Charlie’s Angels made its premiere last weekend. The reboot failed to reach $9 million at the box office for its opening weekend which was even lower than its box office tracking of $10 million. Prior to the movie’s release, director Elizabeth Banks shares her thoughts about a potential box office bomb as being sexist.
Speaking with Herald Sun (via Indie Wire), Banks says people should buy tickets to the movie. She claims that if the movie doesn’t make money, “it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”
One can argue about Banks’ claims on the matter. After all, Captain Marvel grossed over $1.1 billion, while Wonder Woman earned $821 million worldwide. However, the director pointed out that these comic book movies are a success because they belong to a “male genre.” She claims that even though the films are about women, they are still feeding a “larger comic book world” that is dominated by male characters.
That being said, Banks pointed out that she is happy for the characters for their box office success. However, she claims that we “need more women’s voices supported with money because that’s the power.” The director adds, “The power is in the money.”
Banks’ comments could be quite divisive among comic book fans. When seen from a certain perspective, her opinion might not be entirely wrong since, historically, the comic book industry is associated with more male fans and characters. On the other hand, some might disregard Banks’ opinion since comic book movies are getting popular every year and is watched by a larger audience, compared to before; hence, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman’s success.
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Charlie’s Angels is now showing worldwide.