Why Charlie’s Angels Bombed At The Box Office

Why Charlie’s Angels Bombed At The Box Office


Charlie will be disappointed to hear that
his Angels didn’t make it to Box Office Heaven this past weekend. According to Deadline, the film suffered a
dismal $8.6 million domestic opening, and it only earned a paltry $27.9 million internationally
across 26 markets. Beyond that, the film had an especially poor
opening in China, making just $7.8 million in the lucrative overseas territory. So what went wrong, exactly? Charlie’s Angels seemed to have a whole lot
going for it. The film stars indie darling Kristen Stewart,
up-and-comer Ella Balinska, Aladdin star Naomi Scott, and the always welcome Elizabeth Banks,
who also directed the caper. Even the formidable presence of Patrick Stewart
wasn’t quite enough to help this film. Well, according to Deadline, the lousy box
office was at least partially due to issues with the script, which reportedly underwent
numerous changes during development and production. There were apparently certain pain points
in the storyline that just couldn’t be fixed…even with lots of rewrites. And it sounds like this clunker of a script
was a major turn-off to some A-list stars. As Deadline reports, “The script for Charlie’s Angels didn’t
really attract top talent [like] Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Margot Robbie (a
trio that would have potentially jazzed up business).” Instead, Sony brass chose two relative fresh
faces to star alongside Stewart. However, Balinska and Scott might have been
a little too fresh-faced for general audiences. The fact that they aren’t quite household
names turned out to be a detriment rather than a drawing point. As Deadline reports, Stewart herself may have
caused the film to flop: “Stewart, who is hysterical in the movie and
even needed more funny bits, is in a different place in her career professionally, publicly,
and privately. It’s unfair to think that she could deliver
her Twilight fans now.” After years of appearing in arthouse films
and relatively low-key projects, it’s indeed unlikely that Stewart would be able to bring
huge crowds to a film like Charlie’s Angels, especially when she’s paired with new faces
like Balinska and Scott. But the film’s grim box office can’t be blamed
entirely on Stewart and her fellow Angels. The film’s action sequences were admittedly
lackluster…a fact that seemed clear even in the film’s trailers. And here’s another question: Did anyone even
want a new Charlie’s Angels movie? According to Deadline: “After [Elizabeth Banks] expressed interest…in
taking on a Charlie’s Angels reboot with a modern feminist spin, there was no question
in Sony’s mind that the project should move forward.” Sure, it’s been quite a few years since Lucy
Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore twerked across movie screens in their own Charlie’s
Angels films, but that doesn’t mean we were all champing at the bit for a brand-new installment. In the wake of Charlie’s Angels’ less-than-stellar
performance, don’t be surprised to see a bunch of think pieces claiming that female-led movies
don’t bring folks to the box office. That clearly isn’t true. After all, Hustlers was a bonafide hit, and
it premiered to great returns in September 2019. Based on a true story, the film involves a
bunch of New York City dancers who bilk Wall Street bankers out of their fortunes. Fronted by an all-female cast and created
by a predominantly female creative team, Hustlers earned an impressive $33 million on its domestic
opening weekend, marking the largest opening of Jennifer Lopez’s storied acting career. There’s absolutely no doubt that movies created
by women and starring women can and will succeed at the box office. In the end, the issues with Charlie’s Angels
may have been rooted solely in its script and production, but the middling 58 percent
rating on Rotten Tomatoes certainly didn’t help matters. Still, it’s disappointing that the film is
financially floundering. Stars like Stewart and Banks will undoubtedly
survive this career blip, and hopefully Balinska and Scott will soon be given meatier roles
to sink their teeth into. And who knows? Perhaps movie execs will take a cue from Charlie’s
Angels and realize that some franchises just don’t need to be rebooted, remade, or otherwise
freshened up. “Mints.” “Let’s just stop the touching. Some of these blows up.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite,
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