Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy
This sprawling 3D adaptation of A Princess of Mars has all the makings of a monumental folly. It was absurdly expensive (rumours suggest upwards of Dhs900 million), stars no one you’ve ever heard of (the voice cast notwithstanding), is based on a property very few outside the geek community are familiar with, has a wildly convoluted storyline packed with silly names and outlandish locations, and is saddled with one of the least exciting titles in recent memory.
Now, maybe there are legions of multiplex-goers to whom the words ‘Sab Than, Prince of Zodanga’ sound like a sure-fire bet – but it’s unlikely. And this is merely the tip of a hefty iceberg: chuck in some four-armed Tharks, some eight-legged Thoats and Mark Strong as an evil spirit and you’ve got an unholy mess. Luckily, thanks to some stunning visual design, a sense of wry humour and Wall-E director Andrew Stanton’s knack with an action setpiece, it’s a very entertaining, unusual and loveable mess. John Carter could be Dune for the 21st century – or it could be the next Avatar. Only time will tell. Tom Huddleston
Weekly box office: Dhs1,866,972
Weekly admissions: 41,192
Total box office: Dhs6,247,480
Total admissions: 134,798