Warcraft Tracking For A Very Soft Opening

The first tracking numbers are in for Universal and Legendary’s costly fantasy film “Warcraft” and the results do not look good.

Budgeted at $160 million, the Duncan Jones-directed fantasy feature is reportedly headed for only a modest $25 million opening weekend – that would likely have it opening in third or fourth place behind the sequels to “The Conjuring,” “Now You See Me” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” with the first two tracking at $40+ million and $28 million respectively.

Universal has already screened the film for some U.S. critics who have slammed it, the film scoring just 34/100 on Metacritic and at just 25% (4.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film began its international launch Wednesday and will roll out over much of the rest of the world the week after next. The project marks the first major release from Legendary Entertainment since it was acquired by China powerhouse Dalian Wanda in January for $3.5 billion.

Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell, Ben Foster, and Ruth Negga star in the film which is set in the peaceful realm of Azeroth – a place which stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.

Source: Variety