Seventh Son and Jupiter Ascending were supposed to carry what was a box office weekend that featured few other hits. It turns out both films offered up a rather boring and poorly-received weekend that was only salvaged thanks to Spongebob Squarepants.
While the makers of Seventh Son can claim that there simply weren’t too many people who knew the movie was even launching, Jupiter Ascending has been hyped for months. It’s failure to bring in the big bucks is now being talked about as the Wachowskis’ biggest flop of their careers.
Despite a decided lack of hype, Seventh Son producers had hoped that a film starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore (as a villain, no less) was going to be enough to get people excited. The fantasy adventure also seemed to be a nice compliment and alternative to Jupiter Ascending’s sci-fi adventure. Unfortunately, not only is no one going to see Seventh Son or Jupiter Ascending, the two films have something else in common. Both Seventh Son and Jupiter Ascending have gotten terrible reviews. Whether one is the symptom of the other is anyone’s guess, but it seems as though both flicks are universally disliked.
As Vulture points out, Seventh Son has gone the way of other medieval adventure stories released in the last few years. The flick is both ridiculous and bland, and the saddest part of all is that it features an actor whose career is in obvious decline. It’s the lack of money being made that will likely be the focus of the studios that made both films. Jupiter Ascending boasted a budget of more than $175 million and stars two of Hollywood’s hottest actors: Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Despite all it supposedly had going for it, the movie is on pace to make just $18 million this weekend.
Seventh Son is actually doing quite a bit worse in revenues than Jupiter Ascending, but the ratios are about the same when looking at what was spent and what’s being brought in. While Jupiter Ascending spent more than $175 million, the medieval fantasy featuring monsters and bad accents cost a little over $85 million and is only on pace for a little over $6 million this weekend, according to Yahoo! Movies. The only film that really saw any success this weekend at all was Spongebob Squarepants. That’s stunningly bad news for both Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son.