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2017's first big flop? How Paramount's 'Monster Trucks' went awry

2017's first big flop? How Paramount's 'Monster Trucks' went awry

Paramount Pictures originally conceived its new movie “Monster Trucks” as fuel for its upstart animation business. But instead, the long-delayed big-budget picture is poised to become the first major box-office wreck of 2017.

The live action-computer animation hybrid, about a teenage boy who befriends a tentacled, gas-guzzling monster in his truck, is on track to gross $8 million to $10 million during its first four days in theaters this weekend — an abysmal result for a movie that cost $125 million to make. 

Troubling signs have been apparent for months. The first trailer for “Monster Trucks” released in June became the butt of 

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