The Three Musketeers Reaches Blockbuster Status (Overseas)
11.07.11 by Ryan
Director Paul W.S. Anderson's (Resident Evil: Afterlife) adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers hasn't made much of an impact here in the United States, but it has reached "blockbuster status" thanks to overseas ticket sales.
According to THR, the swashbuckling 3-D romp has passed the $100 million mark in total box office after a successful opening weekend in Japan and a grossing $5.8M worldwide over the weekend, putting the movie at $101.2 million worldwide. Almost all of that comes from foreign box office, since The Three Musketeers opened in the U.S. in fourth place on its opening weekend, only earning $8.8 million. Reviews eviscerated the movie, describing it as "campy" and, worse yet, "awful."
But were only bad reviews to blame? Three Musketeers actress Milla Jovovich, who often uses Twitter to update fans about her projects, bashed distributor Summit Entertainment, remarking that they were too busy with The Twilight Saga to promote The Three Musketeers.
I think "summit" hve swept "3 Musketeers", a grt family adventure film, under the rug in the US. Shame on them. SHAME ON YOU "SUMMIT".
Jovovich was far from done, expressing her displeasure in a series of Tweets, particularly targeting how different The Three Musketeers was from Paranormal Activity 3, which opened on the same weekend in first place.
"3 musketeers" is a fun family adventure, not "resident evil" as a period piece. Ppl don't even know that they can bring their kids to c it.
It's the opposite of PA3. One is horror. The other is grt 4 families n kids! That's NOT HOW IT'S BEEN PROMOTED in the US.
In response, a Summit executive told Deadline that Jovovich "doesn’t know what she’s talking about and we don’t know where she’s coming from," citing her "15-hour days" working on Resident Evil: Retribution, the upcoming fifth installment in the Resident Evil series.
The Three Musketeers, which tells the familiar story of a young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) traveling to Paris in hopes of joining the Three Musketeers — Athos (Matthew Macfayden), Porthos (Ray Stevenson), and Aramis (Luke Evans) — ends with an obvious set-up for a sequel. Now that the movie has at least broke even, could a sequel be possible?
We guess it all depends on how the DVD and Blu-ray are "marketed."