PLOT: Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN’S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.
As we all know, videogame adaptations have had a trouble history at the box office and with fans. Most recently Warcraft pretty much fizzled with nobody getting particularly excited about it and frankly it was just really boring.
Assassin’s Creed however, may be a different bag altogether; the trailers have a genuinely impressive visual sheen to them but most importantly it’s got a high caliber cast including Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleeson. It also manages to avoid looking cheesy like so many of these kinds of movies can easily do.
The story feels unique and Fassbender rarely attaches himself to a bad movie; even if the movie isn’t the greatest he can elevate it to being watchable. On the flip side of that though you could say that he hasn’t actually had a hit as a leading man outside of the X-Men franchise with Steve Jobs and The Light Between Oceans making little impact at the box office.
What Assassin’s Creed has in its favour is the huge already existing fanbase which should at least guarantee a decent opening weekend.
The film has a pretty big budget of approximately $200 million and there is also a sequel already in the works which shows that the studio has faith in the product however, according to http://pro.boxoffice.com/ it’s tracking for a $13 million opening weekend with a cumulative box office of $56 million domestically.
That doesn’t sound all that impressive and it may struggle to make massive amounts at the box office considering it is coming out the week after the new Star Wars movie (Rogue One), which may not have been the best planning by Fox.
What the forecasting didn’t consider though was the international gross; China’s box office this year will allegedly surpass the USA’s so we can expect Assassin’s Creed to bring in some money there. It’s always difficult to predict international grosses for films but I think there is enough interest in the brand name for it to be at least a modest hit.
From my research it looks like the movie won’t be a huge success and may struggle to make its money back despite looking like it will be extremely entertaining and well made. I’m thinking maybe $200-$300 million (hopefully) worldwide. What do you think? Hit or Miss?
Check out the most recent trailer which looks awesome actually so I hope the movie is a big hit.