The big screen reboot of Power Rangers wasn’t half bad, and left things wide open for one heck of a potential sequel. But, umm, things suddenly aren’t looking all that good.
Forbes reports the film’s Chinese opening earned a paltry $1.2 million on its opening day (for the sake of comparison, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has raked in $68 million in a little over a week), knocking out a potentially lucrative market that could’ve helped beef up the film’s global box-office take. The film did so-so numbers in the U.S., but the studio was hopeful the giant robot battles might catch fire internationally. Sadly for Rangers fans, it seems Chinese audiences are far more interested in watching Star-Lord and the gang.
The big-screen Power Rangers looks to wrap its U.S. run with a mere $85 million, and it's pulled in a total of about $50 million from international markets. International box-office totals have saved a few franchises (you can thank 'em for the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel, for one), but that seemingly won't be the case here. With a budget of around $100 million to start with, that’s barely breaking even. So, without a miracle, China may have just sealed the Rangers’ fate.
It’s a shame, because the film wasn’t half bad. It took a while to get to the action, but the creative team took its time with the characters and introduced some interesting stakes along the way. Plus, the cast of Power Rangers (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin and Becky G.) wasn’t half bad, either.
Rita couldn’t take them down, but it seems not even a Megazord can fend off mediocre box-office numbers.