The new “Charlie’s Angels” reboot has been out for almost a week. Passing by their opening weekend, that’s supposed to be their biggest money-making period. But recent reports coming out from the theaters suggest that the film is bombing.
According to Box Office Mojo, the Elizabeth Banks-flick only managed rack up a disappointing $27.9 million globally over the weekend and only $8.6 million in the US. Meaning that the film that had a $48 million production was a major box office flop. Resulting in the director giving a very controversial statement regarding the film’s flop.
In speaking to Australian Newspaper Herald Sun, the 45-year-old blamed male audiences for not seeing the film. She stated that they’re not likely to see female-led action movies and only interested in comic book movies because it is a “male genre”.
“They’ll go and see a comic book movie with ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ because that’s a male genre,” she said. “So even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a ‘Wonder Woman’ movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up ‘Justice League’,” she continued.
She would later add that, “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”
It was these kind of comments that managed to rub audiences the wrong way. Leading many to take to Twitter to criticise the director for shifting the blame on sexism instead of the film’s quality and marketing.
Here are some of the Tweets:
Elizabeth Banks does know that women didn't want to see her Charlie's Angels movie either, right? I get it, Hollywood and the world really, is frustrating and sexist as heck but she should just face facts. As tough as it is, her movie just didn't look appealing to people.
— ZAK (@Zakiyyah6) November 18, 2019
I’m literally the target audience for this film. The “Charlie’s Angels” theme was my first ringtone in high school and I grew up doing marital arts. I didn’t want to see this movie because the trailers just showed women being angry and men being dumb. Bored of that narrative. https://t.co/Yjo4CSaLPrADVERTISEMENT
— Brittany Martinez (@BritMartinez) November 18, 2019
I understand your frustration, @ElizabethBanks, but "superhero" is NOT a "male genre" — and by saying so, you're undercutting the thousands upon thousands of women and girls who write, draw, read, direct, produce, create, and consume the material.
— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) November 19, 2019
While many disagreed with her statements. There are still quite a fair number of people that spoke out in defence of the “Pitch Perfect” star, agreeing to the American actress’ controversial opinions.
Here are some examples:
elizabeth banks did not lie but no one is ready or will ever be ready for that conversation https://t.co/PM13JxK6Wn
— shaira saw charlie's angels (@charliesanqels) November 18, 2019
How are y'all saying y'all tired of Hollywood remakes but two the biggest films of this year are remakes. Elizabeth Banks is right, y'all not ready for that discussion.
— lunga (@Iuxxaeterna) November 18, 2019
🤡 twisting Liz Banks words by mentioning WonderWoman&CaptainMarvel as successful female lead action films are dumb, both of these films from either DC or Marvel which are destined to make BILLIONS bc of the same fanboys who claimed Charlie’sAngels is bad without even seeing it pic.twitter.com/bh831YBRg8
— Seb's🎼 (@Castelnuovos) November 18, 2019
So what do you think, does Elizabeth Banks has a point or is she just searching for something to blame? Feel free to let us know about your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Huff Post.