‘Charlie’s Angels’ Bombs At Box Office; Actress Elizabeth Banks Blames Men
Here’s a shocker: Moviegoers don’t want to plunk down $15 to see yet another iteration of the really bad TV show from the 1970s, “Charlie’s Angels.”
“The action comedy majorly stalled in its global debut,” Variety reported. “The movie earned $19.3 million from 26 markets, along with $8.6 million at the domestic box office for a worldwide bounty of $26.1 million. The international box office will be key in recouping “Charlie’s Angels’” $48 million budget. So far, the film has seen the strongest showing in China with an uninspiring $7.7 million, along with Indonesia ($2.9 million), Australia ($1.3 million), Russia ($1 million) and the Philippines ($1 million).”
The movie was written and directed by actress Elizabeth Banks and stars hot Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart, along with Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the latest generation of Angels.
Even before the movie opened, Banks blamed men.
“Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money,” Banks told the Herald Sun. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”
“You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining!” Banks said. “I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years — I feel totally fine with that.”
Action movie fans, though, said the movie was just bad.
“Elizabeth Banks says Charlie’s Angels flopped because men don’t go see women do action movies. *stares in Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel box office returns* Bad movie is bad, that’s why the movie flopped,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.
Elizabeth Banks says Charlie’s Angels flopped because men don’t go see women do action movies.
*stares in Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel box office returns*
Bad movie is bad, that’s why the movie flopped.
— Creative Nickname (@ChakoPolako) November 18, 2019
Critics also didn’t much like the film, which gets a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“If we’ve got to have mediocre studio blockbusters, might as well bring a little diversity to the roster of people making them. But we’d all be much better off if feminism just got a new talent agent and started taking more worthy jobs,” wrote one top critic.
“Banks has tried to give the tired old property a different spin, but in the end the movie is just typical action fare, and the gender of the heroes isn’t enough to save it,” wrote another.