Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Peter Jackson’s First Produced Non-Hobbit Movie “Mortal Engines” Sinks Like a Stone with Just $7.5 Mil Weekend


Peter Jackson. Remember him? We love Peter Jackson. He made billions with “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” series.

But this weekend has not been so good for Pete. The first non-Hobbit movie he’s produced in eons, “Mortal Engines,” is a dud. It sank like a stone at the box office with just $7.5 million for the whole weekend. The budget is listed as $100 million on, but you can always add 20% to those figures.

Universal released “Mortal Engines” without much fanfare. It has no American name actors, so there wasn’t much to promote. Jackson only produced “Mortal Engines.” The first time director, Christian Rivers, has worked for Jackson for years, apparently. But since Peter and Fran Walsh created the project, we can assume they had as much if not more than Rivers to do with making the film.

Just goes to show that even “lords” are mortal!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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