Warcraft looking to be in a tight spot


Despite the hype created by Blizzard and fans of the video game franchise, it looks like the reception for the Warcraft movie isn’t doing well. A decade after its announcement, the Universal-Legendary fantasy film is getting meek reviews and generating mediocre interest.

Early tracking shows that Warcraft’s projections only hit a mere $25 million opening weekend, a lot smaller compared to its $160 million budget. Rotten Tomatoes currently has the movie scored at 20% and at this point Warcraft may bag third or even fourth place behind New Line’s The Conjuring 2, Lionsgate’s Now You See Me 2 and Paramount’s second week of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The Conjuring 2 is expecting more than $40 million while Now You See Me 2 projected at around $25 million to $28 million.

Warcraft is based on Blizzard Entertainment’s multiplayer fantasy game that spawned sequels and an MMORPG. Starring Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbel, Ben Foster and Ruth Negga, the movie is set in the fictional realm of Azeroth. The Orc warriors have fled their dying home in search of a new place to settle in and humans now have to brace themselves for a clash against the fearsome colonizers.

Development began 10 years ago in 2006. Filming started in January 2014 and lasted four months, with sets primarily shot in Vancouver. The CGI-rich video game adaptation has already opened in France, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and has already hit Germany, Russia and Scandinavia over the weekend. Most of Europe and China will be following on June 8. The movie’s predicted to perform better internationally, which it ought to do to break even.

Directed by Duncan Jones and produced by Charles Roven through his Atlas Entertainment banner, Warcraft is Legendary Entertainment’s first major release since it was acquired by Dalian Wanda from China last January for $3.5 billion. A previous partnership with distributor Universal Pictures yielded 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton”. Other films from Legendary include big titles such as Jurassic World, Pacific Rim, and Godzilla.