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The movie John Carter, is based on the Barsoom novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs - in particular A Princess of Mars. Burroughs began working on the novel in 1911 and at that time, current scientific theories about Mars were very different from what we know today. Wikipedia gives credit for much of the scientific background to the book Mars by the astronomer ...


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It was considered a flop because it was supposed to be a bigger hit and a tent-pole to a new franchise. The production budget, like you opined, does not always cover advertising and distribution. When you spend $250 million, you expect your Domestic Total Gross to be well over $73 million. That is a flop. Even with world-wide BO it only made a small profit ...



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