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Updated: Oct 29, 2012 11:55 AM EDT

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Based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” consists of six intertwined stories that take the audience from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future.
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"Cloud Atlas" is deemed as a major disappointment.

The highly anticipated movie (or so we thought) is being called a "flop" because it only earned an estimated $9.5 million this weekend across 2,008 screens, which makes it number three. It had a $100 million budget and Warner Bros. was banking on box office success.

"Argo" pushed to the number one spot after three weeks in the theaters. It bought it $12.4 million for the weekend, for a total of $60.7 million since debut, according to the Huffington Post.

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Taking the number two spot is "Hotel Transylvania," which made $9.5 million in its fifth week. The movie now earned $130.4 million, which is record-breaking for Sony in animation movies.

"Cloud Atlas" starred well-known stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tywker, the directors from "The Matrix", did the film adaption for the "unfilmable book," deemed that by "Cloud Atlas" author David Mitchell.

According to Alt Film Guide, "Cloud Atlas" was one of Hanks; worst opening-weekend box office performances since the beginning of his movie career in the early 80's. The almost three-hour movie didn't do it for critics, as the website reported that the movie has a mediocre 40 percent approval rating and six out of 10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics.

A Yahoo! review by Frederico S. called "Cloud Atlas" a "Cloud Flop."

"At almost three hours it is a torture to watch it is boring too many stories criss cross and unless you pay attention and concentrate you will lose the plot," the writer said. "Poor Tom Hanks this is not the movie to resurrect his fading A-list status after two flops in a row and his last biggest hit was Angels and Demons. Haley Berry had also had some flops to her name as well and this movie will be part of that list. Too many plots Too many characters Too much time all add up to one big snooze."

Mitchells' novel got the complete opposite responses. On reviews from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads, the book mainly got four and five stars.  

"[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel's every page."-The New York Times Book Review

"One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is-and should be-read by any student of contemporary literature."-Dave Eggers
 
"Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative."-People

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