Was Annihilation too brainy for the box office?

  • Annihilation, director Alex Garland's follow-up to Ex Machina, was released worldwide on Netflix today, almost three weeks after the start of its theatre run in the United States

  • The film was never intended to go directly to Netflix, but Paramount decided to dump it there internationally when test screenings indicated that mainstream audiences found it too cold and complex

  • Garland refused to make suggested changes to the final act of the film, and after the box office failure of Paramount's last challenging release, Darron Aronofsky's Mother!, the studio was unwilling to take a similar risk with Annihilation

  • This choice has disappointed movie fans, as Paramount has basically given the straight-to-video treatment to a $40 million dollar sci-fi spectacle due to its thought-provoking plot and female-fronted cast


Have you watched Annihilation yet, ONTD?