The Power Rangers need help: after the new movie’s disappointing performance at the box office earlier this year, speculations fear that a sequel might not happen. So before Lionsgate make a decision, fans on Twitter started a campaign to save the franchise.
Failing At The Chinese Box Office
The revival of the favorite ’90s children’s television series was not much of a success when it opened in the U.S. last month. It received mixed reviews from movie critics, fans, and even the original Power Rangers. Its box office performance was not one to boast about. The movie grossed around $84.8 million at the domestic box office and another $50.7 million at the international market.
However, the studio has one last hope: the Chinese box office. Plenty of Hollywood movies now rely on the Asian superpower to propel movies that did not do well in the U.S. China is the second largest market in the world and is the money-making secret behind the recent box office king Fate of the Furious.
The movie starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson crossed the $1 billion mark and became the highest grossing movie ever despite its less that stellar earnings at the domestic box office ($215 million at the end of its theatrical run). Fast & Furious 8 was able to gross $361 million at the Chinese box office.
Lionsgate was clearly hoping that China will be the saving grace for Power Rangers. The movie has just opened in the country on Thursday, but Forbes reported that it earned merely $1.2 million.
Of course, crawling toward the top of the box office chart will be a challenge for the Dean Israelite-directed movie. It is currently facing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which has already crossed the $500 million mark worldwide, with China becoming its biggest market with $68 million.
But Power Ranger also faced Bollywood movie Dangal, which already grossed $32 million, at the Chinese box office. King Arthur also opened at the second biggest market in the world this weekend with $1.5 million.
Lionsgate Cancels Planned Sequels?
That is why Forbes thinks that the planned sequels are off the table. The site expects that the movie is set to earn around $10 million in China. Even if it is still scheduled to open in Japan in two months, the final box office tally prediction remains underwhelming. The studio should expect a total of $145 million worldwide gross from an estimated $100 million production budget.
Lionsgate still has not confirmed whether the sequel will move forward or have completely been binned. Power Rangers is soon to enter the post- theatrical market of digital downloads on June 13 and DVD or Blu-Ray on June 27. But while the studio did earn money from the movie, it might not be enough to give birth to a sequel.
Fans Attempt To Save The Power Rangers
But, like their heroes, the fans are not going to let the franchise die without a fight. Comic Book reported that there is an on-going campaign on Twitter that seeks to let Lionsgate know that there is a demand for a sequel.
The Facebook page Morphin’ Legacy urges fans to make noise on social media to help the studio make the decision to greenlight the sequel.
Keep the Hope Alive! The Fight Isn't Over Yet! #PowerRangersMovieSequel @lionsgate @powerrangers @thepowerrangers…
Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G. Bill Hader, Elizabeth Banks and Brian Cranston. According to a previous interview with Haim Saban, Lionsgate already has a blueprint prepared that will the story of the new generation of the superhero group told in a six-movie arc. The sequel is also expected to delve deeper into the personal lives of each individual rangers moving forward.
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