31 March 2013 12:06 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Early estimates point to a quite underwhelming box-office debut for the latest movie adapation of a Meyer novel: Really, nobody was predicting that The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed film version of Stephenie Meyer's sci-fi book about parasitical aliens would reach the North American gross of the initial Twilight movie (2008), also based on a bestseller written by Meyer. And certainly no one was expecting that Niccol's film would get even remotely near the success of Gary Ross' sci-fier / adventure drama The Hunger Games, which, like Twilight and The Host, was based on a popular book for young adults, featuring a heroine (Jennifer Lawrence) and two men in her life (Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson). (Pictured above: 2007 Best Supporting Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan in The Host.) In fact, The Host would have boasted a fantastic debut were it to earn as much as half of the $69.63 million (not factoring »

- Zac Gille

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