Power Rangers fans are hopeful that a sequel manages to happen at Lionsgate, and the good news is that Home Video is doing its part to make it happen.
Power Rangers launched on Blu-ray and DVD last week, and the film managed to come in #1 in sales. It took down some significant competition as well, surpassing both John Wick: Chapter 2 (No. 2) and Disney's juggernaut live-action Beauty and the Beast at No. 3 (via Power Rangers NOW).
As a bonus Power Rangers also hit No. 1 in weekly rentals, passing FOX's Life (No. 2) and Logan (No. 3).
Coupled with the franchise's strong toy sales, fans are making a statement that more Power Rangers is a good thing. Whether that is enough to greenlight a sequel remains to be seen, but it is a good step in the right direction.
The biggest issue with Power Rangers was not the critical or fan reception, as those were favorable. Instead, the biggest challenge is the budget, which for the original film was $100 million. Making $140 million worldwide isn't going to cut it for a sequel at that budget, especially with all the marketing involved, so Saban and Lionsgate will have to find a way to bring that down to make a second film worth investing in.
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
Power Rangers is in stores now.
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