Why’d it Bomb? Entourage (2015)
At one point in time, Entourage was a popular TV show with critical acclaim and Emmy nods. As time went on, however, the show got less and less popular. It got to the point where it seems like no one really cared when it got a movie, as it barely made any money at the box office. In fact, if it wasn’t for worldwide numbers, it basically bombed. In America, it made $32 million on a $30 million budget and, even when you put in worldwide numbers, it made $49 million on a $30 million budget. If we’re being generous, Entourage was a disappointment at the box office in not an outright bomb. Why did it fail to duplicate the success of another long-running HBO show adapted to the big screen, Sex and the City??
1. Competition from other R-Rated Movies
In the same weekend Entourage came out, Spy, which was also Rated R, was released as well. Now the critics’ job isn’t really to convince people to see or not see a movie but to just give their opinion. However, many people do base their opinions on whether or not a critic liked a movie. And Entourage got bad reviews while Spy got a 90-something percent on Rotten Tomatoes. This might’ve made many people get cold feet when it came to checking out Entourage and decide to see Spy instead, as they wanted to see whether or not it was as good as they heard. Not only that but Mad Max, another movie that was doing well and had good reviews, came out around the same time so Entourage not only faced competition with Spy but it also faced competition with Fury Road.
2. Values Dissonance
Entourage‘s sexual politics haven’t aged well. In other words, Entourage has been to known to be a pretty sexist show. To make matters worse, the show is very popular among many frat boys, or “bro’s”, many of whom are not exactly known for being respectful to women. While there has almost always been feminists and other people fighting for women’s rights, in addition to other social justice groups, feminism has definitely become more relevant again in the 2010’s than it was in the 2000’s, with the rise of group like SJW’s, Black Live Matter, etc. What didn’t help its case is that other R-Rated movies around the time, like Mad Max and Spy, were actually praised for having pro-feminism messages in their movies so Entourage ended up looking like it was really behind the times in comparison to other movies.
3. People just don’t care about Entourage anymore
Once you get past the competition and sexism, this is probably the biggest reason why. Entourage came out 4 years after the season finale. By that time, the actors’ careers had cooled down and people just stopped caring so much about Vince and the gang, as no one really talks about the show anymore. Now, if it came out in 2012 or 2013, it might’ve made more money because it might’ve still been somewhat relevant. But, by 2015, people stopped caring whether or not an Entourage movie was coming out. And, as a result, it underperformed at the box office.