After 16 years away, the Charlie’s Angels property finally returned to the big screen this past weekend, and things did not go well for it at the box office… like, at all. The new movie starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska only pulled in $8.3 million during its first days in domestic theaters, with its worldwide haul only adding up to around $27.6 million.
Considering it was made off a budget of between $48-$55 million, it’s safe to say that Charlie’s Angels is not a commercial hit, and Director Elizabeth Banks, who also wrote the screenplay, produced and starred as one of the Bosleys, joked about her movie’s performance with the following, self-deprecating tweet:
She has a point; regardless about how you feel about Charlie’s Angels, at least Elizabeth Banks can say she left her stamp on it in four different areas. And even if it’s not doing well at the box office, Banks said on Twitter that she’s happy with how the product turned out and that people get to see it. It’s worth noting that on the commercial spectrum, Charlie’s Angels falls into mixed territory, ranking at 59% on Rotten Tomatoes among critics, but earning an 81% audience score, as well as a B+ over at Cinemascore.
So Charlie’s Angels isn’t a flop across the board, but alas, not a lot of people turned out to see it in theaters. But Elizabeth Banks is standing by her work, and she also recently defended the property back by pointing out how many Spider-Man movies there have been. That's fair to say, as we’ve seen three different live action incarnations of the Web-Slinger in less than 20 years, so Charlie’s Angels was certainly entitled for another go-around in a cinematic setting.
Interestingly enough, rather than serving as a straightforward reboot, the new Charlie’s Angels movie is actually a continuation of the original 1970s TV series and the first two movies that came out in 2000 and 2003… but not the short-lived TV revival from 2011. That’s better off being forgotten. In addition to the actors mentioned above, Charlie’s Angels cast also boasted folks like Patrick Stewart, Djimon Honsou, Sam Clafin and Noah Centineo, not to mention some surprise cameos at the end.
In any case, with the way Charlie’s Angels has done so far, it’s incredibly unlikely that we’ll see this newest generation of ass-kicking spies return for a sequel adventure. By weekend’s end, Charlie’s Angels ranked in third place at the box office, with Ford v Ferrari taking the #1 spot and Midway, which came out the weekend prior, coming in at #2. Whether it will make even come close to making a profit remains to be seen.
As for Elizabeth Banks, while Charlie’s Angels wasn’t received the way she wanted it to be, she has enough to keep herself busy in the near future. Banks is starring in the upcoming Hulu miniseries Mrs. America, and she’s also been attached to star alongside Anthony Mackie in Signal Hill for the past two years.