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How Much Does John Carter Need to Make to Get a Sequel?

Director Andrew Stanton — the Scheherazade of Pixar, as his New Yorker profile calls him — wants to make John Carter (formerly known as John Carter of Mars) a trilogy, but Disney's only going to go for that if this first film is a success. A huge, huge success, apparently: According to a long, psyche-probing article, "John Carter ... will have to earn about $700 million to justify a sequel." That would put it among the 50 highest-grossing films of all-time, above Wall-E and Iron Man and around the moneymaking machinery of the first Transformers. Taylor Kitsch in a loincloth has its appeal and all, but jeez Louise. [NYer]