Conan the Barbarian did not have a great opening weekend at the box office. And by “not great” we mean it brought in little more than $10 million and barely beat the fourth week of The Smurfs. It totally tanked. To add insult to injury, it’s also being sued.
Screenwriter Sean Hood, who helped doctor the Conan script (obviously not well enough), writes on Quora about what it’s like to pen a bomb. He likens the experience to losing–badly–in a political election.
By about 9 PM its clear when your “candidate” has lost by a startlingly wide margin, more than you or even the most pessimistic political observers could have predicted. With a movie its much the same: trade magazines like Variety and Hollywood Reporter call the weekend winners and losers based on projections. That’s when the reality of the loss sinks in, and you don’t sleep the rest of the night.