Stop in the name of poor box office

Stop in the name of poor box office

There's a cloud hanging over the next instalment of the Mortal Instruments series.

The sequel, City Of Ashes, was set to begin production next week for release next year, but the poor box-office performance of The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, has put the brakes on the train.

Starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, City Of Bones has proven to be a commercial disappointment, having grossed US$58 million (S$74 million) worldwide since it opened last month, which falls behind the reported production budget of US$60 million.

And that's without taking prints and advertising into account.

Executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin, the German film production and film distribution company that produced the first film, said: "Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production was a decision we did not take lightly.

"But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place.

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