How Much Money The Ghost in the Shell Movie Is Expected To Lose

Ever since the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell was announced, it has always been marked with controversy. Apart from the usual expectations of the movie not living up to the original anime, the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the main character has been a huge debate that may have cost its earnings at the Box Office.

According to a new report from Deadline, Paramount Pictures is expected to take a sizeable loss of $60 million on Ghost in the Shell. The budget for the film is estimated to be $110 million with more added in when you factor in marketing and advertising costs.

As of time of writing, the film has only collected a worldwide Box Office total of $73.7 million. Since movie studios have to split profits with cinema/theater chains, Paramount Pictures and all of the other companies involved with its production are unlikely going to get their money back on the movie.

It's ironic that Scarlett Johansson was cast as The Major in the movie since she was put in the film in the first place because she's a recognizable name. Casting a white actress in a Japanese woman's role has backfired as the whitewashing controversy may have been the film's ultimate downfall. Not to mention both fans and critics have not been kind to the film as well. Some have praised the movie's visuals, but the story was mostly criticized among other things.

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It will be interesting to see how Hollywood executives in the future handle other live action anime adaptations. There are talks that an Akira movie is in the works. The people responsible for that movie better make sure it's as faithful to the original anime as possible or else it might suffer the same fate as Ghost in the Shell.

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