Elizabeth Banks Unleashes Blame For Charlie’s Angels Bombing


The heroes of Sony Pictures’ Charlie’s Angels
reboot may have taken down the bad guys, but the Elizabeth Banks-directed movie failed
to take down the box office. Now, an interview with Banks, who wrote, produced,
directed, and starred in the new Charlie’s Angels movie, reveals where she thinks the
blame rests. “My name is Bosley, and I’m gonna kick your
ass!” Speaking with The Herald Sun before the film’s
November 15th release, Banks blamed at least part of her film’s potential, and then eventual,
box office failure on a mix of a growing streaming culture and the sexism that exists both among
audiences and those in the film industry. For Banks, battling the hurdle of, in her
words, “getting people off their couches to pay a babysitter, buy dinner, buy popcorn”
is tough but necessary to advance women in film. She added, “Look, people have to buy tickets to this
movie, too. This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money, it reinforces
a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.” Banks went even further by pointing more specifically
to the performance of female-led superhero franchises like DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s
Captain Marvel as proof of a gender gap she says exists in films and within specific genres. As she sees it, men will naturally show up
more for comic book movies starring women than they wouldl for female-led films like
the Charlie’s Angels reboot because the former are still within a male-focused genre. Banks stated, “They’ll go and see a comic book movie with
Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre. 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.” Wonder Woman ultimately proved itself to be
a worthy watch for both male and female viewers, earning $821 million worldwide at the box
office when it debuted in June 2017. Meanwhile, Captain Marvel left her mark by
becoming the eighth Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and first female-led film in the MCU’s
11-year history to earn more than $1 billion at the box office. The Charlie’s Angels director and actress
did take the time to clarify her statement, noting, “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.” The Sony action-comedy cost somewhere between
$48 million and $55 million to make, but made only $27.9 million worldwide during its opening
weekend. Domestically, it earned an abysmal $8.6 million,
lower than the studio’s conservative box office estimations, which predicted around $10 million
in first-weekend stateside earnings. In a separate interview with The Wall Street
Journal, Banks somewhat piggy-backed off her superhero statements to The Herald Sun by
going for another significant, but this time, male-led, Marvel franchise. She pointed out, “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.” Still, as Banks chalks her film’s poor performance
up to gender disparities, other industry experts are turning to a different issue, one that
might mean more problems ahead for studios with long-standing, big-budget franchises. Charlie’s Angels is just one of several reboots
and franchise extensions that have delivered way below box office expectations recently. Terminator: Dark Fate suffered an insane failure
during its opening weekend earlier in November. Films like Hellboy, Men in Black: International,
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters are also among the biggest box
office flops of 2019. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the
flop of Charlie’s Angels may be a combination of franchise fatigue and overblown financial
expectations. If it’s any consolation, Banks was able to
make a film that had women leading it both in front of and behind the camera, and that’s
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77 thoughts on “Elizabeth Banks Unleashes Blame For Charlie’s Angels Bombing

  1. Elizabeth Banks: "Charlie's Angel's failed because straight white men don't like female led action franchises"

    Underworld & Resident Evil: "Are we jokes to you?"

  2. It's true. Men don't go and see movies like Alien, Aliens, Kill Bill 1&2, Wanted, Lucy, Panic Room. That's why all those female led films failed, right?

  3. Hollywood needs to figure out how it’s gonna do business from here in in…. because movies are often box office failures and become respected in time… instant financial success =classic is not how it works and never really was…Alien, The Shining and lots of others flopped at first.

  4. so action movies aren't a "male genre"? yes this a sound conclusion clearly drawn from an intelligent person i agree

  5. It bombed because of shit advertising and abandoning what made the franchise of Charlie’s angels what it was.
    Focused female leads
    Glorious fashion
    Campy tone.

  6. So ok, let's say 50% the population who are men didn't go see the movie because they're mysogyne (but i don't think that the cause)… Why the other 50% of population who are woman didn't go see this movie if it speak to them?

    No, it's simple 99% of the population didn't go because it look horrible.

  7. Well, now that I know Elizabeth Banks is on the Trump impeachment train, and advocates murdering babies as "choice" rather than using birth control as "choice", I'll be sure to not watch anything that she is in any way associated with.

  8. Tomb Raider, any action movie with Milla Jovovich, Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angels 2000, etc did great and audiences came out. Star Wars with female hero’s like Leia, Rey and Jyn playing equally aside male hero’s played very well. Men like movies with female hero’s if it is good. Charlie’s Angels 2019 was basically marketed only to women and women didn’t go and watch it either. More women have seen Terminator Dark Fate, which was also a bomb, but at least marketed to both women and men. That should tell you something.

  9. Yeah i dont think women or men went to see the film based on trailers that wer edited like pop videos targeting young teens, what does banks expect!…plus a film remake of a film that came out like 20 yrs ago, maybe if she made an original female led thriller and with 2 actresses that are actual household names and not with Kristen whom is a great actress and an actor that i personally love but hasn't made a big budget film since Twilight…maybe Banks wudnt need to lower herself to male bashing..my luv for her as an actress/Director has vanished…shame on you Elizabeth!! And FYI miss banks female led action movies have done well for many years now in movies and tv..

  10. Dear Elizabeth Banks, this is a truly dreadful film. Gender disparities have nothing to do with it. Do not insult your audience by simplifying the fact. The failure of this film is due to your own incompetence and arrogance.

  11. Sighs…… Alien, Terminator 2, Kill Bill 1 & 2
    SALT, LA Femme Nikita, Underworld FRANCHISE, RESIDENT EVIL FRANCHISE, HAYWIRE, HANNA, ANNA, COLOMBIANA, Fifth Element, Peppermint, THE Villainess, UNLOCKED, TOMB RAIDER. All amazing female action movies.

  12. No one wanted THIS remake. And, look at the leads… Besides Kristen, no one is excited about the other 2. The older cast had 3 acts EVERYONE KNEW

  13. Look. You made a movie for women. You didn't make it for "old white men". So we didn't go see it. Now it's our fault that it sucks, AND didn't do well? Hey I thought we were doing our part by staying away from it. You're strong independent women. You don't need us. lol

  14. Dear Eve,
    I’ll keep it short and sweet.
    Quit overselling the “girl power” stuff and get rid of the chip on your shoulder. It’s bleeding itself into the work.

    Signed with love,
    Adam
    xo

  15. Just search Jacksfilms Apple Watch Parody. The lines he says at the end sums up this movie

    “You didn’t really ask for it…so here you go.”

  16. Funny how The Descent had an all female cast of women doing action and it was a huge critical success and became a cult classic. Men around the world love that movie and it couldn't have been more abt girl power. Oh and go figure, it was directed by a man. Irrefutable proof that ms. banks and this whole toxic feminist movement is utter nonsense. Feminism is great but whatever it has devolved into nowadays is just obnoxious trivial whinging.

  17. Charlie angels movie in 2000 was one of the best movie I watched when I was like 10 years old. The WOMEN (not highschool looking girls) have class and look strong and experienced. I dont know what I'm watching really when I checked the trailer after i heard it bombed, and the background song was annoying af.

  18. I get the feeling that a lot of people criticising this movie haven’t even bothered to watch it, in which case your opinion is worth as much as a bucket of warm spit, to use an expression of LBJ.

  19. I didn’t see Charlie’s Angles, Wonder Woman & Captain Marvel. Because all three didn’t look like good movies to me, stop making shit movies and people will come, no problems with a female lead if it’s a good movie.

  20. just watched mulan's trailer .and i can say that it will do well in the box office even though with female lead character

  21. Tim Miller,Terminator director does exact same thing…How interesting…Hahahaah

    Btw as of today,Charlie's Angels have 4.0 score on IMDB.

    Elizabeth Banks : Men don't go to see women do action movies.

    Tell that to Resident Evil franchise,Kill Bill,The Hunger Games,Tomb Raider,Underworld etc…There's literally no valid proof to what Elizabeth Banks is saying.

    Your movie sucks lady,as simple as that.

    I can guarantee you incoming movie Black Widow is going to be amazing succes,even with female lead.Why?Because that movie compared to your,is going to be good.

    It doesn't matter who's main lead in movie,as long as its good.

    People are not naive,they see trough any agenda's one has,especially with man hating agendas,with the excuses of 'feminism'

  22. LETS FACE IT THE ONLY REASON GUYS TURNED ON CHARLIES ANGELS WAS TO SEE FARRAH FAWCETT
    WOMEN IN TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE SITUATIONS WHERE THEY ARE BEATING UP DUDES 60-100 LBS HEAVIER IS DOWN RIGHT STUPID

  23. People (men and women) didn't go because many of us are sick of having a politically "correct" social agenda shoved in our faces. Oh and it tanked because the movie sucked and was just a pointless boring attempt at a reboot. Make a good movie containing male, female, straight, gay, black, white, yellow, green, etc. actors and people will see it. Don't blame straight white men for your failure Ms. Banks. Now wash my clothes and get me another beer! 😉

  24. I'm a man
    I love Bridesmaids, The Hours, Brink of Life, Spring Breakers, The life of Oharu, everything Diablo Cody writes.
    Shitty movies which I need to see just because it stars women….not so much.

  25. I didn't even know it had been released … they're asking us to watch a reboot of something people weren't interested in before making it. This just stinks of the same "if you don't see ghostbusters with women as leads, you're sexist"

  26. Im glad this bullshit!! was a failure,, I heard on there Charly was a woman!!! 🤦‍♀️😒😒 shut the hell up!!! not interested

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