Harrison Ford’s latest film, Call of the Wild, is reportedly on track to make massive loss after disappointing box office sales. The adventure drama has made a decent $45 million in the US since its release last month, $79 million globally, according to Variety. However, it is also struggling to recoup spending on a high budget.
Call of the Wild cost over $125 million to make, the publication reported, meaning it needs to make $250 million – $275 in order to break even, sources claimed.
Thus, the website says Ford’s newest release is unlikely to hit its target, leading to a predicted $50 million loss.
Call of the Wild is based on the 1903 book of the same name by Jack London.
The story centres around big-hearted dog Buck whose quiet life is turned upside down when he is akin to the Yukon to work as a sled dog during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, forcing him to fight for his survival.
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There, he befriends an old man and embarks on a big adventure.
It was first adapted for the4 big screen back in 1935.
The new movie stars Ford, Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy and Bradley Whitford.
It marks the live action directorial debut for Chris Sanders, who previously made Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon.
Call of the Wild has had mixed reviews, with some critics praising the heartfelt story but many criticising the CGI.
Buck was created solely through CGI, driving up the price of making the film.
In recent years, Disney has had a number of box office smashes, not least 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
They have, however, also taken a few hits on the likes of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Spies in Disguise.
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Star Wars and Indiana Jones veteran Ford opened up on why he wanted to star in Call of the Wild.
“I read this book as a student and I was moved by it,” he said. “But I hadn’t revisited it for 40 or 50 years.
“So, I reread the book and I thought it was really an interesting movie to make.”
He also highlighted the importance of family movies to his career.
Ford went on to reveal all about working with an actor, a dormer Cirque du Soleil gymnast, who stood in as Buck before the dog was added in using CGI.
“His speciality has been working with Andy Serkis and others to play animals, so he’s quite experiences in motion capture circumstances and he was our Buck,” he explained.
“Buck doesn’t talk, he’s spoken to, and that’s how we communicate the information that’s necessary to follow the story,” he continued.
“But emotionally, Terry Notary — which is his name — was a place for me to direct not just my eye line but my emotional energy and get back a reaction to my emotional energy. And he was invaluable in the process.”
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