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It’s hard to feel bad for Disney. They own Marvel Studios, with “Iron Man 3” becoming one of the top grossing films of all time. They own Pixar and “Monsters University” earned more than $400 million worldwide so far. Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” earned nearly $500 million worldwide. And yet for all its success, the last two years it’s now home to two of the biggest bombs in recent memory. Last year, it was of course “John Carter”. From Pixar darling Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch, the film lost $200 million. First, the good news for Disney. “The Lone Ranger” starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, isn’t expected to lose that much. The bad news? It could cost the studio $150 million if current box office projections hold. Makes you wonder if Disney will sever ties with Jerry Bruckheimer. He did bring the studio “Pirates of the Caribbean”, but also “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”.

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Albert Brooks, who was most recently seen in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40” and, a little longer ago, “Drive” with Ryan Gosling, is set to return to a famous character in a big sequel. That would be as Marlin in “Finding Nemo 2”. Scheduled for a 2016 release, Andrew Stanton returns to co-write and direct the film. Reports are also that Ellen DeGeneres is set to return as Dory.

What I will say is this. I’m still not sold on a “Finding Nemo 2”. The “Toy Story” sequels were an anomaly. I’m excited, but still worried about “Monsters University”. And lest we forget “Cars 2”. Especially after “John Carter”, I get the feeling Disney/Pixar told Stanton that you owe us one.

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Director Andrew Stanton and Pixar will be hard at working with “Finding Nemo 2”, a sequel to the 2003 smash hit that grossed more than $860 million worldwide. Now, Ellen DeGeneres is in talks to return as Dory. It makes me wonder if Stanton is doing this for Disney/Pixar because of “John Carter”. I mean, there were no serious talks about a sequel until after that film. I enjoyed “Finding Nemo” but am skeptical that a sequel could uphold the quality. Let’s remember, the “Toy Story” sequels are the exception to the rule, not the norm. Anyone remember “Cars 2”?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Andrew Stanton is returning to direct a sequel to Pixar’s hit film “Finding Nemo”. Released back in 2003, it made more than $300 million and continues to be one of the studio’s most popular films. Pixar was against sequels aside from “Toy Story 2” for a long time. But, since then they’ve made “Toy Story 3”, “Cars 2” and the upcoming “Monsters University”. Looks like Pixar is going back to the well again. It may be a while until we see it, however, as after “Monsters University” will be “The Good Dinosaur” in 2014, an untitled project in 2015 and a Dia de los Muertos themed film without a release date yet.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

After the surprising huge opening of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”, the second weekend in March sees “John Carter”, “Silent House” and “A Thousand Words”. Which one will take the top spot of the new movies?

“John Carter” based on the classic novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs has all the makings of a blockbuster. Aliens, special effects, action, good looking actors and the potential to start a franchise. The novels helped inspire everything from “Star Wars” to “Avatar”. And yet, the film, which stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Willem Dafoe, Thomas Hayden Church and Lynn Collins, doesn’t have much buzz around it. Despite being directed by Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) I just don’t sense that people are excited for this film (I am, for the record). That being said, with mixed reviews, its unlikely to build any quick buzz outside of guys looking for an action flick.

Opening weekend: $38-40 million.

Total box office gross: $110-115 million.

“Silent House”, which stars Elizabeth Olsen is looking to continue the trend of movies opening well without big name stars in it. However, its got a moderate theater count and the reviews have been mixed as well (At the time of this writing, its score on Rotten Tomatoes is the same as “John Carter’s”). Horror films can do well without any star power (See “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity’s” box office grosses) and horror fans will check this out. But, I doubt anyone else will rush out to see it.

Opening weekend: $12-14 million.

Total: $35-40 million.

“A Thousand Words” stars Eddie Murphy. That is all you should need to hear. Since “Dream Girls” and “Norbit”, Murphy has starred in such films as “Imagine That” and “Meet Dave”. Yes, those movies were actually released.

Opening weekend: $4-6 million.

Total: $12-17 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.