By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Hollywood’s latest obsession with turning young adult (YA) novels into movies may have finally backfired. With movies like Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games setting the bar for success, the measly $6 million earned by The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on opening day has been deemed a catastrophic failure. Not to mention, the reviews are coming in and they all seem disappointed with the storyline, the actors, and the director.
The multi-book series focuses on fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, whose search for her missing mother leads her to a city called Downworld. In the city she encounters mysterious faeries, pseudo-vampires, an army of werewolves, and demons who want to destroy it at all. If the introduction of fictional monsters don’t grab your attention, then the romance of the story will probably have you sold. Clary finds herself torn between her best friend Simon, and Jace, the new boy who is willing to help her find her mother.
Now, all these elements sound like the perfect book to read away on a lazy Sunday, but is it enough to turn into a best-selling movie? The answer to that is no. City of Bones is expected to earn a total of $12 million at the end of the week and will most likely stop at $18 million for the official box office report. However, despite the massive failure, Hollywood isn’t letting this hold them back on the search for the “new” Harry Potter. They have 3 other novels in the works of becoming a movie that they assure you will bring fantasy to the next level.
We haven’t seen the movie yet, but expect a review to come at you this Saturday. We’ll tell you if it’s worth breaking the piggy bank for, or ignoring!
Featured image and video courtesy of Sony Pictures.