“Ghost in the Shell” strikes me as one of those films whereby an executive thinks he understands the market, grabs some IP and slaps in an actress who is hot – or so the executive thinks – and then believes Box Office magic will result. Delusional thinking in today’s studios is rampant. The pop culture shifts so rapidly. And “Ghost in the Shell” is like a manga niche. I know what manga is, have read some books – but it’s not my major interest.
After vanishing in its opening weekend at the domestic box office to $18.6 million, film finance sources tell Deadline that Paramount/DreamWorks-Reliance’s Ghost In The Shell stands to lose at least $60M, and that’s based off a global B.O. projection of $200M ($50M domestic, $150M international) and combined P&A/production costs of $250M. Some sources even assert that the production cost for Ghost is far north of $110M and more in the $180M range — if that’s the case, Ghost is bleeding in excess of $100M.
The film suffers from a number of problems and Deadline.com deftly analyzes them in this article.