The days of adventure are over for Harrison Ford, and if the box office returns for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny are any indication, then the franchise itself looks likely to find itself boxed up next to Willow, Star Wars Detours, and the rest of Lucasfilm’s cast offs in the Disney warehouse.
With a reported budget north of $300 million, plus a further $100 million on marketing, the fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise opened to $60 million domestically with a further $70 million from 52 international markets. That gives the James Mangold-directed sequel just $130 million worldwide across its opening weekend
For comparison, the much-derided Indiana Jones and the Kingdom the Crystal Skull managed to open with $272.1 million back in 2008, while Solo: A Star Wars Story – an enormously expensive box office disaster which derailed Disney and Lucasfilm’s entire big screen plans for Star Wars – debuted with $147.5 million in 2018.
Dial of Destiny continues a bad run for for Disney at the box office as of late, with the likes of Pixar and even Marvel Studios struggling to match the level of commercial success of years prior. Whether that’s backlash to Disney’s perceived “woke agenda”, a reaction to subpar product, or a result of the shortening theatrical window in the age of streaming and Disney+, it’s something the Mouse House will need to address if it plans to continue its dominance of the multiplexes in the coming years.
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Directed by James Mangold, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, is once again composing the score.
Starring along with Harrison Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), John Rhys-Davies (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Shaunette Renee Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”), Toby Jones (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Oliver Richters (“Black Widow”), Ethann Isidore (“Mortel”) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”).