New Indiana Jones Movie Headed For Box Office Disaster?

Twitter users share photos of empty theaters for the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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As the world prepares to go on one more adventure with Harrison Ford’s bullwhip-carrying action hero in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, some folks think that Disney should brace for a bumpy ride at the box office. According to a handful of Twitter users, the first showings of the film aren’t quite the “stampede” that they were expecting, with many sharing images of what their very empty theater-going experience looked like. 

While you would think that an early IMAX showing of one of the most highly anticipated titles of the summer – if not the year – would draw in large numbers, that apparently couldn’t be further from the case as these pictures prove that not everyone is as excited about the fifth Indiana Jones movie as the studio thought they would be.

While the dedicated fandom is excited to see what’s in store for the titular archeologist on his final adventure, the empty seats around them are creating a relaxing and spread-out vibe – which is great for those in attendance but not so terrific for the box office numbers.

Even in smaller theaters, Twitter users are sharing posts that see other attendees with their feet up on the vacant seat in front of them while one or two other people stretch their legs before finding the spot of their choice.

While many of the shots show those in them with smiles on their faces, Disney won’t be cheery for very long if more people don’t turn up during the opening weekend for Indiana Jones 5.

On the other hand, there’s a possibility that these people just showed up to the cinema to take their photos early with other tweets showing that the theaters are at least half full.

Still, no one has yet shared an image of an entirely packed theater, something that will hopefully happen over the weekend as audiences have more time on their hands to join Indiana Jones on another Nazi-punching adventure.

Should Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hit a snag at the box office it would be in good company as Warner Bros. Discovery’s latest film from the DCEU, The Flash, is also not playing up to its projections. While it’s creeping toward beating out its production cost, there’s still a chance that the Ezra Miller-led film could be a box office blunder with the audience turnout being much lower than the studio anticipated.

Other films, including the money-making Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts seem to be holding steady, continuing to rake in cash even weeks after their release.

According to Variety, the film is only expected to take in $65 million during premiere week. Considering the film’s nearly $300 million budget, this spells disaster for Disney.

It’s been 15 years since Indiana Jones was in theaters with the widely panned 2008 film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Now, Indy is back in what Harrison Ford has said to be the final film of the franchise.

With an ensemble cast that includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and more, the James Mangold-helmed feature will be counting on its fan base to show up during its opening weekend to turn its luck around.