Elizabeth Banks Reacts to Charlie's Angels' 'Flop' at Box Office

Brenda Watkins
November 19, 2019

Banks blames the films lack of success on the preferences of male viewers, contrasting the box office performance of Charlie's Angles with the success of the girl power superhero movies Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel. The sequel fell well short of expectations as it opened to a dismal $8.6 million in the USA this weekend past, with global audiences not caring for it either.

All that said, it's not necessarily all over just yet for the movie - it made a slightly more respectable $19.3 million overseas, bringing its total to $27.6 million, though with production costs in the $50 million range, it's got a very steep hill to climb. To this, Banks retorted to Herald Sun, "They'll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that's a male genre". Explaining why Stewart returned to a mainstream movie franchise after doing many indie projects post-"Twilight", Banks said the trend of big-budget film series has been "unfair" to women. "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". On the contrary, the filmmaker is happy for these women characters to have box-office successes.

Banks had previously fielded questions if it was too soon to reboot the franchise after the 2011 ABC TV flop that starred Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor; and the film series starring Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz that included 2000's Charlie's Angels and the 2003 sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. In addition to spearheading efforts behind the scenes, the "Pitch Perfect" alum also plays a vital role on screen as Bosley, a former Angel acting as one of Charlie's agents in his new and improved Townsend Agency.

During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth defended her film's reboot, citing Spider-man as an example.

Charlie's Angels is now playing in cinemas across North America.

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"Being in a big franchise allows you to have it all", she said.

I see where Elizabeth Banks is coming from.

"Well, if you're going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4X", she wrote to her followers. I recognise the same thing, it's nearly unfair for women.

Know what else Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are though?

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