Power Rangers has been one of the most unexpected misses on Hollywood's calendar this year, and the movie's debut in China might hurt its chances of a sequel.
Many were hopeful that the film's debut in China would add some additional money to the box office coffers, perhaps lifting it above $150 million. Safe to say that isn't going to happen, as Forbes is reporting Power Rangers took a much smaller number on its first night in theaters. How much smaller you ask? $1.2 million. That number is certainly not the equalizing factor Lionsgate hoped for, and even if the film manages to take in $8 or $9 million over the weekend, that won't be near enough to justify a pricey sequel. The biggest mystery is why the film hasn't attracted a bigger audience. It's had generally positive reviews, and most fans took to the new cast quite well. You expected overshadowing to a degree thanks to other offerings from Disney, but no one expected it to not even break $100 million domestically.
As the movie cost $100 million to make and even more to market, $132 million worldwide just isn't enough. The only hopes left are a profitable following on Blu-ray and DVD or a less expensive sequel now that the studio knows the market. No one really wants to see a promising beginning stopped so soon.
The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban's Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,", the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV's "Stranger Things") as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Becky G. (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, as they attempt to stop the evil and unpredictable Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games Franchise) from destroying their city…and ultimately the world. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as Zordon, and Bill Hader (Finding Dory) as Alpha 5 train the Rangers to morph and master their powers as a united team.
The Saban's Power Rangers DVD will include exclusive audio commentary with director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins, and deleted/alternate/extended scenes and outtakes. Saban's Power Rangers will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
Story by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless and Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney. Screenplay by John Gatins. Directed by Dean Israelite.
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