Damien Chazelle was determined to bring Babylon to theaters, but the gamble of a nearly one hundred million dollar budget three-hour blockbuster on silent-era Hollywood might not pay off.
Indeed, according to analysts, the box office forecasts of Babylon they are disastrousand after Disney’s historic flop with Strange World, Paramount is also at great risk: while industry specialists have already started making comparisons with Heaven’s Gate by Michael Cimino and some have even renamed the film with Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt ‘Bombylon’, the numbers speak of a possible debut weekend of just 4 million dollars in the United States, which would represent a very serious start to say the least for a film costing between 80 and 90 million dollars (marketing fees excluded).
These projections of less than 5 million at the debut are very low compared to those of a few weeks ago, which had anticipated a possible debut of 18 million: then, the not exactly enthusiastic reviews released in recent days and the C+ CinemaScore didn’t helpand that the public’s attention is entirely focused on Avatar: The Way of Water it just makes the situation worse. We’ll see when the dust (or snow) of the Christmas weekend has settled what the result of the film will be, in the meantime keep following us for all the updates.
Babylon will be released on January 19 in Italy. For more content, watch the trailer for Babylon.