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Hollywood Reporter: Box Office Predictions for Legend of Tarzan are Inching Upward Toward $35M

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Here’s a bit of good news that got buried in the Rotten Tomatoes quickstep today. A month ago the over/under index for Legend of Tarzan’s opening weekend box office was somewhere in the range of $24-26M, then last week it settled in around $30M with almost all the major prognosticators locking it in at that level. Today, however, Hollywood Reporter reports “more bullish box-office analysts believe it will instead open to $30 million-$35 million domestically and edge out Steven Spielberg’s family entry The BFG, which is aiming for $30 million.”


Warners and Village Roadshow are hopeful that the international box office will more than make up for a potentially muted showing in North America. Tarzan launches in 19 markets this weekend, including South Korea and Russia, and it will open in a number of other major markets next week before landing in China on July 19.

Although a quick glance a review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes does not produce a pleasant sensation for LOT stakeholders and enthusiasts, there have been a number of solidly favorable reviews and User Ratings on IMDB are holding at 7.8 average, which is high for a film with a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  There is unlikely to be a major turnaround with critics when the rest of the reviews roll in, but positive word of mouth, strong international results, and a big dropoff for IDR may all play favorably into Legend of Tarzan’s opening.

The truth is — a $40M opening is all it would take for LOT to be on track for profitability under a scenario that would look like this:

$40M Opening Weekend US

$100M US Total

$300M Foreign Total

$400M Global Total

Is such an outcome realistically possible?

As far back as the 1960’s Sy Weintraub’s Tarzan movies were doing 3/4 of their business in foreign markets.  John Carter earned $272M, of which 75% was foreign.  Thus a 25-75 split between domestic and foreign for Tarzan is completely reasonable.

It all starts with the opening weekend.

There is most assuredly a path for Legend of Tarzan to achieve bo office sucess, and it starts with an opening weekend performance that is only $5M higher than the latest prediction of $35M.

Stay tuned.

One thought on “Hollywood Reporter: Box Office Predictions for Legend of Tarzan are Inching Upward Toward $35M

  • Thanks for this bit of positive news. I can’t remember liking a movie this much and the critics being this far off. I’ve seen them be wrong but this scale of wrong is beyond belief.

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