The girls at Strictly Robsten tipped us on an article published today at Movieline (source) addressing the issue if there will be a sequel to The Host movie. Based on both international and domestic box office results, the film has not made back its $40 million budget. According to Box Office Mojo, it is sitting at over $24 million right now total with six days of release so far. I am wondering if it will drop out of the top ten this weekend completely.
“A spokeswoman for The Host says information regarding the probability of a sequel “is not available at this time,” but the film’s dismal opening weekend does not bode well for a follow-up. The hordes who swarmed the film adaptations of Meyer’s Twilight saga apparently did not find a romance about a parasitic alien nearly as compelling because they did not show up at the cineplex last weekend.”
Of course, Stephenie Meyer still has not finished writing the second novel, so that complicates matters further.
I really don’t know what happened with this movie. I am still stumped at all the overwhelming negative reviews. Is it associating Stephenie Meyer and Twilight with it? Is it the subject matter of aliens? Is it just a bad job at promoting it? Or is just a really bad movie?
Lizzie commented on this post and what she said stood out for me:
“I was not surprised at the negative reviews or the haters that surface every time a book or a movie with Stephenie Meyer’s name attached to it comes out. It’s happened since the first Twilight film and continued throughout all 5 of them. But the critics and haters were balanced by an overwhelmingly large, and I thought, loyal Twilight fan base.
So where are all these loyal Twifans now? Why have so few of them gone to see The Host, in support of SM. Do they think that if they stay away and the Host bombs, she’ll forget about the sequels, and her mermaid book and finish Midnight Sun or start writing about vampires again?. If I was her I wouldn’t – not for people who let me down when I needed them. If even a quarter of her “loyal” fans gave up 2 hours and the cost of a movie ticket to The Host, I’m confident it would be a hit. Not a mega hit like Twilight, but a modest hit. If Twi-apathy continues and the fans don’t support her The Host won’t even earn back the cost of production and promotion.
If The Host fails how will that impact future movies with SM’s name attached like Austenland, The Dark at the End of the Hall, and Anna Dressed in Blood? There could be a whole domino effect here, so if you are a twifan and you haven’t gone to see The Host, please go before it leaves your local theater, which might be very soon.”