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Based on the "severely underperforming" opening weekend at the box office for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," it will be difficult for Disney to make a profit on the latest cinematic chapter of the intrepid archeologist.
Deadline reported on Saturday that "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" is "still bound to open at the bottom of the end of tracking’s projection of $60M as this morning." The entertainment website noted that there was an estimate that the latest "Indiana Jones" movie may only make $55 million at the box office in its opening weekend – which is the same total as "The Flash." Entertainment news source Screen Rant described the estimates as "looking dismal" and "severely underperforming."
The opening weekend box office estimates are concerning for Disney because it is currently unlikely that the blockbuster movie will turn a profit.
"According to Forbes, the 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' budget is $294.7 million, which makes it the eighth most expensive movie of all time right behind 'Justice League' and the 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End,' both $300 million," Screen Rant said.
The nearly $300 million price tag does not include marketing and promotional costs.
The Hollywood Reporter noted last year, "Don’t be surprised if studios set aside $150 million or more on global marketing spend for the biggest titles."
Deadline said of box office total of previous Indiana Jones movies:
'Dial of Destiny‘s three-day will, of course, be down from the $100.1M three-day domestic of the previous movie, 2008’s 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' and the second-best opening for the franchise. Note that fourthquel opened on a Thursday over a Memorial Day weekend, earning $151.9M in total over five days. In results unadjusted for inflation and currency, 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' opened to $272.1M worldwide. Paramount released all previous Indy movies before Disney bought Lucasfilm. 1989’s 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' opened to a $29.3M three-day ($46.9M over extended Memorial Day weekend) at 2,327 theaters. 1984’s 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' bowed to a $25.3M three-day ($42.2M extended Memorial Day weekend) at 1,687 theaters. 1981’s 'Raiders of the Lost Ark‘s' gross pattern is a shining example of how blockbusters were big sleepers back in the VHS era: The pic opened to $8.3M at 1,078 theaters and by January 1982 earned $179.6M with an initial cume of $212.2M, lifetime gross of $248.1M.
"Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" stars actors Harrison Ford, who will turn 81 years old this month, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Waller-Bridge plays the part of Helena Shaw – the goddaughter of Indiana Jones and the daughter of his colleague Basil Shaw.
In an important scene of the movie, Helena knocks out Indy.
Walter-Bridge told Entertainment Weekly about punching the film's star, "It's such a brilliant cut, and it's such an excellently scripted moment. And particularly because there's so much fighting and left hooks and all that stuff all the way through the film, when she's just fighting the bad guys. But to have to level a punch to the hero of the film... It was glorious, because it was so funny."
Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, previously said that the Helena Shaw character could take over the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
In the trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," Helena bashes capitalism as basically stealing.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.