Reeking ‘Predator’ B.O. Kills Sequel Plans

David N. GroveMovie News1 Comment

Shane Black hoped that The Predator would serve as a launching pad for more Predator films.  Of course, this was entirely dependent on how The Predator fared at the box office.

It doesn’t look like fans of the Predator film series are going to see how Black’s vision for reinventing the Predator film series would have unfolded.  Plans for a sequel to The Predator have been shelved by the film’s studio, 20th Century Fox, following the film’s disappointing box performance.

The Predator has grossed a disappointing $41.7 million at the domestic box office since opening theatrically in North America on September 14.  The Predator, which had a reported production cost of $88 million, has found little solace in the overseas markets, where The Predator has grossed $54.9 million.

Including the cost of marketing and promotion, The Predator needed to accumulate approximately $300 million at the worldwide box office just to break even.  The film’s disappointing box office performance has been attributed, by studio insiders, to audience apathy toward the Predator film series and lackluster reviews.

The Predator’s $24 million opening weekend performance at the domestic box office fell short of the $30 million figure that Fox had targeted.  The last entry in The Predator film series, 2010’s Predators, grossed $52 million at the domestic box office.

The highest grossing film in the Predator film series so far is 2004’s Alien vs. Predator, which made $80.3 at the domestic box office.  The lowest grossing film in the series, not accounting for inflation, is 1990’s Predator 2, which made $30.7 at the domestic box office.

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David Grove is an author, journalist and a produced screenwriter from Vancouver. He’s the author of the books Making Friday the 13th, Fantastic 4: The Making of the Movie, Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen, On Location in Blairstown: The Making of Friday the 13th, and Jan-Michael Vincent: Edge of Greatness.