The Host a science fiction teen film based off the novel by Stephenie Meyer has missed its mark at the box office bringing in just over $10million. Released this past easter weekend it failed to find an audience landing in the #6 spot in North American theaters just behind Tyler Perry's Temptation according to RENTRAK.
Stephenie Meyers who wrote The Host is of course the author behind the Twilight books so it is no surprise that studios were happy to adapt her new book into a movie and see if they could get the money making genie out of the bottle again.
Frankly I am not a good person to judge the merits of The Host since I am clearly not its demographic. The Host from the start was an attempt in my eyes to capitalize on the success of Twilight and The Hunger Games as studios quickly snap up popular teen books to turn into movies. Frankly who can blame them?
The Twiight Series of movies brought in over 1 BILLION at the box office with a cast of relative unknowns in Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart who are now household names. The Hunger Games is well on track as well with the first film bringing in over $400million again launching the career of lesser known but incredibly talented Jennifer Lawrence.
Worth noting you couldnt pay me to see TWILIGHT but Hunger Games was actually a reasonable movie with a solid concept very reminiscent of the asian horror film Battle Royale.
Next to turning MARVEL comic books into movies it seems that teen novels are the new guaranteed cash cow. Well that and remaking horror classics that piss off die hard horror fans and make studios pockets even deeper.
Did you see The Host? Did you read the books? Educate us on what you think of the new trend of turning teen novels into feature films.
The host was directed by Andrew Niccol and stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, and Jake Abel.