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Updated: The Predator’s Box Office Takings Drop 76% On Second Friday

Update 24th September – Per Box Office Mojo, the Domestic total now sits at $40,435,122 and $54,539,316 outside of the States, taking the Worldwide earnings to $94, 974, 438 and has now taken in more than its reported budget. 

Amidst mixed reviews and the Steven Striegel scandal, The Predator debuted on the lower end of expectations with $24 million for the weekend. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has only grossed $31,735,122 domestically so far which is  a slightly worse opening 8 day week than Predators’ which took $35,457,190.

The film only earned $2.45 million on it’s second Friday which according to Forbes is a 76% drop in takings. They are also projecting an $8 million weekend and $39.735m ten-day total. The Predator has also taken in $35,742,004 outside of the States, taking the film’s worldwide earnings to $69,927,126.

20th Century Fox’s The Predator took a huge 76% dive on Friday, earning just $2.45 million on its second Friday. That positions the $88m Shane Black-directed movie for an $8m (-68%) weekend and $39.735m ten-day cume. Its drop is right in line with Alien: Covenant (-80%) and Predators (-79%) on their second Fridays. General audiences didn’t care about another Predator movie and the hardcore fans showed up last weekend. The poor reviews, the whole “don’t hire a registered sex offender without telling anyone” scandal and the wealth of other options did this one in. If I were Skydance and Paramount, I’d be very nervous about that Terminator reboot.

 The Predator's Box Office Takings Drop 76% On Second Friday

Last year’s Alien: Covenant had a similar steep drop off, despite generally more positive critical reviews at the time. Predators also suffered a 79% drop for its second weekend. All three movies suffered from some very negative word of mouth.

Unfortunately it’s not looking likely that the film will recoup it’s $88 million budget domestically. I don’t think it would reaching to say that those two sequels that John Davis previously spoke of aren’t looking like a possibility.

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  1. whiterabbit
    Well the reported budget is 88 million and considering that studio execs seemed to be wary of it's performance. I don't think the marketing budget was all that big. However I also don't think they added in the cost of reshoots, so probably just add another 40m to the 88m reported. It could make some coin in home/streaming sales but I don't think it's as good a deal for the studio in the last decade or so.
  2. Voodoo Magic
    I don't think bottom line totals are ever officially released to the public. And too often I hear studio representation say what we find on the internet in regards to budgetary & promotional expenses are off, yet they never seem to oblige us with the corrections.

    So ultimately I think we'll never know.  It will always remain a guessing game, especially when gauging a state of "breaking even" with movies that are just moderately successful.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    That worldwide: $127,481,403 gross is as of October 25th, so China will add on top of that.

    Anyone want to stab a guess where it will end up?  Maybe 160 Mill?


    Quote from: skull-splitter on Oct 28, 2018, 11:47:25 AM
    I'd try establishing a more linked universe on the background through videogames and combine it with a properly planned roadmap for the franchise instead of just pop them out like firecrackers with no sense of direction other than try different approaches.
    A netfix series or equivalent is also a possibility, but that idea might live or die on how successful the Alien series is (if it even comes to fruition).
  4. skull-splitter
    127 mil at the moment, a month before home release.
    Good enough to venture another one in ten years or so, unless Disney puts the lid on it.

    I'd try establishing a more linked universe on the background through videogames and combine it with a properly planned roadmap for the franchise instead of just pop them out like firecrackers with no sense of direction other than try different approaches.
  5. Huggs
    Amanda was rescued and lived her life. Future Comics and videogames aside, that's enough. She found out what happened to her mother, and likely realized that she lacked the resources and connections to find her little needle in a stack of space. She moved on, and did what Burke said she did. Now, it's just my opinion, but I personally don't see the need to go any further in-depth with her character.  It's certainly not film worthy.

    As for Alien 3. To some it's great. To some it's terrible. Either way, after the different cuts, it's as good as it's going to get. It was made, it has it's place. Retconning it with something else is just like probing around in an old wound. For good or bad, it's in slot number 3. Best not to pollute it further with even more craziness like retconning.

    With regards to the future of the franchise on film, somebody in charge needs to remember that it takes place in the future. Humans are working in space. Hypersleep is a reality. The money and manpower apparently exist to send regular people across vast distances, just for Ore. Something tells me it's quite possible for people other than the Ripley's to run into something nasty out there in the dark. I'd like to see some new characters, in new situations, that don't involve the past, or over-emphasis on artificial intelligence. We've yet to see the future, post Ripley. At least, not one that can be taken seriously.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    I guess we'll see about the novelization when it comes out.

    Anyway, we are off topic, but we were talking about future films.  Isolation has enough in it that it could be made into a good film.  The main character just has to start on one value, and end up on another.

    A3 is perfect (almost) for what it tries to be.  An alternate telling of a post-Aliens reality may also be perfect.
  7. The Old One
    True, but I have no interest in a film adaptation regardless.

    I love Isolation, as Isolation.
    Perhaps the novelisation's a superior candidate?
  8. Perfect-Organism
    Quote from: The Old One on Oct 21, 2018, 08:48:36 PM
    Alien Isolation's perfect as it is.

    & so is A3.

    For a video game, yes.  For a film, I'm not so sure.  There is a lot of longueur in the game.  If you bring it down to 2 hours, what really happened in the game?  How did Amanda's character value change?  Did she start at one place and end up at another in terms of who she is?  If not, it won't be compelling on film.  Something else needs to take place there.
  9. The Old One
    The "core story" is over.

    The Cold Forge proves sequels, with no relation to the original-
    have the potential to be just as, if not more compelling than the original.

    (Prometheus should have been that sequel, and set after AR, but it failed in its' writing.)
    (It will happen again, this time correctly- someday.
    )
  10. Huggs
    The franchise lucked out with Resurrection just featuring a clone. Ellen Ripley had her time. To lose to the Alien was a realistic and unavoidable ending, thus it was the proper conclusion to her story arc. But, her character went out with dignity and strength.

    Any new films should focus on all new characters born after her death, and ones that are not related to, nor resemble her in any way.

    Embracing Nostalgia for the sake of money is a good way to screw up a franchise. It's always best to quit while ahead. Ripley quit on Fury 161. I hope the studio respects that narrative choice, lest they should turn Alien into the Terminator franchise.
  11. Perfect-Organism
    I really like Alien 3.  But the Aliens series always was a question of different possibilities.  Is the creature sitting in the derelict ship an elephant nosed alien or is he a large human in a suit?  There are unlimited ways of spinning the story at every divergent juncture.  Alien 3 is one valid direction though admittedly it closes the series as nobody wants to continue from that jumping off point.  An alternate telling of a sequel to Aliens would be just as valid.
  12. Huggs
    Quote from: Perfect-Organism on Oct 21, 2018, 03:59:49 AM
    The remaining stars of Aliens are getting older, and their chance to participate in a good Aliens film is not without limits.

    I've been saying this for awhile. And it's not just a matter of an actor/actress passing away, they may also choose to retire at any time. I'm sure people like Arnold and Weaver will keep going as long as possible. But, there might come a day when either wishes to call it a career, and go enjoy their remaining years how they see fit.
  13. Perfect-Organism
    Quote from: The Old One on Oct 14, 2018, 05:03:30 PM
    Ellen Ripley's story is over.

    Alan Dutch Schaefer returning as a mentor/leader or even antagonist still could work though.

    It's only over in 1 fictional timeline.  By most accounts, it ended in a very unsatisfying way.  A continuation of Ripley's story along a different path could be quite compelling if done well.  Many other stories could also be compelling.  However many of the other stories don't have a clock ticking for them.  The remaining stars of Aliens are getting older, and their chance to participate in a good Aliens film is not without limits.

    I think there is something to be said for using a popular cast which people are rooting for.  These are Aliens films, granted, but they are still people stories.  Without a connection to the people, the stories can easily become uprooted, or without a foundation.  An exploration of the world of the Aliens without the core characters is what the Silmarillion is to the LOTR series.
  14. Xiggz456
    See I think the 88 mil includes reshoots. Based on how Predators did, Fox most likely gave Shane an initial budget of 65 mil. I also wouldn't be surprised if the additional reshoots took money that was budgeted for advertising and promotion as I didn't see a ton of advertising for the film. It's all speculation though as Hollywood will never give us an itemized ledger of the entire cost of a film.
  15. Wysps
    This. Granted, anything is possible, however if I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that we're safe from The Predator Killer. Still wish I knew what exactly happened with Rodriguez and the sequel - like anything other than the whole "less than desired numbers" for Predators.
  16. Kailem
    If Predators didn't do well enough to warrant a direct follow-up (despite Robert Rodriguez mentioning that Fox had talked about wanting one at the time) then no way The Predator will get one either.
  17. Johnny Handsome
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Oct 17, 2018, 01:04:14 PM
    Quote from: Johnny Handsome on Oct 17, 2018, 09:22:50 AM
    Quote from: dHunter333 on Oct 17, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Trust me, it won't do those numbers in France  :laugh:
    My estimates are possible, those are numbers based on past Predator movies, if you compare Predators to The Predator international Boxoffice, they are roughly the same, with some countries outperforming past revenues by far (In Mexico it already did over twice as much as Predators, it also did more in Russia and Thailand, just to name a few).

    It's very likely France will be no exception and it will do a little more than Predators, which would be 4 - 5 million. We'll see.
  18. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: Johnny Handsome on Oct 17, 2018, 09:22:50 AM
    Quote from: dHunter333 on Oct 17, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Trust me, it won't do those numbers in France  :laugh:
  19. CityhunterinPhilly
    Quote from: goose_3387 on Oct 17, 2018, 09:45:29 AM
    Quote from: Johnny Handsome on Oct 17, 2018, 09:22:50 AM
    Quote from: dHunter333 on Oct 17, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Hopefully not profitable enough for them to move forward with a sequel to The Predator.

    Just enough to see something new (again...).

    Exactly!
  20. Johnny Handsome
    Quote from: goose_3387 on Oct 17, 2018, 09:45:29 AM
    Quote from: Johnny Handsome on Oct 17, 2018, 09:22:50 AM
    Quote from: dHunter333 on Oct 17, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Hopefully not profitable enough for them to move forward with a sequel to The Predator.

    Just enough to see something new (again...).
    Definitely no direct sequel to The Predator, but likely a sequel with a new incursion and plot in a couple of years, so in line with the others.

    I smile everytime someone says "Predator is done"... it truly is not, the possibilities and storys are endless with the character, it's one of the advantages of not having the franchise connected to a single character, also the character is so versatile, the variations and costumes, weapons, armour... you can start fresh with every sequel and still have it play in the same sandbox.

    I'm pretty damn happy that i get the chance to visit my favourite movie monster every couple of years in a real movie theater.

    Compare it to other monster/Sci-fi franchises over the years, just a couple that pop up in my mind:

    Tremors --> Direct to DvD
    Pumpkinhead --> Direct to DvD --> Dead
    Starship Troopers --> Direct to DvD
    Critters --> Direct to DvD --> Dead
    X-Tro --> Direct to DvD --> Dead
    The Thing --> Dead

    Predator is actually doing pretty good, in comparison. The fans are still there, and while it's not doing Blockbuster numbers, there is still money to be made.
  21. goose_3387
    Quote from: Johnny Handsome on Oct 17, 2018, 09:22:50 AM
    Quote from: dHunter333 on Oct 17, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.

    Hopefully not profitable enough for them to move forward with a sequel to The Predator.

    Just enough to see something new (again...).
  22. Johnny Handsome
    Quote from: dHunter333 on Oct 17, 2018, 12:14:05 AM
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
    With China and france involved (China a likely gross between 24 - 30 m and france between 4 - 5 m) this movie will break even. Not what FOX wanted, but that opens the door for a nice return in home video versus just breaking even and no money at all. So when everything is set and done, it will be profitable.
  23. dHunter333
    So after the China release, this movie will probably surpass 150 million worldwide, correct? That loses money, but doesn't lose THAT much. A future Predator movie may not be a dismal as I previously thought...
  24. Russ840
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Oct 15, 2018, 08:28:29 PM
    Quote from: Russ840 on Oct 15, 2018, 07:11:06 PM
    I had no problems with ideas he puts forward.  Just their execution, which is poor as a result of studio meddling.  I like that he wanted to expand things. Otherwise we end up with stagnant carbon copies of previous films.

    I agree on numerous points regarding bad execution (there are also greatly executed shots/ideas too), but we must admit that for a classic predator fan it was always deemed to be a very weird and polarizing experience.

    I can't argue with that.
  25. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: Russ840 on Oct 15, 2018, 07:11:06 PM
    I had no problems with ideas he puts forward.  Just their execution, which is poor as a result of studio meddling.  I like that he wanted to expand things. Otherwise we end up with stagnant carbon copies of previous films.

    I agree on numerous points regarding bad execution (there are also greatly executed shots/ideas too), but we must admit that for a classic predator fan it was always deemed to be a very weird and polarizing experience.
  26. Russ840
    I had no problems with ideas he puts forward.  Just their execution, which is poor as a result of studio meddling.  I like that he wanted to expand things. Otherwise we end up with stagnant carbon copies of previous films.
  27. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: Russ840 on Oct 15, 2018, 06:27:38 PM
    Yeah but we will never know if that is the reason the film failed, because Black and Dekkers script is not what we got. We got a choppy, poorly edited film due to a rewrite and reshoot of the third act. 

    It is felt throughout the film and I don't think this film is Shane Black's vision.

    It has a fair amount of Shane Black's vision in it IMO, but also a lot of studio meddling obviously. But Black was always going to do his thing, put his balls on the table and say "f**k it all i'll try to do it my way, but it has to be set in the predator universe", with all the problems we know that resulted from that.
  28. Russ840
    Yeah but we will never know if that is the reason the film failed, because Black and Dekkers script is not what we got. We got a choppy, poorly edited film due to a rewrite and reshoot of the third act. 

    It is felt throughout the film and I don't think this film is Shane Black's vision.
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