A comedy film directed by Elizabeth Banks was unsuccessful in cracking 9 million dollars at the box office during the initial weekend. Box office tracking the film’s opening at an already-dissatisfying 10 million dollars, however, the final total was way more disappointing as it came way below that low mark. Tom Brueggemann, box office expert of IndieWire stated that according to his prediction, the film is a tremendous loss for Sony this season.
Before the disastrous opening weekend of the movie, in an interview that Banks gave to the Herald Sun, she threw the title of ‘sexist’ to a potential box office bomb. The filmmaker has written, as well as, produced “Charlie’s Angels”. She said that people have to purchase tickets for this movie too. This movie must be making money and if it does not, it implies and supports a stereotype in Hollywood that women doing action movies aren’t seen by men.
This critique was quickly pointed out by a few moviegoers on social media that the “Charlie’s Angels” bombing does not exactly verify men will not be going to pay in order to an action movie that is driven by women. At the beginning of this year, 426 million dollars were grossed by the Brie Larson-starring ‘Captain Marvel’ in the United States and more than 1.1 billion dollars at the global box office. “Wonder Women” also successfully ended its last with 821 million dollars across the world. However, it has been stated by Banks that these female-fronted comic book films have still a close association with a large male genre.
She said that men will visit and see a comic book movie with Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman as it is a male genre. So, even though those movies revolve around women…We are setting up 3 other characters or you can say that we are setting up ‘Justice League.’”