Elizabeth Banks insists 'everyone who saw Charlie's Angels loved it' after box office flop

Elizabeth Banks has spoken out about new movie Charlie’s Angels’ poor performance at the US box office, blaming it on poor marketing.

The $50million reboot – which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in – pulled in a disappointing $8.6 million on its American debut last weekend, falling short of its projected $12-15 million domestic opening.

And when asked at Wednesday night’s London premiere if she believed British audiences would respond better, the star told MailOnline: ‘First of all, everyone that sees the movie loves the movie. I think that we had a problem with just, like, no one knew it was out.’

Stepping out in style: Elizabeth Banks stepped out in style for the Charlie's Angels UK premiere, held at London's Curzon Mayfair on Wednesday night

Stepping out in style: Elizabeth Banks stepped out in style for the Charlie’s Angels UK premiere, held at London’s Curzon Mayfair on Wednesday night

After having sparked backlash for claiming men were less likely to support Charlie’s Angels because they don’t go out to watch women in action movies, the star was also asked how she felt the project would have fared with a male director.

‘I have no idea,’ she told MailOnline at the star-studded event, held at the English capital’s Curzon Mayfair. ‘I couldn’t even speculate.’

Despite the headlines surrounding her latest cinematic offering, Banks appeared keen to put her best foot forward when she stepped out in style for Wednesday night’s UK premiere.

Stylish: The blonde beauty wowed as she arrived at the event in a stylish black gown, which featured a daring asymmetrical cutout running from her taut abs to her back

Stylish: The blonde beauty wowed as she arrived at the event in a stylish black gown, which featured a daring asymmetrical cutout running from her taut abs to her back

Breathing: Her eye-catching dress of choice was cinched at the waist with a gold clip

Standing tall: Meanwhile, she stood tall in a pair of strappy black heels

Breathing: Her eye-catching dress of choice was cinched at the waist with a gold clip, while she stood tall in a pair of strappy black heels

The blonde beauty wowed as she arrived at the event in a stylish black gown, which featured a daring asymmetrical cutout running from her taut abs to her back.

Her eye-catching dress of choice was cinched at the waist with a gold clip, while she stood tall in a pair of strappy black heels.

Wearing her golden locks in a sleek bob with a side-parting, the mother-of-two accessorised with black-and-gold statement earrings.

She joined her co-stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska at the event, where they posed for an array of snapshots ahead of the anticipated screening.

All in the details: Wearing her golden locks in a sleek bob with a side-parting, the mother-of-two accessorised with black-and-gold statement earrings

All in the details: Wearing her golden locks in a sleek bob with a side-parting, the mother-of-two accessorised with black-and-gold statement earrings

Marketing issues: At the event, she spoke to MailOnline exclusive about the movie's poor performance at the US box office, blaming it on poor marketing

Marketing issues: At the event, she spoke to MailOnline exclusive about the movie’s poor performance at the US box office, blaming it on poor marketing 

Elizabeth’s outing comes days after she was was slammed on social media, following her claims men were less likely to watch female-oriented action films. 

The actress made the comments during a recent interview with the Herald Sun before the release of her film, which went on to perform poorly at the box office during it’s opening weekend in the US. 

Elizabeth, who acted, directed, wrote, and produced the film, said a box office bomb would reinforce a stereotype that men would rather watch ‘male genre’ movies like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because those stories were apart of a larger superhero universe focused more on males.  

‘Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too,’ she said in her interview. ‘This movie has to make money. If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.’ 

Disappointing debut: The $50million reboot – which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in – pulled in a disappointing $8.6 million on its American debut last weekend

Bigger projections: The US debut fell short of its projected $12-15 million domestic opening

Disappointing debut: The $50million reboot – which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in – pulled in a disappointing $8.6 million on its American debut last weekend

Glam: She joined her co-stars (L-R) Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott at the event

Glam: She joined her co-stars (L-R) Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott at the event

In regards to female superhero films, Banks added: ‘They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre.

‘So even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a Wonder Woman movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up Justice League.’

Banks, who directed 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2, said she was ‘happy for those characters to have box office success, but we need more women’s voices supported with money because that’s the power. The power is in the money.’ 

Her sentiments came under scrutiny from cinema fans, who said the film’s performance was more indicative of poor marketing as opposed to gender-driven moviegoer habits.

Flair: The screen stars each showed off their individual flair for fashion as they posed together

Flair: The screen stars each showed off their individual flair for fashion as they posed together

Help: The star helped out her producer husband Max Handelman as they posed for pictures

Help: The star helped out her producer husband Max Handelman as they posed for pictures

‘Elizabeth Banks does know that women didn’t want to see her Charlie’s Angels movie either, right?’ one user said. ‘I get it, Hollywood and the world really, is frustrating and sexist as heck but she should just face facts. As tough as it is, her movie just didn’t look appealing to people.’

Another said, ‘Broke: Elizabeth Banks blaming the poor reception to #CharliesAngles on societal norms.

‘Woke: Charlie’s Angels didn’t do well because the marketing was s*** and look all around like a cash grab that was trying to bank on an old franchise when ppl are getting tired of reboots.’

Meanwhile, a sizeable number of Twitter users agreed with Elizabeth’s assertions.

Girl power: The reboot of the early naughties franchise debuted in the US on November 15th

Girl power: The reboot of the early naughties franchise debuted in the US on November 15th

 

 

 

Critical: Twitter slammed Elizabeth for the comments she made during her interview with the Herald Sun

Critical: Twitter slammed Elizabeth for the comments she made during her interview with the Herald Sun

‘Elizabeth banks didn’t lie when she classified these films as “male genre” because none of these had a fully female driven cast, whereas Charlie’s Angels had that and was more about female friendships and women at work without necessarily having any superpowers,’ one Twitter user wrote. 

Elizabeth took the box office bomb in stride as she reflected on it all on Monday. 

‘Well, if you're going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I'm proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it's in the world,’ she tweeted.

Charlie’s Angels is set to be released in the UK on November 29th.

'That's a male genre': Banks said men were more like to watch Wonder Women and Captain Marvel because it was part of a larger, male-focused universee

Superstar: Brie Larson played Captain Marvel in the 2019 film

‘That’s a male genre’: Banks said men were more like to watch Wonder Women and Captain Marvel because it was part of a larger, male-focused universe

 

In full agreement: A sizeable number of Twitter users agreed with the screen star's assertions

In full agreement: A sizeable number of Twitter users agreed with the screen star’s assertions

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