: Click to Play
: November 21st, 2012
for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.
: Based on a Book
: Religious, Animal Lead, On a Boat, Disaster, Marooned, Surprise Twist, Non Chronological, Same Role, Different Actors, Development Hell, and more
: Ang Lee
: Suraj Sharma, and others
: Reported at $100 million
Box Office Potential
: $65 million
This film is based on a book published in 2001 and practically from the moment it was published, there was talk of turning it into a movie. However, from 2003 till it started filming in 2011, it had four directors and five screenwriters attached to it. (Some of the directors and screenwriters were the same person.) This is a troubling sign, but the early buzz is that the end result was worth all of the trouble and it appears to be a major contender for the Best Picture Oscar. Unfortunately, I'm less sure about its box office chances. The film reportedly cost $100 million to make and if it does become a major player during Awards Season, it could last long enough in theaters to reach the century mark. However, even for a film with this buzz and impressive early reviews, that's still a long shot. There are almost enough films to earn Tomatometer Scores of more than 90% with more than 100 reviews to fill up the best picture category. Granted, some of these are clearly the wrong genre to earn a nomination (The Cabin in the Woods, for example). But we haven't even reached November yet and we could have a full slate of nominees. Additionally, there are three other major Oscar contenders opening in November alone, Lincoln, which expands wide the week before; Hitchcock, which opens in limited release two days later; and Silver Linings Playbook, which opens in wide release the very same day. No amount of buzz is enough when the direct competition is that great.
Given its early reviews and its release date, I like its chances to be at least a midlevel hit; however, given its production budget, it will need to perform better than that to break even. I do think its international prospects are stronger.