The Indiana Jones film series released the fifth and supposedly final chapter of its decade-spanning adventure saga this weekend. Despite the fan hype, franchise love, and various marketing campaigns, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny reportedly had an underwhelming start at both the domestic and international box office.
Variety reports Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny as “stumbling” after generating $70 million internationally and $130 million globally. These numbers alone don’t seem like cause for that much alarm, but when considering the cost of the film, they definitely land a bigger blow.
After directing the previous four Indiana Jones movies, Steven Spielberg handed over the franchise to director James Mangold. Mangold’s Dial of Destiny cost nearly $300 million to make. Even with superstar Harrison Ford returning as the beloved Indiana Jones, current ticket sales and the box office projection predict the film will end up losing money overall.
Here’s how much the debut of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny made in various parts of the world:
- North America: $60 million
- United Kingdom: $8.9 million
- France: $5.9 million
- Japan: $4.7 million
- Korea: $4.1 million
- Germany: $4.1 million
As the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, Dial of Destiny finds Indy nearing retirement, struggling to belong in a world that seems to have moved on and left him behind. When an old Nazi nemesis returns and seeks to get his evil hands on a powerful, ancient artifact, Dr. Jones is called again to adventure.
Harrison Ford claims this truly is his last movie as Indiana Jones, and Karen Allen returns as Marion Ravenwood! Dial of Destiny also features Antonio Banderas, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Ethann Isidore, and more. Through Lucasfilm, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg acted as executive producers.
Unfortunately, this lackluster start marks Walt Disney Pictures’ first distribution of an Indiana Jones film.