Harrison Ford’s “The Call of the Wild” didn’t necessarily make the splash it was expected to in the box office. The film is shaping up to be the latest flop for Disney’s 20th Century.
The film is based on Jack London’s novel of the same name, and has so far made $45 million in the US and $79 million globally after hitting theaters just two weeks ago. While the numbers aren’t terrible, it’s worth considering that the film was considerably costly to make and market.
With the film’s use of CGI to animate Buck the sled dog, the film cost in total around $125 million to make. According to Variety, the production will have to make $250 to $275 million to break even on their creation and marketing costs.
With these numbers in mind, the film is expected to lose around $50 million.
This is just one flop in a series of hits for Disney, as they took the box office by storm last year with films like “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” and “Captain Marvel.”
As expected, considering a relatively weak box office opening, “The Call of the Wild” got mixed reviews from critics, with many giving the film an “A-“ CinemaScore. It debuted at $24.8 million last weekend, which many are crediting to Ford’s first on-screen role in years.
Variety notes that coronavirus has closed theaters in China, Italy, and Korea, which could perhaps be making a dent in ticket sales abroad.