‘John Carter’ Opened Slightly Lower Than Estimated: $30.2M Rather Than $30.6M

“John Carter” took in $400,000 less at the box office over the weekend than Disney projected on Sunday

Last Updated: March 13, 2012 @ 11:16 AM

"John Carter" opened slightly worse than Disney projected at the box office over the weekend.

The big-budget sci-fi spectacular grossed $30.18 million domestically, rather than the $30.6 million that Disney estimated on Sunday.

The company received the actual numbers from movie theaters across the country on Monday morning.

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On Thursday, Disney said it "aspired" to an opening in the $30 million range, though box-office watchers outside the company predicted the $250 million spectacular would take in several million dollars less than that.

Sunday, the studio estimated — based on ticket sales Friday and Saturday — that the movie would open to $30.6 million.

The movie took in slightly more than $9.8 million on Friday, $12.3 million on Saturday and $8 million on Sunday.

Disney's estimates were 1.4 percent off the actual numbers. Universal, which predicted that "The Lorax," had taken in $39.1 million, was off by $253,980, or 0.6 percent. The nation's No. 1 movie two weeks in a row actually grossed $38,846,020.

The 3D "John Carter," based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs character, is one of the most expensive films Disney has ever made.