No, Charlie’s Angels is not a documentary about Charlie Rose’s tenure at CBS News. It’s another reboot of the 70s TV show which was already rebooted once in the early 2000s. Unfortunately for writer and director Elizabeth Banks, the latest reboot featuring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska in the roles made famous by Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith was a bomb over the weekend:
Sony’s action comedy “Charlie’s Angels” sputtered out of the gate with an uninspiring $8.6 million from 3,452 venues, landing in third place between Lionsgate’s war drama “Midway” ($8.75 million) and Paramount’s family film “Playing With Fire” ($8.5 million)…
“Charlie’s Angels,”…wasn’t able to entice its core audience of younger females and arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million). Though co-financing partners will help offset any potential losses for Sony, “Charlie’s Angels” will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget. At the international box office, the film bowed with $19 million.
So if you add that up, the film made just shy of $28 million worldwide and cost close to $50 million. That figure likely does not include the cost of promoting the film. Also, don’t forget that more than half of the box office will go to the exhibitor, so it’s pretty unlikely this is going to break even. And whose fault is that, you ask? Well, last week writer/director Banks gave an interview to the Herald Sun in which she said, “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”