Whatever the reason: it probably beats going to a cinema that might or might not have a shoddy screen with bored people working there and expensive food. I personally have to drive 3.5 hours to get to a cinema that I think is a fantastic place to go (yes, it’s true, it can still happen), so that should tell you something.
So even though I saw the trailer for Lost and thought it looked amusing enough…it didn’t look $10 amusing. So we stayed away. And I’m sure many others followed suit.
Doc’s point is that they took a film that should appeal to people in their 40s (he said that, I’m only moderately offended) but pitched it to the audience like you would for somebody in their 20s. The result, I think, is that the nostalgia factor is gone (because they’ve just, it seems, kept the name and the most basic of premises) and so the older audience will wait–and then the younger audience doesn’t remember the show anyway and just figures they can wait too. And it looks like Will Ferrell vs. dinosaurs, which probably isn’t as exciting to them as Ferrell vs. John C. Reilly. The liminal void between is where the movie fell on its face.
Personally, I don’t know why they didn’t keep the original format. Ferrell could have played Will Ferrell and you could have had two younger actors to play the children, making it more of a family film with a broader appeal than the level of humor they were striving for. But nobody asks me these things, so whatever.
Will the film end up making its money back? I’m sure it will. Between DVD releases and re-releases and iTunes and On Demand and network sales and foreign sales and world without end chunky peanut butter hallelujah, I think it’ll be okay. But it certainly wasn’t the tentpole they were betting on. Because they didn’t understand the audience and they didn’t serve up a can’t-miss type of movie.
But Hollywood will interpret your lack of interest in this film as a sign that “TV to movie remakes are dead.” See if they don’t.