Long range box office tracking predicts a poor opening weekend for Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks’ upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie.
Box Office Pro reports the film will have an opening weekend between $25 and $35 million. They credit Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Elizabeth Banks’ star power could garner interest in the film especially among young female audiences writing, “Names like those and that of director Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect franchise) will hopefully bolster appeal to a young female audience not familiar with the series or the feature films of the early aughts.”
They also note that “more high profile / tentpole films led by empowering female characters could help this stand out during the holidays with multiple generations of women if reviews and audience reception are strong enough.”
However, they also question whether audiences are actually interested in seeing another reboot of the Charlie’s Angels property. THey also note it will have some stiff competition with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Last Christmas, and Frozen II at the box office.
Maybe more important is that early sales trends are not good, “Although very preliminary, early sales trends at various ticketing outlets appear soft.” It’s quite possible those soft sales trends could be the result of Elizabeth Banks’ comments about the film.
Banks told Collider that the film will have a message and detailed just exactly what that message would be:
“One of the statements this movie makes is that you should probably believe women. We have as much validity in what we’re feeling and how we want to go about living in the world, being in the world, and that was really important to me, that we felt like we had characters that were being taken seriously and given a chance to live their best life.”
She would go on to detail that the film has “feminism already built in.”
“I honestly feel that the property has all of the bona fides of feminism already built in. I really didn’t have to do much other than honor its entire history. By that I mean, the original TV show was about women who went to the police academy but then were not allowed to actually be full police officers. They were given the jobs of desk clerk or meter maid.”
Banks also made it clear that the audience for the film is women. She stated, “It’s important that women, the audience for this movie, sees themself in some part of this movie. I think that’s really important. I want the audience to feel a sense of ownership over the film, that they could be in this movie, that they could live in this world, it’s a real message.”
She would then add, “It’s a movie that I want to entertain all audiences but I did want to make something that felt important to women and especially young girls.”
Kristen Stewart also described the film as “woke.” She stated, “God, it’s so funny. I know if I say this a certain way, I know that this will be written down. But it’s not such a bad thing. It’s kind of like a ‘woke’ version.”
This long-range prediction does not fare well for the flick and even if it comes in at the high end it would be the worst opening for a Charlie’s Angels film. Box Office Mojo reports Charlie’s Angels (2000) had an opening weekend of $40.1 million. It would go on to earn $125.3 million at the domestic box office and $264.1 million worldwide.
The sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which came out in 2003, would have a $37.6 million opening weekend. It would go on to earn $100.8 million at the domestic box office and $259.1 million.
In order to match the original Charlie’s Angels opening weekend, this new film would have to earn $59.7 million due to inflation. It would need to earn $56 million to match Full Throttle’s opening weekend. It’s definitely not on pace to hit that.
Charlie’s Angels is in theaters on November 15, 2019.
Do you plan on seeing Charlie’s Angels? What do you make of these box office predictions?