CASPIAN SUCCESSFUL? BE PATIENT, YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED
Even Disney seems down after the less than blockbuster opening for PRINCE CASPIAN. Yet, as of this evening, the movie has crossed the 100 million mark in the US after only 13 days, and is well ahead of the first film in all the international markets it has opened in. Particularly startling is Japan's enthusiastic reception. The biggest international venues are still to come. With so many big films at the beginning of the summer, CASPIAN seems to be at a disadvantage here in the States. Some have speculated that the dark themes are not matched with enough blood so it's too scary for kids but not violent enough for teens and adults. Maybe--but I think this is a movie that is in for the long haul. Let's wait a couple of weeks and see how the overall picture looks then.
I was right on the reviews--they came in at my 65% favorable rating prediction. Maybe I'll be right with this forecast--look for PRINCE CASPIAN to do a worldwide gross of at least 600 million. It will take a while for this to happen, but it will--I hear the whisper of a LION in my ear saying it must be so.
There is a depth to this film that is not present in INDIANA JONES or in IRON MAN. It would be great if folks take a good look at it--lots of weekends this summer to do so.
*****May 29 update: Check out Paul Martin's great reflection on the film, asking folks to go and see it again and enjoy a great interpretation of a classic book!