“Charlie’s Angels” had a budget of $48 million before marketing costs and on opening weekend the movie took in $8.6 million and made only $19.3 million globally. The racing film “Ford v Ferarri” topped the box office at $31 million opening night and the war film “Midway” came in second with $8.75 million.
The first “Charlie’s Angels” film, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, made $40 million on opening weekend back in 2000, says Box Office Mojo.
Filmmaker and actress Elizabeth Banks is already blaming men and sexism for its inevitable failure. Banks wrote, directed, and starred in the film.
“Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money,” Banks told the Herald Sun, reported IndieWire. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”
The statement doesn’t make sense on its face because the previous franchise installments performed well at the box office. Female dominated movies like “Wonder Woman” did well at the box office and hauled in $821 million worldwide.
Banks countered this point by saying that men will go see female-centric action films if they are comic book movies.
Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 18, 2019
“They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre,” the filmmaker said to the Sun. “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.’”
“By the way, I’m happy for those characters to have box office success, but we need more women’s voices supported with money because that’s the power. The power is in the money,” Banks added.
Banks defended the reboot, when interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, saying,“You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining! I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years—I feel totally fine with that.”
Banks was featured in both Spider Man and Spider Man 3.
IndieWire asked the actress about “trolls” attacking the movie online and giving it negative reviews.
“‘Charlie’s Angels’ has always been about women, and the DNA of it is about women working together on this team,” she stated. “We are not treading in a male space. I think that’s one of the big differences between these two things. I don’t know, I’m less concerned about that. Of course, those trolls are horrifying, but you know, I challenge them to get up and make a f***ing movie action movie. I welcome any of them into my realm.”