Will the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequels be scrapped?

A disappointing opening weekend at the box office jeopardizes the future of David Fincher's Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy

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(Image credit: Facebook/The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

The Hollywood remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo seemed to have all the trappings of a surefire hit. The book it's based on — the first installment of Stieg Larsson's massively popular Millennium trilogy — sold more than 17 million copies in the U.S., and already proved cinematically successful with 2009's well-received Swedish adaptation. Fincher is an Oscar-nominated director, and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, is the American movie's star. Plus, there were rave reviews, loads of advance hype, and a starmaking turn from Rooney Mara as the punkish private investigator Lisbeth Salander. Yet thus far, the film has been a box office flop. It opened last weekend with just $13 million (compared to its $90 million budget), finishing in fourth place. What happened? Perhaps it was the glut of releases to compete with, the long running time, or the film's extremely dark material — as Lisbeth helps a reporter (played by Craig) solve a harrowing murder case, she herself is brutally assaulted. But now, the disappointing box office puts the planned sequels to Dragon Tattoo, based on Larsson's The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, in jeopardy. Will they be scrapped?

It's not looking good: After the film's dismal opening in the U.S., the future of the franchise depends on how well it plays overseas, box-office analyst Jeff Bock tells MTV News. But international success is hardly a sure thing. The Swedish version of Dragon Tattoo is barely two years old, and was a massive success around the world, grossing nearly $100 million. "Do overseas audiences really want to see the Hollywood version after the original is so fresh in their minds and was equally well-received?"

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