facing on Jupiter Ascending.

So what went wrong? The cast is strong with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and exit polls showed that auds came for them. On this one, you’ve got to point the finger at the Wachowskis. The Warner Bros executives they were closest to left the studio while this picture was in the formative stages, and it created an unenviable situation where the filmmakers isolated themselves. The result was a movie that came in way over budget. The biggest champion of the siblings was Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov, who was their agent at ICM and who made his bones at Warner Bros with The Matrix. Robinov signed off on casting, costumes and production designs, but he was gone before shooting

With their key relationship gone, the siblings–never the most collaborative–did what they wanted. Jupiter was greenlit at the treatment stage, not script, and the Wachowskis had final cut. The Wachowskis set up Cloud Atlas as an indie, and they had real skin in the game, mortgaging their homes to fill a budget gap after a financier went bankrupt. That wasn’t the case here.

None of this is a surprise. Jupiter tested poorly at a screening last April, and because VFX wasn’t ready, the studio pushed from July 18 to Feb. 6. That gave the studio time to tinker. Said one insider, “When you’re in the hole for $100M-plus on a film, you’re not just going to release it on VOD. You’re going to fix it.” And so Warner Bros. threw more money at Jupiter. That  worked on Gravity and The Great Gatsby, but not here. The production cost of Jupiter swelled over 50% from its original $130M (after rebates). Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow each footed 40% of the budget with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which finances a number of WB titles, making up 20% of the bill. The budget came in north of $200 million, sources said.

Warner Bros. used the production delay to take a teaser trailer to San Diego’s Comic-Con in order to excite fanboys. Rival distribution executives cited that the problem with the film didn’t lie in its marketing as its awareness increased from week-to-week in tracking.

Prior to the release of Cloud Atlas, Lana Wachowski told Deadline, “There were tons of movies that made a lot of money and were utterly and completely forgotten. Likewise, there were movies that didn’t make money that are still around and are still important and relevant.” It doesn’t sound like Jupiter Ascending is going to be one of those.
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Post by WyldeMan on 2/9/2015, 1:36 pm

Does this surprise a single person? I think it's been about two years now that we've been discussing what a box office disaster this was going to be. Channing's career will be fine but Mila, does she really even have one anymore?
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Post by GrooThePerverted on 2/9/2015, 4:43 pm

I was hoping this would do well.  Looks cool.  I'll check it out when I can.
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Post by UltimateMarvel on 2/9/2015, 8:28 pm

Same. I'll check it out too. At least there will be some good action scenes. And hover boots, who doesn't love those? That said, I wouldn't go to see this in the movies.
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Post by ForeverBlu on 2/9/2015, 9:28 pm

Heard this was awful.
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Post by Rusty on 2/9/2015, 11:15 pm

@ForeverBlu wrote:Heard this was awful.

I don't doubt it. If that trailer is anything to go by. It looks terrible.
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Post by WyldeMan on 2/10/2015, 3:32 pm

In my opinion the Washowski's made one good movie 15 years ago and have been riding it's coat tails ever since. I'm happy to hear Warner will be done with them following this as they belong on the indie circuit making $3 million movies, not $200 million flops.
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