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Kevin Costner’s $100 Million ‘Horizon’ Movie Tracks for a Worrying $12 Million

The box office prospects for one of the biggest swings of the summer have appeared on the horizon.

Kevin Costner’s big budget Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter One hit tracking on Tuesday, with one major service pegging its domestic opening at $12 million, which it was. That’s not great news for Costner and those backing the independently financed Western, considering it cost $100 million to bring to market and is quickly followed by Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 2 on August 6.

Warner Bros. is handling the film only domestically and has three weeks left to make a big marketing push, including helping Costner rally Yellowstone fans. Insiders say Costner believes tracking doesn’t appeal to his fan base, which largely lives in the center of the country.

Paramount’s prequel A quiet place: day one also came up on tracking on Thursday and seems easily deterred Horizon and tops the list with a decent $40 million. One caveat for both films: tracking has been down lately, creating additional anxiety for an already troubled box office.

The Horizon film is one of the biggest gambles of the year and is a passion project for the actor who poured $38 million of his own fortune into the project to pursue his own vision of the West. Much of the budget was financed through foreign sales, where rights are sold territory by territory.

Horizon Chapter 2 arrives less than two months later Chapter 1, and Costner has two more films planned. He has started filming Chapter 3but needs more money to complete his vision.

“I don’t want this pile of things that I have – whether it’s money, whether it’s (possessions) – to be so important to me that I can’t think about what I want to do,” Costner said. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg in Cannes, explaining why he put his own money into the film. ‘I’m going to keep enough things so that my family can live well. … I would like to have money, I would like to have nice things, but I thought to myself, ‘That’s going to control me if I let it.’”

A quiet place: day onethe first spin-off of the John Krasinski franchise, it is set during the first day of an invasion of alien monsters who are blind but follow every sound – and kill whatever they find.

Lupita Nyong’o stars in the feature film of Pig director Michael Sarnoski. A quiet place became a surprise hit in 2018 and catapulted Krasinski to A-list director status. It opened to $50 million on its way to $340.9 million worldwide, while the 2021 sequel took in $297.372 million despite pandemic challenges. He produces and earned a story with screenplay credit.