Do we care?
On Thursday, Andrew Stanton refuted claims that his upcoming sci-fi opus John Carter went over budget. Following an article by Kim Masters that ran in the Jan. issue of THR's print magazine as well as online which stated his film’s initial $175 million price tag ballooned to a rumored $300 million, Stanton told reporters that those reports were "a complete and utter lie."
Of course, Disney hasn't released a budget for the picture, so who knows if John Carter of Mars is "over" or "under?"
And in the scheme of things, it doesn't matter a rap anyway. Studios cook production books as a matter of course, all the freaking time. They did it on pictures I worked on. They did it a half century ago. They will do it a half century from now.
The only thing that really matters is if the movie that hits theaters on March 9 makes money or not. If it's a smash hit, overruns will hardly matter. If it's a flop, the fact that Mr. Stanton came in "on budget" won't stand him in good stead.
At the end of the day, it's about the moolah. And how much of it flows into corporate coffers.