The fact The Lorax is a hit and John Carter is a flop makes me want to stab everybody
Sometimes you can fool yourself there's some justice to box office results. Movies like Green Lantern crash and movies like Inception rake in the bucks, and it feels like maybe there's a supreme being out there, looking out for us. And then something like this happens: The Lorax is the year's biggest hit thus far, and everybody's dancing on John Carter's grave.
This is why we're all peasants in the kingdom of hacks.
So it's basically official at this point: John Carter had a perilous drop in its second weekend in theaters, disappointing all those of us who hoped it would turn out to have "legs" due to good word of mouth. Meanwhile, The Lorax is breaking box office records right and left. Of course, John Carter is a hit overseas, but that won't save it.
John Carter is not a great movie, and The Lorax is not a terrible movie. John Carter has huge moments of brilliance and some absolutely terrific direction and storytelling from Andrew Stanton, mixed in with a lot of stuff that feels shoe-horned in and goes nowhere. In fact, Carter is an overstuffed mess. Meanwhile, Lorax is on the low end of mediocre it has some fun moments too, but it takes the lazy, boring choice at every turn. (The Onceler? He's a bad guitar player who tries to sell Thneeds by busking. Sigh.).......