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Disney Confirmed How Much Money It Lost On Indiana Jones 5 – And It's A Lot

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The failure of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” at the box office was sort of unprecedented. The franchise, which debuted with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, has always been a consistent moneymaker for Lucasfilm, which was purchased by Disney back in 2012. The first flick in the “Indy” saga made over $365 million — that’s more than $1.2 billion when adjusted for inflation. The franchise made massive gains in 2008 when the long-awaited “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” hit multiplexes. The fourth film was largely maligned by critics and audiences but still managed to nab over $786 million worldwide. 

Without the box office total of “Dial of Destiny,” the franchise has made $1.9 billion. Based purely on previous box office receipts, it makes sense why Disney decided to move forward with the long-talked-about sequel, even if it featured a now 80-year-old Harrison Ford. Unfortunately, audiences just didn’t care for the film (it had a disastrous 55% drop in its second weekend), probably because it felt like a routine legacy sequel/lazy cash grab. 

Based on the receipts, it seems like Indy’s story has come to an end — at least until Disney decides to reboot the whole thing. While “Dial of Destiny” was supposed to be the film to round out Jones’ legacy as a cinematic icon, it’ll now be remembered for being one of the 2023 box office flops that changed Hollywood forever.