Could the Young Adult craze be slowly dying off?
That could be the case with the disappointing box office numbers for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The film made less than $30 million domestically, which is less than half of the film’s budget. The underwhelming box office gross has now prompted Constantin Film AG to delay production on the sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, according to Screen Crush.
The delay casts doubt on the possibility of the sequel ever getting made, despite the recent casting of mult-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver in the follow-up. However, the franchise might be saved by international gross. Though the film has grossed less than $10 million overseas, it hasn’t been released everywhere worldwide. Thus, if the film can recoup its investment in overseas numbers — in addition to the home video market once the movie is released on DVD, Blu-ray and Video OnDemand — the franchise might actually have a future.