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Mortal Engines loses steam at the box office.

Tags: adventure , action

Published Dec. 19, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

The new Peter Jackson post-apocalyptic film has earned a mere 42 million dollars against a 150 million budget.

[Source: Mortal Engines Website]

Fans had high hopes from Universal’s latest offering Mortal Engines, an adventure film featuring predatory mobile cities in a post-apocalyptic steampunk era. The teasers of the film did show some promise with good action and breathtaking visual sequences.

Yet, the Christian Rivers directed failed to make an impression and tanked heavily at the box office. Made on a budget of 150 million USD, the film has grossed a mere 42 million with the losses amounting to a whooping 100 million dollars for the studios.

The film had a dismal performance in the United States and Canada where it couldn’t even manage to cross 10 million total.

[Source: Mortal Engines Website]

The film is directed by debutant Christian Rivers who has previously assisted Peter Jackson on many projects. The star cast of the film includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmer, Robert Sheehan and Stephen Lang among others.

The storyline of the movie is based on the novel ‘Mortal Engines’ by Philip Reeve.

The film follows an era where the stronger mobile cities prey on the weaker ones to consume their population and resources. The strongest of these cities is London which captures every smaller settlement it lays its eyes upon.

[Still from Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets]

The film’s failure can be largely attributed to the fact that the audiences today no more want to watch a film for mere visual effects an over-the-top action sequences. In 2017, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets too met with a similar response.

The film had some amazing VFX and set pieces but the film could not live up-to the hype and tanked heavily.

[The Mummy]

In the same year Tom Cruise’s The Mummy failed to make an impression thus jeopardizing Universal’s plan to launch the ‘Dark Universe’.

[Source: Mortal Engines Website]

The critical reception of the movie has been mixed with critics praising the visual effects and set pieces while criticizing the execution and exhausting plot development.

The film is still running in the theatres. You can watch it if watching mobile cities battling each other is your jam.