John Carter

John Carter poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $73,058,679Details
International Box Office $209,719,421
Worldwide Box Office $282,778,100
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $22,865,265 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $14,044,131 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $36,909,396
Further financial details...

  1. Summary
  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. Video Sales
  5. Full Financials
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Synopsis

"John Carter" - is an action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom. "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter, who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris. In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. 

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics RottenAudience Upright
Critics
51% - Rotten
Audience
60% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$275,000,000
Domestic Releases: March 9th, 2012 (Wide) by Walt Disney, released as John Carter
March 9th, 2012 (IMAX) by Walt Disney
Video Release: June 5th, 2012 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.
(Rating bulletin 2204, 1/4/2011)
Running Time: 132 minutes
Keywords: Invented Language, Death of a Spouse, Death of a Son or Daughter, Non-Chronological, Faked Death, Surprise Twist, Arranged Marriage, Intertitle, Prologue, Voiceover/Narration, Development Hell, War, Civil War, Culture Clash, Rescue, 3-D, IMAX: DMR, Mars
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Jim Morris

Cast

   John Carter
Lynn Collins    Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium
Samantha Morton    Sola
Mark Strong    Matai Shang
Ciaran Hinds    Tardos Mors
Dominic West    Sab Than
James Purefoy    Kantos Kan
Bryan Cranston    Powell
Polly Walker    Sarkoja
Daryl Sabara    Edgar Rice Burroughs
Thomas Haden Church    Tal Hajus
Willem Dafoe    Tars Tarkas

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Producer    Jim Morris
Producer    Lindsey Collins
Producer    Colin Wilson
Screenwriter    Andrew Stanton
Screenwriter    Mark Andrews
Screenwriter    Michael Chapman
Based on the story "A Princess of Mars"    Edgar Rice Burroughs
Cinematographer    Dan Mindel
Editor    Eric Zumbrunnen
Composer    Michael Giacchino
Production Designer    Nathan Crowley
Supervising Art Director    James Hambidge
Supervising Art Director    Naaman Marshall
Art Director    Mark Harris
Art Director    Phil Harvey
Art Director    Joseph Hodges
Art Director    John King
Art Director    Dean Wolcott
Art Director    Robert Woodruff
Art Director    Scott Zuber
Visual Effects Designer    Susan Whitaker
Set Decorator    Paki Smith
Costume Designer    Mayes C. Rubeo
Sound Mixer    Chris Munro
Sound Designer    Timothy Nielsen
Supervising Sound Editor    Jonathan Null
Supervising Sound Editor    Timothy Nielsen
Re-recording Mixer    Michael Semanick
Re-recording Mixer    Tom Johnson
Re-recording Mixer    Juan Peralta
Special Effects Supervisor    Chris Corbould
Special Effects Coordinator    Scott R. Fisher
Visual Effects Supervisor    Peter Chiang
Visual Effects Supervisor    Sue Rowe
Animation Supervisor    Eamonn Butler
Stunt Coordinator    Tom Struthers
Assistant Director    Tommy Gormley
Second Unit Director    Mark Andrews
Second Unit Camera    Robert Bruce McCleery
Casting Director    Marcia Ross

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Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/09 1 $9,811,935   3,749 $2,617   $9,811,935 1
2012/03/10 2 $12,327,417 +26% 3,749 $3,288   $22,139,352 2
2012/03/11 2 $8,040,836 -35% 3,749 $2,145   $30,180,188 3
2012/03/12 2 $2,534,120 -68% 3,749 $676   $32,714,308 4
2012/03/13 2 $2,800,948 +11% 3,749 $747   $35,515,256 5
2012/03/14 2 $2,038,339 -27% 3,749 $544   $37,553,595 6
2012/03/15 2 $2,103,858 +3% 3,749 $561   $39,657,453 7
2012/03/16 3 $3,968,487 +89% 3,749 $1,059   $43,625,940 8
2012/03/17 3 $5,721,170 +44% 3,749 $1,526   $49,347,110 9
2012/03/18 3 $3,880,138 -32% 3,749 $1,035   $53,227,248 10
2012/03/19 3 $1,090,084 -72% 3,749 $291   $54,317,332 11
2012/03/20 3 $1,221,862 +12% 3,749 $326   $55,539,194 12
2012/03/21 3 $932,199 -24% 3,749 $249   $56,471,393 13
2012/03/22 3 $861,987 -8% 3,749 $230   $57,333,380 14
2012/03/23 4 $1,367,110 +59% 3,212 $426   $58,700,490 15
2012/03/24 4 $2,236,991 +64% 3,212 $696   $60,937,481 16
2012/03/25 4 $1,469,731 -34% 3,212 $458   $62,407,212 17
2012/03/26 4 $424,500 -71% 3,212 $132   $62,831,712 18
2012/03/27 4 $512,303 +21% 3,212 $159   $63,344,015 19
2012/03/28 4 $423,673 -17% 3,212 $132   $63,767,688 20
2012/03/29 4 $436,651 +3% 3,212 $136   $64,204,339 21
2012/03/30 6 $544,834 +25% 2,397 $227   $64,749,173 22
2012/03/31 6 $891,823 +64% 2,397 $372   $65,640,996 23
2012/04/01 6 $592,843 -34% 2,397 $247   $66,233,839 24
2012/04/02 6 $205,261 -65% 2,397 $86   $66,439,100 25
2012/04/03 6 $274,231 +34% 2,397 $114   $66,713,331 26
2012/04/04 7 $193,582 -29% 2,397 $81   $66,906,913 27
2012/04/05 7 $246,434 +27% 2,397 $103   $67,153,347 28
2012/04/06 9 $292,732 +19% 1,015 $288   $67,446,079 29
2012/04/07 9 $327,425 +12% 1,015 $323   $67,773,504 30
2012/04/08 9 $210,148 -36% 1,015 $207   $67,983,652 31
2012/04/09 8 $121,261 -42% 1,015 $119   $68,104,913 32
2012/04/10 9 $102,917 -15% 1,015 $101   $68,207,830 33
2012/04/11 9 $95,703 -7% 1,015 $94   $68,303,533 34
2012/04/12 9 $97,478 +2% 1,015 $96   $68,401,011 35

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/03/09 2 $30,180,188   3,749 $8,050   $30,180,188 3
2012/03/16 3 $13,569,795 -55% 3,749 $3,620   $53,227,248 10
2012/03/23 4 $5,073,832 -63% 3,212 $1,580   $62,407,212 17
2012/03/30 6 $2,029,500 -60% 2,397 $847   $66,233,839 24
2012/04/06 9 $830,305 -59% 1,015 $818   $67,983,652 31
2012/04/13 17 $346,858 -58% 446 $778   $68,747,869 38
2012/04/20 26 $168,381 -51% 244 $690   $69,032,659 45
2012/04/27 32 $112,881 -33% 180 $627   $69,219,949 52
2012/05/04 12 $1,494,367 +1,224% 349 $4,282   $70,760,807 59
2012/05/11 15 $766,217 -49% 230 $3,331   $71,726,762 66
2012/05/18 20 $368,994 -52% 114 $3,237   $72,157,379 73
2012/06/01 29 $136,834   153 $894   $72,724,715 87
2012/06/08 33 $89,840 -34% 102 $881   $72,884,435 94
2012/06/15 39 $56,079 -38% 79 $710   $72,996,043 101
2012/06/22 48 $29,654 -47% 43 $690   $73,058,679 108

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
6/10/20124526,928 526,928$8,952,507$8,952,5071
6/17/20126192,166-64% 719,094$3,409,025$12,361,5322
6/24/2012993,419-51% 812,513$1,680,608$14,042,1393
7/1/20121270,886-24% 883,399$1,264,606$15,306,7464
7/8/20121259,508-16% 942,907$1,070,549$16,377,2955
7/15/20121941,472-30% 984,379$744,008$17,121,3026
7/22/20122425,655-38% 1,010,034$459,994$17,581,2967
7/29/20122529,048+13% 1,039,082$522,283$18,103,5798
8/5/20123020,381-30% 1,059,463$366,858$18,470,4379

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
6/10/20121309,677 309,677$6,871,733$6,871,7331
6/17/2012580,974-74% 390,651$1,861,599$8,733,3322
6/24/2012444,153-45% 434,804$1,015,073$9,748,4053
7/1/2012920,529-54% 455,334$471,971$10,220,3764
7/8/20121121,555+5% 476,888$495,541$10,715,9175
7/15/20121216,529-23% 493,417$353,062$11,068,9796
7/29/20121415,173 517,150$306,502$11,548,3978

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