The movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' landmark Martian adventures, and directed by Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E," "Finding Nemo") scored better internationally, earning $70.6 million in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Critical response was tepid a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of 53 out of 100 on MetaCritic but audiences seemed to like it more, giving it a B+ in CinemaScore surveys.
Why did "John Carter" fail? A scathing exposé by New York magazine's Claude Brodesser-Akner finds that the movie was doomed from its first teaser trailer last summer. The trailer, pushed by Stanton himself over objections by Disney's marketing department, failed to show much action and left audiences cool to the charms of a hunky guy in a loincloth.
The state of Utah played host to the production of "John Carter," which spent $19.7 million in the Beehive State, according to Utah Film Commission figures.
That money's already spent, but Utah Film Commission director Marshall Moore said before the film's release that the state would lose out if the movie failed because there would be no sequels filmed here.
Utah's relationship with Disney goes on, though, with filming this summer in Moab of Disney's 2013 franchise film, "The Lone Ranger," starring Armie Hammer as the masked man and Johnny Depp as Tonto.